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The Nintendo Wii is a family-friendly video game console that is not only entertaining but also interactive as well. With motion-control technology, the gamer can truly intera...Read more
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Nintendo Wii: A Gimmick at Best
The Nintendo Wii took gaming to the next level; at least the controller did. When it first launch, it was on everyone's Christmas list. It was sold-out at every department s...Read more
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May not be for everyone, but still a great system from Nintendo
My alliances to video game companies have changed over the years. I was die-hard Nintendo during the NES years. I defected to Sega when I bought my Genesis and swore allegia...Read more

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The Nintendo Wii is a family-friendly video game console that is not only entertaining but also interactive as well. With motion-control technology, the gamer can truly interact with the game on a personal level, rather than participating as a passive player. A pioneer in interactive gaming, Nintendo has enabled its video games to be more lifelike and cooperative.

Parts and Accessories
All Nintendo Wii consoles come with one Wii Remote Plus controller, one Nunchuk controller for specific gaming, and a Wii Sensor bar. Up to four Wii Remote Plus controllers can be connected at once using built-in wireless technology powered by Bluetooth.. The Wii controller has a sensor on it that enables the user to select menu preferences, scroll through screens, and activate the game itself. Purchasing a Wii-enabled yoga mat or Wii Fit balance board further elevates the gaming experience. With the ability to exercise, dance, and meditate, exercise-oriented video games transform the home into a gym. The user can track his or her weight, endurance, and cyber-Wii age. Gamers can compete virtually across multiple Wii consoles, swap scores, and more. Dozens of games exist that can only operate properly with these accessories. The unit is small and compact and intended to rest on a shelf or within an entertainment unit. Weighing no more than 4 lbs, the unit can be moved from location to location easily and conveniently. Without taking too much space in any one room, the unit can easily turn a room into a party with four people playing simultaneously and engaging with the game.

Personalization
Users can create their own avatars, each known as a Mii. The Mii are cartoon characters that can be customized to look similar to the user. Adding the user’s height and weight will allow the shape of the Mii to resemble the user more closely. Adding glasses, changing outfits, and adding makeup to the Mii will further refine the image to the likeness of the user.

Beyond the Wii
Beyond functioning as a gaming console, the Nintendo Wii offers Internet access when connected with Wi-Fi, as well as access to Netflix for those who have a subscription. With 480p graphic quality, the Nintendo Wii console (NTSC) has a clear display. The Nintendo Wii console (NTSC) cannot play regular music CDs or DVDs, but its ability to stream Hulu bolsters its entertainment offerings. A single self-loading media bay can play either single- or double-layered 12-cm optical discs.

Lastly, the Wii console can be used without a video game in the console. By using the Wii controller, the user can navigate to check the weather, surf the Internet, or play with the Mii avatars. As long as the unit is connected to the Internet through plug-in access or Wi-Fi, the user has unlimited options for entertainment. Downloading games to the unit’s hard drive expands the functionality. The gamer can buy additional SD cards to use with the console in order to store more games and programs. The user can remotely download video games onto the Nintendo DS from the Wii console.

Parental Controls
Being able to control a remote device is an added benefit for the gamer and for parents with children who use the unit. The parental controls are easy for parents to utilize and manage. Based on the ESRB rating system, parents can restrict access to various channels and limit the ability of the users to send and receive messages. Further, the protection extends to the Wii Shop Channel and can prevent the user from redeeming Wii Points. If the user or parent wants to remove the control, he or she needs to re-enter the four-digit pin and disable or alter the parental controls; however, if the pin number is forgotten, the user must enter the answer to a security question. If both the security pin and security question answer are forgotten, the user must call customer service to reset it.


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BrandNintendo
Product NameNintendo Wii
Product LineNintendo Wii

General
TypeConsole
ColorWhite
Release DateNovember/19/2006
Device Input SupportRemote Control
Video Color OutputColor

Audio
Audio Output SupportStereo

Power & Battery
Power Source TypesPower Adapter - external

Dimensions
Height6.18 in.
Weight2.7 lb
Width1.73 in.
Depth8.48 in.

Technical Details
Ram Technology1T-SRAM
Supported MediaNintendo GAMECUBE Disc, Nintendo Wii Disc
Integrated Flash Memory Capacity512 MB
Internet ConnectivityWired, Wireless
Ram Capacity85.9 MB
Region CodeNTSC
CPUIBM "Broadway" PowerPC

Graphic
Memory Capacity3 MB

Features
Input FeaturesMotion sensor, built-in speaker, rumble feedback
Country RegionUnited States

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Nintendo Wii: A Gimmick at Best

 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 21/07/11
The Nintendo Wii took gaming to the next level; at least the controller did. When it first launch, it was on everyone's Christmas list. It was sold-out at every department store for an entire year! I wondered what all the craze was about, the motion controls? the excellent launch price? I knew it couldn't be the games because based off the Gamecube, there wasn't much to brag about.

I bought one and...yep, it was the motion controls. Never had I experienced anything like it in gaming history. In my history. Of course, after you get over the "wow" factor of the controls, it goes downhill from there.

There is really nothing this system offers in terms of power. I mean there is no DVD player, no HD output, heck, even the hard drive is laughable, or flash drive I should say. It's about 2GB or 2.5GB, whatever it is, it's not enough to store a lot of downloadable games.

The graphics for the Wii look like an original Xbox game. It's okay, but looks dated for the most part.

The software or games are limited. I say limited because they can't hold as much content as an Xbox game or a PS3 game. It feels as if the games are under 20 hours long. And there are no downloadable content for any games to extend gameplay, except Rock Band 2 of course.

And when you do come across a game with loaded content, the Wii overworks itself just to try and play it. The Sims 3 for the Wii is an excellent example of this. Every time I play this game, my Wii sounds like it's choking and makes this really loud annoying sound. When this happens, I don't know whether I should turn it off or give it the Heimlich maneuver.

There are no patches for games, so if you spot a glitch in a game, expect no patch for it. And if there are overwhelming number of glitches, like the Sims 3 for example (again), then you're screwed.

The online multiplayer is a joke. It's free, but you'll be lucky to find anyone to play with. And when you do find someone, the system boots you out.

As for the arcade games, well, there are some excellent classic NES, SNES, N64, Sega, just to name a few. They are the exact same port as the original cartridges with no graphical update or achievement points added.

Which brings me to my last point, where are the trophies or achievement points? The other game consoles have this and they make the gaming experience more enjoyable. Even the arcade games for those consoles have updated graphics WITH achievement points/trophies.

Bottom line, the Nintendo Wii is a limited gaming system that is only good for the casual gamer. In other words, if you like to play less difficult/less content games then this system is for you. If you like to play hunting games and exercise a lot then this game system is for you. If you like motion controls and good motion control games then this system is for you. If you like family-oriented games then this Wii is for you. Otherwise, if you are a hardcore gamer that is into 'the complete gaming experience' and first person shooters, look elsewhere.
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May not be for everyone, but still a great system from Nintendo

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 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 22/05/14
My alliances to video game companies have changed over the years. I was die-hard Nintendo during the NES years. I defected to Sega when I bought my Genesis and swore allegiance to Sony when I got a PS1 over the Saturn. I stuck with Sony until the 360 came out, and was all about Microsoft. I do end up getting every system, but have my preferred ones of each generation. The thing is, since the NES, Nintendo has always ranked to lowest to me. I usually get their systems last and Nintendo libraries have the lowest number of titles. I guess as I grew up, I preferred more mature games and Nintendo has always been more family and kid friendly than their competitors.
When the Wii was introduced, I derided it as a gimmicky system that, for a player like me, was more of a novelty. As I saw the popularity grow for the Wii, I became even more frustrated. Many of the titles were consider “shovel ware”, the hardware was pretty much an upgraded GameCube, and people who used to belittle people like me for playing video games were suddenly calling themselves gamers. When I did purchase a Wii, even though it didn’t really prove my opinions of it to be completely without merit, I was able to see past them and see that the Wii did have something to offer to me, a hardened video game veteran.
Compared to its competition, the Wii is lacking in raw power. This would explain why many games on the 360 or PS3 weren’t offered for the Wii or had to be watered down for the hardware to handle it. Luckily Nintendo knows how to make fun to play games without the need for cutting edge hardware. On the flip side, Nintendo has a checkered history with 3rd party developers. The games that sell are usually Nintendo produced titles and not ones from other publishers. The Wii will not disappoint a true Nintendo fan or casual gamer, but many hardcore gamers may see it as more of a toy than game system. I maybe hardcore, but I also enjoy many types of games and still love playing my older systems, so I still can find games on the Wii that I will enjoy.
The Wii Remote is what initially separated it from the offerings of Sony and Microsoft. Though eventually, they would come out with their own versions of motion control, which essentially took that advantage away. One thing about Nintendo is that many innovations, especially with game controllers, were pioneered by them. Others will adopt and improve on them, but Nintendo is the one who done it first. As a gamer that tends to play for hours on end, the motion controls make this almost impossible without causing injury or strain without regular breaks. Even playing a motion game for 30 mins can wear out most people. Some games offer options to use more traditional controllers, which helps. Some of the more game play intensive games do limit the use of motion controls to specific parts, so you aren’t flailing around all the time. The controls are pretty precise and easy to use.
The Wii managed to win me over despite my prejudices. It may not be a true “hard core” gaming machine, but it really wasn’t designed for that. It catered to the casual and newer gamers and not so much to us grizzled veterans of many console wars. It may not be my most played system I own or have the biggest library, but the Wii will always have a spot in my collection.
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I simply love it!

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 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 14/01/13
Sure, Nintendo Wii doesn't stand a chance against its rivals, the PS3 and the Xbox360, graphics-wise and performance-wise, but then again it was never meant to stand a chance. Being Nintendo's best selling home console, many in fact don't and probably will never understand all the hype that surrounds it. Is it the innovation, the customer service or its immersive 3D graphics that make it so widely popular? Surely not. Rather, it is the impressive arsenal of games that Nintendo provides that really contributes in selling this baby like wild fire. In fact, Nintendo has a monopoly over some of the best titles ever made i the history of gaming such as the Metroid franchise, Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda,Star Fox, and who can forget, our beloved chubby plumber Mario. With such a wide library of casual gamer-friendly games, from action to adventure, and from adventure to fantasy, the whole family can enjoy hours of fun. The PS3 and Xbox360, on the other hand, consist solely of first-person shooter games (sorry for the exaggeration XD).

Despite all my praise for the Wii, it is undeniable that the console get outclassed by it rivals on many many levels. For starters, the Wii remote is neither as good nor as innovative as people make it seem to be. To be honest, with the lack of a second analog stick, it even hinders gameplays at times. Next, to the many people out there who enjoy first-person shooter, buying the Wii is big no no. You will surely be disappointed as the Wii remote is too sensitive to grant you good aims. With its lack of good first-person shooter games and its lack of a good multi-player setting (I can't complain too much because it's free), the Wii is probably the least suited console for playing Black Ops. Finally, the most infuriating thing of them all, in my opinion, is the insane pricing of the vast majority of the Wii games. They don't undergo price drop. You can wait an entire year or two, and I can guarantee that Nintendo will never drop more than 10$ off of a game that sells well. In comparison, take the PS3 and Xbox360 for example, they have great games at reasonable prices such as The Orange Box, Soul Calibur and Fallout.

Despite the incredible amount of flaws the Wii holds, I found myself unable to give it a score lower than 4. Being an avid fan of the Pokemon and Zelda franchises, I spent innumerable hours of pure joy in front of the TV, and believe me that tells a lot. Bottom line, If you are willing to look past the mediocre graphics that the Wii offers, you will in turn be rewarded with a gigantic spectrum of classic games that stood the test of time, perfect for casual gamers.
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Fine, but not chip

 | No, I would not recommend this product.
Created: 19/09/12
It keeps the children busy and i can buy decent games for the kids without breaking the bank. I love the price and the smallness of the system but i feel they should include more support to a different genre of games besides Mario! Also add better support to HD content since i probably wont use the HULU or Netflix App since its not the best quality.
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Get it for the kids-if your an intense media fanatic probably not the best

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 | No, I would not recommend this product.
Created: 03/08/12
I bough this for my personal use, It keeps the children busy and i can buy decent games for the kids without breaking the bank. I love the price and the smallness of the system but i feel they should include more support to a different genre of games besides Mario! Also add better support to HD content since i probably wont use the HULU or Netflix App since its not the best quality, even though i have it accounts for both LOL
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