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The aptly named Nunchuk is a wii remote accessory. Its ergonomic design makes it very comfortable and responsive to use, but users should be aware it isn't compatible with all games.

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      02.05.2013 20:27
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      Nintendo Wii Nunchuk Controller

      =Additional Controller=

      The Nintendo Wii nunchuk controller, is an extra controller which you use in conjunction with the Wii controller, as this allows you to be able to use both hands to control games/

      =Games=
      I would say that most of the Wii games do not need the additional nunchuk, but games such as boxing on wiki sports based games do require the nunchuk.

      =The Controller=
      The controller is made from white plastic, and is lightweight, and easy to use. It connects into the bottom of your Wii controller, so needs no additional battery power. They are connected by a length of cable, so you move both hands without any problems.

      =Controls=

      The nunchuk is very simple to use to use, it has a joystick control which is on the top of the nunchuck, with 2 buttons on the front which are labelled C and Z.

      =Simple to Use=
      The controller just fits simply into your hands, and you just press down, or push the control. it is more the multi-player games that use the nunchuck, whether that is boxing, do you can jab as well as protect or rowing so that you can use both hands to control the oars.

      =Clean=
      As the nunchucks are held tight in the palm of your hand they do get greasy, so I just wipe them over with a wet wipe.
      and quick to clean with a baby wipe.

      =Colours=
      I have the original White nunchucks, but they are available in colours such as pink, red, blue and black, so you can match them up to your will controllers.

      =Prices and Availability=
      These are available from all retailers from Amazon to Argos, Tesco to Game, and vary in prices from £2.50 upwards to £15.

      =Would I recommend=
      Although they aren't needed for all games there a good idea to have them to hand, as they certainly add an extra dimension to the Wii games.

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      24.04.2013 21:49
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      Definitely recommended

      The Nintendo Wii nunchuk controller is an extra controller which you use along with the regular Nintendo Wii controller to allow you to use both hands to control games.
      Although there are many games which you are able to play without the nunchuk controller, there are also many which you will not be able to play without it so it is definitely worth getting as they can be picked up for only a couple of pounds.

      My controller is made from white plastic and is lightweight and comfortable to use. A wire coming from the nunchuk controller plugs in to your regular controller, so it will use the power from this, meaning you don't need and batteries for the nunchuk.
      The wire which connects the controllers is a decent length which gives you a lot of space to move both arms. Once or twice the cable has come out of the original controller which will stop some games if this happens so be careful not to lean on the cable or drag it. It would be hard to break but might disrupt your game!
      The nunchuk is very simple to use, having a joystick style controller on the top of it and only 2 buttons on the front which are labelled 'C' and 'Z'. What I really like about the controller is the simplicity of it, with just these controls it is not too difficult to use which is good as it will be held in your weaker hand.

      The nunchuk is used in a lot of shooting style games, where you will use the nunchuk joystick to move your character around, and using the original controls to perform actions and to go to the menu screens.
      Other games which may require the use of the nunchuk controller include boxing, which allows you to punch and block with both hands, making the gameplay much more realistic than if you were to only use one control stick.
      If you play a lot of multiplayer games you will need to get a nunchuk for each controller.
      As the controller will be handled a lot, they do get a bit grubby but are extremely easy and quick to clean with a baby wipe.
      I've had my nunchuk controller for a few months and it's still as good as new, but a friend of mine experienced the joystick part started to stick in one direction a little after a while, but this isn't too much of a problem as they are so widely available and inexpensive to replace.

      The controllers are available in various colours including pink, blue, red and black but the most common seems to be the white. You can buy these in game shops, supermarkets and online. There are several brands of controller available, with companies offering cheap versions of the Nintendo controller, but as they all seem to have the same connections the Nunchuk controller should work with any brand of Wii controller.
      It's worth shopping around as some stores sell the controller and nunchuk together for under £10 and it's always handy to have an extra controller. The nunchuk alone is available on Amazon for under £2.50 including delivery which is great value for something which adds so much more fun to a gaming experience.

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      13.08.2012 10:25
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      cheap reliable controller

      The nunchuck is the extra controller that you need for certain games that goes in your other hand. It attaches to the wii remote via a cable which goes from the bottom of the nunchuck into the bottom of the wii remote.

      It fits nice and comfortably into the hand and isnt heavy at all so it does make your wrist ache to hold it. It has an analogue stick on the front and two buttons on the top which has different uses depending on which game you are playing.

      It is not needed for all the games, but is needed in ones such as sports games in which you have to swim, run or box etc. If you dont have one attached then the wii wont let you play the games that require it.

      They dont come with a wii remote when you buy one, so if you need an extra one you have to buy it seperately. This is something that I think should come as part of the package of you are buying an extra controller, but it isnt too much of an issue now as they can be bought for as cheap as £3 if you do a bit of shopping around - the internet is the best place to find one, on sites such as ebay or amazon. There are cheaper unofficial ones out there though so make sure it is an official nintendo one before your buy.

      They can come in black or white, and you can also buy them wireless now too, which is beneficial as the cable that runs between the nunchuck and the wii remote can get a bit irritating, particularly if you are playing sports games which require alot of movement as the cable can swing around and get in your way, or not be long enough if your going at the quite vigorously and flinging your arms around alot.

      Overall the nunchuck is good, its cheap to buy, lightweight and sits comfortable in your hands, and I have never had one go faulty on me.

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      09.07.2012 00:03

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      Good but not perfect

      The nunchuck controller attaches the to base of the Wii Remote to act as the main method of movement of a particular character within a game. It boasts and analogue stick with an octagonal base for precise directional movement, a small C button and larger Z button. It also features gyroscopic motion control, but no pointer control like the standard Wii Remote does.

      As an add-on controller, the nunchuck does what it's supposed to - it's essentially designed to be the left-hand side of a standard controller, just seperated from it by the cable.

      There are few gripes to be had with the design of the nunchuck, but some may complain that the buttons are digital and not analogue which seems like a missed opportunity to gain even more precision when it comes to button presses. Some may also miss the ridges on the top of the analogue still which generally appear on older controllers like the GameCube. You may find that your thumb slides off the stick a lot easier than it would with an analogue stick that has the ridges.

      All in all, the controller functions well and does it's job, but there's a couple of ommissions which prevent perfection.

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      22.02.2012 21:52
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      A much needed accessory to the Wii

      Nintendo Wii Nunchuk Controller

      Having recently bought a Wii console, we were in need of a few games and equipment. Whilst the console came complete with one remote and one nunchuck, there is more than one person in our house who love to play games and so therefore we purchased another remote and nunchuck (separately).

      I looked online and found the best price on Ebay brand new for just under £3.00. Prices elsewhere online ranged from £5.00 to £15.00. You are also able to purchase nunchucks in various colours, though the one we bought is the originally white one. You are also able to buy nunchucks wirelessly, though again, this is the original one with the lead.

      The nunchuck is used with a wide variety of Wii games such as running, swimming and boxing and without the nunchuck, the Wii console will not let you play.

      The nunchuck is shaped in a comfortable, handy shape which sits perfectly in the palm of your hand. You have a small joystick on the top and two buttons at the front end, all easily accessible when holding on to the nunchuck. The lead is quite short and runs down to a connection which fits into the end of your Wii remote.

      The nunchuck works brilliantly and as you would expect on the games which need it, though one problem we have come across is the lead. When doing such actions as running where you need to move both nunchuck and remote at the same time, the lead gets in the way and often slaps you on the arm or in the face. It also gives limited moving room which can be difficult. I can quite see why the wireless nunchuck can be a more preferred option, though with this you are looking at more money.

      Overall, if you have a Wii console, I would recommend purchasing nunchucks for each remote as you do come across many games which need this.

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      25.11.2011 13:44
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      A useful little accessory

      The Nunchuk is a rather unusual word and it has yet to find itself in any dictionary, however it is a vital word to any Nintendo Wii player. The Nunchuk is vital for some games as it allows you to use both hands and has an extra button for different controls.

      ==Price and availability==

      The Nintendo Nunchuk costs around £9.99 and is sold separately from the Wii remote.

      ==Description==

      The nunchuk is white and fits neatly into the palm of your hand so that your thumb can rest easily on the moveable button on top of it, this rotates round. There are also two other buttons on the nunchuk that are easy to locate and push. At the bottom of the nunchuk is a wire that connects the nunchuk to the Wii remote.

      I think you can get these in different colours these days, however when I bought mine it was only available in white.

      ==Play time==

      The nunchuk is necessary for games such as boxing. When holding the remote in one hand and the wii
      nunchuk in the other, it represents your two boxing hands. Everytime you hit out with the nunchuk you are performing a left hook or left punch as opposed to a right punch or hook. (There is no right or wrong way to hold the nunchuk as if you are left handed you may prefer to hold the nunchuk in your right hand.
      The Nunchuk can also be used in Archery games where you use the nunchuk to pull back the arrow. Similarly in Legend of Zelda you need the nunchuk as your shield. It also doubles up as a bow and arrow in one game and a fishing rod in the other.

      ==Overall==

      Some games will not be able to be played without the nunchuk, on the back of games there is usually a little diagram of the wii remote and it tells you what controls you will need. I like the nunchuk as it gives an extra dimension to Gaming and opens up the controls giving you more freedom.

      This is a really good quality accessory and a good investment.

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      07.11.2011 17:36
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      Great accessory for use with your wii remote

      Official Nintendo Wii Nunchuk


      ** What is a Nunchuk? **
      The Nintendo Wii Nunchuk is an accessory to the wii remote for use in selected games. The Nunchuk plugs into the bottom of the wii remote and is held in the opposite hand to the wii remote.

      When you purchase a Nintendo Wii you will need a Nunchuk to be able to play some but not all games on the Wii. Most Wii bundles come with a Nunchuk included. If you require extra Nunchuk's they can be purchased separately.


      ** In The Box **
      I got my Nunchuk as a Christmas gift about 2 years ago. When I opened it, it was in a white box with a clear piece of plastic covering the Nunchuk. Inside the box the Nunchuk was well packaged. There is an instruction sheet included in the box, this was written in many languages including English and was clear and simple to understand.


      ** The Look **
      The Nunchuk looks kind of like a classic joystick controller with the base removed. It is shaped to nicely fit into the natural grip shape of your hand.

      There is a directional joystick on the nunchuk, this is easily operated with you thumb.

      The Nunchuk has 2 buttons on the top C and Z, these buttons are for use during game play often in combination with the buttons on the wii remote.

      There is a wire coming out of the bottom of the Nunchuk, this wire connects into the bottom of the wii remote to give the nunchuk its power.


      ** The Set Up **
      The set up of the Nunchuk is simple, it requires no batteries as it operates off the Wii remote and is never used alone.

      The Nunchuk connects to the wii remote by plugging the wire into the bottom of the wii remote. When you plug it in make sure that the directional joystick is in the centre otherwise it wont operate accurately.

      When you're disconnecting the Nunchuk remember to gently press the sides of where you connected it to the wii remote as this will release the connector and avoid damage to both the Wii remote and the Nunchuk.


      ** Use of Nunchuk **
      As I mentioned earlier the Nunchuk is used in partnership with the wii remote. It isn't required in every game, but in the ones I have used it in I have found it to be fun and easy to use.

      The use of the Nunchuk varies from game to game. In the original Wii Sports game the Nunchuk is used in the Boxing game. Its use in this game is simply to be moved as if you are punching something. With the wii remote in one hand and the nunchuk in the other you simply move your arms as if you are boxing. Sticking in the Sports area, in Wii Sports Resort the Nunchuk is used in the Archery game. I really enjoy this use of it as you have to hold the Remote and Nunchuk as if they are a bow and arrow and using a combination of button holding you must aim and fire your shot, the shots are usually pretty accurate and its definitely a fun way to play archery!

      Another use of the nunchuk is in Wii Play in the Tanks game where you use the directional pad on the Nunchuk to move your tank around the screen while aiming and firing with the Wii remote. I found this takes a little getting used to with the had and eye co-ordination, but it is a fun way to play.

      However, my favourite use of the Nunchuk is the Samba De Amigo dancing game where the Wii Remote are held and used as maracas as you dance around the room to the different party music.


      ** Attachments **
      There are currently no attachments for the Nunchuk that I am aware of, unless you count the silicone protection cases that are available.

      I have heard about an accessory to turn the Nunchuk into a wireless controller but I don't know if this was just a rumour or an actual item that I have just never come across.


      ** Price and Availability **
      Wii Nunchuk's are widely available both in games shops and online. They are quite costly in my opinion as they aren't really used in too many games, well in my games collection they're not. I have 4 wii remotes, but only 2 Nunchuk's and I've never really needed any more than the current 2. While there are cheaper versions of the Nunchuk available I would still use the Nintendo versions which are currently retailing at around £15.


      ** My Experience and Opinion **
      While I enjoy playing games using the Nunchuk I would recommend only having a couple of them as they don't seem to be used in enough games to make it worth spending so much money on them. Obviously if you have children and they are all going to be playing at the same time and likely to argue then more Nunchuk's is the only option. As I said earlier I have 2 Nunchuk's and so far I have never had a problem of not having enough to go round or share between players by passing the remotes instead of having one each.

      Thanks for reading :)

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      05.11.2011 10:34
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      Wii Nunchuk

      If you are not familiar with the Nintendo Wii then you will probably not have heard of the Nunchuk. No, it's not a funny word or another name for a polo chukka but a Wii remote control that allows you to play games in a different way than just using the regular controller. For example, on the Wii Sports game I believe it is, there is an archery game. With the original controller in one hand and the nunchuk in your other hand the two together work as a bow and arrow which allows you to pull back the bow and shoot the arrow in one swift motion. Pulling back the hand and arm that is holding the nunchuk moves the bow on the screen so you move further back from your target and then you let go of the button on the nunchuk to let go of the arrow. This makes playing the game way more fun than if you just had to point and shoot and let the arrow go. 

      Using another example, in the boxing game on the Wii Fit you also can hold this nunchuk in one hand and the controller in the other hand and then box properly with both hands into a big punchbag. It makes the boxing actions much more authentic and makes for a really tough arm workout once you start going really fast. According to an article I read on the nunchuk to give another example although I have never played this particular game, in The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess the Wii remote is your sword and the nunchuk is your shield. So you can see from these examples that the nunchuk is there to kind of compliment the work that the original remote does and allows for a more overall fun experience. 

      The nunchuk has a cable that clips into the end of the Wii remote control so they form a long loop together which is long enough for you to hold both of them in separate hands and gives you enough room to stretch and play and it not get in the way.  

      The nunchuk remote is contoured to fit your hand quite nicely so its easy to use. The nucnchuk has a wheel motion button on the top which you can move around with your thumb and then there are also two buttons which can be controlled with your index finger. The controller in placed right as your hand fits over it so you do not need to move you hand to access these buttons so once you get used to it as it is a bit fiddly in the beginning it is very easy to use.

      When we bought our Wii quite a few years ago now we got one of these nunchuks in the packet but you can buy them individually in games shops for about £10 I believe. It's annoying that you only get one because if you are playing against each other you will generally need one each but they do not cost much and make game playing a bit more fun so are a product I definitely recommend. 

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        30.10.2011 07:46
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        A well designed and easy to use additional controller that simply works

        Having purchased the Nintendo Wii and playing some of the games which only require the standard Wii controller (likes of ten pin bowling, baseball, etc) and loving it I then decided to move on to try another game in the Wii Sports game (this is something which comes with the Nintendo Wii console) and so picked boxing. Once I had loaded up the game and was setting up to play this I was offered to play with the Nintendo nunchuck additional controller so decided to give it a shot but does this additional controller feel like an added thought?

        Pros:
        The Wii nunchuck controller is beautifully crafted and thought out so that its contours are matched perfectly to your hand which leads to you having a very comfortable gaming experience with no strain or pain (for either those who are left or right handed). I personally find this controller to be one of the best designed out there as it really is simple and comfortable and easy to use which enables great gameplay with ease.
        The controller is very lightweight which once again helps in the cutting down of chance of strain, sprain and pain.
        The nunchuck controller is simple to setup and use by simply plugging its cable in to the bottom of the Wii wireless controller. Although most are now used to wireless gameplay the fact this is wired does not detract from the gameplay as you are plugging this in to a wireless controller (so no need to worry about needing to be close to the console). I have used this controller on a number of games and never had a problem with the wired connection.
        The controller is well laid out with a stick for movement all that is on the front on the controller and 2 buttons on the top of the controller so that you still get extra control options but without an overly complexed control system. The controller also has a three axis motion sensor in built (the same three axis as found in Wii wireless controller) so that on games like boxing this can act as your left or right hand so that you get complete control available. The motion sensor on this works well in my opinion for games like boxing but it can feel somewhat weird as the difference in weight between this and main controller does lead to somewhat of a weird balance so it will take some getting used to.
        The nunchuck controller is well priced at around about £10-£15 and is available in most placed where Nintendo Wii accessories are available. This may sound like a lot as it is an additional controller but the fact it is giving you extra control over your games and making many games much easier to play makes this a worth while purchase. You do get a nunchuck controller as part of your Nintendo Wii console package so you will only need to purchase another one if you require multi-player gaming.
        The controller does not require any batteries whatsoever as it uses power from your standard controller which it is plugged in to.

        Negatives:
        None

        Overall I have found the Nintendo nunchuck controller to be a great little piece of kit which looks great in white and is well designed which makes it very easy to use. The controller is lightweight and simple in its layout so you will find that it adds to your gameplay rather than detracts. I have been impressed with the level of additional control this gives as I have tried it on boxing (where it acts as my left hand) and Harvest Moon (where it controls movement of my character) and found that on both of these games (I have used it on others but give these two as examples) it did add to my gaming experience. If you use the Wii and want the more control and depth to your gameplay then this is one for you to have.

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        06.06.2011 23:48

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        An essential, but could be improved

        There isn't really that much that can be said about the nintendo wii nunchuk. It is an absolute essential to play most of the games that have been released on the wii and for those where it isn't absolutely essential it can definitely enhance it.
        The Nunchuk controller itself doesn't really consist of much: There is a normal sized square 'Z' button which is used for things such as sprinting on football games, but it isn't normally an important button in many games. Also on the controller, there is a small circle shaped 'C' button, which once again isn't normally a key button in games, but (while I hate to use this game as an example again) in FIFA it can be used as the button which you hold down when you want to chip a shot. I believe that the main reason for the nunchuk's existence is the Analogue stick on the front. The whole reason they made a nunchuk is so they can have a proper analogue stick for playing games. The analogue stick is average, but the end of it where your thumb sits is quite hard and very subject to wear and stickiness and also the whole shape of the Nunchuk just isn't very comfortable and doesn't fit in your hand hugely well.

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        06.03.2011 02:50

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        a must-have accessory to have with the Wii

        The nunchuck controller is now supplied with every Wii console and is used by the majority of games on the Wii. It consists of the analogue controller nub, the 'C' button and the 'Z' button.

        While it is much easier for a person with smaller hands to use the nunchuck (people with larger hands tend to get their hands cramped around the end, making it difficult to press the 'C' and 'Z' buttons).

        This is especially prevalent in No More Heroes, where you constantly need to keep a lock on on your chosen assassin, while trying to dodge its attacks. Other games such as Super Mario Galaxy use it to great effect as you can easily move round with your character, while waving around the wiimote and firing stars at enemies!

        The motion sensing technology works for the most part, although I have found that it does miss my movements sometime! Connection to the wiimote is very easy and all you need to do is plug the connector into the bottom of the wiimote! It is very nicely made and will last you years unless it takes serious abuse!

        The build quality of the nunchuck controller is great and it really does fit in your hand brilliantly! It slots very nicely into your Wiimote and having used mine for roughly 3 years now, I can tell you it is very nice to handle!

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        a responsive controller that's necessary for some games but can be expensive.

        When I bought my Wii it came with Wii Sports Resort but no nunchuck and so when I went to put the game in and realized I needed a nunchuck to play some of the games I quickly ran down to the nearest shops to pick one up. I wanted a white one so that it went with my remote and Wii itself and so after a quick look around a couple of shops I returned home with a nunchuck!

        The nunchuck looks like a really strange controller when it's on it's own! It's kind of oblong but thinner at the bottom then the top, the top is also curved so that it fits over the top of your fingers when held in a fist. It has two buttons on the front of it, both large but one larger then the other and a joystick on the top. The nunchucks are bought separately to the Wii itself and to the Wii remote but are required for some games so it's worth checking when you buy a game if you need a nunchuck.

        Unlike the Wii remote the nunchuck is not wireless, instead it connects to the bottom of the Wii remote and works through that. This means that the power needed for the nunchuck is taken from the batteries of the standard remote although I haven't noticed any difference in the battery life and so it doesn't seem to take up too much power.

        The nunchuck fits comfortably into my hand being bulky enough for me not to have to worry about it falling out but not too bulky that it feels too big. However, although my hands aren't too large I'm not sure how a young child would be able to use it - especially when the joystick is needed. The nunchuck is made of smooth plastic and doesn't rub on my hand even after several hours use.

        Whilst for most games the nunchuck has proved very reliable for me and all the buttons and sensor works excellently there is one game in particular that it seems to decide that I've pressed buttons and moved the joystick when I haven't. Although since it works well with all the other games I think this may be the game rather then the nunchuck itself.

        The clip itself fits nicely into the hole at the bottom of the Wii remote and doesn't seem too loose. At the same time it isn't so tight that I have to struggle to push it in. The wire to connect the two remotes is a nice size. It's not too short that I have to worry about how close my hands are yet not so long that it gets in the way.

        The official nunchuck controller comes in two colours as far as I'm aware - white and black. You can also get them in blue and pink but I don't believe these are official controllers made by Nintendo. The nunchucks are widely available but prices vary between £5 and £15 so it is worth shopping around.

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          Worth giving it a try if you have a Wii Console!

          When I first bought the Nintendo Wii a good few years ago now, it came with a game and two controllers. One of which was the Nunchuk!

          The remote is ergonomically designed of smooth plastic and shaped to easily fit into the hand. It comes in the colours white and black - I'm not sure if pink, blue and red are available for the nunchuk but as you can get those colours for the main Wii remote.

          There is a short-ish wire out the bottom of the contoller and at the end a plug that fits into the bottom of the remote that connects them together. The nunchuk can be used in many games like boxing, and other games that would need the use of both hands rather than just the one with the Wii remote.

          There are only two buttons on the nunchuk, one is a square on the front of the control and the other a circle. On the top is a joystick that is mainly used for movement and is in just the right place for your thumb to reach when holding it correctly. The use of the buttons varies on what game you're playing, but on a few games the buttons aren't even needed.

          If you think plain white or black are boring, you can buy skins for the controller. Whether it be different coloured ones or patterned ones, they are most likely cheaper to buy and have a lot more choice on e Bay or maybe Amazon, but they are also sold in all shops that you would find a Wii console, or the controllers for sale in.

          I only own one nunchuk and that is what came with the Wii console when I bought it, but after looking around and thinking of buying another, the price varies a LOT depending on where you buy them from. It could be as little as 99p somewhere on e Bay, Amazon are selling them for about £5 I think and Sainsbury's £15.

          I have dropped it many times while playing and it isn't hard when your waving your arms around everywhere playing the games, and it's still going strong. I don't really think there is anything bad about this product. Seen as though you should get one free when you buy you Nintendo Wii console, you have nothing to lose by giving it a go!

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          29.11.2010 04:28

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          i love the motion sensor wii mote, but sometimes a steady hand alternative is neccessary!

          The Nintendo Wii nunchuck- not only does it have a more amusing name than any computer gaming periphal ever made- but it is an integral part of the Wii gaming experience.

          I got one with my Wii console, but if you buy any other Wii wireless controller, you will have to buy a nunchuck seperately, for around fifteen pounds. To be honest, I think it is overpriced for what it is. Mine is white, although they are available in black and red to be inkeeping with their respective console colours. It is light to hold in your hand and is made entirely of plastic. The nunchuck is connected to the Wii contoller by a cable that is approximately two feet long. As the wireless controller that the nunchuck is plugged into is powered by 2xAA batteries, the nunchuck does not require any.

          Most Wii games require both the wireless controller and nunchuck to operate- the nunchuck usually being used to control game character's movements. Not only does it have a joystick for your thumb, but it has a "C" and "Z" button on the top for the index and middle finger to use. I was, at first, unsure about the "contoller in each hand" configuration as I am used to the single controller in both hands. The nunchuck is very ergonomically designed, however, and it is very easy to use.

          I think that the Wii Nunchuck is very well designed. It works great along side the Wii wireless controller very well and I am glad Nintendo can acknowlwdge that the motion sensor wiimote isn't solely appropriate for every game.

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          Essential accessory for many Wii games

          The nunchuk is pretty much an essential accessory for your Wii. It means that you can get both hands involved in your gaming, and many games require it.

          It has a lead which plugs into the end of your Wii remote, and has a small joystick plus buttons "c" and "z". It gives you extra controls for more complicated games and allows you to imitate real-life actions more accurately. Without it, you'd box one-handed and have to draw a bow-string with a button!

          The nunchuk is powered through the Wii remote rather than having its own power source, which works well (at least you don't need another set of batteries or a charger) while it doesn't seem to make a huge amount of difference to how much charge the Wii remote uses up.

          It is shaped to be pleasing to the hand and is comfortable to hold and use. It's quite sturdy, although one thing to watch is that when removing it from the Wii remote, you're not too rough and pull the wire out of its setting - I've had one broken by the kids that way. The lead is long enough to allow good movement of both hands and arms without tugging on or interfering with each other much. It flaps about a bit in vigorous games but for the most part feels quite a natural way to play two-handed games and sports with the Wii console.

          It's a good accessory, allowing for more interesting gameplay.

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