Newest Review: ... 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 n... more
Fun for all
Member Name: moggym
Advantages: Lots of fun and a bit of fittness too
Disadvantages: Extras add a lot to the cost
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.
Summary: Great for fun and keeping fit hour and hours