January 17, 2013

Nyko Helps Out The Wii U

So you got your child a Wii U for Christmas? Wait, that came out wrong. So you got yourself a Wii U for Christmas?

Okay, now that sounds a little bit better.

But, the only downside is that Nintendo didn’t release the best of controllers at launch. Don’t worry — you can admit it.

Well, when in doubt in any technology, always look to the third party. In this case we have Nyko, who decided to take it upon themselves to fix this dire situation. As early as next month, Nyko will arrive with support in the form of brand new controllers and accessories to better the Wii U as whole. Now that’s what I call being your brother’s keeper.

First up we have the Pro Commander controller. It is essentially the Wii U Pro Controller, but just a better version. For starters, the controller now has a rubberized surface, which means the controller is easier to grip and is not a fingerprint magnet like its predecessor. Another key feature is that on the right side of the controller the d-pad and the analog stick have been switched. This change up makes it resemble more of an Xbox 360 controller, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, counting on the fact that the Xbox 360 controller itself is extremely comforting. Finally, the controller will retail at $34.99 MSRP. That is an entire $15 cheaper than Nintendo’s own hardware.

Oh yeah, and by the way, the controller does support all the bells and whistles you would come to expect; like rechargeable batteries, rumble and fully wireless.

Don’t worry, Nyko didn’t stop the brotherly love right there. The company has also introduced a few solutions to help the battery life for that big controller with the screen. Nyko has announced the UBoost, an external clip-on that will double the controllers’ battery life, which means the controller can now last about 6 to 8 hours (depending on brightness, volume control and things of that nature). The clip also comes with a stand so you don’t have to carry that hunk around while charging in the Nintendo backed power dock.

The second solution for the waning battery life of the controller is an all-new internal battery called the Power Pak. Now, this super battery not only doubles but triples the life of the controller which means it can last now up to about 9 to 12 hours again depending on the variables.

When the chips are looking down, it always good to invest in partners, you know, so when don’t have the time to do something the other party will be more than willing to help out. Hey, the “I’ll pat your back, you’ll pat mine” system always works out in the end.

Let this be a teachable moment for you people out there. Don’t step on other’s toes on your climb up the ladder in life, help ‘em out a little. You don’t have to bring them to the Promised Land, but you never know when you’ll be the one struggling and hanging for your life.

Image Credit: Barone Firenze /

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Email