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on 13 February 2008
This is a good value bundle from Nintendo, featuring the Wii Zapper and Link's Crossbow Training. At this price, it just about works but the zapper is going to need some pretty decent games to make it a worthwhile investment.
Fitting your Wii Remote and Nunchuk into the Zapper is straightforward and it's a very neat and tidy gadget. It has a reasonable degree of weight and is well-made, so hopefully won't break too easily. There is one small problem, there is a clip which goes round the bottom of the Nunchuk to hold it in place. This is attached to the Zapper's main body using just a thin piece of plastic and looks highly likely to snap unless treated gently. For the extra few pence, it would have been better for Nintendo to use a proper hinge on this part.
Link's Crossbow Training is a very basic game, with only three game modes. Featured are target shooting, defending yourself against waves of enemies, and an on foot mode where you walk across the level (you move using the stick on the nunchuk), despatching enemies as you go.
There are different environments, skill levels and scores to achieve, so these keep you going a while. There is also multiplayer to give a competitive edge, although gameplay is the same.
The Zapper works well in these games, the controls are responsive and the game is good fun. But the bottom line is you could play it without the Zapper, and just use the Remote and Nunchuk in each hand instead. This may even be more comfortable for extended periods.
There is a sight on screen at all times. Remember that you are still using the Wii Remote to aim and it doesn't have a built-in sight like a proper lightgun peripheral has. Therefore, the only attraction of the Zapper is if you like to hold something vaguely gun-like rather than the controls on their own. You can't aim using it as you are still reliant on the sight on screen.
This bundle is worth the investment at this price, but with only a couple of games supporting the Zapper so far it may not be long before this particular peripheral is sadly forgotten about.