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We have the white version of the Nintendo Wii, and we purchased it because we realised that Nintendo had finally come up with a game console that didn't leave you sitting in front of a computer screen on your own. This really is a proper, interactive, sociable, family game console.
Basically it is a small white box which you can lay flat or upright on its stand as is shown in the photo. it plus directly into you telly via three coloured plus which correspond with plus on your telly, or via a scart adaptor straight into the scart socket. I think ours came with the scart adaptor, but if not they are available fairly cheaply.
Our Nintendo Wii came with two games discs, wii sport and wii play, each of which have a selection of games. For example wii sport has tennis, bowling, baseball, golf etc. To play these games, you stand up holding the wii controller ( which also comes with the console, in you hand, and you actually physically do the actions as if you were the character on the screen. As small sensor placed on top of or in front of your telly will sense you actions via the contoller, and translate them to the character on the screen.
Most games can be played alone or with up to four players, but you may have to buy extra contollers to enjoy this properly. You can customise and name the characters on the screen so that you choose your own character each time you play, and in this way you can watch your skills progress.
it is great fun for parties or just as a way of keeping fit and active
This is a review from a FAMILY POINT OF VIEW, don't expect too much info on graphics or resolution, this is purely on enjoyment to be had as a family
What's good about it:
First off you can enjoy some good fun with the kids without necessarily having to sit down and fiddle with controls. The Wii can get you dancing, swinging a golf club like there's no tomorrow and rocking out on an array of different instruments (check out Wii Music). In short, choose the right games and even tiny kids can get involved without having to worry about difficult controls... all they need to do is copy the moves on screen or swing around the controller.
The nunchuk is nice and usable, not too difficult to get used to and if you have WIFI you can use the Wii to play BBC iPlayer or Netflix through the TV.
The Mii channel allows you to recreate a mini version of yourself that you can use as a playable character in an array of games and soo much fun can be had when a group of you get together for multiple player games.
Good graphics, not too difficult to grasp in usability and comes with a good catalogue of games.
If you have played on games consoles over the years, then this may take a little getting used to as it is quite a difference concept.
We bought this as a gift for the children before we had even tried one out or seen one being played. However, we knew from the games available and reports from other friends children that it would be very much appreciated and enjoyed.
Great selection of games - there really is something for everyone from children to grandparents. The fact that you are on your feet to play makes it seem much more interactive, and not like sitting hunched over a screen as is the usual worry about giving children consoles!
Whether you think it's your thing or not - I recommend getting Let's Dance - it's great fun and will have everyone laughing in no time at all - great for family occasions as people that are usually a bit more reserved can't help but get involved.
The Nintendo Wii has a sleek and intrusive design. The Wii will fit on a shelf and will go largely unnoticed. This is the best gaming system for a family. Some of the best memories in our home were made during family game night with the Wii.
Most Wii's come with Wii Sport which is a great game on its own. There are several games that the entire family can participate in including golf, doubles tennis, bowling, two person baseball, and two person boxing. This game is excellent for building hand eye coordination in younger children.
The Wii is also incredibly versatile. It has the ability to play Netflix, Hulu or any other television watching application. You can down load other games from the classic Nintendo gaming system as well. So whether it is game night or movie night, The Nintendo Wii will be perfect for your family fun night!
When you first set up your Wii you will be given options to create your avatar. The family will have fun designing avatars that look like them or even their favorite Star Wars Characters. My kids design characters from their favorite movies or tv shows.
The Nintendo Wii is one of the best gaming consoles there is on the market and I think has changed most people's opinions of gaming. It offers something for everyone whether it's family fun or exercising it does everything. I got a Wii when they first came out and have not stopped playing it since. Me and my family play it on Christmas day in the evening and at New year and its so much fun especially Mario kart. It brings everyone together and can make a boring night in the best night of the year.
However there is a down side to the Wii. Maximum players is 4 and in big groups of people and can cause arguments and disagreements of who plays when and what they play. It would be better if there were at least six players and groups of people can all play together then
Other than that no other criticisms it's a brilliant console
The Nintendo Wii console has been around since 2006. It was one of the first consoles of its kind, using a motion sensor as a controller. Having your movements control games was quite a new and novel idea and the console was and still is very popular.
The Wii console is available in various styles, sizes and colours. The most common is probably the original white console. Other popular colours are blue, black and red. Accessories for the console are also available in different colours. Stickers and covers can also be bought to jazz up your console.
The Wii is a small and lightweight plastic console which means it doesn't take up a lot of space and can be easily stored.
Dimensions - 157mm x 215.4mm x 44mm.
The Wii console has an internal memory of 512mb. As well as this there is a slot for a SD memory card, along with 2 USB ports for more memory.
You can connect to the internet with your Wii console and also wirelessly connect to a Nintendo DS/DSi/3DS console.
Online you can purchase and download games, the parental controls allow parents to restrict what games their children can download and also how much is spent on them.
Setting up the Nintendo Wii is really simple. All you need to do it plug the power adapter in and plug in your motion sensor. There are only 3 buttons on the console itself, a power button, reset and eject to remove the disc so it is not too complicated. Any other setup, such as creating your on wii character (a mii) to save your scores and information is done using the motion controller. There is no tray for the disc, it simply slots in and out of a hole in the console.
The consoles can vary quite a lot in price depending on where you shop and what package you get so if is definitely worth shopping around. I personally would recommend getting a Nintendo Wii with the balance board as it is a great accessory and often works out as being much better value than buying the board and console seperately. Some packages can cost over £300 which I find a bit expensive. I bought my console and board along with games, used for only £70 which was a bargain.
The main accessories which you can buy are different controllers and batteries. A charging station can be purchased including 2 batteries for your controllers for under a fiver. This saves a lot of money on batteries and simply plugs into your consol.
The nunchuck controller plugs into your original controller to play games using both hands. There can vary from £3-20. The normal controller is between £10-30. The official Nintendo controllers are more expensive than cheaper brands but I have found the replicas to work just as well
Novelty controllers can be bought pretty cheap, these can add fun to games turning your normal controller into a gold club, a gun, steering wheel and more. These plastic holders for your controller can be picked up very inexpensively in Poundland and similar stores.
For even more fun, especially for kids, you can get glowing light sabres!
Wrist straps are also available to buy, these are very cheap and stop the controller flying out of your hand which can easily happen.
Silicone covers for your controller give you a better grip, especially when your hands get slippery and sweaty playing energetic games.
You can also buy a wall bracket for your sensor bar for a few pounds, a replacement sensor bar can also be bought for under a fiver which is very good.
The balance board is my favourite accessory for this console and, in my opinion, a must have. The board is placed on the floor and can be connected wirelessly or using a USB to your console. You can then stand on the board, which can weigh you, measure your centre of gravity and detect your movements to control certain games. The board can be used as a step for aerobics games, a tightrope, a skateboard, skis and just to measure your walking and balance. You shouldn't jump on the board. This accessory adds lots more fun to an already great console.
When I first got the console, many of the games that came with it were very childish. I was beginning to think this was a console aimed at young children and that I had made a mistake in purchasing it. Wrong!
There are many styles of games for all ages so it's a great buy for families. New games can be expensive but used ones can be picked up very cheap. Some of the games you can get are:
Dancing games - Just dance and Zumba are examples, combining exercise and fun they're great games.
Sports - Bowling, Tennis, Golf and boxing are just a few of the sports games available. These are also fun and a bit of exercise (the boxing in particular will have most people sweating). Most of these games can be played alone or with friends and often go down well at parties.
Brain - For those who want somthing a little less physical and more mentally challenging there are games such as Countdown and Trivial Pursuit available. These are good for Christmas day and other family gatherings!
Action games - A lot of popular popular XBox and Playstation games such as shooting games like Far Cry, Call of Duty and Resident Evil are also available for the Wii.
I think the Nintendo Wii is a really good console. Used consoles can be bought pretty cheap and it's one of the best consoles I have bought. There are games for all ages and most are multiplayer so can be played with friends and family.
It is small and could be stored in a draw and taken out and set up quickly and easily which is also useful.
The combination of fun and exercise is something that was quite unbelievable to me but it's very good and you can set weight goals and view your progress which is another useful feature.
I did think this would be a bit of a novelty buy which would wear off quickly but my console is still used regularly for all of the types of games mentioned above. It really is a console with something for everyone so I would highly recommend it.
The Wii when released definitely changed the majority of people's views about gaming. It suddenly became a social event where family would play together and interact rather than the stereotypical image of someone locked away in their room playing by themselves. This is actually the Wii's main selling point, and I will say right away, if you are an avid gamer then the Wii probably isn't for you as it doesn't come with the greatest set of titles and doesn't compare in many ways to other consoles on the market made solely for gaming. The Wii is a fantastic console for those who want to have a bit of fun playing a social game and don't have a huge interest in gaming itself. The control system is unique in the fact that everything is controlled by your motion, whether that be bowling or simply just selecting options from a menu. Although this does take some getting used to it is part of the fun. It comes with a small but adequate set of titles, one of the most popular being wii sports which is a great way to get the whole family to be involved. It has been marketed at a fitness toy, but I wouldn't say it is as it doesn't require much energy or effort to play just a slight bit of arm movement. The Wii is definitely worth a look for those who don't take their gaming experiences too seriously and are looking for a party/social way to play games, but I wouldn't recommend it for those who are serious about gaming as it just doesn't work on the same level as its bigger rivals for a number of reasons. These include a lack of most popular titles, the graphics don't match up and the control system is too fiddly for very complex games to work successfully.
The Nintendo Wii is a great family product. Its more suitable for people over 1 and it makes the game more enjoyable and competitive. There are many Wii games that can make you lose some weight like ' Just Dance' and 'Zumba Fitness' so it is good for some adults out there wanting to lose some weight playing games with there children. The games are good for family but not as good as the Xbox 360 games as I feel that the Xbox 360 games you can still have lots of fun playing on your own. But the Wii still provides fun playing on your own just not quite as good as the Xbox 360. But it is cheaper than the Xbox 360 and is nicely playable in most games with the family. I feel that playing games like dance games really does make you out of breath at the end and you feel as if even after 3 dances your really quite exhausted and have lost some calories. So the Wii is great for losing weight. I like the fact that you can download online games like the Xbox because some games (the higher end ones) are nearly as good as buying a game in the shop and its nice to have a game installed to the memory of the Wii. I did you a memory SD card to download my games on but after I downloaded one game, took out the SD card and started to play with the SD card again my expensive game was gone and I was quite upset. So this might just of been a fault with me but I'm just warning you. Also you can get free trail of games on the Wii Store so before you spend your money on the game you can have a free 1 hour trail which is always nice to see if you like the game before you waste your money. All the Mii characters are quite fun to design to look like you and then you can even play with your Mii character in some Wii games. For example in Mario cart you can be racing round in a cart with your on designed Mii character. Or playing table tennis with your Mii in Wii sports. I also like the fact on how there is an application where you can have competitions to create the best Mii. For example the style of Mii has to be a chef and whoever creates the best chef Mii wins. But the best part of this is that if the competition was to make a Zelda Mii you could then see all the top 100 and download one of them to your Mii Gallery and then play with Zelda in Mario cart! I think you should definitely get Wii Sports Resort as you can have hours of endless fun with your family playing table tennis or basket ball its so fun! But with Wii Sports Resort the game doesn't just finish like Pokemon and your game has been completed now and its not very fun to play it anymore it great because the game does not get boring because there are so many sports to play! This is a must game to get if your thinking of buying a Wii. The internet on this game is good but the only problem is that its very hard to type on the wii keypad. Its so easy to smudge a key and then it takes time have to correct your mistakes. The internet however is quick and you can even play online 'Wii' games which are free games designed for the Wii. But its not so great for watching movies because the quality of iplayer is awful, its so hard to watch as its so blurry. Thank-you for reading my review
The Nintendo Wii was the first motion active console and the day it came out the shopping mall was packed . After having my eye on it for a while I knew that it was going to be my first Nintendo console after the DSi . The day I unboxed the Wii was great , it was very organised in the box just as most other consoles are coming in 2 separate compartments . Wii sports was the first game I played as Mario Kart was still on its way in the post . Wii sports was a game like no other . The motion active remote was amazing - being the first motion active thing I had ever used . It's fun for kids to play and also for parents to join in too . The nintendo Wii ( at first ) didn't look like it had any faults . However Nintendo then released something called 'Wii Remote Plus' which is the way Nintendo should have originally designed the Wii . ( Motion Plus Remote is a Wii remote that responds to movements quicker ) - Your movements will show up quicker on the screen faster and your playing time will be completely lag free . The Nintendo Wii is at its best in a large room where there isn't anyone walking in front of the TV screen . Late last year more editions of the Wii were released - the black , red and blue Wii . For people who struggle to put the money together for a Wii I would recommend purchasing a bundle as they are often cheaper than a Wii by itself and you wouldn't have to buy too many games separately or in the future . A few games I would recommend are 'New Super Mario Bros' and 'Super Mario Galaxy' and lastly my favorite game of all has to be 'The Legend Of Zelda : Twilight Princess' Which was extremely fun whacking the Wii remote around like a sword .
I promised myself that I'd never buy myself another console after the Xbox 360 died on us. But the idea of this small console seemed quite appealing, and paired with a WiiFit actually sold the idea to me - after all it would mean I could lose a few pounds whilst having some family fun too! I also love having wireless controllers, this saves tripping over the wires. I made the purchase 2 years ago now and have never regretted it.
10 out of 10 for this. The first game I put on was with the Games disk that came with it - bowling was great and as lifelike as you can get it. Although a bit stricy using the buttons to release but you'll master this in time. When you get fed up with playing with the family ou can play your friends online once you have created a username etc, or you can play a total stranger if you so wish. It supports JPEGs so you can create your own slideshows You can also pop an SD card into the rear of the Wii as it has 2 slots.
ADDITIONAL ADD ONS:
I invested in a good carrying case for this for when we transport it to my sister-in-law. You can easily add more controllers and nunchucks to your system as well as purchasing a mini keyboard, WiiFit and other bits of kit. I also would advise getting some kind of silicon grips for the controllers as they are easily dropped if you forget to put your wrist straps on.
All the family can get involved, games are reasonably priced, it's possible to lose weight if used sensibly. Massive range of games to chose from. Motion control is great. Fun to use and easy to setup competitions between friends over the net.
Graphics are not that great but then you should demo the console before making the purchase. It only comes with one remote and one Nunchuck - so you need to fork out an extra few quid if you want to play with a family member.
Purchased from Game Centre for £194.99
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Nintendo's smallest console yet, bringing a new concept to gaming. The basic wii comes with a sensor bar, one nunchuck and one controller, so its a case of pass the controller or purchase extra's these are not cheap around £20 for a basic one and £32 for the more advanced motion plus version. Other accessories include the wii balance board, charging dock, sports accessories pack and depending if you want to conect you console to the internet or not an aditional adapter will be required only costing about £8 but all these extra's will add quite a bit to the price of your console and thats before buying the games.
The controllers are wireless as is the balance board which is great considering the type of games played on this.
Connecting the wii to a television is simple and done with a scart cable this is sufficiant do to the console lacking HD graphics.
The optical drive will only use Wii and gamecube games so unlike the competition playing HD or Blueray discs is not an option.
The lack of HD does not matter as nintendo have always went for a more cartoony fun type of game as in mario, this does however leave it behind its competitors who are now capable of 3D gaming with life like graphics.
Family and friends will all get a great laugh with this, games like bowling, tennis, Skiing and many more are just amazing to watch others do, just remember too keep a distance from the over enthusiastic players, a controller in the eye takes a bit of the fun away.
Keeping fit is an new area in gaming instead of spending hours sitting you can definatly build up a sweat on this, with tittles like Wii fit giving you an easy but very fun workout and EA active giving a far harder woukout for people who are looking for a challenge.
Mario kart is another must have game.
There are limits to who can use this as my gran who is 83 cant do it and my mother who is 63 can only play basic games with comical results so unlike the adverts for this its not quite so easy to pick up for the older generations.
Runs very quietly, the sensor bar has a wire so a bit annoying to get set up also easy to fall of the top of tv unless secured, Internet content is resonable with differant stations including bbc Iplayer, online gaming has been hit by a lot of cheats making some games not worth the bother of playing online, all consoles seem to have this problem so its not alone.
I've owned a wii for about 3 years now after pestering my partner to get one for me. It cost about £200 with some accessories at the time. I did enjoy it for a while but have now lost interest in it. I wanted it mainly to use it for fitness i.e Wii fit and other similar games. I did use it for a while but I guess the newness wears off.
This was my first games console since using the likes of the Sega Mega drive as a kid. It was impressive when I first got it how far technology has moved on but I guess the Wii itself is now outdated. I've seen friends using the X Box Kinect and that does look amazing when compared with the Wii- you control it with your body unlike the Wii where you have controllers.
It is fun when you have friends round and have a few drinks especially things like 'Just Dance' where you can laugh at your friends trying to do the dance moves.
The new Nintendo Wii hit the shelves just over 6 years ago and we haven't looked back!
With its slimline design, wireless controllers and sensory bar it took us all by storm, sending us into another world of gaming all together.
Featuring all of Nintendo's qualities but with the additional new age technology, they also brought our favourites with them. Mario and co have been brought kicking and screaming into the 2000's with a fresh new look.
Other than gaming, the Wii offers Channels, which comprise of downloadable channels from their online Wii shop. How could I forget to mention, the Wii comes with Wi-Fi capabilities so you can easily connect to the internet via your home network.
In the in built channel section there's the Mii channel, this is where you create your very own mini-you, this provides endless entertainment in itself, try creating some famous people too! You then can use your Mii for in game play.
Other channels worth mentioning:
*BBC iPlayer (downloadable from the Wii shop)
I would highly recommend the Nintendo Wii to anyone who is interested in keeping active and likes their gaming. Nintendo has brought gaming back to the masses!