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Nintendo Wii

A motion sensored gaming console by Nintendo.

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Family Friendly Console That Gets Everybody Moving

  • Dec 26, 2008
Rating:
+5
I've been playing with the Nintendo Wii console for over a year now thanks to some friends of mine who have one. We got one for Christmas this year and finally decided to write a review of it.

Simply put, the Nintendo Wii does things that no gaming console has ever done before. It gets the entire family (and their bodies) in motion. The included "Sports" game is, as many others have stated, a very basic game, but it is very fun. Tennis, Bowling, Baseball, Boxing and Golf are all offered on the game, and each of them requires some level of mobility from the player. In tennis you actually swing the racket. In bowling you actually bowl the ball (and can put a little English on it, too). Baseball allows you to pitch and bat, and you can alter the direction of both with how you move the Wii controller (or by pressing buttons during delivery). The golf game can be just as aggravating as the real thing, and you must vary the strength of your swing to get a good shot. There are also fitness and training options on the game that can give you your "Wii" age.

The most strenuous (and most fun) game on the "Sports" disc has to be boxing. You literally have to bob, weave and juke your way around the ring in order to avoid getting hit by your opponent. As with the other games, your level of skill increases with each match you compete in, win or lose. The Sweet Science has never been much sweeter in a video game such as this one.

Setting up the console was simple. Simply follow the instructions and you'll be fine.

Once you've got the console set up, you can then begin to personalize it. You maneuver through the Wii's menu options via "channels." There's the game channel, which plays games (including GameCube games), as well as the Mii Channel, a weather, news, photo and internet channel. While I have only used the Mii and Game channel, I have had friends tell me that the other channels work very well once they are hooked to your internet connection.

The Mii channel is almost a game in itself. On this channel, you create your individual character that can be used in some Wii games. After creating your character, you are given the option to let it "mingle" in a room with other created characters. Some of these characters will show up as your ally or opponent in games, adding to the "personalization" of the game.

As stated before, having to move around makes this console that much more fun. It gives you a little bit of exercise without making you feel like you're "working out."

Highly personalized, easy to set up and very family friendly thanks to a large number of games that require multiple players to get up and move, the Wii will be a hit in any home. Highly recommended.

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The Wii is a home video game console released by Nintendo. As a seventh-generation console, the Wii primarily competes with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3. Nintendo states that its console targets a broader demographic than that of both. The Financial Times reported that as of September 12, 2007, the Wii is the sales leader of its generation, based on sales figures from Enterbrain, NPD Group, and GfK.

A distinguishing feature of the console is its wireless controller, the Wii Remote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and detect movement in three dimensions. Another distinctive feature of the console is WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode.

The Wii is Nintendo's fifth home console, the direct successor to the Nintendo GameCube, and able to play all official GameCube games. Nintendo first spoke of the console at the 2004 E3 press conference and later unveiled the system at the 2005 E3. Satoru Iwata revealed a prototype of the controller at the September 2005 Tokyo Game Show. At E3 2006, the console won the first of several awards. By December 8, 2006, it had completed its launch in four key markets.
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Developer: Nintendo
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