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Nyko Wand+ Motion-Sensing IR Controller 87095
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Nyko Wand+ Motion-Sensing IR Controller 87095

If you remember the original Wand, Nyko’s standard version of the Wii Remote, then you’re already aware that it proved a great (and less-expensive) alternative for motion waggling action. It didn’t take much to update the already compliant unit as it had great battery life and propriety Trans-Port technology that added extra functionality to other […]

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If you remember the original Wand, Nyko’s standard version of the Wii Remote, then you’re already aware that it proved a great (and less-expensive) alternative for motion waggling action. It didn’t take much to update the already compliant unit as it had great battery life and propriety Trans-Port technology that added extra functionality to other Nyko products, but the Wand+ update adds a re-skinned matte finish for better grip, different array of colors, and has the distinction of being the first to include full MotionPlus technology right into the remote itself.

Obviously it’s all about adding MotionPlus without the clutter of any extra connections or dongles, effectively beating Nintendo at their own adapter-happy game. This point is pretty significant because it proves that the approach can be done with relative ease and still save a lot of weight with the additional functionality, a nice touch since there’s essentially nothing lost in the transition.  Small niggles like having to contend with Nyko’s less-than-perfect d-pad aside, there isn’t much here that I didn’t really enjoy, and I’m amazed that (once again) Nintendo has let a third-party manufacturer offer an intuitive solution to their myriad of controller configurations.

Everything works without a hitch with regular Wii title and remains just as responsive compared to other remote offerings, and still easily snap into most shells (Wii Zapper notwithstanding) with little fuss.  And as mentioned above, it also supports Nyko’s Trans-Port technology and peripherals, making it instantly compatible if you’ve got a host of compatible attachments, such as their Action Pack and others.  Of course the real claim to fame is obviously instant 1:1 MotionPlus ability, which does work as intended depending on the compatible game, and in some cases doesn’t require the unit to undergo calibration of any kind for proper use.

Favorites like Wii Sports Resort and Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’11 were good warm-ups, as a lot movements show just how smooth the Wand + operated without having to set up anything, while more intense titles like Red Steel 2 that had hang-ups before actually improved under the same conditions with Nyko’s remote. That’s not to say the Wand+ eliminates the need for calibration entirely – it doesn’t.  But by having one less connection to deal with, I found that the chance of having to micro-calibrate often was less than with the stock Wii Remote + MotionPlus combination, and anything that streamlines the process is fine by me.

If you happen to own a previous version of Nyko’s Wand and appreciated the affordable and extra aesthetics that came with it then the updated Wand+ is definitely worth stepping up to. The idea of having MotionPlus without having to buy (yet) another extension is just too good to ignore, especially if you realize that the price and quality of Nyko’s unit effectively matches Nintendo’s standard motion-sensing remote offerings ($39.99), and even undercuts it in value alone. Third-party stigma be damned because as far as I’m concerned, Nyko officially makes the single best – and most complete – Wii Remote you can currently buy at this point; it’s just that good.

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Nyko

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87095

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$29

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