Accessorize Your Wii Experience

April 22, 2010

This week in the Wii Blog For You, we will discuss a few more ways you can enhance your Wii experience with peripherals. More specifically, I will introduce the Wii Wheel and Wii Speak.

Wii Wheel

The Wii Wheel is a steering wheel accessory that enhances racing and driving games. As seen in the photograph, it works by simply snapping your Wii controller into the wheel. It definitely makes games in which you have to steer by tilting the Wii remote left and right easier to control. Additionally, holding an actual wheel while maneuvering your onscreen vehicle enhances the immersion and fun factor. Some of the better games that make use of the Wii Wheel are Mario Kart Wii and ExciteBots: Trick Racing. The Wii Wheel comes packaged with Mario Kart Wii or you can purchase it separately for $14.99. Games that are compatible with the Wii Wheel can be identified by looking on the back of the game’s packaging. Here is Nintendo’s official information page about the product: Wii Wheel.

Wii Speak

Wii Speak is a microphone that sits on top of your television and allows you to talk to other Wii users over your high-speed Internet connection. It connects to one of your Wii’s USB ports, so setting it up is a simple process. While it is definitely a neat accessory, the product’s downside is that only a handful of games are actually compatible with it. However, in addition to the games that use it, you can chat with your friends who also have the device through the Wii Speak Channel, which is free. Wii Speak costs $29.99, and some of the games that are compatible with it include Animal Crossing: City Folk and Endless Ocean: Blue World. Like with the Wii Wheel, check the back of a game’s packaging to see if it is marked as being compatible with Wii Speak. Here is Nintendo’s official information page about the product: Wii Speak.

That’s all for this week. Until next time, happy gaming!