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      07.07.2012 14:18
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      A well thought out and satisfying peripheral, only thing lacking is perhaps a laser sight!

      So the Wii Zapper is one of the many, many peripherals you can purchase to enhance your experience of the great Nintendo Wii. The particular version I got contained the rather nifty Zelda game, 'Link's Crossbow Training', which I'll come to in a bit. The Zapper itself for those that don't know, is a 'gun' accessory (although it could be a controller for anything the particular game is geared towards). It differs from many of the non-Nintendo gun controllers out there in that it is a two handed affair, usefully allowing you to attach the Wii Nunchuck to the back of the Zapper, which in turn allows you access to a lot more controls than purely pointing a gun at the screen. This means that for any game that is not an on-rail shooter and you are required to look up, down, left, right and move yourself as well as point the gun at the screen, the Wii Zapper is going to be your best bet. Games that I have used that utilize this to full effect are the excellent Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition, the not so spectacular Modern Warfare: Call of Duty Reflex Edition, and more recently the very cool GoldenEye Wii edition.

      There are not loads of games that require this extra functionality but, to be honest, these are by far the best of the 'shooter' games on the Wii; it adds an extra level of realism to be able to move about and look any way you like (before hopefully annihilating your opponents with a good old fashioned torrent of lead!). I personally couldn't imagine playing the new GoldenEye reboot with the classic controller; it's much more immersive to be sneaking around as Bond, gun trained on the screen. Also as an aside, the motion sensing on GoldenEye feels much more calibrated and responsive than the earlier CoD Modern Warfare game, obviously the technology has been refined in the intervening years and feels even better than before.

      Other games of note that can use the Wii Zapper are Dead Space: Extraction (on this you could get by with a gun that doesn't require the Nunchuck but would miss out on some rather cool extra features), House of Dead: Overkill (this is just a point and shoot, but a notable mention as it's a lot of fun!), and the bundled 'Link's Crossbow Training'. In fact this last title is very much a contender for the best use of the Zapper. As usual, when Nintendo do there own games, they're usually built with a lot more care than some of the more dubious third party developers, and Crossbow Training is no exception. This is a classily made game, it feature many varieties of gameplay (including a truly enjoyable one where you can romp freely around with your crossbow picking off strange little goblin people with your trusty crossbow) and generally this game is a great party piece, with lots of lastability (mainly by levelling up and trying to beat your personal best scores). It's all well put together and certainly not a throwaway when bundled with the Zapper.

      There are some limitations with the Zapper however. It's ergonomic and comfortable to hold but looks rather generic and uninspiring when trying to immerse yourself in the universe your game occupies. Also, simply because it has to house both the Wii nunchuck and the remote your arms can begin wear if you are playing for a good length of time. A more niggling issue is the fact that, due to the design of the Wii remote itself, it has to be housed at the front of the Zapper, and thus you have to access all of its buttons and control pad via your thumb when gripping the zapper. This makes for a rather clumsy and awkward system, and can be infuriating trying to hit the right button with your thumb whilst focusing on the screen (for example trying to launch a grenade at the right time can be the difference between success and failure if you accidently hit the wrong button). And to really nitpick, the trigger action isn't terribly convincing, it is not spring loaded or firm in action which would have been a lot more satisfying; it is simply a loose piece of plastic that depresses the B button on the back of the Remote.

      Still, those are all minor niggles that are not really going to spoil the fun to be had whilst using this peripheral; it really is my favourite of the many accessories you can pick up for your Wii. With the right game, nothing is more satisfying, and you could do a lot worse than use this in conjunction with the excellent (and now budget!) Wii reboot of the classic N64's Goldeneye; all in all, great fun.

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      22.02.2012 00:23

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      Great accessory to have for any FPS game fan

      I must say that the wii is not my favourite console for many reasons, but chiefly due to the catalogue of games there are out there does not really suit my tastes and many of the decent games play better on the more powerful consoles on the market.

      However with the wii having a pretty much established 'light gun' controller I figured the new resident evil rail shooters to be a must try. The game I got didn't come with a gun adapter so I jut played the game with the standard remote, this was more than sufficient to play the game,. however in the later stages where sharp shooting and much faster reload and trigger finger is needed you'll find that you're not firing quick enough for many of the enemies. I managed to pick up the zapper at a second hand game store and this extra piece of plastic for the remote has completely changed the game play, now you have better aim and faster fire rate.

      This is thanks to the trigger being on the b button of the remote being in place of your index finger in a much more comfortable position as a gun trigger would be.

      There are many copied version of the zapper but the official version does seat the remote and nun chuck very well and allows you to store the wire within itself.

      I would say that any FPS game you have the needs to nun chuck to play effectively should get this type of gun otherwise you might be better off getting a third party gun adapter that only houses the remote.

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      26.09.2010 14:08
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      Good but limited fun

      The Wii Zapper is Nintendos answer to the age old question of how to play shoot em up games on its popular wii console.

      Available for £9.99 on Amazon or cheaper on some other retailers it allows you to easily place your nunchuck and wii controller within it and aim at the screen shooting baddies, goodies, whomever your heart so desires.

      How does it work:

      Firstly you place the nunchuck in the back end of the zapper, meaning you have a trigger point on the zapper, you then also have a small joystick above it, in the barrel end of the zapper you place the wii remote control so that it aims at the screen and meets with the wii accessory on your television. You simply have to configure this with the wii and you are ready to go.

      What can you use it with:

      Initially it was created for use with Links Crossbow Training, it can now be used with Resident Evil, Call of Duty and other renowned shooting games which had not really had crossover success on the console due to control systems.

      What are the good and bad points:

      Good points are the price which is excellent, the ability to actually play shooting games with what feels like a gun and the ease of installation and use thereafter.

      Bad Points include the fact you have to dismantle it again after use to play normal games, the ergonomics mean it is slightly smaller than a real gun and for bigger people can feel ungainly and a bit awkward. Also it can only be used with shooting games and unless Nintendo release a lot more you are stuck playing the same two or three games constantly.

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      For me i'd recommend this, it makes Call of Duty much more fun on the console, its still not as good as on other consoles but is much closer, also it can be used by the whole family easily and is used for fun family games too, its easy to put together, looks good in keeping with the Nintendo simple white design. It is cheap, easy to use and well worth a tenner if you like shooting games.

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        27.08.2010 22:38
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        Most of the Wii games have their own accessories - all the fitness games will be able to use the Wii Balance Board, the driving games with be able to use the steering wheel, boxing games will be able to use the nunchuck and shooting games can use the Nintendo Wii Zapper.

        We got the Wii Zapper free with the House Of The Dead 3 and it proved to be a fantastic little accessory. If you do need to buy it seperately you are looking at around the £15 mark for an official one.

        The zapper is very similar to the steering wheel in that it is made completely out of white plastic. All of the Wii accessories are pure white so this one settles in quite nicely. it is very lightweight which is a good thing considering you will be holding it up for a good while. The zapper is gun shaped so if you are buying it as a gift I would double check with the person's sensitivity and views on guns just in case.

        To use the Zapper you are required to use both the Wii remote and the nunchuck. These both slot into the Zapper though not at all easily.

        The Zapper really brought House of the Dead 3 to life. I can remember playing it in the arcade basement of Hamleys with my uncle when I was younger and loving the use of the gun. When I had the game on the Sega Dreamcast although I loved it, I did miss the arcade experience of it and the Wii has really brought that memory back to me by making this game compatible with the Zapper. The Zapper gives an overall arcade feel. I love moving the gun from side to side, searching for the zombies to blow their heads off and feel like I am really in the game looking for them.

        Like the steering wheel, you will need to use the Zapper a good few times to get used to your co-ordination and how to aim it etc. It is a bit difficult at first but you will soon pick it up. Although I like the Zapper and do think it is really good, there are times when it doesn't seem to be pointing right and I lose the target off of the screen. It just doesn't seem to register sometimes when I push the button to pull the trigger though I think this is more of a fault with the Wii remote and the nunchuck.

        A good little accessory! Highly recommended.

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        14.08.2010 10:46
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        great add-on

        Time to zap everything in sight! If you use a Nintendo Wii (we have one in our house) then you might well have one of these. They do not come with the Wii when you buy the Wii initially, so you need to buy this as an extra. Ours was somewhere around the fifteen pound mark, which I think is a pretty good price for the toy.

        You attach this to your Wii remote to give your games that extra dimension of reality and an arcade feel to the play scenarios. This instantly brings games like 'House Of The Dead' to life, as you trundle around deserted corridors and zap zombies.

        When I used it first, I had a bit of trouble with the co-ordination, but this soon comes after a few places and after a while it will become second nature. It is lightweight enough for kids or adults to use and is relatively comfortable to work with. I have also used this with the crossbow training, which comes with the pack. This is a highly addictive and non violent game that will sharpen your eyes and precision skills, as you progress through various levels working your skill and co-ordination with a bow and arrow. Great fun!

        It could be argued that this zapper makes playing games easier, but in the same breath it also integrates you more with the game you are playing. With some shoot em ups, you just feel that you are pressing a button on the Wii remote, whereas this seems to put you in the midst of the action and really make it seem like you are executing the action. In terms of playability, this heightens the gaming experience.

        Overall, a good value buy. A well designed affordable add-on that is easy to set up and easy to get to grips with.

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        11.08.2010 14:13
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        Not an essential, but good for the fans

        I bought a wii zapper a couple of years back as it came with a game I wanted - Link's Crossbow Training. The zapper is a light plastic gun which holds both Wii controllers (the wii remote and nunchuk) and adds an element of realness to shooting games. Whilst not an essential buy, it does provide a more arcade-type feel for shooting games and can offer more accuracy than holding your wii remote in this particular genre of game.

        The official Nintendo zapper is only available in white, and I'm assuming is called a 'zapper' to appear more family-friendly than a gun; however, it's obviously gun-shaped and not one to buy for those who are sensitive about such things. Although the plastic is light, it's good quality and easy to hold. However, adding the weight of both wii remote and nunchuk makes it quite a lot heavier, and the length of the gun makes it quite difficult to hold up for long periods of time.

        There are various other third-party accessories in terms of guns for the wii, and in my experience, the ones which tend to work best are the short, light and simple ones. Unfortunately the wii zapper doesn't tick all these boxes as its length does make it awkward for certain shooting games. However, games where you need to control direction (via the nunchuk) are a bit easier, so it's a toss up really and does depend on the games you have.

        The zapper comes in a cardboard box with a safety leaflet. To use, you simply insert the wii remote into the top front of the zapper (click in place and don't get the wrist strap caught), and then insert the nunchuk into the back. You don't need any batteries or anything to operate it.

        I personally think that the plastic range of wii accessories that's popped up (including bats, tennis rackets and so on) are all relatively unnecessary. Some kids might find co-ordination easier in a form they can understand, like a racket or gun (!), but for the most part things like the wii zapper are a bit of optional extra fun that most people don't really need.

        The wii zapper can be bought online for £9.99 (Amazon price), and can also be bought with Link's Crossbow Training, a lovely (if short) little game based on the popular Zelda series. If you're anti-violence, then Link's Crossbaw Training is probably a good choice compared to zombie killing games as it features a humble bow and arrow and is focused more on improving timing and accuracy shooting things like pots and targets rather than people or creatures.

        It's also good for that duck/balloon shooting game on Wii Play, as well as House of the Dead, Resident Evil, Chop Till You Drop etc.

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        07.07.2010 21:15
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        Worth the price.

        This Wii gun is one of the better models that are on the market. Insert your wii remote and you're good to go, as well as this, the nunchuk is very easy to use.

        The actual look of it is fairly poor, it looks quite cheap, but this is perhaps reflected in the price, where they can be picked up for under ten pounds. As nintendo have shown everybody though, it is all about gameplay over looks, and that is certainly the case here.

        It offers accurate and precise shooting, which is obviously very handy with the first person shooter genre. Unfortunately, not many games of this type are available on the wii, so unless you own the majority, it may not be worth getting this product. However, it does what it does very well. One issue with the product I personally have had is using the buttons on the nunchuk (C and Z) , they can be quite hard to use, and if anything needs to happen with the front facing buttons on the wii remote itself, they can be quite hard to use. It must be said this isn't a major issue though and should not put you off a purchase. Many shooting games just require the nunchuk stick and B button in most of the gaming.

        Overall, a vital wii accessory if you play lots of shooter games, but completely redundant if not, its all about personal taste.

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        30.06.2010 09:52
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        Can improve your aim

        The Nintendo Wii is an interesting concept that sadly over the past few years has moved away from traditional gaming formats into family orientated (so Wii say) home exercising games/ products. It obviously makes money for Nintendo that way, but has let gamers down by doing so.

        Its been quite some time since anything that was really interesting came out on the Wii and the Wii Zapper was first sold in 2007. We bagged ourselves a Wii Zapper when we bought a copy of a Zelda mini game shortly after the games release. The game was Links Crossbow Training.

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        The Wii Zapper does also now come on its own, but at the time best value was for us to buy the game and get the Zapper for free with it. In any case the Zapper seems to have been created for use with the Zelda game so it made perfect sense to give it a try.

        The idea of the Wii Zapper according to Nintendo at the time was to enclose the wifi gamer control, the Wiimote and its fellow Nunchuck controller into a one piece hand held weapon which would feel very reminiscent of the large arcade style games you find in amusement arcades.

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        The Zapper is a basic white plastic holder which houses the 2 Wii controllers and you just need to slip the Wiimote into the front of the Zapper, then insert the Nunchuck controller into the back of the Zapper. Its very simple to fit the controllers in and they sit solidly within the Zapper. They don't feel like they will fall out at all.

        Once fully loaded, you can use the Zapper like a cross between a gun and a cross bow. Having used this I feel its more apt to say we use this as a cross bow type thing, but I may be biased as we do use it for playing the Links Crossbow Training game.

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        I think the Zapper does make aiming and targeting a little easier for those with less than steady hands. The wifi Wiimotes and Nunchucks on their own seem to be harder to use, for the type of shoot em up game that the Links Crossbow Training game is.

        I would recommend that if you have any similar type of game that you give the Wii Zapper a try, as it gives you something to focus your aim with, which has seemed more effective in terms of how many successful hits/ shots I can make per game. I don't have very steady hands and the Zapper does improve my aim a lot, especially with some of the moving targets on the Links game.

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        If you press the B Button on the Wiimote you can fire a single shot, or hold the button down for a more powerful shot. If you point the Zapper away from the screen you can turn towards different targets when you re aim at your tv.

        The z button on the Nunchuck controller installed at the back end of the Zapper, allows you to zoom in on any target as and when you need to, which gives you the best chance of getting a successful shot.

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        We bought the Zapper and game together and it was just under £20 at the time. You can also, sometimes pick up pre owned copies of the game and Zapper together, so do look out for those. A new Zapper can cost anything from just under £10 upwards depending on where and when you buy it.

        Its a handy holder for your Wiimote and Nunchuck controllers, can help with aiming for shoot em up games and is worthy of a 4 star rating, as you can still play these types of games without an extra holder for the wifi controllers.

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          27.02.2010 12:10
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          Not a gimmick.

          As I mentioned in a previous review, i'm really enjoying my Wii and the revitalised lightgun genre of games at the moment and this is thanks in no small part part to the Wii Zapper. Unlike the 'Zapper' lightgun which was also released by Nintendo for its NES console back in the 1980s this isn't a controller in itself but rather a housing for your Wii Remote and Nunchuk, unsurprisingly in the shape of a gun.

          I'm generally not a fan of these 'accessories' for the Wii that are supposed to enhance your gaming experience like these golf club and tennis racquet extensions which, aside from being poorly made make the Wii remote less precise because of the added weight. I've also learnt to trust Nintendo though and in the Zapper we have a genuinely useful accessory. The Wii Remote clicks satisfyingly into the top of the device with no need for strain on the Remote and can be released with a push of the grey button in front of the Nunchuk handle.

          I was concerned about how the Nunchuk would connect to the Remote because of the wire but Nintendo have taken care of this by allowing you to conceal the excess cable and coil it inside the body of the Zapper with the end connector neatly coming out of the top end. With the two controllers in place this simple device transforms the Wii experience and really does add a level of authenticity to the likes of Ghost Squad and House of the Dead: Overkill thanks in part to the way the trigger is relocated to a hinge on the front handle of the Zapper which rests on the B button on the underside of the Wiimote.

          This works quite well in practice although the trigger isn't quite as tight as i'd like but there isn't really a way around that so I can't really blame Nintendo. Because of the size of the Zapper I also found myself swapping it between my left and right hand when it became uncomfortable.

          The Zapper can be bought on its own but can also be had packaged with various games like Ghost Squad, House of the Dead 2&3 and Link's Crossbow Training which is the one I bought and after looking around, this seems to be the cheapest way to buy the Zapper and can be found on the High Street for under £20 and has been in HMV's 2 for £30 promotion.

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          31.01.2010 15:43
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          Avoid this gun.

          The Nintendo Wii Zapper is the most popular light gun for the Nintendo Wii, and only because its official. First up, it doesn't look or feel anything like an actualy gun, which cannot be said of its competitition - Models like the Nyko Perfect Shot Logic3 and Bigben actually resemble guns, but this just looks like some kind of weird alien blaster, and the trigger is at the FRONT which just feels rubbish, and you can't really press the trigger (which pulls the B button back) repeatedly, since you really run the risk of dropping it.

          Its self-insistent. You can put the Wii Nunchuk into the back of the Zapper, unlike any of the other guns, but this just means that you have to pause for a moment and release your hand from the trigger or handle to press anything on the nunchuk, and its even more difficult to press anything on the face of the remote, which are miles away from your hand.
          This incredibly cumbersome and awkard design make gameplay in Light Gun games and Rail Shooters very, very difficult. Its much easier to use the Wii remote on its own. Its really poorly-conceived, and there are just so many third party models which excel the Zapper in so, so many ways.

          Using it with machinegun games like Ghost Squad is one thing, but trying to use the Zapper to simulate pistol fire is extremely incongruous and just feels wrong. In fact, the whole experience is clunky. Its also not good value for money, and its especially ripping when you buy it packaged with "Links Crossbow Training" which isn't a good game either.

          It might be worth buying second hand for about two quid, since, with it being the most popular gun on the wii, its likely to get a lot of returns too. Otherwise don't pay the 7 quid asking price for it, cause you're just not going to get your moneys worth. It also takes up a great deal of space and isn't compatible with WiiMotion Plus. If you're going to buy a light gun for the Wii, I'd go for the Nyko Perfect Shot.

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          01.01.2010 12:46
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          At last - a Wii accessory that is more than a fad and is actually useful

          ****What is it?****

          The Wii zapper is another accessory that is meant to enhance the gaming experience. There are loads of accessories out there, but unlike most which are pretty naff and are only used for five minutes before being put on the shelf to collect dust, the zapper is an accessory that actually does what it says on the tin, i.e. increases the enjoyment of the gaming experience and is a product that is likely to be used many times over. The zapper is simply a piece of white plastic that is shaped like a tommy gun.

          ****Using the zapper****

          Firstly, the Wii remote is inserted in the top barrel. It is then up to the gamer to decide where to put the nun-chuck. It can either be attached to the back of the zapper or it can be left loose. If the nun-chuck is attached to the back of the zapper the design is such that there is an internal compartment to coil the lead up in so it is out of the way and doesn't hamper game play. Attaching the nun-chuck does take a few minutes and is quite fiddly at first, but once the technique is mastered it is very simple and well worth the additional time in getting the overall package together. The design is perfect and I have never had it fail.

          If you don't want the nun-chuck attached to the zapper then it is left loose and simply held in the gamers' 'spare' hand. Using this method means the zapper is held in one hand, which makes it a bit awkward to use in my opinion. The zapper is designed to be held with both hands and whilst it can be used with one hand it is just a bit too big and too heavy for extended periods of play. Therefore, I would always recommend attaching the nun-chuck to the back of the zapper, although I guess it is down to personal preference.

          Using the zapper as it was designed to be used, i.e. as a two-handed gun, the zapper is comfortable to use and can be used for extended periods without causing muscle fatigue. It just feels right, although using the zapper does take a bit of time, practice and perseverance but it is well worth it in the end. Rather than practising on a fast action packed games I would suggest starting out on more sedate games such as Links crossbow training since this is a game whereby you start off shooting stationery targets before progressing to moving targets and the like. This gives you a chance to gradually develop your skills and get good enough to tackle more complex games.

          ****Build quality****

          The quality of the zapper is much the same as all other plastic Wii accessories. The plastic is thin and lightweight, but more than adequate for normal use. The plastic gun does need to be treated with a bit of care as the plastic will distort if you apply a bit too much pressure and any mistreatment or heavy handedness is likely to result in damage, but this is true of all the plastic accessories.

          ****Disadvantages****

          Unfortunately, the Wii zapper is not available in black so if you have the black Wii, as I do, currently there is no way of colour matching your accessories to your Wii, which is a bit of a shame.

          The official Wii zapper does not have a laser sight on it, unlike some of the other non-Nintendo light guns on the market which makes it that much harder to get used to using the sight. Personally, I don't see this as a bad thing as laser sights require batteries to make them work.

          ****Price and availability****

          I paid £20.97 for the official zapper including Links Crossbow Training. The zapper can be bought on its own for £14.99 from most places. There are cheaper light gun adaptors on the market that can be bought off Ebay, most of which are from Hong Kong, but having dealt with cheap and inferior Chinese products before I would never risk buying these items since past experience has shown this to be false economy as the couple of pounds saved is soon eradicated as I ended up buying the original anyhow so it actually ended up costing more.

          ****Similar products****

          Other light guns on the market include large hunting rifles (these look very cumbersome for fast action shooting games and like they could cause muscle fatigue in a short space of time), futuristic sci-fi looking blasters and original western style six shooters so the zapper does look a bit boring in comparison. That said, the zapper isn't a hideous looking bit of kit.

          ****Conclusion****

          If you are a fan of the shooting games genre then I think a light gun is an absolute must have accessory as it really does enhance the game although you can, of course, play the game without one. Being a child of the late 1980s/early 1990s I was brought up with classics like House of The Dead, Time Crisis etc. and I can remember spending many happy hours stood in front of the screen brandishing a light gun.

          Under normal circumstances I find retro gaming boring, since technology has moved on so much you can never recapture the magic that once was, but I did not find this the case using the zapper. It was just as much fun, in fact I would even go as far to say it was more fun than I remember.

          The zapper is not the cheapest light gun adaptor on the market, nor is it the most individual looking but being an officially made and licensed Nintendo product means that the Wii remote and nun-chuck are the perfect fit and work exactly as they should be with no interference or time lags between pressing the relevant button and the onscreen action happening.

          (This review has been posted on other sites under the name of yackers1)

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            26.12.2009 00:39
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            Great little buy!

            The driving games have their driving wheel accessory, the fitness games have their training boards and now the shoot em ups have their accessory!

            May seem like just another gimmicky add on that is just made by Nintendo to bring in even more money but this one can actually enhance your playing experience! I never found the Wii steering wheel very responsive and just got annoying but this i approve of!

            It requires both parts of the normal controller (handle + nunchuk) (not included) which both slot into the attachment (not so easily i might add) but once placed correctly is immediately ready to go! The trigger of the Wii zapper acts as the new control button for a more realistic feel!

            It comes free with the Zelda Wii game for which i believe it was solely created but can be used with others! The precision of the add on is spot on seeing that you are pointing it at the screen and therefore directly at the sensor! Every movement is picked up!

            And thats all i can really think to say about it! May seem tacky at first but does add a different feel to games from using the normal controller standard!

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              Wii zapper good fun but you need the nunchuck which could add more money

              The nintendo wii zapper came as a "freebie" when we bought the Legend of Zelda game and is another "added fun" accessory from nintendo for the wii.

              The zapper is very easy to use but you do need to have a nunchuck as well as the controller to be able to use this. The remote fits into the end of the controller and the nunchuck in the part that you hold mainly in your hand, feeding the wire from the nunchuck to the controller was fun the first time as you don't really get any instructions on how to do this but once you have done it once its very easy to use.

              The zapper has a "trigger" button which contects to the controller and the nunchuck is used as the directional pointer. The advantage to this is the way the controller faces as the sensor bar picks it up very easily which is not always the case with the accessories that have the controller tilted in a different way.

              The game that came with the zapper is really quite fun and very engaging for the whole family as you would expect from nintendo and is different to what you find for the Xbox and PS3.

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              07.05.2009 16:51
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              A must for every Wii owner.

              Nintendo are just the top dogs when it comes to gaming innovation. It is not just the new fresh ideas that they come up with but also the mass appeal most products have on not just gaming fans but casual players too. The Wee Zapper is a perfect example of this and is just so simple it is brilliant.

              When I first bought the Zapper I was expecting some sort of infra-red gun or such like, so imagine my shock to see that this was purely a harness for the Wii remote and nunchuks. At the time of buying it cost me £20 so maybe I was expecting something more, but then you do have to consider the wonderful Link Crossbow gun game that comes with the Zapper and you begin to appreciate the value for money on show here.

              The Zapper is perfectly designed for sitting the remote in as a pointer and the nunchuka in to move your characters around. The whole set ups works perfectly and sits well in the hands as a shotgun or rifle would do. The kit is lightweight, but incredibly sturdy at the same time and because of the way the remote sits on top, the trigger button is perfectly placed and the feeling of holding a proper gun is extremely evident.

              Any shooting game for the Wii that requires you pointing the remote at the screen and pulling a trigger can utilise the design of the Zapper to make the whole experience that much better. I have already used this on House of the Dead and Resident Evil 4 as well as Link Crossbow.

              I am a keen gamer but my brother isn't and even he found the gun games to be fantastic when using the Zapper. He wouldn't even touch them normally so the impact here has been very Nintendo like.

              You can now pick up this great piece of kit for around £6 but even if you were to pay for a brand new one at £15-£20 you would be certainly getting fantastic value for money. Well done Nintendo.

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              The 'Wii Zapper' is an attachment which houses the Wii remote and transforms it into a Crossbow style peripheral. The Zapper isn't an essential device for playing shooting games on the Wii, as you can use the Wiimote without it in just as an effective manner. The main aim of the product is to add realism and fun to the shooting genre, but does it deliver?

              The Zapper (which looks like an amalgam of a few different weapons) isn't available to buy on its own - instead it comes packaged with 'Link's Crossbow Training', a shooting game which was designed to complement the device. Together, the game and zapper cost £14.96 from Amazon, which is reasonable considering a game on its own usually costs in the region of £30.

              To use the oddly shaped replica gun, you need to slot the Wiimote onto it - clipping it firmly into place, whilst the Nunchuk neatly fits onto to the back of the unit with its wire looping round some handy plastic tabs. Fitting it to the Nunchuk and remote takes under a minute - although it can be a hassle taking it on and off the controller every time you play.

              Constructed from white plastic, the general build quality of the device is very good, and feels more solid than the 'third party' replica versions which are also available to buy. One main criticism I would have with the device relates to the trigger - which doesn't feel that responsive when you press it. It's probably down to the fact that it isn't spring loaded, and simply rests on to the Wiimote's B button which sits above it.

              All in all, the Nintendo Wii Zapper is a decent piece of equipment which adds a bit of realism to any point and shoot game. For the price (including link's Crossbow Training) it makes a very reasonable purchase, and is sure to please the younger gamers especially. Unfortunately, the novelty does wear off quickly, and as you technically don't need the device, there will come a time when you can be bothered to attach it every time you want to play a shooting game.

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              This accessory combines the accuracy of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk in a single housing for experiences for first-person shooters and targeting games. Players can hear the sounds of battle through the Wii Remote speaker when it is incorporated into the Wii Zapper.