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Once the range of add-on and novelty controls were launched to support the Nintendo Wii, including guns, wheels and even fishing rods, it wasn't long before the unofficial line of products began. The Wii Zapper was launched with Links Crossbow training and as a result a range of unofficial zappers, both different and the same as the official product, were launched.
The main difference between this and the official Wii Zapper is the shape. This product resembles more of a handgun than the official Zapper. Its far less aesthetically pleasing than the Nintendo Zapper and looks quite bland, ugly and rather cheap. Its flimsy too and just feels badly made. Once Wii Mote is placed inside it also feels terribly imbalanced and the weight just isn't right. Its not comfortable to hold, its not natural and it is very awkward. Both the Wii mote and nun chuck fit into the gun and its quite fiddly and I was always worried about damaging both the gun and wii motes. It just didn't feel well designed or well made.
The best thing is the trigger itself. It feels like a real gun trigger would, its got a nice comfy feel and fires easily. This is the only part of that is superior to the Wii zapper itself.
Its compatible with a wide range of games from House of the Dead, Links Training, Ghost Squad and Resi Evil but does not work with motion plus so you will have to take it off to play.
However, the gun itself makes it harder to aim and it does take some getting used to. The feel just does not add to the gaming experience unfortunately and can detract from it.
It retails between £3 and £8 and isn't really worth investing in if you have another gun. If you are looking for a cheaper version to the Wii Zapper or one you find more comfortable then look elsewhere as this really isn't a good product
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The BigBen Wii Gun is an official light gun for shooters on the Wii thats pretty up to scratch;
First up does resemble an actual semi-automatic pistol, perhaps a Glock 18, yet its more-or-less monochromatic design and lack of detail make it feel a bit flat. Its quite ugly and not really very accurate, although it does provide a more visceral experience than say, the Wii Zapper.
There's no real sight to look down, which detracts from accuracy, but one good thing is that you can plug the Wii's remote directly into it, and plug the nunchuk in at the bottom of the handle, which is always a good thing, although it does have the potential to damage your wii remote.
Its durable as hell, (Which is probably why it's done so well in Germany :P ) and there's a definite satisfying click when you pull the trigger. The mechanism itself is pretty standard, a lot like the Nyko Perfect Shot, but a little more phallic. The Nyko is the far superior model, but both are perfectly suited to playing Wii shooters, like such popular titles as House of The Dead, and Resident Evil. The Bigben's heavy-handed, very robust design does mean that it also works well with games which emphasize shotguns and magnums, but, much like the Nyko, and the official Wii Light Gun, using it in conjunction with machine-gun oriented games like Ghost Squad does make for a pretty incongruous experience.
Its not compatible with WiiMotion plus, but to my knowledge, there haven't actually been any light gun peripherals that are. Hopefully they'll be around soon.
At around seven pounds for one gun, this is pretty decent value for a wii gun. People seem to pay absurd prices for this kind of thing, but this durable, robust, if slightly ugly and inaccurate model, is probably worth getting if its available in your country.