Nyko Kama Wireless Nunchuck Review

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Review by Chris Matel
The Wii-mote and Nunchuck: motion control and whippings included…

Since its release, Wii owners have dealt with a myriad of issues in dealing with the interactive nature of the Nintendo console. While broken TV screens and snapped wrist-straps were among the most prominent, the flailing cord, connecting the Nunchuck to the Wii-mote, turned into a restrictive annoyance. Nyko’s Kama Wireless Nunchuck ditches any messy, ad-hoc wireless adapters, for an out-of-the box peripheral that sets a precedent for wire-free solutions, and an end to Wii lashings.

No wires here…

Currently, there aren’t many options if you’re looking to ditch the tether that binds your Nunchuck and Wii-mote together. Instead of an adapter, which only isolates the cord of a Nunchuck into a single handheld package, the Kama is a truly wireless peripheral. While the move to truly cord-free play is much past due—and something that should have been the standard upon release—it also means some sort of battery system must be employed.

With the Kama, we’re left with a dilemma of practicality versus preference. The wireless device uses two AAA batteries for 30 plus hours of gameplay. Although the standard Nunchuck can create problems with its cord, there’s no need for additional power than what is already supplied via the Wii-mote. Thus, the hidden cost associated with purchasing more batteries add to the almost-doubled price tag of the Kama when compared to the standard ‘chuck—then again, this just might be enough of an incentive to finally push for an inexpensive AA/AAA battery charger.

Works just as well, but now you can’t pretend to be Indiana Jones anymore…

Battery issue aside, the Kama is currently the best option out there if you want to go wireless on the Wii. The device has been molded nearly identically to the first-party Nunchuck, but is slightly larger due to the integrated batteries and hardware. The increase in size is barely noticeable however, and feels much better in an adult hand when compared against the relatively svelte Nintendo option. Similarly, a slight increase in weight, also associated with the aforementioned tweaks, makes the Kama feel more durable in-hand.

While there is a slight increase in weight and size, you won’t find anything else unfamiliar in Nyko’s Nunchuck. Both the C and Z buttons look different with a clear plastic casing, but they’re just as tactile and responsive as Nintendo’s. However, while all of the buttons, as well as the joystick, perform flawlessly, there is a hollow sound which emanates from the Kama, making it a little louder than the corded Wii Nunchuck.

No assembly required…

Thankfully, there’s no hassle in setting up the Kama. Along with a wrist-strap, the controller comes with a dongle that attaches to the Wii-mote. To use the Kama, all you need do is turn on the Kama and the dongle; they’ll sync right away, and then you’re ready to play. The only downside here is you’ll have to power-off all three devices (Wii-mote, Kama and dongle) when you’re done with your session.

Why not…

The Kama marks the true wireless revolution for the Wii controller scheme. Priced at $34.99, the Nyko’s Nunchuck is a bit pricier than the default option, and having to stock it with batteries doesn’t help if you’re counting your dollars, but if you opt for a simple charger, you can’t go wrong with the wireless Kama.