The 5 Coolest Wii Addons to Enhance Your Gaming [Gadget Corner]

John McClain 25-07-2010

If you’re lucky enough to have a Nintendo Wii, you may know that one of the funnest things about owning one is the ability to include additional accessories or addons to your gaming experience.


Ever since the console launched, a whole flurry of these Wii addons have become available. There are so many of them to choose from, how do you know which ones to buy and which ones to skip?

Let’s take a look at the 5 coolest Wii addons to enhance your gaming.

Wii MotionPlus

The Wii MotionPlus is a simple addon for your Wii Remote controller. Just attach this expansion device to the bottom of the Wii-mote and you’re all set.

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The addon increases the accuracy of your controller by using additional sensors to respond to any of your motions in a 3-D space. This allows for noticeably enhanced gameplay control on compatible games, including Wii Sports Resort and a variety of other titles.


Wii Wheel

Another cool addon to have is the Wii Wheel. The peripheral simply turns the Wii Remote into a steering wheel. Just snap in your Wii-mote and you’re good to go.

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Now, there is a trigger on the back of the wheel to function the Wii-mote’s “B” button, but that’s it. The addon itself adds no functionality, just the feel of a steering wheel in the player’s hands.

It doesn’t look like much, but it sure is a blast to play Mario Kart Wii with this thing.


Wii Balance Board

The Wii Balance Board isn’t just for exercise games. The accessory acts as a video game controller, just like the Wii Remote. Using Bluetooth technology What Is Bluetooth? 10 Common Questions, Asked and Answered What is Bluetooth and how does it work? We take a look at Bluetooth, why it's so useful, and how to use it. Read More and multiple pressure sensors, the board is able to sense your weight and balance to interpret the movements of your feet.

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A wide variety of titles utilize the Wii Balance Board addon, including the popular Wii Fit. Be sure to check out the Top 5 Wii Fitness Games To Get Into Shape From Home Top 5 Wii Fitness Games To Get Into Shape From Home Read More .

Wii Zapper

If you are a fan of first-person shooters and basically any shooting style video game, you may want to consider checking out the official Wii Zapper peripheral.


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Like the Wii Wheel, the addon is simply a shell for you to attach the Wii Remote up on top and the Nunchuk in the back. Uniting those two together, the result is a more gun-style controller that’s easier on the arms and gives you greater control when playing games that test your shooting skills.

Nyko Perfect Shot

If you’d prefer a pistol-like design, the Perfect Shot from Nyko is one of the best gun shells on the market.

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The addon features a comfortable ergonomic grip and, unlike the Zapper, its design requires only one hand for operation, allowing your other hand to wield the Nunchuk or other accessories at the same time. Best of all, though, is its satisfying spring-loaded trigger. This is a third-party addon done right.

What are some of your favorite Wii addons? Do you play with any of these? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. ajith
    July 27, 2010 at 4:23 am

    awesome products. take us to real game experience.

  2. ElGamer
    July 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I remember when i had one of those first nintendos..simple ones..there was a kind of optical pistol and a game with ducks. This Nyko Perfect Shot just remind me of a good old days :)

    • John McClain
      July 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm

      Yes! The NES Zapper! I still have mine. Used to play Duck Hunt for hours on end.

  3. Jon Winterburn
    July 26, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Having recently bought the Wii (black limited edition) for my family, it came with the Wii MotionPlus. I had used a Wii a few years back when it first came out and found the Wii remote to be inaccurate and rather clumsy, so I was unimpressed by all the hype.

    However, knowing my wife wanted to exercise with Wii Fit Plus (and Balance Board) and my son being a Mario nut, I decided to buy it for them now that the MotionPlus is available. Now although I don't play on the Wii (I'm a hardened PC gamer), I did try out the remote with the MotionPlus attached and noticed a significant improvement in accuracy. The remote feels more intuitive and my 8 year old had mastered it within minutes.

    In short, the MotionPlus upgrade is a much-needed improvement to the Wii.

    • John McClain
      July 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm

      Yeah, the difference really is night and day. It's a must-have.