dreamGEAR Wireless Link (Wii)Written by: / / No Comments
The Wireless Link is perfect for those gamers who play a lot of games that utilize both the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, but get annoyed at having the Nunchuk cable flap around in front of your face.
The concept behind the Wireless Link is quite simple, it basically turns the Nunchuk into a cord-free controller. In more scientific terms the Wireless Link is an adaptor for the Nunchuk and Wii Remote that allows you to play with no connecting wires. This cord free gaming is all thanks to a hidden storage area for the Nunchuk cord and an adaptor that plugs into the Wii Remote and provides cordless communication between the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.
To get started, place two AAA batteries into the top of the unit, insert the Nunchuk into the cradle and wind the Nunchuk cord up into the compartment, as shown in the diagram, before plugging the Nunchuk in at the top of the compartment and slipping the cover back into place.
Plug the adaptor into the bottom of the Wii Remote, in much the same manner as you have seen the Motion Plus plug in, before taking a few simple steps to sync the controllers.
Push the link button located on the left hand side of the Nunchuk cradle which is a built-in sync button that syncs the two controllers. You will see a red flashing light on both the Nunchuk cradle and the Wii Remote adaptor if the controllers are properly synced, meaning you are A for away.
The adaptor obviously expands the length of the Wii Remote slightly but this does not in any way hinder gameplay. You can leave the wrist strap of the Wii Remote on when using the adaptor which is really convenient. Both the cradle and the adaptor are white so they fit in with the white colour trend of the Wii.
The Nunchuk fits snugly into the cradle and conveniently the cradle can stand by itself when not in use. The cradle is easy to hold and you can get a nice grip while using it, it basically feels like you are holding a regular Nunchuk but one that is slightly heavier. Speaking of weight, the cradle does make the Nunchuk seem slightly heavier in the front which can become a bit off-putting. However, with that being said, not having the Nunchuk cord flapping around in front of your face makes this negative point seem trivial.
We put the Wireless Link through its paces and enjoyed the freedom of skiing in Family Ski and boxing in Wii Sports without a cord connecting the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. We even started up a friendly match of tanks in Wii Play, cord free of course!
Another thing to keep in mind is that normally the Nunchuk is secured to the Wii Remote via a cord. If you are using the Wireless Link there is nothing connecting the controllers anymore and you should bear in mind that you could have a little accident if you let go of the cradle.
This is something that the designers should probably take a closer look at it in the future, and perhaps the next version could have a hole on the cradle that players can hook a wrist strap through.
Being the sharp gamers that we are, we did make a plan when we noticed the lack of a wrist strap option. Simply take the wrist strap from another Wii Remote and secure it around the base of the Nunchuk cable in the cradle – you will have to do this before your wind the cable up inside the compartment, but it works like a charm and allows you to play your Wii without worrying that you might fling the cradle through your plasma TV.
Taking a more technical look at the Wireless Link now, it provides up to 30 hours of wireless gameplay. It requires two AAA batteries to work so remember to pick some new batteries up before heading home with this product.
At R360, the Wireless Link is quite pricey but if you play your Wii a lot I think it’s worth it for wireless gameplay, especially if you like to indulge in a little bit of boxing or skiing.
The dreamGEAR range is available at Budget Tech, Incredible Connection, Look ‘n Listen, Pick ‘n Pay, Dion Wired, Kalahari, E-Dream, Digital Planet and CNA. If you want to take a closer look at the Wireless Link, visit one of the above stores and check out this product which comes packaged in a handy box that enables you to take a peek and see exactly what it looks like before you buy.
Thanks to TCM Warehouse for the awesome review sample.
|Aesthetics||5/5||White ties in with colour of Wii controllers|
|Functionality||4/5||Works well but can get weighty in the front|
|Value||4/5||Quite pricey but worth it for wireless gaming|