Product Type: Nintendo game controllers
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A good and sometimes necessary addition to a Wii
Nintendo Wii Nunchuk Controller
Member Name: hayley_dl
Nintendo Wii Nunchuk Controller
Advantages: needed for some games, very responsive, comfortable in my hand
Disadvantages: 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.
Summary: a responsive controller that's necessary for some games but can be expensive.