Hands on with the Nyko Type Pad for the Wii
by Mark R
The Nyko Type Pad for the Wii addresses a problem that you may or may not have. If you have ever used your Wii to surf the Net with the Opera browser or the Wii friend messenger, then you know how annoying it is to type text with just a Wiimote.
If you haven’t, this is what it is like: The keyboard appears on the screen, but you have to point at each individual letter, number, or symbol with the Wiimote. Yes, it is a mind-numbingly terrible toil.
This is why Nyko invented the Type Pad, a fully QWERTY keyboard for the Wii. It is worth having for all sorts of Wii apps. For example, I use YouTube on the Wii a lot, and it is far easier to type in my searches with this Type Pad.
As you can see from the picture, the Wiimote is designed to fit in the Type Pad and stays in by attaching with the port on the end. Unfortunately, having the Wiimote attached is not enough to get the Type Pad working. The user is required to attach a USB dongle to the Wii itself, and this is how it syncs with the console.
The best part is that no batteries are required. It costs about $29.99, can be purchased now on the Nyko site.