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Nintendo Wii

A motion sensored gaming console by Nintendo.

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We really like our Wii! Fun for the whole family!

  • Nov 28, 2008
Rating:
+3
The Wii is a very user-friendly, versatile, and entertaining computer gaming system. It really is much more than a game base -- there are channels so you can check the weather and the news, you can add an internet browser (for a small fee, which was disappointing at first until I realized how small the fee really was ... and since I can't post amounts in a review I'll just say it is about the same as a video rental and less than a movie ticket), and many more options are available. It comes with a very fun set of games (bowling, boxing, tennis, etc.) that make use of the very versatile controllers that are included. Additional games can be downloaded (for a fee) or purchased -- and now you can rent them (or buy them used) at most major video chains.

What I like most about the Wii is that it seems to be designed for family use. This is not just for boys who like shooting aliens. There are lots of activities that make it simple and fun for the whole family, from very young to very old. You create little "Miis" that represent (and look like) you (or not, if you prefer), and they become your character in the games -- we spent a while just creating characters for each member of the family, letting each create their own but making suggestions to each other and laughing at the various options each chose. It is a lot of fun.

With the internet compatibility -- especially if we hook it up to a USB keyboard -- this really becomes like a new household computer. You can check email, browse, buy, anything you like. (If you have a Gmail account you can even do word processing and spread sheets on their website -- so it really becomes just like a new computer.)

There were a few glitches -- we have a DSL internet connection and while we could hook up quickly when we tried to install the upgrade that the system recommended we found that it stalled about 4 times before finally completing the download and completing the upgrade. Something similar happened when we tried to download the internet "channel" (browser). Eventually we got everything working, though.

One more thing that bugs me a bit is that the Wii won't play DVDs. Apparently it is able to do so, from a hardware standpoint, but they haven't installed the software for various reasons (and there is no way to get the software through Nintendo). That is the only reason I might have preferred a Playstation -- which natively plays BluRay and DVDs. I'd like it if I didn't have to switch between my DVD player and the Wii, and could just use the Wii box for both functions. Still, this is a pretty fantastic device, that I'm sure will get a lot of use from my whole family for a very long time.

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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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Category: Video Game Consoles
Developer: Nintendo
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