Hands-On Review: Nerf Vortex Nitron, The Empire Strikes Back

Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster

Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster

It’s not easy being the leader – everyone is always taking shots at you…literally if you are Nerf (from Hasbro).  Yes, ever since Nerf made the ingenious move from foam footballs to foam bullets, they have been the brand to beat when it comes to guns and blasters for kids.  I’ll bet you I could walk into any home that has a 7 year old boy and find a slew of Nerf bullets all over the floor.

This year, competitors have been gunning for Nerf.  You have the Max Force Shadow Hawk series that fires paper bullets and the Xploderz Blasters that can fire gel balls 100 feet.  Now Nerf strikes back with the Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster.

Nerf Vortex – This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Nerf Bullets

The Nerf Vortex line uses little foam discs instead of the traditional Nerf bullets.  The foam discs can fly farther and faster than traditional bullets and allows Nerf to compete again the more high powered blasters from other companies.  Today we look at the Nerf Vortex Nitron – the first full auto Nerf disc blaster.

Let’s take a look at our video review of the Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster…

We Hope You Have Plenty of Batteries on Hand

The first thing you need to do when you get the Nerf Vortex Nitron is fill the thing with a sick amount of batteries.  6 C batteries are needed for the gun to fire and 2 AAA batteries are needed for the electronic scope.  Once you have the batteries loaded, the gun is a pleasure to operate.  The magazine clip holds 20 of the discs (which is all the gun comes with).  Firing is a quick two step process, as shown in the video.  Hold down the acceleration trigger to get the motor going and then pull the trigger to fire away.

The Most Fun Shooting My Kids I Have Had in A While

The Nerf Vortex Nitron has something called Xtra Long-Range (XLR) technology, which claims to propel a full-auto storm of discs at extreme range.  I am not sure extreme is how I would classify the range, but it does shoot far, fast and relatively straight.  We found the range to be about 25-40 feet.  Of course, if you play outside and the disc catches a breeze, it could float on for about 50 feet – but with poor accuracy.

The really fun part of the Nerf Vortex Nitron is the speed at which you can unload 20 discs at your son target.  The discs fly out fast and if you are within about 25 feet of your target, you also get pretty good accuracy.  As the video shows, we were able to hit our camera from 25′ out without much of a problem.

The Electronic Scope is Amazing…If You Like Useless Green Blinking Lights

The electronic scope is all Bling.  It has a green light that flashes and that is about all it does.  Maybe kids will be into it because it looks cool and can also be attached to other Nerf guns.  Just understand, from a functional standpoint, it really serves no purpose.

Conclusion: Nerf Vortex Nitron, We See Little Green Discs in Your Future

The Nerf Vortex Nitron is flat out fun to play with.  If you have kids who love traditional Nerf guns, they will love the speed and distance of the Vortex discs.  Our biggest complaint is the price of replacement discs – $10 for 10 discs is a little outrageous.

Does the Vortex Nitron push Nerf ahead of the Max Force Shadow Hawk and Xploderz lines?  No, not in terms of range and power.  Both the Shadow Hawk and Xploderz still have better range, but the Vortex Nitron shows that there is still plenty of life left in foam bullets….disc shaped foam bullets.  If you are looking for an indoor blaster for kids in the 6-9 year old range, the Nerf Vortex Nitron is an excellent choice.

More Information:

Nerf Vortex Nitron by Hasbro sells for about $35 and is for kids ages 6 and up.

Purchase the Nerf Vortex Nitron at Amazon.Com

Watch our video review of the Nerf Vortex Nitron

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