This month, Why You Shouldn't has been all about motion controls, and since we've talked at length about the Move and Kinect, we should definitely share some of the hate and point it towards Nintendo. But since we've already talked about the Wii, we could only think of one product type that could draw our ire towards the Wii...plastic controller peripherals. You know the type. Cheap, snap-on peripherals that make your Wii-mote look like...something else. Read on to find out why you shouldn't shell out your hard-earned money for that ultra-expensive Wii plastic.
5. Fact: Wii Controller Peripherals Don't Help You Control The Game
Putting a controller in a plastic case will not help you in a game. It doesn't make your response time faster, it doesn't increase your batting accuracy, and it certainly doesn't make you a better golfer. What it does do is add bulk to what should be a slim and easy-to-hold controller, and also makes a hazard zone out of your living room. Sure, the companies that market these things want you to think that snapping a Wii-mote into a plastic golf-club mold will make you the Tiger Woods of WiiSports, but it's just not true. The added bulk will probably slow you down, if anything, so you really aren't helping yourself when you use the Wii peripheral, so why bother in the first place.
4. Plastic Is Expensive
Wii peripherals must be made with the finest grade of plastic known to man, because Wii peripherals are expensive. If you are looking for just one peripheral (a fake tennis racket, for example) you can expect to pay at least $20 for the snap on plastic. And if you want one of the hundreds of "starter kits" out there that contain everything from snap-on baseball bats to drop-in bowling balls (seriously) you can expect to pay $50 or more. Though these plastic packs claim to give you plenty of value, it's important to remember that all you are really buying is plastic molds. Can you really justify paying that much money for what amounts to a snap-on case? You shouldn't.
3. Pack-in Peripherals Often Mask a Sub-Par Game
A lot of times, plastic peripherals end up in your home because they were sold as a pack-in for a game. However, if you see a game that boasts that it comes with a free peripheral, a warning flag should go up, as this is generally not a good thing. For example, look at the Nerf-N-Strike games. Sure, the Nerf peripheral did have a residual cool factor when you used it outside, but how fun was pointing a Nerf gun that you can't really use at a TV? Not that fun. Of course the worst offender here has to be Link's Crossbow Training, which famously shipped with the Wii Zapper, and was at best a glorified tech demo. Fortunately, it seems the pack-in peripheral has receded in recent years, which is a good thing, as building a game out of non-controller plastic just doesn't ever really turn out the way you hope.