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Come play with Mii on the Wii!
Nintendo Wii Controller (Wii)
Member Name: lolly23
Nintendo Wii Controller (Wii)
Date: 24/11/10, updated on 18/09/11 (39 review reads)
Advantages: Responsive, accurate, hardwearing.
Disadvantages: Erm, useless if you don't have a Wii?!?
The Wii has revolutionised gaming. It has brought a whole new level to game play; instead of simply sitting on your sofa, clicking buttons and watching the game character have all the fun, you can be the character, and be part of the game... and have the fun!
All of this takes place thanks to the Wiimote (or Wii Remote, for those not in the know! Lol). The Wiimote's every move is monitored on a small sensor panel that is placed either above or below your television screen. This means that YOUR every move is picked up and replicated in the game.
A Wiimote is provided with the Wii console, although extras and/or replacements are widely available, ranging in price from £15-25. There are non-Nintendo Wiimotes available, although reviews are mixed and prices aren't much lower, so I don't know if they're a good buy.
The Wiimotes are 15 x 3.5 x 3 cm, and are of an average weight for a remote. They come with a long wrist strap and a sliding plastic clip to secure, the design of the clip means that it is suitable for all. This is a very important addition to the Wiimote as it can easily slip from the hand otherwise, not only risking damage to the controller, but to your TV, console, or anything else within throwing distance!
I have dropped our remotes a couple of times, and my son has hit the TV with them more times than I can remember, but luckily they have all survived. One throw even resulted in a huge crack along the controller, yet it still works perfectly; I believe that they are pretty sturdy devices, although I would still advise you to wear the wrist strap, as it is not just the Wiimote that could get damaged.
The controller is wireless and is easily connected to the console with the click of two buttons; One on the Wiimote (located under the battery cover) and one on the console. Once connected, the Wiimote will always work with the console, even when the batteries have been removed and replaced.
It is a simple device that is very easy to master; there are very few buttons and all are widely spaced so there is no risk of pressing the wrong one, which can be an issue for those with clumsy and/or chunky fingers!
I find that the remote is very responsive, and is usually accurate in play. There are times when the remote doesn't recognise certain movements or actions, although I have noticed that they tend to be on the same few games, this makes me think that the problem is with the games, rather than the Wiimote.
All in all, I am very happy with the Wiimote. It works well, responds well, and is very hardwearing. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, although obviously it is of no use for someone who doesn't own a Wii!
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