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A revolutionary controller.
Nintendo Wii Controller (Wii)
Member Name: hayley_dl
Nintendo Wii Controller (Wii)
Advantages: interactive, great battery life, built in speaker
Disadvantages: none for me
The Wii remote was revolutionary at the time it was brought out and has taken game playing to a new level. Many other companies have tried to build on the idea from Nintendo but in my opinion nothing could quite compare to the original interactive style of play designed by Nintendo.
This reminds me almost of a TV remote. It is rectangle in shape with a power button, a plus and minus button, directional arrows, a button to get to the home screen, buttons numbered one and two on the front and a larger button A with button B on the back. There are also 4 LED lights to let you know which player number you are.
The LED lights work well and what I originally thought was a useless addition has proved very useful when playing multi-player games. A quick glance down at the remote will easily tell you which number you are and therefore which player on screen. The lights are easily seen and easily recognisable with the quickest of glances and therefore you don't miss any of the game when double checking. The remote itself is very sensitive and easily picked up by the sensor. I found originally that it was too sensitive and took some getting used to but after using it several times I actually like the responsiveness of it since it means I don't need to try too hard to get it to do what I want it to. It can be a bit fiddly when playing more complex games such as SimCity but this doesn't affect game play too much and doesn't detract from my enjoyment of the game.
The remotes take two AA batteries. The cover easily slides on and off to replace the batteries when needed. The batteries last a very long time, around a month, even when used for several hours each day. You can also easily see how much battery life is left by clicking the home button. This shows how much battery life is left in each controller and pauses the game allowing you to quickly and easily check it. If using rechargeable batteries you can also buy a charging stand for the remotes although I haven't bought this and so can't comment on its effectiveness.
I have bought a cover for my remote. This is just a thick plastic sleeve which the remote fits into, without this I found the remote slightly too thin for my hands but with the added cover it makes it bulky enough to comfortably fit into my hand and has the added advantage of protecting the remote at the same time. The cover also doesn't affect the responsiveness of the remote or the ease of pressing the buttons.
Although my remote is the standard white one I believe they also come in black, blue and pink. Many remotes now come with a motion plus sensor built in. For most games that I have I've found that this sensor makes very little difference to the game play or responsiveness. However in particular with Wii Sports Resort it makes the world of difference to game play. This sensor detects even the smallest of movements in your wrist and therefore makes game play much more realistic.
Each remote also has a speaker built in to it. This enhances my experience of the games as although the sounds from the remotes aren't brilliant it does mean that it almost gives an idea of surround sound as along with the music, voices or whatever other sounds come from the TV there are extra sounds coming from the remote.
Overall I love this controller and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. It really does make game play much more interactive and realistic. Because of the movement required it has even also been used as a part of physiotherapy for arm/shoulder injuries.
It gets a 5 out of 5 from me.
Summary: bringing game play to a new level
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