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Wii need a second nunchuck
Nintendo Wii Nunchuk Controller
Member Name: Craggybuk
Nintendo Wii Nunchuk Controller
Advantages: Adds a new dimension to multiplayer games, motion sensitive
Disadvantages: Flimsy data cable
The chances are that if you are lucky enough to own a Wii, you'll require a second set of controllers to enable you to take full advantage of the multi player games. In my opinion, Nintendo have made a strange (or clever depending on your angle) decision to sell the nunchuck seperately to the Wii remote meaning an outlay of around £50 if you want to buy them both.
--What is a nunchuck--
The nunchuck serves a multitude of purposes depending on which game you play. Some games even rely soley on the Wii remote but using the nunchuck enhances the gaming experience greatly. The nunchuck is connected to the Wii remote via a data cable which is plugged into the bottom of the remote, this clicks into place easily and unclips by pressing in the 2 sides of the clip whilst pulling it out.
The nunchuck comprises an analogue directional controller and a button (known as the Z button) on the end of it.
As well as being used as a directional controller the nunchuck has plenty of other uses. I was really surprised to find out that the nunchuck also contains the same motion sensors as the Wii remote which means that any movement of the nunchuck has an effect on the game, for example in Wii Sports boxing, the nunchuck becomes your left hand enabling you to capture the correct 2 punching technique. Other uses I have found for it are for running as fast as you can in the excellent Rayman where you need to get your arms pumping as you would in a sprinting race, also, in the same game a quick flick on the nunchuck would reload the ammunition in your gun.
-- Register your nunchuck --
It is well worth registering your nunchuck with www.nintendo-europe.com. For each item you register you get rewarded with Nintendo stars. These in turn allow you to make purchases such as screensavers, ringtones and games when you earn the correct amount of points. There are even rumours that you will be able to turn these stars into Wii points in the near future. To register your nunchuck, scratch off the panel on the card in the nunchucks box and enter the code onto the nintendo websire (after signin up for free registration)
Personally £50 for the Wii remote and nunchuck seems a little bit excessive to me when you weigh it up against the whole price of the console package (£180). However, both items are a must for multiplayer gaming. I am a little bit wary of the cable between the nunchuck and the Wii remote as it is not the longest and if you get carried away in an event where you need to be throwing both hands in different directions there is potential for the cable to either be disconnected or, even worse, to snap. This was a flaw with earlier nunchucks but I believe Nintendo have now addressed the problem. The nunchuck itself sells for around £15-17 which is decent value if you already own a second or third remote. If you just have the one remote I would recommend just buying a second remote first (Wii play represents the best value here) and maybe adding a nunchuck later, just to split the cost.
Summary: A nice add-on which complements the Wii remote
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