Not long after the Wii launch, I went to Target to try to buy a console. They didn’t have any. They didn’t have many Wii accessories. They did have silicon skin grips. I doubted that they would make a difference with regards to the grip, but I figured they would be useful for color-coding the Wiimotes.
The first time putting the skin on was an ordeal. The skin is literally skin tight. Since the buttons aren’t flush against the wiimote, they impede the process. It’s also a hassle having to remove them when I need to remove the battery cover for syncing or for changing the battery.
However, I think it’s worth it. Superficially, it helps to know which wiimote is which so I can use one consistently until it is low on batteries, at which point, I know which one is low on batteries. Also, now that I am used to using the grip, the “naked” Wiimote feels relatively slippery. I definitely feel more secure holding the Wiimote with the grip.
Tonight, when I used my wiimote to turn on the console, it didn’t respond. The lights blinked at the bottom of the wiimote but then they would turn off. This has happened a few times where my wiimotes would stop communicating with the console.
The first time, I would try to resync each wiimote. I later learned it was more efficient to unplug the power and plug back in. That’s what I did tonight and it fixed things.
The question is why did it even lose synchronization. One would suspect that there was an update, but I could find no evidence of it in my console. However, I have read that updates for the Wii in UK presented a Warp Zone. I wonder if there was an update for my wii, but I didn’t get anything new out of it.
If there were an update, it would be nice to get some confirmation… maybe even use the messaging system.
If you have trouble sync’ing the wiimote(s), you might be doing what I did. I held down the red button on the console. All that is necessary is to push the button.
I called Target this morning to see if they had any nunchucks or controllers. I was told they didn’t have any but they probably will when the next shipment of Wii’s come in next week on January 21. Just thought I’d let you know if you’re still looking for one.