The Wii Premium Remote XL+ controller has integrated MotionPlus without needing an accessory. It will work with Nintendo Nunchucks and has an integrated speaker. It offers vibration feedback and has a pair of rechargeable batteries that charge via USB.
The Wii Premium Remote XL+ controller is an interesting controller. It sells for $34.99, which is about $5 less than the official Nintendo controller with MotionPlus built-in. At first, I thought I would rather just pay the extra $5 and get the real Nintendo controller, but after using the Wii Premium Remote XL+ controller, I have changed my mind.
The Wii Premium Remote XL+ controller is shaped and feels just like the official controller in the hand. It has stronger vibration feedback and the speaker is louder than my official Wii controllers are. I really like the external sync button on the Wii Premium Remote XL+ controller so I don’t have to open the battery door to press the sync button.
The main reason for that sync button to be on the outside of the controller rather than tucked under the battery door is that the Wii Premium Remote XL+ controller uses rechargeable batteries. The controller ships with a pair of Energizer brand AA rechargeable. To install the batteries you have to use a screwdriver, which is included, to open the battery door. That also means in a pinch you can put normal AA batteries inside the Wii Premium Remote XL+ controller and continue to play.
To charge the Wii Premium Remote XL+ controller you use the included USB cable to plug the controller into the back of the Wii using one of the available USB ports. The Wii Premium Remote XL+ controller is just as accurate for controlling every Wii game I played with the thing as the factory controllers. It worked flawlessly as did its MotionPlus capability. It ships with the batteries, the screwdriver, and a pair of wrist straps. I guess an extra wrist strap comes with it just in case you break one.
The wrist straps that the Wii Premium Remote XL+ controller uses are more like the original Wii Remote straps than the new straps that Nintendo has moved to. You can get the Wii Premium Remote XL+ controller in black or white colors and up to four controllers can be used at once. The only thing about the Wii Premium Remote XL+ controller that bothered me during gaming was the blue LED lights are very bright when you are playing. The bottom of the white controller has a translucent area where the logo glows blue, as does the light to show what player you are. In a dark room, those lights are very bright and distracting. Other than that, the Wii Premium Remote XL+ controller is an excellent controller and the only way you will know you aren’t using an official Nintendo controller is at the register when you save and if you look at the controller while playing.
The Wii Premium Remote XL+ controller is a great third-party controller that will save you some money and gets you rechargeable batteries at the same time. Don’t worry if you have never heard of this company, the controller is great.
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