Crispy Gamer

Does Nintendo even care?

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You may have read various opinions on why the new Wii MotionPlus isn't all that great. I honestly could care less about dipping my toe into the waters of that debate. But I do have a bone to pick with Nintendo about something the company should incorporated into its design a long time ago: the ability to recharge your controller directly from the console.

Frankly, the minute that Nintendo saw the Xbox 360 and PS3 controllers were capable of this, it should have began work on designing a similar system for recharging the Wii remote. Instead it was left to companies like Nyko, Mewe, Mad Catz and PDP.  That's all well and good for them, but what about the consumer who has to drop extra cash for something that should be built in. Don't worry Wii fans, Microsoft did the exact same thing with charging us for wireless internet on the 360.

The average cost of a rechargeable battery is around $10 USD, while the docking station (which sometimes comes with batteries depending on what model you are buying) cost anywhere from $20 - $45 USD. Mad Catz also offers a (wait for it!) a USB based recharging solution for right around $10. So while others might gripe about Wii Motion Plus I'm pissed off about the little things like a simple solution for recharging batteries (including the balance board - which Mad Catz has also created a solution for). 

The console that is supposed to be easier to use for the average consumer puts a lot of unneeded barriers in the way in my opinion. Perhaps it is time for Nintendo to start thinking less about moving units and more about refining the experience just a little bit. It's not too late for it to create such a solution and bundle it with newer Wii's hitting retail, at the very least.

 

And on the plus side, at least my Wii doesn't RROD.