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Fun, innovative, but dated
on October 15, 2013
The Wii, when it first debuted, was an innovative way to game - by making the gamer interact with the game vs simply manipulating a remote, it brought a whole new aspect to the gaming world - and attracted a whole new generation of gamers to the industry. Old and young alike were willing to game. No longer were games designed that took immense skill or countless hours to play - now there were games that could be played in a matter of minutes and took very little skill besides following the motions suggested on the screen.
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.