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Logitech Speed Force Wireless Driving Wheel for Wii

This wireless force feedback racing wheel is a sleek-looking, well-designed, and sturdy racing accessory. It is officially licensed by Nintendo, so it is guaranteed to function with the console. The controller features 2.4 GHz wireless technology with a range of up to 30 ft. The force feedback functionality works superbly and gives Wii drivers an additional level of realism; every bump and terrain contour is nicely communicated to the user through the device.

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The wheel is not heavy but certainly solid. It is made to sit in your lap and has adjustable lap rests to accommodate a wide range of racing game enthusiasts. To either side of the wheel, paddle shifters serve as the brakes and accelerator; they are conveniently located and easy to access. All in all, players should really like the way the wheel controls and feels. However, there are two problems with it. First, despite controlling wirelessly, players will still be tethered to the wall, as the wheel is powered via A/C adapter rather than batteries. Second, as of right now, there is only one game that supports the wheel's full range of features: Need for Speed: Undercover. Doubtless, this will be augmented in the future, but it is an issue now.

MSRP: $99.99

Score: 4.0

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ezGear Wii Sports Pack

The Sports Pack consists of three attachments that convert your Wii Remote into a racket, bat, or club for a more realistic simulation while playing Wii Sports. We found the accessories to be made of durable white plastic that matches nicely with the console and the motion controllers. Also, switching between each attachment is a breeze, as they simply twist on and off to the base where the controller is seated. Also, the bat and racket attachments add a bit of weight and resistance respectively, which feels better than the Wii Remote alone. However, the golf club attachment is little more than aesthetic aid for the imagination.

I'm sure kids will get a kick out of these accessories regardless, but there are a few design issues that can't be overlooked. For starters, though transparent plastic was used at key points to let the Wii Remote's IR camera shine through, they don't work at all. That means you'll have to use the D-pad or take off the attachments during menu selection. Furthermore, and most importantly, Wii Remote wrist straps do not fit through the hole at the base of the remote seat. If there's one game you need wrist straps for, it's Wii Sports. As such, purchasers will have to bore out the hole a bit more to make it work.

MSRP: $29.99

Score: 2.5

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ezGear Sparring Gloves

These lightweight gloves are black with either blue or pink trim. The gloves are large enough to fit on an average-sized adult male's hands, but also come with Velcro straps to adjust them to smaller hands. However, they will still be large for children or petite women no matter what. The gloves also have built-in elastic straps that cradle the Wii Remote and Nunchuk snugly in the palm of your hand, and the cutoff fingertips allow plenty of room for access to buttons. Unfortunately, the material and seams appear to be poorly constructed and may not hold up to prolonged use by children.

MSRP: $24.99

Score: 2.5

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