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Nintendo’s Wii Protective Covers Not too Shabby

Posted by Patrick on 30 Oct 2007

As a Wii owner I was privy to the offer of protective covers for my Wii remotes that Nintendo recently posted.  Under their agreement, they are including the covers in all new Wii console packaging and therefore those of us who already own a Wii are not being short-changed by the offer.  It’s a nice touch though it will cost them millions all in the realm of improving the safety for the user and providing some durability for the remote itself.

I got my covers yesterday; though I only own 2 Wii remotes I obviously got the max available during the offer, which was 4.  They’re pretty nice, actually; in fact, they are so nice that I consider them to be the second generation of protective covering for Wii remotes.  Initially we’ve been rimjobbed by glorified skins that do nothing more than keep the original remote clean and perhaps make a house full of kids’ remotes easier to identify.  This new, Nintendo-issued cover is much more than that.  It offers grip assistance, a protective “plug” for the nunchuk port, and it provides air-pocket cushioning on the front half of the remote where the delicate work is housed inside (and also to provide some protection from projectile remotes being launched at much costlier television screens).

What is my rating for the new protective covers?  On a 1-10 scale they are an 8.8.  I wish you didn’t have to remove nearly the whole thing to change batteries, and I wish there was a grip assisting cover for the nunchuk, which there is not.

Who has these that cares to comment?

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2 Responses to “Nintendo’s Wii Protective Covers Not too Shabby”

  1. Seth said

    Mine were in the mailbox when I got home from work last night. You’re right, these are much more substantial than the “skins” on the market right now. The extra padding around the corners really helps. I even gave my son a little test whack on the head. He has a tendency to leap in front of people while playing tennis. He’s been whacked a couple of times in the noggin.

    He watched me put the covers on and says, “What are those for, Daddy?”

    To which I reply – BONK! – “See, now it doesn’t hurt as bad when you get hit in the head.”

    Christian’s response…

    “Cool, let me try!”

    Sheesh…Kids!

    I agree that having to practically remove the whole thing to change the batteries is a little annoying, but my chief complaint is that they seem a little bit loose to me (and I don’t want to hear any “My Wii is bigger than your Wii” jokes). It’s as though they made them a mm or two too large. The Wii remote has just a little bit too much play inside the covers for my taste; however, if they were any tighter then I’d probably complain even more when it comes time to change the batteries. I guess you have to make a trade-off somewhere.

    The next test will be to see if the extra diameter hinders my 4-year old daughter’s play. If it does then maybe I’ll actually be able to beat her at bowling!

  2. smartgenius said

    It would be nice if they were a bit more skin like (maybe coloured?) and served the purpose of the skins you can purchase, but they seem to be just covers that protect and add grip, some of the ones sold in stores are better.

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