Wii Review: Nyko Wireless Sensor Bar

Price: $19.99


Developer: Nyko



Wireless technology is a marvel, isn’t it? I mean, you can sit 25 feet away from your television and play video games without tripping over cords or getting entangled in wires. Now if you don’t have the luxury of sitting up to 25 feet away from your TV you either have bad eyes or you don’t have a Nyko Wireless Sensor Bar.

I’ll admit, right off the bat, that the Sensor Bar is more a gaming luxury than a gaming necessity. The Dual Charger AC for the PlayStation 3 – also by Nyko – is a necessory accessory. Not only that, it’s a great little item to use while you game (simply because you can keep playing while the controllers charge.) The Sensor Bar, on the other hand, is a great accessory for individuals who have televisions that make it somewhat inconvenient for wireless gaming. Like flatscreen televisions that hang on the wall – it’s tough to aim the Wii-mote at the Wii's wired sensor bar while looking at the TV if they aren’t very close to one another. See, that’s where the Sensor Bar comes in handy.

Now if you have a standard setup with an entertainment center, etc., the Sensor Bar may find itself without much of a home. However, if you have a large den (with up to 25 feet of moving space) and love to game with friends, then the Sensor Bar has a use again. Simply, the way it's setup gamers can set the Nyko sensor bar anywhere in the room and activate it with its little silver button. Once it’s on and you’ve setup the distance/settings in the Wii Sensor Bar utility screen, you’re good to go. You can game-on without having to worry about having to stand or sit too close to the television.

Another plus side to this little device is that forgetful or senile gamers can have the Sensor Bar turn off after a designated time. Specifically, a timer can be set to have the wireless Sensor Bar turn off after an hour or two. Alternatively, if your memory serves you well after you get done gaming, and you actually remember to turn off the Sensor Bar, then the auto-off timer can easily be disabled by switching it off.

Overall, though, there weren’t any problems using this device and the troubleshooting guide covered the common problems one might have while using it (specifically, myself). As I mentioned earlier, though, the only downside to the Sensor Bar is that if you don’t have a large area or a certain entertainment setup that requires its use, the Sensor Bar falls a bit by the wayside. Nevertheless, if you need the space (25 feet worth) to get your gaming groove on, then Nyko’s Wireless Sensor Bar for the Wii is good little device to have on hand.

Will Usher

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.