Nintendo Wii, with its new Wiimote control was said to redefine the gaming market. Nintendo Wii is the first console that integrates motion control into gameplay 100%, revealing many new ways to enjoy a game, both casually or hardcore. Unfortunately, due to its low specifications, the Wii tends not to have many third-party game applications, and most games are directed towards the casual market. Those games includes the older and newer games, such as Wii Sports, Wii Play, and Wii Fit; which have one similarity: they are first-party applications.
It turns out that Wii’s success also brought the attention of the accessories market, and soon after, new accessories specialized for the Nintendo Wii was created. While some of them, especially those which are created by Nintendo–are vital for some games, the accessories market for the Nintendo Wii is expanding such that it finally reaches the stage where ridiculous Wii accessories are being made. Unfortunately, even the big N themselves, Nintendo, has reached this stage along with smaller accessories developer. In this article are some Wii accessories that are just plain ridiculous and unneeded–both created by Nintendo or third-party industries.
Official Nintendo Wheel
The first one is the Official Nintendo Wii Wheel. As the name says, it was manufactured by Nintendo themselves for the release of Mario Kart Wii. The Wii Wheel looks like a–well, a steering wheel, albeit made of plastic and much lighter. To use this peripheral, you have to insert your Wii-mote into the rectangle-like opening in the middle on the Wii Wheel. From then on, you can control your Wii-mote just like a real car, except with button.
While Nintendo thought that bundling this with Mario Kart Wii would enhance the gameplay experience of said game, for most people, this peripheral is just a waste of space and unneeded. Why? After testing Mario Kart Wii, the only way to control it properly is by holding the Wii-mote normally, and using the nunchuk as the steering wheel. Playing by controlling it like a normal car turns out to be unresponsive (at that time, Wii MotionPlus hasn’t been announced yet). This accessory is unneeded, and the only thing that it would do is waste your space. Only a child would be thrilled by the experience of the Nintendo Wheel.
Wii Remocon Storage Accessory
The second one is a third-party accessory. Wii Remocon Storage Accessory is a box, used to store your Wii-mote and nunchuk, in a “stylish” manner, and you can buy this peripheral for just $7.99. Need I say more on this? So you bought this peripheral for $7.99; and found out that the only thing you can do with it is put your nunchuk and Wii-mote inside? Funny. I don’t know what the creators of this are thinking.
You can save your $7.99 by storing your Wii accessories somewhere else, like your closet. Or you can also wrap your Wii-mote and nunchuk with a piece of cloth and put it beside your Wii instead.
NERF Sports Pack
Another one created by a third-party manufacturer, the NERF Sports Pack is an add-on to the Wii-mote specialized for the Wii Sports game. Basically, it extends from the top side of the Wii-mote, and seems to develop the Wii-mote aesthetically so that it looks more like the real thing. NERF Sports pack was bundled with several different peripherals of extensions inside, the baseball club, the tennis racket, and the golf club.
The problem with this accessories pack is just the same as the other accessories–what difference does it create? Basically, playing Wii Sports with or without this won’t net you any difference, it is used just to give an experience of playing the real thing. Well, what difference would it bring with this accessories pack? If you want to experience the real thing, you have to do it yourself. Do not rely on using this kind of accessory. Seriously, it is just a waste of your money when you can experience real sports, if you wanted to.