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E3 07: Wii Zapper hands on

Posted by: Chuck at 7/14/2007 4:13 PM
We've already looked at the WiiFit controller and I was interested to see how the Wii Zapper looked and felt.  After spending some time with it I'm still trying to figure out why Nintendo is releasing the product.  The controller isn't that comfortable to hold and maybe with more time you get used to it but having the trigger on the front handle is very awkward (most gun controllers have it on the back handle).  I was constantly switching position with my hands to try and figure what was most comfortable.  Most people use their dominant hand to fire the trigger and their off hand to steady the weapon but the Zapper forces you to switch that up by having the trigger on the forward position. 

I'm also going to call BS on on Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles being designed for the Wii Zapper or at least the E3 build being that way.  The game seems more oriented towards the Wii remote as reloading is done with a quick left right flick.  Something that is very easy to do with the a Wii remote but requires a bit more effort with the Wii Zapper.  We'll see if the design changes between now and the release of the device but so far I'm not overly impressed with this new piece of Nintendo hardware.