on May 26, 2011
I've been a Nintendo fan for years. Generation after generation they put out amazing consoles with excellent games. So it comes as no suprise that the Wii continues the tradition started back in 1985.
The Wii was codenamed the Revolution becasue it was supposed to revolutionize the way we play games. I'm not so convinced that it accomplished it's goal per se, but I do think that it did introduce some new ways to play. When I first heard about the system I didn't think it would be nearly as successful as it was. I thought odd name, last gen graphics, and strange (ablbiet interesting) controller, yeah, good luck with that Nintendo. I was convinced that it would turn out much like the GCN, reasonably successful but nowhere near it's competition.
Well here we are 5 years later and we all know how it turned out. Much to everyones suprise, the Wii turned out to be a tremendous success. People were calling it the Gamecube 2 because it didn't have HD graphics. While the Wii may be similar to the Gamecube (GCN) in terms of archecture, in nearly every other aspect it is a completely different system. It was given marketed as family centered, rather than specifically to the gamer, where the GCN was fairly powerful for its day the Wii was quite underpowered, and the GCN had a focus on contectivity (GB link cable, GB player, Limited LAN support) the wii focused on motion controls.
The motion controls are the heart and soul of the Wii. While the PS3 and Xbox 360 have their respective options for motion controled gaming, it is hard to argue that the Wii not only started this "revolution" but they also have the largest library of motion controled games. So it goes without saying that if you want motion controlled gaming, the wii is not only the best option, it also happens to be the most affordable.
The purpose of this review is not to compare the Wii to it's competitors, it truly is a stand alone system, and is not fair to do so.
In my opinion, the Wii will largely appeal to two large contrasting groups: non gamers and core gamers.
On one hand you have the non gamers, they will immediatley be attracted to games like Wii sports, Wii fit, Kriby's Epic Yarn, Just Dance, Lego Star Wars, and things of that nature. These are games that anyone can pick up and play and have very broad appeal. The reason for the Wii's success is the non gamer, Nintendo captured an audience that no one knew even existed. Games like these are the reason that you will see the Wii in nursing homes and hospitals.
On the other had you have the hardcore or core gamer. Games like Metroid Prime 3, Donkey Kong Courty Returns, No More Heros, Red Steel 2, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom and Mad World are games that appeal to them. Many of these are hidden gems that only the core know or care about they are every bit as good as the better known Wii titles.
Peronally I am somewhat of a rare breed in the fact that I enjoy both, but most gamers will fall under one catagory or another. I think the real diffrenece between the two is the casual gamer will purchase the Wii as a an only system, whereas the core gamer will buy it to go along with a straight hardcore system. But it's that broad appeal that makes the Wii as successful has it has been.
Unfortunatley, the Wii's best years are behind it. 2010 may have been a great year for the system, but 2011, thus far has been very weak. With E3 coming around the corner gamers will see what will be the last major software to be released for the system, and of course it's successor with be there as well. But not all is bleak, Nintendo just recently dropped the price of the Wii to $149 and swapped out Wii sports and Wii sports resort for Mario Kart Wii. Furthermore they rolled out their Player's choice lineup albeit under a different name. As they say, good things come to those who wait. Now is a great time to buy because the better price, better software bundled, and there is a fairly large library of games avalable.
The reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars was because I do feel it is missing in some key areas that make it hard to give a perfect score. First, I do feel the online aspect of the Wii is very weak. The setup makes it near impossible to find friends online and communicate with them. Very few games sopport voice chat.
Second, because of the popularity of the system there is a TON of shovelware. Shovelware is (as the name imples) garbage software that gets shoveled onto the system so the developers can make a quick buck off the popularity of the Wii. Generally, I would say stick to first party titles if you want to be safe but even some of these aren't worth getting. Games like Wii music are terrible. Do your reseach and you wii be fine. Finally, even though the library is impressive, there are some holes in there. You will be hard pressed to find ambitions RPG's or M rated action games. Don't get me wrong, they do exist, but few and far between.
Overall the Wii is a wonderful system with a lot to offer. The new bundle is excellent and Mario Kart is a game with universal appeal. The price is appealing, for $150 you can't go wrong. Unless you're holding out for Wii U, I would reccomend it to anyone looking for a balanced system with a good library.
on July 30, 2011
I'm a Sony Fan Boy to the core. ( Nintendo Fan boys if you can not accept this stop reading this review). I have been playing my ps3 about 2 years now. Playing a lot of excellent games. But even a Sony's Hardcore like me, feels nostalgia about games like Zelda and Mario. Then I decided to buy a wii, when I saw the wii got a Prince drop and 30 dolar bonus , I couldnt resist the offer and I bought inmediately.
The wii , in terms of hardware, is way inferior in comparison to the ps3 or 360. The wii only support up to 480p, meanwhile the 2 other system can go to HD, 1080p (how freaking amazing would have been Link or Mario in Hd!). Also it doesnt have strong online services and this is where the wii fails in the competition. To connect your wii, it must be wireless, if you want to connect you DSL cable, you need to buy another accesory , a minor problem , but for me that is annoying.
Ok now that I have pointed out some little problems of the wii , let move on to where wii shines... Games !!! , Wii have seriously some of the most fun games ever made!. The ps3 have a lot of excelletn games, but if you realize most of these games are the same genre: shooting. While the wii have a lot of variety. Though the wii doesnt have the breathtaking graphics of the ps3 or 360, the game play is just excellent. I must admit the wii it is just as fun as my ps3. Super mario Galaxy 1 and 2, twilight Princesss , are just extremely amazing. Twilight Princess just top as one of my favorite game of all time. These types of game are the one that makes gamers to say: this how a game should be, exploring and having fun. Not like thos FPS online games that have made us into their slaves ( Im one of them , Damn you Modern warfare 2 for stealing my time). After playing enought alone, I bought 3 more controllers and played with my friends... just amazing ! Playin smash brawl and mario party, just makes us remember those time when the n64 was alive, playng against each other and laughing a lot. Those moments are just priceless and the wii brings it back to you. =D
If you want some good games for the wii I can recommend some ( maybe our taste are different but you should at least give it a try) :
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galxy 2
Zelda: Twilight Princess
Metroid 3 Corruption
Super Smash Brawl
Super Mario Bros wii
and Many more...
Ps: The Black wii just looks Sexy !
Thanks For reading ... =D
The 2011 version of the Wii Console Bundle includes a Wii Wheel, a remote plus nunchuk, and Wii Mario Kart. At $149.99, it is quite a savings when compared with the PS3 and XBox 360.
The Wii was amazing when it first came out, with its motion-sensing capabilities, and over the years it has built up an impressive number of games which use those capabilities very well. In comparison, the XBox 360 and PS3 have had a shorter time to get those types of games developed.
The Wii also taps into a vast number of kids' games that are simply not available on any other platform. Mario and Luigi, Yoshi, toadstools and Kart races, it almost seems a rite of passage for kids to play these harmless, skill-learning games.
The Wii also offers gaming for adults, but this is generally not where their strength is. The PS3 and XBox 360 are much better known for their serious, mature content. Also, their online gaming systems and high quality video are geared towards that level of gameplay. They expect you to be able to go online and to handle yourself in that online world.
The Wii on the other hand tends to shelter you from those areas. Any online interaction is strictly controlled. Options tend to be simplified. The Wii is often used as a "starter" system for non-gamers so they can enjoy the exercise games, the sports games, and the casual fun games. The tutorials are generally quite extensive and step you through every stage.
The Wii has never attempted to compete in terms of high quality graphics or intense online experience. That's fine - they also charge less than half than their competitors do! They are aimed squarely at the gentle arcade market, the people who want to play tennis and bowling, who want to dance around to music, and who want to race in go-carts with their friends. They do that job perfectly.
If you're going to get a Wii, accept that the graphics aren't stellar. I'd generally call them "cute". Accept that the online experience isn't as robust as the other systems. But with that said, if you're looking for an inexpensive gaming option that is gentle on newbies, I definitely recommend the Wii!
on July 21, 2011
I have seen some bad reviews but I don't know why. I have owned my wii for 60 days and I use it everyday, I even watch netflix and surf the web with no troubles at all! I love my wii, the system itself seems heavy duty, it is heavier then my PS2. I bought the wii for my daughter on her 6th birthday and I bought me the wii fit plus with board and I love it, it is easy to use, I can track my BMI and weight in the wii fit channel without putting the disk in (I have lost 20lbs in 30 days!!) the wii has the shopping channel and you can purchase wii points and download games from previous nintendo versions like NES,SNES,64,and sega genesis ect, they don't have all the titles but there are still alot to choose from, you can also play the nintendo gamecube games, nintendo wii has 4 ports to plug in nintendo gamecube controllers and 2 gamecube memory slots, and 2 usb ports in the back, and a place in the front for the SD card so you can store the games you download from the shopping channel, the only thing I noticed is you can't use a usb mic for a gamecube karaoke, but I think that is minor. Only other downside you can't play DVD's. I seen in a review about the motion sensor, the motion sensor wire is thin and it does seem to be flimsy, but you don't move the sensor, it stays either above or below your tv, I haven't had any tracking trouble with the remotes.
The remotes have a speaker built into them, so when you play super mario bros and you "get big" or "Shrink" your remote makes a cool sound, when more then one person is playing mario bros and you get in a bubble you can shake the wii remote and the bubble will float to the nearest person and your remote will say HELP ME!! You need the wii classic controller to play some of the games for the SNES and 64, when you purchase the classic controller all you do is plug it into the bottom of the wii remotes and you are still wireless.
Hope this review helps!
on April 16, 2012
I've owned my Mario Kart Bundle Wii for about a year now and it has been and still does, continue to be an awesome experience. This was the pinnacle of Nintendo service. There never has been and never again will be a better deal for the Wii. Good thing this was my first Wii purchase lol. The Super Mario Bros Bundle (Black) came close, too bad it couldn't play GameCube discs. This is the newest Wii able to play GameCube discs and comes with a Wii wheel and Mario Kart, you CAN'T beat that, not for the price. When I bought mines it costed me about $149. I see the price is rising, and not available for Prime anymore. It's a shame. The system works great, feels sturdy (even though it doesn't at first, it does when you get used to it). I had a blast opening up my Wii and instantly going online and racing others around the world in my favourite kart game of all time. If you're ever going to buy a Wii, be sure to get THIS bundle. If you want a fully hackable one, be sure to get the 2006 white Wii. Don't confuse it with the 2010 White version that fixed the exploit in boot2. If you don't support hacking however, this is the way to go. It's a bargain.