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Wii Zapper

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Wii Zapper
Wii Zapper.jpg
Wii Zapper with Wii Remote and Nunchuk attached
Release year

2007

Manufactured by

Nintendo

For use with

Wii, Wii U

Model no.

RVL-023

The Wii Zapper is a gun-shaped shell accessory for the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, released in 2007 and named after the NES Zapper light gun. Originally unveiled at E3 2006 with a design much more closely resembling the NES Zapper, the accessory was released the following year. While the concept of a gun peripheral existed when the Wii Remote was created, development on the Wii Zapper began after a member of the development team for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess created a makeshift shell accessory out of wires and rubber bands[1].

In Japan, the Wii Zapper at release was packaged with the game Ghost Squad. For the international releases, it was packaged with Link's Crossbow Training.

Features and functionality[edit]

The Zapper has two configurations for play: one with both the Wii Remote and Nunchuk attached, and one with the Wii Remote attached, while the Nunchuk is held in the other hand.[2] When both are attached, the Wii Remote sits in the gun barrel, while the Nunchuck sits on the back, where the control stick and Z and C buttons can be used. Underneath the Wii Remote on the back is a tab that moves the grips, allowing it to be removed. On the front of the gun is the grip and the trigger, which allows the B button on the Wii Remote to be used. Finally, on the bottom is a removable cover which stores the cord connecting the Nunchuk to the Wii Remote.

Compatible games published by Nintendo[edit]

Game Developer Year
Link's Crossbow Training Nintendo EAD 2007
Eco Shooter: Plant 530 Intelligent Systems 2009
Sin & Punishment: Star Successor Treasure 2009
Go Vacation Namco Bandai Games 2011

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • One early iteration of the Zapper had battery-powered force feedback. The feature was scrapped so that consumers would not need to buy batteries.[1]
  • The concept for the Wii U GamePad originated in part from a prototype controller which featured a screen display on a Wii Zapper.[3]
    • In addition to this, Nintendo's E3 2011 introduction video for the Wii U showed a gun peripheral based on the Wii Zapper, though adapted to be its own controller rather than a shell and with a built-in stand for the Wii U GamePad[4]. Though two versions of this accessory were patented (one similar to the one in the video and one being a smaller version)[5], neither of these were ever released.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Iwata Asks : Link's Crossbow Training : Wire and rubber bands as inspiration. Nintendo. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  2. Wii Zapper Operations Manual. Nintendo. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  3. Iwata Asks : Nintendo Land : Development Started at the Same Time with Wii U. Nintendo. Retrieved July 17, 2016
  4. Nintendo Wii U Trailer (E3 2011). YouTube (IGN, June 7, 2011). Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  5. Wii U Zapper | Wii U. Wii U Daily. Retrieved July 17, 2016.


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