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- Full compatibility with all Wii Software
- Full Motion Technology for compatibility with all Wii Motion Plus games with no additional dongle
- Trans-Port Technology allows for use of custom shells and accessories
- Accelerometer for motion control game play
- CMOS camera for pointer/cursor functionality
- Trans-Port technology relocates key buttons & vibration to specially designed accessories for more immersive control & compatibility
- Full-Motion technology provides advanced 1-to-1 movement detection for the most accurate motion control input
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Experience the most advanced Wii Remote alternative in the world with the Nyko Wand+. The Wand allows for complete control of all compatible Wii software and menus and features full accelerometer control support, vibration feedback, and built-in speaker as well as Nyko?s new Full Motion Technology. Full Motion Technology provides 1:1 movement tracking fully compatible with all Wii Motion Plus games without the need for any extra dongles or add-ons. With the Wand in your hand, you'll have total control of all your Wii software as well as a rubberized B-Trigger, larger 1 and 2 buttons and an improved and re-worked d-pad for more comfortable and accurate classic and horizontal game play. The Wand is ergonomically crafted for left and right handed use with a form factor designed for maximum compatibility with 1st and 3rd party accessories. Expand your control possibilities with Nyko?s Trans-Port Technologies, exclusively developed for the Wand. Trans-Port Technology allows specially designed attachments to pass through key buttons to the attachment, allowing for more responsive attachments that can easily integrate with your Wand controller for a variety of games.
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Upon closer inspection of the circuit board inside, it is apparent that the manufacturing of the circuit board does not indicate good quality. On one of the pictures a splashed solder blob is clearly visible (circled with a red circle). Also some round epoxy-covered chips are clearly visible. Such chips are usually produced on no-name factories, and may or may not be of good quality. It becomes apparent why there are so many bad opinions about 3rd party controllers such as this Nyko Wand+ for Wii. It is because of the low quality manufacturing that cuts corners to achieve low price. With such a low quality device the prospect of buying Nyko controller becomes a hit or miss. You might get a controller that works great, at least for a while, or you can get one that is completely non-working, or that has intermittent problems because of poor soldering or solder blobs possibly shorting some connections at one time or another. Design an quality of the plastic case and buttons appears good. Design of the circuit may be good too. It is clearly sloppy quality of the circuit and its components that make this non-working Nyko Wand+ a one-star in my opinion.
First the positives. The controller itself has the Motion Plus technology built in while still remaining the same size as the Wii Remote. The A, 1, and 2 buttons are larger than Nintendo's own controller and the B button on the back is rubberized, all welcome additions. The d-pad also feels nice, despite having a square-like design in the inside corners of the pad to go along with the other button's square looks. The controller itself also has what Nyko refers to as "soft feel". Unlike Nintendo's remote which has a glossy plastic finish, the Wand+ has a smooth, almost rubber-like feel to it which makes it very comfortable to hold. The lights under the 1 and 2 buttons which indicate which player is which also double as a gauge of the batteries remaining energy when the controller syncs with the system, which is a nifty touch. The Motion Plus feature works exactly like Nintendo's official add-on, with the only noticeable difference being that the Wand+ has it built in, while Nintendo's add-on adds significant length and weight.
All the positives, however, don't mean much if the controllers overall function is lacking, which is where the negatives come in. The first noticeable problem is the speaker. The speaker in both the Nintendo remote and the Wand+ is mono and isn't meant to provide amazing sound, however when comparing the speaker in both controllers the difference in quality becomes apparent. The sound from the Nintendo remote speaker is clear and crisp, with no static or distortion. The Wand+ speaker, however, is of poor quality with static and intermittent loss of sound occurring on a regular basis. Brand new batteries and volume adjustment do nothing to remedy this. It is a design flaw. Another problem is that the cursor doesn't move as smoothly as it does with Nintendo's remote. During fast movement you don't notice any difference between the two controllers, but during fine, slower movement you can notice the cursor "jerking" along as you move it as opposed to being a nice, smooth motion. Lastly, the battery contacts on the back seem rather flimsy, as after replacing the batteries for the first time I was unable to play any games that required fast, powerful movements (i.e Red Steel 2) because the batteries would move out of place and cause the controller to go dead.
I sent in my Wand+ to Nyko to be replaced after the merchant that I had purchased it from ran out of stock, however upon closer inspection it appears Nyko just sent me back my original remote because all the problems I experienced, including the battery contacts, still persist. For people looking to purchase a new remote for their Wii, I recommend that they wait until Nintendo releases its Wii remote plus in the coming months, which has the Motion Plus tech built into it. At least with Nintendo, you know that you're getting a well built, quality product.
In fact, I couldn't tell the difference in gameplay with the original Wii Motionplus I got with my wii. That alone says a lot - most 3rd party controllers are iffy at best, in my experience.
PLUS, this controller has the extra large buttons - the tiny wii buttons have always annoyed me with their wee size (I have big fingers and thumbs, I will admit).
Easy to sync. Saved my mii to it no problem. Worked like a champ. Feels nice and solid... Add in the price and you have a world-beater.