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Point and Shoot
What is it about the Nintendo Wii that has made it such a huge success? It isn’t the graphics - c’mon, you’d really have to be a Nintendo fanboy to say that. No, what makes the Wii the powerhouse it is doesn’t come into play when a game pops up, but when you grab hold of the controller to work that game. The Wii’s remote stands unique among the latest generation video game consoles.
The same applies to the peripherals the Wii can handle - especially when it comes to shooting at things that need to be killed.
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Guns are Fun
Have you ever noticed how lame the gun accessories are? They’re just hollow shells that you stick the Nintendo remote controller into. Sure that can do the job, but where is the fun in that?
Which is why it’s the Crossfire Remote Pistol that comes out of my Wii arsenal when it’s time to take on Zombies. Or enemy soldiers. Or even some geese heading over to New York’s LaGuardia airport to try and spook some airplanes. We'll take care of them right quick.
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Check Out These Specs
When it comes to using a gun, the Crossfire is totally self-contained. Nothing is being shoving into it but your hand when it’s time for action. That's because all the control electronics are built right in. The dual “A” buttons are just a thumb flick away on the gun stock right next to the trigger guard where your finger’s squeezing off round after round by pulling the “B” button trigger. You don't have to try and figure out where to put your hand in order to work the Crossfire because the buttons fall natually where they should - or where it makes sense if you will.
That goes for the D-Pad too - it's on the back hammer where it's a natural for quick thumb access. The only time your other hand needs to help out is when you need to access the side Home keys to maneuver around menus. There’s even a slot on the bottom of the stock for plugging in the Nunchuk if you must.
That's not the end of it either. The gun has vibration built right in so everything that happens can remind you of the consequences. There's even a built in audio speaker for feeding you back intel on how well your shots are scoring as the targets bite the dust. Or not as the case may be.
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Time to Shoot
It should be obvious that you don't use the Crossfire for playing Wii sport games. But just in case you need to know, the Crossfire is designed for games where things need to die real quick. Resident Evil 4 is a good example of where the Crossfire can make a difference - the enemies are a lot smarter than the average Bear and with the "aim and shoot" targeting mechanism in place, the Crossfire's rapid use gives you an edge in keeping the baddies from getting too close. Or staying alive for that matter.
It all makes for good practice until Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles shows up, with its heavy leaning on old school arcade-style shooter gameplay. Being able to turn off the forebrain and just go with the flow of "see, shoot, kill, repeat" can be a good thing, especially when the weapon in your hand supports that lack of intellectual capacity. Duh - the Crossfire will be fine for that Cletus.
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Guns - They Do a Body Harm
Now none of this is to say that Crossfire is the perfect be all and end all for hand held shooting - it won’t work with the Wii MotionPlus for one thing. Like I care. And while I’m not a lefty, the fact that the “A” button does double duty for either hand is a nice addition that didn't have to be included. It provides for use by those who use their left hands obviously, but it also means a few seconds of safety if I have to trade off in order to grab something with my right hand. Like answering my iPhone - sheesh people call at the most inconvenient times!
I should probably also mention that the stock of the Crossfire is nicely made with a comfortable grip that not only falls naturally in the hand, but also allows you to keep it there without cramping up as the minutes turn into hours. Or days, depending upon the game in play.
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Keeping It Real - Deadly
You never have to dissemble and clean the Crossfire in order to keep it working at its most effective either - just swipe off the white and grey plastic body with a clean cloth and give the orange IR sensor at the front of the barrel a wipe now and then. Oh - and make sure the batteries in the stock powering it are fresh. You don't need no lagging response time when the enemies are coming in hordes.
So as far as those jokers in Washington who out to take away our guns go, they’ll have to pry the Crossfire from my dead fingers to get it. Let them buy their own!