C2Tech Component Video Cable
The Nintendo Wii, unlike its competitors from Sony and Microsoft, is not capable of producing any high-definition content. Even so, you can at least upgrade from the standard composite video cable to get some decent 480p (progressive scan) widescreen action through a set of component video cables.
If you were to go with the Nintendo-branded set of cables, you’d be looking at somewhere in the $30-$40 range. This is a relatively small investment to gain a noticeable difference in video quality. Being able to go widescreen also makes for a more enjoyable video game experience. Even so, a penny saved is a penny earned and that’s why you should also consider third-party alternatives.
For example, what you see here is the Wii Component Cable kit from C2Tech. I picked up this set of cables, which is just as good as the official Nintendo version, for ten bucks. That represents a $20-$30 savings over the Nintendo-branded version. You will find other similar component cables from other manufacturers as well, including Icon, Nyko, and Intec.
Nyko Wing Classic Controller
Going with a third-party solution may not only save you a few bucks that can then be spent on something else, it can also offer you some increased functionality. That’s exactly the case with the Nyko Wing, a Classic Controller replacement for the Nintendo Wii.
As you may already know, the Nintendo Classic Controller actually connects to a Wii Remote through a physical cable. This is similar to how the Nunchuk attachment works. By contrast, the Nyko Wing is a completely wireless solution. There is a small receiver that attaches to the base of your Wii Remote and then the Wing can pull its Classic Controller duties sans cable. Very nice.
In addition to supporting your addiction to the Wii Virtual Console, this controller will also work with games like Mario Kart Wii that support the Classic Controller.
I felt the build quality was just as good as the official Nintendo counterpart, although I find the red and blue color scheme to be a little too colorful for my tastes. You’ll also have to deal with an additional set of batteries, but that’s a small price to pay for wireless freedom at only $29.99 US MSRP.