Well here we go again, yet another product from SnakeByte. And that is a good thing for sure, during the CES visit to their booth I got a little time with the Mini Wiimote they offer and now at home I have made some real time with it. I am willing to admit that in my last Wiimote review I mentioned that I wanted a larger Wiimote to be able to play games like Super Mario Bros Wii, but I forgot that I did not like the Wiimote much for games where it is required to be used as a wand mostly due to length and weight of the first party Wiimote.
Well I hate to say it overall I do not like the controls for the Wii and I have been a Nintendo FanBoy since I was 6 when I got my NES for Christmas, hell I am such a fan that I loved the control designs for the Nintendo 64 and the Gamecube. But the Wii has sadly fallen short on all accounts for me, especially in the controls which are innovative and unique but they always felt like something could be done to make them better. Sadly I cannot say that it will ever be truly fixed as an overall device, but when you can’t fix it all you make improvements to make it more pleasant.
And this is where I did enjoy the Mini Wiimote from SnakeByte, even though it is smaller I don’t mind for game where it is used as a wand versus the sideways controller. I tried this controller out with Epic Mickey, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Smash Bros Brawl, with the exception of Brawl the control felt tighter to the shake and wave mechanics. It may sound somewhat strange but the shorter body actually helps make it feel like you have better control with the unit because there is no weight past my hands versus the longer first party Wiimote.
I have tested the other Mini Wiimotes that are available and one thing that I did not like about some of them is that the button area is curved outward, as if you need those buttons to be raised and more awkward than before. The Mini Wiimote has the same overall design with 25% less body to it, so it is essentially the same just smaller than a regular controller.
Now as I said before I am not the biggest fan of the Wiimote but I like the design and the convenience of the outer sync button, I would have loved a rechargeable unit much like the Premium Wiimote that SnakeByte makes but this works well and it looks great. So in a full sense for this unit and the type of gameplay I recommend it for SIZE doesn’t MATTER!