Release Date: 1/30/2013
Colors: Red, Green, Blue
The Good: Solid controller, great new button layout, bright LEDs, works with rechargeable battery packs
The Bad: Home and power are hard to press, speaker and vibration are a bit weak.
After buying a Wii U you will need controllers with Wii Motion Plus in them. For $10 less you can get these which are pretty well designed and I like them a lot. PDP makes great products and these are no exception. The Afterglow products look cool because they have colored LEDs and transparent cases. I also like the new layout for the controller. The + and – buttons are on the extreme sides of the remote above a. 1 and 2 are diagonally placed so your thumb doesn’t hit both all the time when hold the remote horizontally. I just found the home button a little hard to press because it is inset along with the power button at the top.
The LEDs are bright and vibrant and look cool in the dark. The remote feels solid and sturdy and not cheap like some Wii peripherals. It comes with a strap as well so the whole package is here. It will fit any rechargable battery, but it’s a bit tight. One thing you really have to look out for on third party controllers are the quality of the buttons. They press nicely and give good feedback. I just found the speaker to be a bit quiter than the official ones and the vibration is a bit softer as well. This are minor issues, but it still feels nice and is a great product. For $10 less you get cool LEDs, better button placement, and a solid feeling controller.