Hands-On: Nyko's Wii Wand With Built-in MotionPlus


Posted January 8, 2010 - By Brian Leahy

Nyko Wand+

Announced here at CES 2010, Nyko will be introducing Wand+, a new Wii remote with built-in MotionPlus support. The unit, which is the same size as their current third-party Wiimote, will release in March for a suggested $40, well below the cost of a Nintendo Wiimote and MotionPlus.

The big question: does it work?

Yes. As far as I can tell during my limited hands-on time with the Wand+ and Wii Sports Resort (Table Tennis), it works as well as Nintendo's own MotionPlus. The impressive part? This tech is built from scratch by Nyko and not licensed from Nintendo.

My only gripe is the D-Pad, which isn't as defined as the one on the official Nintendo Wiimote. Everything else works as well as the official thing and should present a low-cost option for gamers wishing to stock up to four Wiimotes with MotionPlus.

Should Nintendo publish a change to MotionPlus, Nyko will also be able to update the firmware on the Wand+, though it will require sending your controller back to Nyko for flashing.

Keep checking back for more from CES 2010 and be sure to follow me on Twitter @bleahy.

Check out more Nyko accessories in our photo gallery tour of Nyko's booth

Hands-On: Nyko's Wii Wand With Built-in MotionPlus


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