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Review after four years of use
Member Name: Superjim03
Date: 02/12/11, updated on 13/02/12 (54 review reads)
Advantages: Good family gaming fun
Disadvantages: Graphics not as good as PS3 or X-Box
I bought a Nintendo Wii not long after they were realeased, I actually got it for my wife's birthday present which was just before Christmas. they were extremely difficult to get hold of at that point. I think I paid about £240.00 for it and could have sold it on eBay for about £350.00 such was the demand.
My wife wanted one to use for the fitness games, several of which she has bought and used extensively since then. At that point there was no similar alternative to the Wii with the interactive control system, for a lot of games you are encouraged to stand up and wave your arms around to control the on-screen action. Since then both X-box 360 and Playstation have realeased similar control systems for their consoles such was the success of the Wii.
The graphics of the console are not as good as these two main rivals although Nintendo were not trying to compete directly on this score. The console was marketed more as a family or group activity as opposed to the hardcore gamer market. In this they were very successful and some of the games released were high quality family games with Nintendo's quirky style such as mariokart (which could be used with a cheap steering wheel add-on peripheral) and Wii sports.
As I mentioned my wife wanted this mainly for the fitness games and has found the range and quality of these to be very good. Some gamers have complained that the quality of games on offer has never really lived up to the potential of the machine but the games we have bought have all been of a fair standard, although I probably do use my x-box more often and have bought more games for the Microsoft machine.
The unit itself is small about the size of a hardback book and fits fine under our television.
The machine itself usually comes with 2 controllers, there is now options to have the machine in a variety of colours although ours is the original white. The build quality seems fine and we have had no problems with damage to either the machine or the controllers despite them being thrown accross the lounge a few times. The Wii can also be connected to the internet which is free (unlike the x-box) we have only tried this a couple of times but the process is simple enough.
Amazon currently have the Wii for £97.49 with a 2 games and a controller which seems good value.
Summary: Very good value now