What is the Wii controller? That seems to be the question running around these days. Many people are confused by the revolutionary concept of the Nintendo Wii controller. Well, in this article, I’m going to break it down for you plain and simple. After reading this, you’ll know exactly what the Wii controller does and why there are so many attachments.
The Wii-mote (Remote)
This is the primary element of the Wii controller. The Wii remote is exactly what its name suggests; a remote. Users hold the Wii Remote in one hand and all the buttons are strategically placed on the remote for easy controllability. From top to bottom the buttons are placed like this: the power button, the control pad, a set of three buttons (minus, home and plus), a build-in speaker, and then a “1” and a “2” button. With one hand, all of the buttons can be reached. Now most people think: why make the controller a remote? Well, at the top of the controller is a revolutionary motion-sensor device that allows the user to move the controller as they’re playing the game; making the Wii remote a tennis racket, samurai sword, or fishing pole all at the same time.
The Nunchuck controller refers to the analog stick add-on that gamers use in there opposite hand. The Nunchuck controller has the same type of analog stick made famous by the Nintendo 64 and the Nintendo GameCube. The Nunchuck controller also has a motion-sensor device just like the Wii-mote. It is an essential add-on when playing games that made use of different weapons and moves (such as Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess).
The retro controller is an add-on used to play the many archived games downloadable online through the Wii. The controller looks like a cross between the Super Nintendo (SNES) controller and the Nintendo GameCube controller in that it has two analog sticks at the bottom of the controller. The ingenious design makes it perfect for playing pretty much any previous Nintendo console game.
Light Gun Controller
The last and most recently announced controller is the Light Gun controller. It happens to remind many gamers of the gun packaged with the original Nintendo (NES) system used to play Duck Hunt, a game that came with Super Mario Bros. The Light Gun controller has a trigger and an analog stick on the top. Most likely, the controller will be used for first-person shooters or hunting games.
Well, that pretty much sums up the controller options on the Nintendo Wii. The console launches on November 19th.