For anyone who finds the standard Wiimote clunkier than it needs to be, a company called Power A has brought a smaller version to market in the Pro Pack Mini. They were kind enough to send me one of these for review, along with a bag of fish-shaped sweets (not sure what the connection is, but they're delicious). There was also a loveletter from my Wii telling me we'd become estranged and that Power A had the answer for a blissful reunion.
Included in the retail package is a Mini Remote, a Mini Nunchuk and a wrist-strap. I've got the purple one, but it also comes in black. After wrestling it out of the plastic bubble, I was hit with a drawback. The battery compartment on the Mini Remote is smaller than standard, meaning if you use a charger accessory (Nyko or similar) then you won't be able to use your battery packs because they won't fit the slot. After fishing out some AA batteries from a drawer I proceeded.
The main body of the Mini Remote is made from some kind of plastic, but it's matt instead of shiny. It almost feels like there's some rubber in the mix, it has a nice warmth. The build quality is good, but not quite up there with Big N's version. Specifically the D-pad feels a little squidgier and the buttons on the Mini-Chuk are looser, but it's still more than fit for purpose.
Buttons aside, the Mini Remote has a great "feel factor", the edges are contoured and the smaller size makes it feel sleeker than the official Wiimote. I imagine that kids in particular would have a much better time handling the Mini, as it has a smaller girth and enlarged buttons (which glow in the dark for superfun times!). The Mini-Chuk also features a rubber grip, making slips and slides less likely.
The Pro Pack Mini was released in the US on August 2nd 2010, so it's already up on Amazon and similar stores. If it suits your needs I'd say it's a pretty solid buy.
Pro Pack Mini on Amazon.
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