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- With motion-control technology, the gamer can truly interact with the game on a personal level, rather than participating as a passive player
- 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
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The Wii console brings a revolution of interactive gaming to people of all ages. Experience intuitive motion controls that deliver a unique social activity for the whole family. Wii gaming gets everyone off of the couch for hours of fun! Now with the addition of Wii Sport Resort, the Wii console bundle comes packed with software and accessories to enhance your Wii experience.
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Now, however, the Wii is beginning to show its age. It still only connects via 480i (or 480p if you buy the special cable), while the competion connects at 1080p (HD). It has built in wifi, but only 802.11b/g - whereas newer standards exist (a/b/g/n), which allows better streaming, faster downloads, etc. And finally, with the release of XBOX's and PS3's motion systems, the Wii has lost one of its major initial advantages. Yes, it still has countless games that require very little skill or time to play - but XBOX and PS3 quickly ate away at that market as well.
What Wii still has that no other system can claim are the franchise games. Mario being the most prominent that comes to mind. Many gaming companies have tried to capture the appeal of the Mario franchise, but have found it a hard nut to crack. Too many gamers grew up on the original Nintendo and Mario to care much about any newcomers to the jump, run, repeat genre. With the addition of the Wii online store, users can buy old, classic games for very little cost, reliving some of their glory days of gaming. Add the fact that the Wii now has YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, etc (albiet in 480i/p) and you have a nice combination for that TV in the gaming room that isn't connected to the PS3, Roku box or other network capable device.
Yes, the Wii has likely seen its heyday and isn't long for this world, but it will be fondly remembered as the gaming system that got people to standup and play! That's something that will never be contested. The Wii has attempted to rebrand itself (new colors, slightly new design and minor updates), but nothing will put it in the same league with the PS3/4 or XBOX / One. Perhaps Wii is content with its lot in life. Who needs to be number one when you can sit quietly, attract the casual gamer and reap rewards off game sales and other little transactions.
Overall, this is a fun gaming system, which I still own and will keep until it dies. It doesn't get much use these days and isn't the most advanced piece of hardware in my home - but it still gets turned on from time to time, even if only to watch a quick Netflix film in the quiet part of the house.
I purchased the Wii unit with Wii Sports, and have since purchased another exercise "game" and a dance "game" for Wii. I love to hike, walk, get out on the water on a kayak, swim, etc. but the weather, and my schedule, do not always cooperate. The Wii programs allow me to get in a good workout that also engages my mind. When it comes to exercise, I tend to like to do things outside because I have zero patience for repetition. I can't stand DVD's after I've watched it twice, and going to the gym bores me to tears. The nice thing about the Wii programs is that you can choose what you want to do and mix up your workout each time. Some days I concentrate on my legs, others upper body, etc. It is fully customizable.
Because much of the audio is repetitious, after I've learned the "game", I usually turn off the audio and put on my own music.
Many of my friends thing of game systems as the old "sit on the couch and point a joystick at the TV" version. The Wii is nothing like that - it is fully interactive and responds to your movement. You can purchase add on tools like the balance board, dance pad, etc. that add to the difficulty and challenge of the program.
I am not likely to ever purchase a traditional war or sports game for my Wii, unless I did it for friend's kids to play with when visiting. I consider the Wii a great investment for a reasonable price as an engaging, and fun, alternative to my traditional work out. I don't think it will ever replace hiking, swimming, etc. for me, but for the days when my schedule or the weather keep me from getting out, the Wii gives me the ability to get a fast, fun work out at home.