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Up until now I’ve always bought the “official” Nintendo accessories for my Wii, expecting the quality of anything else to not be worth the reduction in price.

However, I’ve been after a third controller and Nunchuk for a while and an offer at Zavvi last week had a Venom branded set for just £18 1. Compare this to the £30+ for an official version. So I bought them.

And, I have to say, they’re not too bad. As you can see from the image to the right (click for a larger version), they look a little different with the black trim (other colours are available!) and have a different design of lights and speaker grill. They come with a strap for the remote, but nothing else.

Pros I’ve noted…

  • There is a rubber grip on the bottom of the Nunchuk.
  • The sound from the speaker on the remote is a LOT louder than on the standard controller (you might consider this a “con”!).
  • The sync button, residing in the battery compartment as per the official controllers, also has an extension built onto the battery cover, so that it can be used without having to actually open the cover.
  • From comments I’ve read from other owners, it appears that they’re compatible with existing accessories, including recharging docks and their replacement battery/compartments.

Cons…

  • The minus, plus and home buttons are a lot stiffer than on the official controller – not too bad, and as they’re not used for “main” game buttons it’s not too much of an issue.
  • The analogue stick on the Nunchuk is a little stiffer than “normal” and has a slightly rough feel to it as it’s moved about. Again, not too much of an issue.
  • The “B” button (the trigger on the underside of the controller) is not very responsive – this COULD be an issue and I’m hoping that after some use it will loosen up.

So, some nice improvements over the official stick but the stiffer controls highlight the quality differences. However, this is going to be a little-used third controller so it’s well worth the money. For your main controllers, I’d still stick to the official versions.

  1. this offer has now ended, but you can get them for £21.49 from Amazon[]