Published on November 28th, 2012 | by Kyle Spencer, Editor
Tritton Kunai Wii U Headset Review
Reviewer’s Note: Sample hardware was sent to GAMINGtruth for review.
This is a review for the Nintendo Wii U / 3DS version of the Kunai headset. Chris gave us a solid review for the PS3 version of the Kunai series headset here.
The release of a new gaming console dawns the birth of some accessories to suck up that extra money from whatever was left from your new investment. Tritton and Mad Catz are here for you multiplayer enthusiasts. The Tritton Kunai is the first headset licensed by Nintendo for the Wii U console.
Even though we are still waiting for a true surround sound quality headset to hit the market that works exclusively for the Wii U, this stereo headset from Tritton will have to make due.
What’s inside the box?
When you tear open the box, you will notice that there isn’t much to the headset and its contents. It doesn’t have any complicated wires to hook up to your television or console. You have the detachable microphone, and 3-foot cable that connects to the Wii U GamePad. Attached to the cable is an inline audio controller, which manages the audio input volume and voice chat. There is also a mute button in case you feel like swearing at someone during an online multiplayer event and do not want them to hear you.
The Look and Feel of the Headset:
From the look of the headset it is very sleek. The glossy white finish meshes well with the glossy black finish of the Wii U, unless you purchased the 8GB Basic Set, then it will match it perfectly. The ear cups are much smaller than many other competitors’, but this design is done with purpose.
This is a headset used for not only gaming, but for listening to music. It features similar 40mm neodymium drivers for stereo sound. If you are looking for a headset that has multiple functionality and does not have that obese look to it, then the Kunai series is perfect.
Much like other Tritton headsets, they are lined with soft foam and rubber for comfort. The ear cups are soft and have foam that stretches up the sides and the top to rest on your head. This makes it quite comfortable for long gaming sessions or if you wish to listen to music while mowing the grass. The headset is available in the following colors: colors: gloss-white, gloss-red and gloss-black.
The Kunai for the Nintendo Wii U doesn’t feature a whole lot, especially when it comes to being a gaming headset. It has the typical detachable microphone and in-line controller. The in-line cord is attached to the 3- foot cable, and is used to control the volume and mute chat. There is no set up required on the system; it’s just a simple plug in to the Wii U GamePad– and play. This can also be plugged into the Nintendo 3DS for the same functionality.
To accommodate with most audio devices out there today, the headset does use a standard 3.5mm jack. However, with the short cable, it did fall victim to unplugging quite often.
The quality is actually quite good. Even though it is not in full surround sound, it has some excellent stereo sound. The only big gripe I have with the headset is when playing on the Wii U; you only hear what the Wii U game pad outputs. The game ZombiU is a perfect example. The game audio is output through the television while the communication and inventory is controlled through the game pad. This is what you hear and not the actual game itself.
So, if you have a zombie coming up behind you there is no way to know until he actually hits you.
That’s not to say that the small 40mm speakers don’t pack a loud punch, but rather the sound source itself. The set will differentiate left and right channel noises along with movements, but only if the Wii U game pad supports it. The left and right audio seemed to work better with the Nintendo 3DS. The headset actually sounded much better when playing games like Resident Evil: Revelations and Super Street Fight IV on the handheld.
Music through the headset sounds just like a standard set of stereo headphones. They are by no means Beats by Dre quality–but are comparable to Apple earbud or Sony MP3 headphones. The bass isn’t too loud and distortion did occur, but after making a few volume and EQ adjustments it sounded just fine.
The Final Truth:
The Tritton Kunai stereo headset is decent for entry level gamers that are looking for something different for their brand new Wii U system. Those who are looking to step-up their audio levels for the handheld 3DS will also enjoy the set.
This is not a competitive level headset that will give you full surround sound and gaming quality that you may expect from other Tritton products. The features are not as elaborate as other Tritton devices, however, the Kunai is simple, and fully functional not just a gaming chat headset, but for everyday use.
[xrr label=”Rating: 8/10″ rating=8/10]
+ Everyday Use
– Short headphone cord