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Nintendo Wii Controller (Wii)
Member Name: lyndsey1989
Nintendo Wii Controller (Wii)
Advantages: Easy to use, easy to grip
I bought my wii about 2 years ago now. The reason I bought a wii and not another console was because at the time, it was the only console that had the move technology. This means that your movements with the controller connect with the game so you can play games as though you were actually there yourself. For example, by swinging the remote you can play tennis.
However, since then the other large console manufacturers have bought out new software including the playstation move and the new software from Microsoft out this week for the Xbox 360 called Kinect - where you yourself are the controller and there is no need to hold a controller whilst playing. Therefore, some may see the wii controller as getting a little outdated.
The wii remote comes with the console. However, in many deals you will only get one remote meaning you will need to buy more if you want to play multiplayer. We just bought one more with the console because the majority of the time there is only two of us playing it and we couldn't really stretch to buying any more that wouldn't be used regularly. At the moment the classic wii remotes can be picked up on Amazon for around £24.
The wii remotes that we have are white because we have the white console, however you can now get black remotes easily to match the black console and I have now seen a red console has been released so I'm sure you can get red remotes too.
The remotes come with a plastic sleeve to be fitted to the remote. This helps you to grip the remote better which is essential with the move technology as otherwise I imagine there would be wii remotes flying about everywhere! There is also a wrist strap which should be used at all times to ensure the wii remote doesn't get dropped or flung over the room. However, we took ours off about a year ago to put the remotes in a steering wheel for Mario kart and haven't got round to putting them back on yet...saying this though it hasn't been a problem and nobody has ended up throwing the remote across the room! However, I do think its important to keep the sleeve on at all times.
The wii remote is about 6 inches tall and 2 inches wide, it is about 2 inches deep. It fits really easily in my hand and I feel as though I have a good grip on it. The remote has a simple layout, there are not too many buttons and it looks very easy to use.
Buttons on the remote include an on/off switch (for the console itself), I think this is great because if you are playing a game from the sofa you can turn it off from there! The buttons hidden away in the top corner so it cannot be pressed by accident during game play. There is also a cross which helps you to navigate on the wii as it includes the up, down, left and right keys. There is also a plus and minus button, a homepage button, 1 and 2 buttons which are rarely used I have found and of course the all important A and B buttons! The A button is like the enter key on a computer keyboard and this is probably the most used button on the remote.
Another thing on the wii remote is the little lights at the bottom. There are 4 lights but only one is ever lit up - this shows which player you are. This is a great help as often remotes are thrown down on the sofa to come back to in a minute and nobody ever knows which one is whose!
When playing with the wii remote I find it fits really comfortably in my hand, it is easy to use and the wii picks up your actions well. The wii comes with a sensor which must be put on top or below your TV, it then must be set up saying where it is. The sensor just sits on the tv, it doesn't need sticking on. The sensor picks up your actions with the remote really well. I use the remote for various games such as tennis, sonic or the wii fit. The wii fit has exercises such as yoga which really need the use of the remote to tell you how you are doing. I find that the sensor picks up my actions really well and it can tell exactly what I am doing.
The remotes take 2 AA batteries, however you can also buy a charging dock if you wish. I find the batteries last well with us changing them once every few months.
All in all, I am impressed with the wii remote. It is easy to use and recognises your actions well. The wireless aspect of it makes it great for gameplay and it can be used by the whole family. Recommended.
Summary: Good remote