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Nintendo Wii

Monday 22 September 2008

G-Rating

Rating of 4

The basics

The Nintendo Wii is a fifth generation home video console that was released after Nintendo GameCube. Its noticeable feature includes wireless controller and Wii remote. Currently, it competes with seventh generation console of other leading consoles in the market. So far, this is the smallest and the lightest console to date.

The good

The Wii’s innovative motion sensitive control system has redefined video games, or at least carved a new niche within the hobby by making avid gamers out of people who wouldn’t know a joystick from an egg whisk. Affordable and simple, this is a family friendly console that takes gaming to a whole new level. There are nice bonuses in the form of built-in Wi-Fi and a web browser.

The bad

But there’s a downside to Nintendo’s pursuit of this new demographic - it has sidelined the hardcore gamers that were its previous bread 'n' butter audience. Whilst the Wii is well served when it comes to short, simple mini games and multi-player party fodder, it’s desperately short on deeper, more involving single player titles. The standard def visuals and stereo sound are also disappointingly last gen.

The bottom line

While there’s little to tempt old-school enthusiasts seeking eye-popping visuals and in-depth single player games, the Wii’s trailblazing motion controls make it a top tech toy for young and old alike.
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james

Great for kids under the age of 10 but teenagers not impressed with the graphics or lack of .The wii is designed to get people active no sure sure it works as most adults only ever use it once ! The most intuative natural control for a console (better than ps3 or xbox) but lack of proper games lets it down very very badly . The new motion -plus very good and brings a newer deeper experence to wii gaming . Lack of content in games released in line with the same game on different formats a real let down .

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LocoforLocoRoco

Apart from the odd few games, most of the Wii's titles bring people together. When I first got my Wii, me , my family and my friends would spend ages playing on the first game, Wii Sports. I still think ATI could have done better with the graphics, though. Even though it's a good family console, I've decided I've been missing out, so am buying a PS3 for all the things the wii can't do.

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chazmeister90

This is awesome! Me and my siblings have been saving up money since last christmas and we finally have it! I am very happy with its outcome. I despise violent games like medal of honour and grand theft auto so the games that can be played on this console delight me! Nintendo, please can you do a free game rental service? Then i can rent the games i like! I can't find any faults at all with the wii (but what does it stand for?)

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jambo_game_kill

ive got an wii and got loads of games for it its for all the family and once on boxing day we had a wii day so we had a tournament on the wii there are games for evey 1 my fav must be "need for speed undercover"

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Hayden Lang

All I have to say is there are loads of games to appeal to hardcore Nintendo fans. Super Mario Galaxy, Zelda: Twilight Princess, Resident Evil 4, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Okami, Metroid Prime Trilogy and New Super Mario Bros. Wii are but a few. And the Virtual Console has over 200 classic games from the NES to the N64. Great stuff!

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legend

i have one. i got it cause everyone else had one. i usually dont get presents so when everyone else realised it wasnt much, they got another ps3 or xbox 360. sure it plays some small games, but for people 12 like me its not much. the best game for me is probably CoD 5, and its much, much worse than on the other consoles. and it doesnt have nazi zombies. and CoD MW 2 isnt coming out for it as there is not much space on the conventional discs

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TiggerPike

It is a good system but the games get a little dull after a while

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kat n dubz chikz

I think the wii is a great gadget, and this is coming from a over 10 year old. I think the graphics are very good,but sometimes its hard to play it on the sofa because the remote wont respond. And it was a bit hard syncing the wii fit to the wii console but alltogether fantastic gadget!

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xjs211ax

THE WII THATS ALL IT WILL EVER BE IS PEE ITS NOT MANLY AND IT NEEDS SEGRIGATING IN A JAIL FOR REVERTING TO BASIC 90'S GRAPHICS THAT I CAN GET ON A PS1 FOR CHRIST SAKE OPEN YOUR EYE'S LOL.ALL U DUDES GOT NO BRAINS IVE HAD AN XBOX 360 FOR TWO YEARS LOL AND I PAID 60 POUND FOR IT THATS RIGHT 60 POUND IN YOUR FACE SONY .....HOW BOUT YOU MAKE A GAME FOR THE PS3 BECAUSE EVIDENTLY THERE'S NONE IF YOUR A TRUE GAMER YOULL HAVE HAD BOTH IF NOT THEN YOU CANT DECIDE I REST MY CASE.... BORN..2007..................... R.I.P PS3....DIED......2010............LOL I LMAO AT ALL U GENERIC BARGAIN HUNTERS NEVER SEEN A FIXER UPPER..LOL

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james east

the wii is fab and ive got the wii in black!!! and to make you really jealous gadget show i have wii sports resort with motion plus as well for xmas.

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nickgamer

I think that the wii is much better for familys but horrible for hardcore gamers and even if it has good games like call of duty world at war,call of duty moderen warfare reflex...ect it does not feel the same by the wireless remote and much harder to play with out a wii zapper. And the wifi connection to me is down right impossible it might be the broadbrand or the settings any way i still think that the wii has amazing family games and still a must buy!

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Anonymous

The future for the Wii can ONLY! be to offer games in 3-D.. with a new console of course! Would make the wii back on top of it's game..

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Anonymous

i really want to get a wii but im just not sure if it's worth it. Is it? :\

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mattysini

its good dont get me wrong but its not got as many games as the ps3 and the graphics are quite bad

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Anonymous

I decided that i would get a wii and i now have one yay! I actually bought it at the GSL and i am very happy that i bought it even though the graphics aren't great. :)

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cooljoe567

if your a mario fan like me know the wii is great playing mario games on

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cooljoe567

wii rules i love it cos you can download all sorts of things

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Anonymous

i can't get the internet to work on my wii it keeps saying error code! :(

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gadgetboybro

i have a wii and it is brilliant i love the games i am going to get more game for it so far i have seven games and i got the wii from santa two christmas's ago d[-_-]b

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ben101

wii is the best

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Oracion

Great console! With its HUGE library of awsome games, both for the hardcore and casual gamer (or me, bit of both) It really does come out on top for me. All games seem to be FPS's nowadays and the wii gives you a relaxing break by giving you lush gaming with beautifully written storylines and innovative gameplay! (Don't forget brilliant artstyles and the added bonus of wiiware and catching retro gems with virtual console!) And writing this after E3 2010, it can only get better with whats in store. Kirbys epic yarn and Legend of Zelda: Skyward sword prove that you don't need shades of grey, a gun, a 18 rating and HD graphics to be an award winning game! So don't judge a console by the graphics, cus the wii's JUST AS POWERFUL!

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Anonymous

I've got one and it's awsome but i can't seem to find a good game for it though. Please help cos i never use it any more!!!!!

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jman213

ive had one of these for over 2yrs and after 1yr one of the controllers stoped haolding charge which is a real downer because it was great fun playing with family and friends now i can only play on my larry

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Anonymous

The wii is an awsome console for families and kids of all ages their is a great range of games such as Lego star wars the compleat saga i have a little brother who is 5 we carn't get him off it and lego indiana jones 2 he thinks its funny that the lego men dont talk um i also have Dance on brodway my mum loves it um wii fit all my family love this game lodes of fun games and exersises Go deago my little brother thinks its a rubbish Gt pro sieries a good gave verry competitive but poor graphics and i have many more games but no time to but a review for all of them

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Anonymous

but it dosn't mach to the xbox 360 kenect

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Anonymous

Right. I'll start by saying that I think that Kinect and Move are very good. They are both tremendous technological achievements in their own right. But I think that Microsoft and Sony's games will be no match for Nintendo's beasts such as Zelda, Mario etc. Also, most people now already have a Wii and some will think it is not worth spending another £100 on another thing which does pretty much the same. I know it doesn't do the same but most people who buy these things are parents and they won't understand.

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Anonymous

I don't know why so many people are disliking the wii. Recently, it has really been fun, all the family are playing a wide variety of games together and we have not yet lost interest!!! I don't feel the need to get a ps3 or x-box, the wii suits me fine

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Anonymous

Great for a month, then gets left to gather dust.

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Anonymous

We were playing it all the time as a family around christmas- then it got boring. 2 years later i bought a ps3-good desicion.

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Anonymous

Firstly if anyone says that the PS3 isn't as good as an Xbox then they are terribly wrong, the PS3 comes with built-in Wi-Fi, and late models of the Xbox dont and as well the PS3 looking better and coming in higher GB models than the Xbox it has Blu-Ray built-in and 3D as a Bonus. SONY have worked very hard to beat there rivals Microsoft, and they certainly did! If your a gamer looking for a new console, then this is certainly the one for you, you can do anything and more, on a PS3.

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megan cunningham

Great for any one but teenagers not impressed with the graphics or lack of .The wii is designed to get people active no sure sure it works as most adults only ever use it once ! The most intuative natural control for a console (better than ps3 or xbox) but lack of proper games lets it down very very badly . The new motion -plus very good and brings a newer deeper experence to wii gaming . Lack of content in games released in line with the same game on different formats a real let down . i think it is great and i wish i had 2 with the games

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Anonymous

I love it!!

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