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Snakebyte Premium XL Wii Controller Review

The Snakebyte Premium XL controller for the Wii comes equipped with rechargeable batteries, a sync button on the outside of the controller, motionplus support, vibration, speaker, and built-in memory. All of this is for a low price of $35, five dollars cheaper than the first party motionplus built-in Wii controller. I have had bad experiences with third-party controllers before and with the Wii there are a lot of features that can be done wrong, but from what I can tell Snakebyte does a good job at emulating the Wii controller and gives it some much needed upgrades that Nintendo has yet to give.

When I first bought my Wii I was disappointed to learn that the controller was not rechargeable and would need to swap out batteries after they died. The Snakebyte controller comes bundled with rechargeable batteries and all you have to do is unscrew the back with the bundled screwdriver and then recharge the controller after putting the batteries in. Unfortunately though you are not able to charge the batteries through the USB cable that comes packaged with the controller and play at the same time. Not being able to play and recharge isn’t great but it is better than the regular Wii remote not coming with rechargeable batteries, which really makes you feel like you are getting more for less than if you were to buy a first-party Wii motionplus controller.

The motionplus being inside the controller is something that everyone has wanted and is a very important feature in this controller. If the controller was bigger than the Wii remote, weighed more, or the motionplus didn’t work properly then this controller would not be worth it. But I am glad to say that the controller is the exact size and weight of the regular Wii controller and the motion plus works perfectly fine and just as accurate as the regular Wii controller.

Many of my problems when buying third party controllers is that the controller feels cheap, the plastic feels like it could break at any moment, the buttons don’t press down right, the buttons hurt your thumbs. Snakebyte does not have any of these problems.  The only real difference is the feel of the back of the controller as is not smooth giving you more grip, the D-pad’s ends are a little raised, and the power, home, plus, and minus buttons are made of rubber (which feels just as good if not better than the first-party Wii remote).

The problems that the controller does seem to have are with the speaker and vibration features. Both of these features work, but are not up to par with the first-party controller. The vibration works fine but is louder and clunkier than the first-party Wii controller. The speaker seems to give off some static occasionally but most of the time it seems to work fine.

Final Word: With all of these great features and for a cheaper price than the first party Wii remote, I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking into buying the first-party Wii remote with motionplus built-in. You get more for the price and practically just as high quality as the first party Wii remote.

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  • Rick Grimes

    I’ve been waiting to hear some more about this since it was announced. It sounds alright, but at only a $5 dollar difference I think I’ll just get the controller made by Nintendo.

  • It looks smoother than the 1st party, but I think putting the sync button outside isn’t a good idea.

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