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Posted on Wednesday, November 28 @ 20:35:41 Eastern by Duke_Ferris
Today's product-a-day is possibly the stupidest gaming peripheral I have ever seen - The ezGear Combat Kit for the Nintendo Wii.

You see, its a plastic shield and a plastic-and-foam sword (optional scimitar included!) that you snap your Wiimote nunchuck into.

Looks kind of fun, right? Like your little cousin could enjoy swinging it around as he plays Zelda. That would make a funny  YouTube video, right? There's even a picture of Link right on the back of the box.

Here's the problem: He can't play Zelda, or pretty much any other game.

It's because the sword blocks the infrared sensor on the front of the Wiimote, so you can't point at anything. You can't even navigate the Wii menu to start up Zelda.

But wait! There's more! Not content with breaking just half of the nunchuck, the shield attachment makes it impossible to hit the C button without also hitting Z at the same time.

So what's the point of a controller attachment that renders your controller useless? To separate $39.99 from your wallet for a couple cheap pieces of plastic.

Instead, you can just pick up a stick and pretend it's a sword like we did when we were kids. That's free, and is equally compatible with the Wii.


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