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Wii remote - in a class of it's own.
Nintendo Wii Controller (Wii)
Member Name: claireylulu
Nintendo Wii Controller (Wii)
Advantages: uncomplicated, lots of fun and different
Disadvantages: may not be a huge fan for big gamers
In my household we always seem to be a little behind on all the new electronic gadgets that come out but we get there. I think money is always a huge part of our problem with two little ones they always come first. So in January 2008 we got what everyone was talking about a wii. I thought it would be nice as my other half has his beloved Xbox this was something for us both and for the kids to grow into. In a basic package you get the wii console, the leads to fix it up with, wii sports and a wii remote and nunchuck.
The wii remote has opened so many new doors for games consoles with its motion sensor technology. As soon as we used it I loved it. In my eyes it makes gaming more fun. So ok I'm not a huge gamer know it all. I just like to have a bit of simple fun and this gives you that. I guess it doesn't compare to the Xbox and PS3 with their latest releases of Call of Duty Black Ops (and have I heard about that this week!). But this game console gives you fun family entertainment. There is nothing like the wii remote sitting it in a line with other games consoles remotes it stands out alone.
The wii remote is the primary control for all wii games but adaption's can be added to it for example the nunchuck. The thing that makes it so exciting is the motion sensor allowing you to move just simply by turning the remote left or right, up and down or round. You will find not all games require using the remote like this but many do like the sports which is extremely fun. The wii can be used like any other normal remote with direction buttons and A and B.
So what is the remote like? It is rectangle, long and thin. It measure about 14 ½ cms long, 3 ½ cms wide and at its widest it is 3cms in depth. So you can see it's not a very big remote and sit nicely in your hand like a tv remote. I find it very comfortable to hold. It does come with a safety strap to pop round your wrist I think this was added after there were so many accidents with people letting go of the remote while getting that strike at bowling! It is a wireless remote which it had to be for the motion sensor to work at its best. This does mean it does require two AA batteries. The battery life on them is great even after hours of use but we do use the Duracell batteries not sure on how it would perform on cheaper batteries.
I found the wii remote not to be too complicated. It does have a few buttons on it but as a none gamer I picked it up quickly. At the top is the power button and then a plus shaped button which is you directionally button up, down, left and right. Below is a large clear A button which you use most often when playing games with the B button on the back of the remote. There is a very small home button in between a plus and a minus button. The home button takes you straight back to the menu if you want exit the game. 1 and 2 buttons towards the bottom of the remote are used for more complex games. Along the bottom are four small squares they have a blue LED light in them. Each one represents which number remote player you are as you can have four remotes linked up to the console at one time.
A wii remote will cost you around the thirty pound mark which isn't too bad for a remote for a games console. You do have to pay extra for a nunchuck or any other gadget you want to add to it. I would recommend buying a cover for you remote just to protect it against any bangs it may have and the fact it has a slipplery surface so when you hands get sweaty (believe me they will!) it does slip about. The rubber protector helps with this.
I love the wii remote or the wiimote as it is nicknamed. It just sits in your hand nicely and is super light to hold. I found it uncomplicated something I needed. Even my other half who is a huge Xbox fan likes it too. He finds the wii lighter hearted and a fun thing to use. I have had the original remote that came with the console for nearly two years and it is still going strong it looks in perfect condition and works just as good as it always did.
Summary: Full marks to Nintendo!
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