Nintendo Wii remote (Aka: Wiimote) is the primary remote for the Nintendo Wii system games, it was released with the wii console. This controller was what gave the wii it’s codename of the revolution, due to it’s unique gaming experience, it’s believed that Nintendo wanted to change the regular gaming which uses an ordinary gamepad full of buttons only hardcore gamers can deal with to a simple way to use a gaming controller achieving any by waving, tilting, or moving the Wiimote across the screen.
The Wiimote is full of great features like motion sensing allowing players to interact with screen via gesture recognition, and there is the feature of rumble pack and speaker on the controller, which transfers a vibration shock and sound effects associated with what’s happening on the screen to enhance the game experience.
It can be held in many ways depending on the situation the game puts you in, holding it in a vertical way like remote control is the common mode for most casual games, other mode is to hold it in horizontal way, this way it can be used like a gamepad for traditional games or for racing games, there are many other ways to hold the Wiimote without extensions, you will know what I mean by playing games that only uses wiimote in its most modes like Wario ware: smooth moves, or Wii sports and wii sports resort.
The Wiimote was built to be extensible, in the bottom of it there it is a port to ad other extensions made by Nintendo and 3rd party making more modes of using the wiimote with other extensions, in the wiimote and nunchuck mode the player holds each one in hand, this mode let players play games with more functionality, and games that are in most cases are single player like adventure games like Zelda, and Super Mario, also this mode was made for fps games like Metriod, you can plug to the wiimote to the classic controller, which is for the virtual console games, but it can be used to other Wii games, the wii motion plus is an extension for the wiimote adds more accuracy to the wiimote motion, but that was before Nintendo release the Wii Remote plus (Wiimote Plus) with a built-in motion plus, and there are other 3rd party extensions.
Wiimote Extensions and Accessories
Nunchuk is plugged to wii remote to add to it analog stick and two more buttons there is a 3rd party wireless version of the nunchak, the Nunchk is used for single player games in my opinion and you don’t have to buy more than the one that comes with the official bundle.
Classic controller is like I said for virtual console games and it’s used as traditional games control, Nintendo released another version of this controller and called it classic controller pro, and there are lots of 3rd party version of this controller.
Wii Zapper is a gun shell for FPS games, it carries the Wii remote and nunchuk and has a trigger under the B button.
Wiimote wrist strap is attached to the bottom of the wiimote and wore to ensure safety while using it.
Wiimote jacket also is another safety accessory for the Wiimote making it cause less damage when it accidentally falls, and making it easier to hold.
Shells are minor extensions, but they add more excitement to games, they will make your wiimote look like a tennis bat, a sword, steering wheel, and other instruments used in the games.
Wiimote Skins are skins made of silicon in most cases and they are for people who like to customize their stuff, it gives the wiimote new colors and new feel.
The Wii remote was the first motion based controller for video games consoles and it’s still competing with the others that came after it, and Nintendo made sure to give the players the best motion gaming experience without any delay or dispersion in performance.
The Wiimote and the Wii U
The Wiimote is not going to quite being a Nintendo console controller, when Nintendo unveiled the Wii u, and it’s new controller the Gamepad, they made a backward compatibility with the Wii controllers and games, and I believe that the wiimote is going to be used in the Wii u games and not be limited to the wii games.