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The Wii is an awesome console, but there are better system packages - Note this particular console CANNOT play Gamecube games,
This review is from: Wii Black Console with New Super Mario Brothers Wii and Music CD (Video Game)
**Please note this particular console is not backward compatible with Gamecube. It only plays Wii games. For me this is a deal breaker. If you want a backward compatible console buy the Mario Kart Wii bundle, which is backward compatible and cheaper. Deciding between the Mario Kart Wii bundle and this bundle is a no-brainer in my opinion. Why pay more for this particular Wii that does less? UPDATE 11/7/2011 - It appears Amazon is discontinuing sales of the Wii Mario bundle. It looks like Amazon will only directly sell the Wii console with Super Mario Bros. If you want the Wii Mario bundle you will have to buy from an authorized Amazon reseller and pay more money or you can go to another major retailer that is still stocking the Wii Mario bundle.**
The recent bundle releases are the Wii Console with Mario Kart Wii Bundle - Black and the Console Black With New Super Mario Bros. The question you need to ask yourself is which of these bundles best fits you. I'll discuss what you get in each bundle and the differences/similarities below.
Included with the Mario Kart bundle for $146.98 (price fluctuates): a Wii console, Mario Kart Wii with Wii Wheel, nunchuk controller and Wii remote plus (black or white depending on the bundle you pick).
Included with the New Super Mario Bros bundle for $149.99: a Black Wii console, Black Wii remote plus, Black nunchuck, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and the Super Mario Galaxy 2 soundtrack
Each bundle contains a Wii console, nunchuk controller and remote plus.
The Super Mario Bros. Wii CANNOT play Gamecube games. The New Super Mario Bros. bundle only comes in black. The Mario Kart bundle comes in black OR white.
The Mario Kart bundle includes Mario Kart and a wheel ($45.52 if bought separately), whereas the New Super Mario Bros. bundle includes the New Super Mario Bros. game ($43.99 if bought separately).
CONCLUSION: The prices are similar enough, $146.98 (fluctuates and sometimes goes to the low $140s) vs. $149.99, that it is silly to pay the same amount for a console that doesn't offer backward compatibility. Buy the Mario Kart Wii console. I'd recommend picking up the Super Mario Bros. game separately. This game is incredible. A blast from the past with 2-d scrolling and multiplayer. One of my favorites and a perennial best-seller on Amazon.
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Initial post: Oct 23, 2011 2:59:39 AM PDT
Detective John Kimble says:
The most important thing to note about THIS PARTICULAR BUNDLE is that this is a "newly configured" Wii console. It is NOT the same as the original. They have removed the backwards compatibility with GameCube software/hardware in order to make the console more compact.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 7:48:53 AM PDT
Thank you! Definitely agree.
Posted on Oct 24, 2011 11:53:52 AM PDT
Colleen Marie Potocki says:
Very helpful review! Thanks a million :)
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011 1:31:26 PM PDT
So there are no GC connections on this console? Also, did it comes with a 4.3 firmware same as the Mario Kart bundle?
Posted on Oct 28, 2011 9:27:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 28, 2011 9:27:55 AM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 10:39:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 28, 2011 10:47:21 AM PDT
You're right. This console has less functionality because it cannot play Gamecube games. This particular Wii is also intended to sit horizontally.
From my understanding, this Wii comes with firmware updates up to the time of its manufacture, which is 4.3 firmware. It wouldn't too big of a deal if it didn't come with 4.3 (although I'm 99% sure it does) because any Wii console owner can update their Wii to the most current firmware by connecting their Wii to the internet and downloading the firmware update. Hope that helps!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 10:41:52 AM PDT
It was to save money on the hardware only, the physical dimension of the console is the exact same - it is not "more compact."
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 10:42:27 AM PDT
The old Wii can sit both ways, it has feet on the side to do so.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 10:42:41 AM PDT
Sounds like this is a good fit for you and you make a good point. I may be wrong, but I think most casual buyers aren't focused on acquiring the Mario Galaxy soundtrack as much as maximum functionality (having the ability to play Gamecube games should they want). It's nice to have an all-in-one system. It'll be interesting to see how well each bundle sells.
Posted on Oct 28, 2011 10:47:34 AM PDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Wii console has the same dimensions as before - the lack of backwards compatibility was ONLY to save on hardware cost. The new Wii lays on it's side - Another way to save Nintendo money by not having to include a stand. The old Wii consoles can stand either vertically or horizontally. Do yourself a favor and buy a used Wii and get backwards compatibility and a stand. People are selling used Wiis in masses, and trust me you'll feel a lot better paying a $100 for a used Wii with a stack of games than you will $150 for this.