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Wii hockey sticks face off this holiday season

Wii Hockey Stick by CTA

When CTA released the Wii Hockey stick ($14.99), it was designed to work with NHL 2K9, 2K10 and now 2K11, which were the only Wii hockey titles available.

But since the launch of EA's NHL Slapshot for Wii - which includes its own stick - gamers have extra incentive to hit the ice using stick peripherals.

CTA's stick design differs greatly from the one EA includes in Slapshot, especially when it comes to their relationship with the Wii's complementary remote, known as the nunchuk.

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The Slapshot stick nestles the nunchuk at the top, which means you'll have to clutch it to the side on your lower hand, which can become an ergonomic problem after a while.

The CTA's stick, on the other hand, has no slot for it and its design makes room for the Wii MotionPlus module - a key to playing NHL 2K10 and 2K11. In contrast, the Slapshot stick can't accommodate the module at all.

CTA's stick is extendable up to one-third longer than the Slapshot stick, though you can also slide it in for a shorter length to make it ideal for kids.

If you're looking for a second stick to play Slapshot, you're better off buying an extra one designed for that game. But if you're looking to play the 2K series of NHL games on the Wii, CTA's stick will offer a better overall experience, especially because it can be used with Wii MotionPlus.

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