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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent system, May 26, 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Wii Console with Mario Kart Wii Bundle - Black (Video Game)
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.
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Initial post: Nov 20, 2011 8:35:38 AM PST
THE TROOPER says:
Hi Joel i enjoyed reading your summary of the nintendo wii and i have to say i agree with you on a lot of the points you have made. I have just re purchased a new wii (the mario kart bundle as listed above) and at a great price luckily this bundle is still the old design which is gamecube backward compatible so i can or will eventually be able to play zelda twilight princess etc when i can afford it. I actually re bought it as i didn't want to miss out on the newest zelda skyward sword and nintendo tend to make very cleverly designed and enjoyable long lasting games when as you say they are the best 1st party titles made by themselves. I also own a ps3 as my main console but to be blunt have been very disappointed with some of the newer releases for it (although thats another story) some are fantastic though but longevity i feel is an issue with many of the newer titles at the moment and i do feel that certain developers have become very lazy at introducing new and exciting innovations into the same franchises (cod mw3 being a good example). As you have mentioned shovelware i think your right there and there is plenty of that on all systems but also like you say there are gems aswell (again for all systems) and i felt i needed some fun back in my gaming so i have bought mario galaxy 1&2 zelda skyward sword and will no doubt purchase many other excellent titles for the wii in 2012! although it is at the end of its life its still a great second console to have next to your xbox360's and ps3's and i think its nice to be able to play some of the titles on the wii (now) that i didn't play when i owned the console previously. (all hail the core gamers:)

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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011 1:58:16 PM PST
Joel McGee says:
Yeah, I just picked up Skyward Sword yesterday. It reminds me why I have to get every Nintendo console that comes out.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011 2:02:38 PM PST
THE TROOPER says:
Hi excellent so will you be playing it now (i got to wait till xmas).

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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2011 8:39:24 AM PST
THE TROOPER says:
Hi not sure if you were replying to my post but i bought both mario galaxys mainly because i think both should be played in order so you get to see what developments nintendo have made between the two titles.

My advice would be to get both as they have had critical acclaim on 'metacritic' and both scored 97 out of 100 and mario galaxy 1 was there game of the year in 2007.

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THE TROOPER says:
Hi ok thanks and the mario galaxy 1 i just bought is now avail under nintendo's 'SELECT' range which is hopefully avail where you are, i got mine for under £13.00 sealed brand new here in u.k. but i think it should also be avail where you live hope that helps and i can't wait to play it at xmas :)
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