Didn’t Buy A Wii? Then You’ll Want This Wii U Accessory Bundle

By Spencer . September 13, 2012 . 1:10am

imageWii U is compatible with Wii accessories so your nunchuck, remotes, and balance board will work with Nintendo’s new hardware. Nintendo assumes you already own a remote because the Wii U doesn’t include one even though the launch title Nintendo Land’s mini-games require a remote.


So, if you don’t own a Wii or plan to trade in your console you’ll need to get a 5,250 yen ($67) accessory pack which includes a Wii RemotePlus, nunchuck, and sensor bar.

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  • Evan Groman

    Do they not feel they’re alienating new customers by forcing them to pay this extra amount of money?

    • $30632660

      I see it as a loyalty thing.People that own a Wii won’t have to worry about paying extra money to play certain games.

      • Evan Groman

        I’d understand if it was something extra, but they’re leaving out a crucial aspect of the console only to people that owned the previous one. It’s ridiculous because without this asepct, it becomes unplayable. It’s like needing a PS2 to play a PS3. Don’t have a PS2? Too bad. 5,000 yen. Pay off.

        I just thought it would be a better idea to encourage new players to finally get a Wii rather than expect all their customers to already have one.

        • In fairness the Wii was absolutely massive. I can’t see many people getting a WiiU that didn’t have a Wii. Cost effective all round I think.  

          • Rodrigo Branco

             I want a WiiU but I never owned a Wii ._.
            So In my case I’ll need to buy this bundle to play many games on the console

          • Testsubject909

            I can see where you’re coming from, mainly because I myself don’t own a Wii. Though unlike you, I currently don’t care much for the Wii U.

            (Though I do admit to the great potentials that could be made… Although I would like to note, from some articles in the past, I came to realize that the PSVita can pretty much do what the Wii U’s Gamepad does as it seems it can be utilized to connect to and play with PS3 games. I’m just noting this here and just sayin is all… Basically I’m more interested in the possibilities that surrounds the PSVita, and am slightly irate that the development on it is slow, but at least I think it’s steady progress, if slow.)

            Though for me, it’s more the games announced for it to date that makes me question the packaging of the Gamepad with it on all package models when it’s the Wiimote that seems to be used as the primary means of control. I’d repeat myself but, honestly, you can just look up a few comments to see everything that’s running in my head.

    • keithmaxx

      As against forcing everyone to buy the same set of controllers and adding around $50 to the price tag, I’d say it’s an overall wise decision. Add to that the fact that there are retailers who already sell such controllers at discounted prices.

  • hoez

    Horrible idea.

  • Testsubject909

    Hmm…. I’m thinking they really should’ve had a package with the Wiimote and another with the Gamepad.

    Because, again, I’m repeating what I stated on the Open Thread. It seems from what I’ve seen of the Gamepad capable games, that the Gamepad is not the central means of controlling the games available. Additionally, the Gamepad is limited to two, whereas the Wiimote are still set to four… It just feels like the Wiimote is still the main control scheme whereas the Gamepad is the addition, much like how the PSMove is an addition to the PS3, or Kinect to the 360.

    It just… I’m not sure how I feel about this.

    I’d also like to note, for reference, that I for one don’t own a Wii, so I’d most certainly need to purchase this. From my point of view, if I were to purchase a Wii U, I would’ve preferred to get the Wiimote with the Wii U and have the option on the side of purchasing the Gamepad or a higher end package that includes both Wiimote and Gamepad…

    But hey. With the Gamepad included, that’s a long term investment I suppose. Developers will know that everyone who owns a Wii U definitely owns a Gamepad, as such new games made for it might be more Gamepad centric… But for the moment, the games revealed for it, again, feels like they’re more Wiimote centric… So yeah.

    Mixed feelings… Well, it’s not like there’s actually anything that interests me on the Wii U or coming for the Wii U right now, so I’m not going to be jumping in the first day bandwagon for this one.

    Edit: Small note, it’s something that just came crawling back up my memories. I recall that the Gamepad is supposed to be able to emulate what the Wiimote can do, though that’s a bit clunky comparatively to the Wiimote and I’m wondering if you’d still need the sensor… Hrmm… Still uncomfortable with the whole packaging setup, but that’s just me. And anyways, unlike others, I have no hype for the Wii U in me, just curiosity over what they’ll do with the Gamepad and low expectations, remembering how the DS and Wii started off with very few experimental games and far too much gimmicky shovelware… Again, I hope the third party lineup and support is strong this time around…

    • malek86

      I’m pretty certain most games for the console will be Gamepad-centric. Especially the ones from third-party companies, if anything because the Gamepad actually has dual analog sticks, making 360/PS3 conversions a lot easier.

    • Herok♞

       Well I think it just gives you the option to play with the wiimote in some games, things like ZombiU look gamepad exclusive while everything else looks uses the gamepad in someway.

  • its optional so i see no problem with this, also most people gettng wii u will likely have wii

  • What about the people who sell consoles when a new generations comes? You can’t sell your Wii without these, can you?

    • TaintedSeraph

      No, not really. So basically you either have to own an extra set already or buy new ones.

  • shuyai

    i was hoping they use a new upgraded nunchuck. the wii one is laggy and inaccurate.

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  • PreyMantis

    Can’t you just use the pro controllers?

  • Solomon_Kano

    Yea, I’m gonna need to invest in a Wiimote once the U launches.

  • protofox

    OR. go to gamestop and get everything u need for like..under 40 bucks :D

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