Wii Fanboy hands-on: Nyko Kama wireless nunchuk

When we received our Nyko Kama wireless nunchuk, we thought about what games would be the most appropriate to use the nunchuk with. As such, pretty much all of our games qualified as good candidates, so we went with Super Mario Galaxy, No More Heroes and Wii Sports. How did the Kama stack up against Nintendo's nunchuk? Read on to find out!


First up, we should point out that even though the prospect of having less wires is a good one, we cringe to think about how many AA batteries you'll spend on this wireless nunchuk. Aside from that, though, there is no downside to using the Kama. It's bigger than the official Nintendo nunchuk, providing those of us with bigger, more developed hands with a more comfortable feel.

So, first up was playing Super Mario Galaxy. Comparing the Kama to a normal nunchuk, we found no loss in control over the portly plumber. The Kama performed exactly the same as Nintendo's official nunchuk, causing us to believe that the Kama is the superior product. It operates in as well a capacity as the regular nunchuk, yet has no wires. Round one goes to the newcomer!

Next up, we popped in one of our favorites, No More Heroes. The goal here was to test the motion controls on the Kama, as we set out to do a plethora of wrestling maneuvers to ensure the Kama is operating up to spec. We're happy to report that the Kama held up here, keeping up with the Wiimote's gestures and allowing us to suplex and DDT our enemies with ease. Again, the Kama's performance caused us to think it the superior option here, as the lack of wires, plus the solid performance, gave round two to the rookie Kama.

Our final round brings us to Wii Sports, where we tested the Kama up against Nintendo's nunchuk in a couple matches of Wii Sports: Boxing. Here, the bothersome nunchuk wire on Nintendo's option made us realize the lack of wire on the Kama made for a much more pleasurable experience. Each option handled equally when interpreting our gestures into in-game actions, so we're also going to have to award this round to the Kama.

In the end, the only thing we feel that could possibly be a deterrent to picking this up would be the price tag. For $34.99, you're going to have a nunchuk that operates at the same capacity as Nintendo's $19.99 model, only without wires. Rechargeable batteries make the energy consumption more manageable (you should already be using them in your Wiimotes, anyway), but this is mainly going to come down to how much you dislike the nunchuk's wire.

interested in what we have to say about other Nyko products? We got our hands on the Perfect Shot and a wireless nunchuk adapter by the peripheral manufacturer. If that tickles your fancy, check out our other reviews.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.