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Did someone say Wii rubber?


Ok, ok,, for most of us, ehh,, hmmm,, we can equate the use of the above mentioned substance to equal less sensativity.  Now, I don't know if you can officially say that the slip covers, gel covers, whatever covers that are made for the Nintendo Wii controllers are made out of rubber or not, the fact is, they are rather,, rubber-ish.  With that said, is there an alternative to putting a germ catching jelly jacket over your Wii controller?  I think so. 


Nintendo Wii Controller Sweat = Slippage


So, why the rubber controllers?  Maybe because the Wii remote was slipping out of players hands, threating LCD and Plasma screens everywhere.  What causes slippage, hmmm, maybe clammy clam shuckers, muggy mitts, greasy grubbers,  basically, sweaty hands.  So if you own a Wii and sweaty hands are causing you problems with controlling your controller, cut the problem off at the pass and get some help for those damp clampers.  For some, putting a bulky cover on the Wii remote is just not right.  It gets in the way, it's distracting, it's not natural.  If that's you, get some GhostGrip, shake it, put a dime size dab in your palm, rub your hands together, clap a few times, and GhostGrip will gently coat your grippers with a moisture preventing barrier, giving you a natural feel and grip on your controller.  


No need to wrap it, just get some GhostGrip, clap it and slap it..



There's the top 10 and then there's my top 10


Top ten lists are great, I mean, look at David Letterman, the dude's made a living off them.  Everyone like's a top 10, it kinda helps us put things into perspective.  So 2008 is over, and everybodies gotta top 10 for 2008.  They all line up and put in their 2 cents, hundreds of websites, publications, bloggers, editors, and millions of Gamers, all of them have a top 10 and each of their top 10 is different from the next.  


Put it into perspective


So here's the thing, I may have just discovered Soduko or whatever it's called in 2008 or maybe Connect 4 and played it a bunch.  So does Connect 4 make my list?  How about this scenario, I found some obscure independent game made in Norway in 2008 that I think is the show, does that make the top 10?  In order to have a top 10, we gotta first lay out some ground rules.  Number one, my top 10 list will contain games played on major gaming consoles (xbox, playstation, nintendo.  Number two, I said consoles, not some handheld device like a PSP or Nintendo DS.  Number three, these games will have been available to the general public, I'm not gonna pull some game out of my a$$ that only a few played but it never got released or made it anywhere.  No diss to independant labels and stuff like that, actually, if you wanna send my something I can spin on my 360 or PC I'm game to give it a go and it may make the top 10 independant games list sometime.  So, be fair.  I'm not gonna list my top 10 NHL players of 2008 and just randomly throw some WHL dudes in there.  


The top 10 listed and in one sentence, why.  Drumbroll...


10.  Little Big Planet - Reminds me of some early Atari computer games, I think Adventure comes to mind.  Allows players creative input.

9.   Deadspace - Graphics, intuitive controls, great sound, and some scary moments,, golden.

8.  Fifa 08 - Great soccer, good online play, very nice.

7.  Burnout Paradise - Awesome addition to this franchise.

6.  Wii Sports -  A staple and great introduction to the Wii, besides Super Mario Brothers, probably the best game to actually be shipped with the console.

5.  Assassins Creed -  Can get a little repetitive, but groundbreaking gameplay, smooth, awesome graphics, epic.

4.  Left 4 Dead - Simple to the point and fun, think Galaga, Centipede, or PacMan with good graphics.  Grab your gun and start shooting.

3.  Fable 2 - A great follow up to Fable.  No dissapointments here.

2.  Gears of War 2 - There's just something about chainsawing locusts,, call me crazy.

1.  Fallout 3 - To me, this is Bioshock on crack, excellent. 


Till next time, keep your hands dry and keep those zombies in check.

In true Nintendo fashion


If you look at the history of Nintendo, you will know that themselves and third parties have long been involved in coming out with an entire host of controllers for a game console.  So much that it can be confusing to some.   I mean, look at ROB the robotic operating buddy (click ROB for a pic of the bad boy of NES) that came with the original NES.  When's that dude gonna show up as a Wii controller?  So, let's list what you need for the Wii.


Differenty Wii Remote Controller Types 

The Wii Remote, the Wii classic controller, the Wii Nunchuk, Wii Steering wheel, Wii fantasy set, Wii sports set, Wii Zapper or Light Gun, and the Wii Guitar, I may have missed one or two.

So let's clear the water hear, what are the basics.  For example do you need the Wii sports set to play sports games on Wii?  No.  Do you need the Wii fantasy game attachments, like a sheild and sword to play games like Zelda on Wii,,, uh,, no.  Basically, to play almost all Wii games what you need is the Wii Remote, the Classic Controller, and the Nunchuk is also nice to have.

So what's all this other stuff.  Well, basically attachments or controllers with specific shapes like that of a tennis raquet or golf club and just dressed up Wii Remotes.  They do the same thing the Wii Remote does, they're just shaped differently to help people really get into the game.  I mean, I've played golf on the Wii with the stock Wii Remote, but only when I put the Wii Golf Club in my hand could I feel the cool breeze of the course, the birds chirping in my ear, and my caddy text messaging his girlfriend in my backswing.  Same goes with the other attachments, like a sword attachment for example,, who wants to sleigh a dragon without a sword attachment?  


Other Wiimote Types 

Other remotes are more specific to the game and thier fuction a little more obvious.  Hmm, I wonder what games I'd want the steering wheel for?  Hmm, I wonder if I can play tennis with the Wii Guitar?  Some things are obvious some aren't, one things for certain though, all you need is your Wii Remote, The Classic Controller (think of your Playstation controller), and a Nunchuk and you're pretty much good to go on most every Wii offering.  

Until next time, keep your hands dry using the Wii Remote Controller Grip and try not to smack your friend in the head.

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