Review: Mad Catz Tritton Kunai Stereo Gaming Headset for Wii U & 3DS

Although many game accessory companies focus on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 platforms for most of their products, Mad Catz is looking to throw a bit of support to Nintendo. With the Kunai Stereo Gaming Headset for Wii U and 3DS, Mad Catz looks to be testing the waters in the headset department. While not as fancy as other offerings such as the Warhead, the Kunai is quite capable. Check out my video review for a few more thoughts.

Pros:

- Comfortable (surprisingly for on-ear), good padding all around, light
- Decent sound (bass is pretty good and punchy)
- Microphone quality good on other devices such as a phone
- Microphone performs well with 3DS, sounds better than built-in microphone
- Cord is just the right length for Wii U/3DS
- Looks stylish
- Removable ear pads
- Folds so you can wear it while not in use
- Removable microphone, easy to put in (plug and twist)

Cons:

- Mids and highs sometimes get overpowered by the bass/lows
- Sound leakage due to on-ear design
- Can’t adjust microphone levels
- Volume doesn’t go super loud (may be a Nintendo hardware limitation)
- Plastic middle top may snap with too much use (true you can twist it, but pulling it apart, not so good)
- No one will know how much better your equipment is due to audio codecs used in Nintendo systems (heavily compressed, but not confirmed)
- Not all audio goes through the Wii U GamePad for all games

Mad Catz kindly supplied the headset for this review.

Andrea Campton

Andrea Campton has been a part of the gaming industry for 7 years. Prior to Gametista, she worked on another venture of her own, NintendoGal.com. She loves cats, slow walks on the beach, and brutal honesty. Oh and her trusty Logitech MX518 that's still alive and kickin'.

Quality of hardware: 2 It's sturdy and looks to be made from good materials, but the plastic has me questioning longevity.
Ease of use/Comfort: 3 Extremely light and comfortable on the head. Plugs right in for use.
Product Execution: 2 It's a comfortable headset that provides good sound, but it doesn't have many bells and whistles.
Worth the price: 0 Fifty bucks seems somewhat high for early adopters. It might be good to wait for a sale if you don't need one immediately.
Final score: 7 A good first offering for Wii U/3DS from Mad Catz, though not perfect.
Posted in Nintendo, Nintendo Handhelds, Reviews, Wii U
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