Nintendo Wii Zapper, Mario Kart Wheel On The Way

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The Wii Zapper is a piece of plastic that holds the Wii's Wiimote and nunchuk together like a gun, for shooting games. $20 bucks with software. There's a wheel coming for Mario Kart, too.

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— Mario Kart(R) Wii (name not final): Nintendo's classic racing franchise
goes online. It launches with the Wii Wheel(TM) (name not final), a
steering wheel housing for the Wii Remote that lets veterans and
newcomers compete together. Launches globally in early 2008.

— Wii Zapper(TM) (name not final): This unit houses both a Wii Remote and

a Nunchuk(TM) and comes packaged with Nintendo software to show off its

applications. Third-party developers have multiple games in the

pipeline that will use this dynamic new interface. Launches 2007.

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DISCUSSION

Is there something about the Wii remote thingy that is impossible to duplicate into other shaped products like a gun and a wheel? Why is it necessary to fit that thing into another plastic enclosure?

Clearly I need to buy a Wii to understand the issues here. That said, I am happy to see Nintendo not getting 100% positive reviews here in the comments since it might mean that they will drop the price of the Wii before I am eighty to the $150 mark that I have pegged for picking one up. That said, given the continued ridiculous sales, I may be waiting until I am 79.