Perfect Shot for Nintendo Wii
A review of the Perfect Shot pistol-shaped game accessory for the Nintendo Wii.
Perfect Shot - Wii Gun Controller
The Perfect Shot from Nyko is a gaming accessory for the Nintendo Wii that resembles the Colt 1911 semi-automatic handgun. It is designed to make shooting games more realistic by giving you a gun to hold in your hand and a trigger to pull instead of just pushing a button. If you play a lot of shooting games, I think it is definitely worth buying because it is so much easier to hold than the regular Wii Remote. This controller attachment will make gun games a whole new experience as long as you don't expect too much. It's a great Wii add-on, but doesn't really function like a real gun as far as aiming.
This simple device uses an internal plastic rail that presses the B button on the Wii Remote whenever you pull the trigger. There is no electronic interface and no extra buttons, so its function is purely mechanical. That’s why you can buy this gun in most places for about 15 bucks. I really wished it had additional buttons on the side because I don’t like having to press the A button on top of the Remote while playing a game. I will say that it fits snugly with the B button so pulling the trigger is just like pressing the button on the Wii Remote. It does not click when you pull the trigger, but there is a spring inside that makes pulling the trigger a little more work that pressing the button when playing shooting or hunting games.
If you look at the images of this gun, you'll see that it has rear sights. However, don't think you're going to use the Perfect Shot to aim at your screen. It's made to give you a pointer, but holding the gun up and looking down the sights will only yield disappointment. This is not a controller replacement, and is only made for holding the Wii Remote in a way that makes it easier to use for shooting type games. In the future, I would like to see an actual controller made to work like a gun, but there probably aren't enough games out to support such a thing just yet.
Ease of Use
You will have to remove the strap from the Wii Remote before you insert it into the Perfect Shot, and I don’t like that. A hollowed out area should have been included so this was not necessary. You also have to take the rubber sleeve off the Remote, but that’s a given. Taking the Remote in and out of the pistol is very easy, which is a plus. It also features a pass-through so you can connect the Nun-chuck to the bottom of the handle since some games require both. In the image here, you can see how the Nun-chuck connects instead of mounting like it does on the Wii Zapper. As long as you don’t mind not using the wrist strap, this thing is easy to use.
The Perfect Shot has a pretty solid design and fits well in my large hand. I wonder if maybe it is too big for younger kids because the handle is quite thick. I own several real handguns and none of them have a handle as fat as this controller. This gun is molded to look a lot like a Colt 1911 and is very well balanced when the Wii Remote is inserted into the top. It is all held together by numerous screws and seems to be very solid, so I think it could handle a few drops on the carpet.
The only part of the gun’s construction that concerns me is the think plastic rail that flips over the front of the gun to hold the Wii Remote in place. It seems very flimsy and could easily be broken off, but on the plus side it isn’t all that necessary since the Wii Remote sort of snaps in place. It would have been nice if a little raised piece of plastic had been included on the rail to make it seem more like a real gun sight.
Despite being kind of simple, I think the Perfect Shot has plenty of uses. It’s very nicely balanced and fits pretty well in the hand, plus the appeal of holding something shaped like a real gun versus a Wii Remote is going to make a lot of gamers happy. The bottom line here is that if you like to play hunting games or zombie shooting games on the Wii, then you should invest in one of these gun remote controllers to enhance your gaming experience.