By now I hope all Wii owners know to practice safe waggle. Remember kiddies: when the Wii Remote comes out, the cover goes on!
But the silicon protector that comes with the Wii Remote by default is a bit bulky, and also quite hideous. Seriously, it looks like some sort of giant condom only the Michelin Man would use.
What about the adult gamer who wants to spice up his or her Wii waggle time with something a little sleeker, a little sexier, and a little more stylish? That’s where new premium accessory manufacturer CM4 comes in.
The Catalyst Wii Remote covers, one of CM4’s first products in a line of gaming device covers also available for the PSPgo, DSi and DSi XL, provide the same basic functionality of that rubber monstrosity you get whenever you buy a new Wii Remote, except they are even more comfortable and don’t look like some alien sex toy you feel almost embarrassed to leave out for others to see. Indeed, living room gamers can now feel proud to set their Wii Remote on the coffee table.
Catalyst covers are made of a synthetic leather that is both attractive to the eyes and soft to the touch. The sides are perforated for maximum grip and comfort during long gaming sessions, and the square around the B trigger button is made of a neoprene-type material, I guess to be absorbent for those with a sweaty trigger finger.
The stitching is of the utmost quality, and cutouts provide easy access to all of the remote’s buttons and sensors. Sliding your remote in and out of the cover is also incredibly quick and easy – even easier than getting into and out of the rubber cover at that — thanks to a concealed zipper on the back with a button-latching strap to secure the closure. This makes access to the battery compartment more convenient too. The covers are also designed to fit over a Wii Remote with the MotionPlus attachment, but are perfectly functional without one – the last little section of the cover will be hollow, that’s all.
One thing the Catalyst covers don’t appear to be built to do as well is protect the Wii Remote from the most severe accidents. The leather cover feels great, fits snugly around the remote, and is certainly sturdy enough to act as a shield against regular wear and tear. But the material is pretty thin and doesn’t have the cushiony resilience of the rubbery, bumper-car design of the standard remote cover. But really, the mature, sophisticated gamer these covers are designed for probably isn’t going to be stupid or careless enough to fling their remote at the TV or slam it on the ground, so the training wheels aren’t necessary anyway.
CM4’s Catalyst Wii Remote covers are very much a luxury product for a specific audience of gamer interested in getting maximum performance out of their gaming experience. They don’t fulfill any great service the free cover doesn’t already provide, and therefore they don’t demand a purchase. But they do achieve the same goal, and they do so with greater comfort, convenience and style. You don’t have to break the bank to get one either. Single Catalyst covers are only $9.99, and you can also get a two-pack for only $14.99. Four color options are also available, including Black Onyx, Slate Gray, Coral Red and Pink Sapphire.
A pack of two Catalyst Wii Remote covers was provided by CM4 for review purposes.