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Nintendo Wii Zapper
Member Name: hamm_sandwich
Nintendo Wii Zapper
Advantages: Inexpensive. Lots of great games to use it with
Disadvantages: Trigger should be a bit stiffer
As I mentioned in a previous review, i'm really enjoying my Wii and the revitalised lightgun genre of games at the moment and this is thanks in no small part part to the Wii Zapper. Unlike the 'Zapper' lightgun which was also released by Nintendo for its NES console back in the 1980s this isn't a controller in itself but rather a housing for your Wii Remote and Nunchuk, unsurprisingly in the shape of a gun.
I'm generally not a fan of these 'accessories' for the Wii that are supposed to enhance your gaming experience like these golf club and tennis racquet extensions which, aside from being poorly made make the Wii remote less precise because of the added weight. I've also learnt to trust Nintendo though and in the Zapper we have a genuinely useful accessory. The Wii Remote clicks satisfyingly into the top of the device with no need for strain on the Remote and can be released with a push of the grey button in front of the Nunchuk handle.
I was concerned about how the Nunchuk would connect to the Remote because of the wire but Nintendo have taken care of this by allowing you to conceal the excess cable and coil it inside the body of the Zapper with the end connector neatly coming out of the top end. With the two controllers in place this simple device transforms the Wii experience and really does add a level of authenticity to the likes of Ghost Squad and House of the Dead: Overkill thanks in part to the way the trigger is relocated to a hinge on the front handle of the Zapper which rests on the B button on the underside of the Wiimote.
This works quite well in practice although the trigger isn't quite as tight as i'd like but there isn't really a way around that so I can't really blame Nintendo. Because of the size of the Zapper I also found myself swapping it between my left and right hand when it became uncomfortable.
The Zapper can be bought on its own but can also be had packaged with various games like Ghost Squad, House of the Dead 2&3 and Link's Crossbow Training which is the one I bought and after looking around, this seems to be the cheapest way to buy the Zapper and can be found on the High Street for under £20 and has been in HMV's 2 for £30 promotion.
Summary: Not a gimmick.
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