Even though Nintendo is sending the Wii into its golden retirement years of budget pricing, the company's former flagship controller, the Wii remote, is sticking around. Compatible and required to get the most of our of the new Wii U console, you can expect to continue to see Wii remotes on store shelves for years to come. The old remote is getting a slight redesign, however, as new models branded for use with the Wii U are popping up at retail. As Nintendo Connect notes, the new addition involves the SYNC button previously hidden inside the remote's battery compartment moving to the exterior shell of the device.
The sync button which was previously hidden under the confines under the battery cover is now easily accessed in the open. Nintendo is also taking precautions of easily accessible sync buttons with its new Wii U Pro controllers as well. While we can’t find any disadvantage to having an exposed sync button, it does make us wonder why it was so “hidden” in the first place.
Maybe this is unique, but aside from taking my Wii remote to play on a friend's Wii, I've never had to use the SYNC button after the initial Wii setup process (and I can count the number of times that I've taken my remote elsewhere on on hand). Exposing the button to accidental pressing seems more like an annoyance than a feature to me, but if you're the type of player who needs to resync Wii remotes on a regular basis, then this must be a useful change.