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Family Fun Console
Member Name: Review_Boss
Date: 03/10/11, updated on 03/10/11 (25 review reads)
Advantages: Small, Cheap. looks good. easy to setup
Disadvantages: tedious, boring, only useful in a family group. poor grahpics, poor sound, poor gameplay,
This is one of those consoles that when you first play them you just have to have one simply because of the innovative controllers and interactive gameplay but the reality is that its actually a poor system.
Nintendo suprisingly some don't know was actually a card making company started in 1889 and in the early 1890's in Japan made hand made playing cards. Then in 1956 they contacted people in the states to start to produce Disney related cards and pictures of Disney characters on their playing cards.
They dabbled with other enterprise like hotels and and even started their own taxi firm under the nintendo name but eventually bored of all this and other ventures in 1974 started in the video game industry but it was not until 1980 that they developed the Family Computer or known to many as the FAMICOM in Japan but to the rest of the world this was known as the NES.
The entry NES system which first delivered MARIO BROS to light up our world as well as many other top games at the time. Then moved on to the SNES or SUPER NES, the upgraded and far superior model turned the original MARIO BROS into the mighty SUPER MARIO BROS as well as other upgraded games. The SNES pretty much dominated years of gameplay just like its original NES did before that.
Ignoring the handhelds and the not so popular gamecube that followed the very popular nintendo 64 we come on to arguably their most successful console to date and namely the one in this review the wii.
The Wii is truely an inspirational console but not many people know that it was originally called the "Revolution" but was then renamed the Wii just before launch.
I first tried the Wii at a friends house and was instantly hooked as most people are. A few weeks later I decided to buy one seen as they arnt a great deal of money I believe I paid around £170 for it as it was a games bundle as well but you can just get the console for far less around £140 now.
Wii Sports game
Wii Remote with strap
Wii AC Adapter
Wii Stereo AV Cable
Wii Stand Plate
Wii Sensor Bar
Sensor Bar Stand
Wii Sports game (baseball, tennis, bowling, boxing, golf)
Got the product home and its really easy to setup. Surprisingly the console itself compared to most others is very small and its a lot of tech to fit into a small box but it looks great.
In slides the game cd and after power up and putting the tv to the right channel away you go.
The OS and console menu system is really simple to navigate. Unlike other older consoles which instantly launch the game the Wii like the new xbox and playstation 3 now have a menu screen to navigate and allow you to see records and setup local machine variables like connecting to a wifi if you have internet access and many other options.
This is however where the console really does come to an end however. Yes for the first few weeks or months you become better at the basic free sports pack games and one or two other games you've bought but the novelty really does wear off quickly.
I think I played this constantly for about 2 months perfecting all the games I had and becoming pro at all the sports games. After that all the other games are just terrible. Occasionally I switch it back on when I have guests over like family and other kids to keep them quiet but honestly I just never use it now.
Every time I want to play a game I either use my playstation 3 or my PC .
Reason why is simply because the Wii is graphically poor, the sound is poor and the gameplay however revolutionary at the start is just downright tedious and boring.
Every aspect of a Playstation 3 or an xbox or a PC is just far superior in all counts.
However this doesnt take away from the family fun factor which is why I havent sold it yet. IT IS FUN!
But really its only use is for when there is more than 1 person who wants to play.
Overall it's a cheap family console. Reality is that its still vastly lacking.
Summary: Overall it is terrible but it sells in bucket loads and it is initially addictive