With any launch of a new system, there will always be a wide range of options available in terms of accessories. The launch of the Nintendo Wii U is no different, with various accessories available for the system. One of main new things for the Wii U are headsets, which are probably more useful this time around for a Nintendo console, since Nintendo plans on having strong online support for the Wii U. One of those new headsets is the Tritton Kunai for the Wii U and 3DS.
The Tritton Kunai is a recently released style of headsets that just came out for the PS3 and now they’re made available for Wii U and 3DS use. This type of headset is of the overhead on-ear type. The included microphone can be removed, and the headset can be used as a normal set of headphones. You can also rotate the ear pads so the headset can rest easily on your shoulders when not in use. In order to use the headset on the Wii U, you simply plug it into the headphone jack of the Wii U and you’re good to go. It works the same way for the 3DS as well.
I usually prefer over ear headsets, as I find those more comfortable. So I was a bit disappointed to see that the Kunai were on-ear. However, I did find them just fine to wear. The headset is lightweight and adjustable to fit many sizes. The pads could be a bit more softer and I would have preferred a more plusher material to cover the ear pads than the leather-like ones. These are more personal preference though, and others can have no problems with these things. Even if those factors did affect the overall comfort for me, it wasn’t too much of a discomfort, as I had no real trouble wearing the headset for a long period of time.
In terms of build quality, the material is of a hard plastic, so it feels high quality. But with the hard plastic design, I feel that it can snap easily too. I haven’t had that happen to me, but it’s a thought that always crosses my mind with these kind of materials. Although, I think the hard plastic makes these headsets look quite stylish. Other than the hard plastic feeling like it could snap if stretched too much, the headset does feel durable. It could certainly withstand some accidental drops.
The sound quality of the headset is also nicely done. The headset sports 40mm speakers and it produces clear enough sounds. This is only a stereo headset, so I wouldn’t say it’s of the highest quality of sounds you’ll hear. It’s of good quality still, as the sound output is better than some other headphones I own. There is a volume knob on the wire of the headset to adjust the volume if needed, instead of using the volume button off the Wii U Gamepad or 3DS. While it’s not bad to have, I found it useless since your hands aren’t too far away from the volume sliders on the devices.
With this being a headset also, mic quality is important. You’re buying these headsets for good sound quality, but also want to be heard clearly as well. While not many games support voice chat on the Wii U and 3DS, I did manage to run some tests for what the quality of the microphones were, by speaking with other played in-game. Feedback I’ve received are that I sounded clear enough. I didn’t go into too extensive testing, as being able to be heard in-game, means that the microphone is doing its job. There is also a mute button on the headset.
The price for a pair of Tritton Kunai for the Wii U and 3DS will cost you $49.99. I find that to be a little high for what I’ve experienced. I would say if they were $10 cheaper, that would be a more proper price point. My reasons for that are mainly because of the overall functionality of the headset. It hardly offers any features and just plays sound and has a functioning microphone. The volume knob on the headset is pretty much useless since there are already knobs near your hands on the Wii U Gamepad and 3DS. If it had any added features with it, I can see the price being justified.
There aren’t that many options out there though for a headset made for the Wii U and 3DS. But that’s also because not many games are available that support the use of a headset. So unless you have a game that supports headset use, you may not really need a headset right now. And while the Kunai can be used as headphones, I wouldn’t recommend them if that’s what you’re in need for. You can find a decent pair of headphones for less that the $49.99 price tag of the Kunai.
I have no doubt that the online chat functionalities for Wii U games will increase in the future, so there will be a need for headsets at some point. While there aren’t many choices to choose from in this category right now, if you’re in the market for a Wii U headset, the Tritton Kunai aren’t a bad choice to go with. For me personally, I would get something that I find more comfortable for my taste. However, if you don’t mind an on-ear headset, I don’t think there are any real bad points to the Kunai. It’s stylish and has nice quality sound overall. It does all the basics you would want from a headset. I would just wait for it to be slightly cheaper than it’s original $49.99 price though if you’re considering it.