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Nintendo Wii 512 MB White Console (PAL)

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A Classic for the Ages

May 7, 2012
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Pros:Great for long time Nintendo fans and newcomers.

Cons:Pricing for accessories.

The Bottom Line: It is an instant classic for those new to Nintendo and refreshing and innovative for old fans.


When I first heard about the Nintendo Wii and how this console was controlled primarily through a motion sensor controller, I almost passed on the idea.  But after seeing how much this system revolutionized gaming with a flair that Nintendo so often guarantees, I couldn't pass up an opportunity to start.  I’ll go through most of the specifics about owning a Wii and what has made it a dream for Nintendo Fans

Pricing
I figure I should start by discussing the most difficult part of being an owner of the Wii is the expenses involved.  By now, of course, the price tag has dropped significantly, however the console started pretty high on the scale ($250).  And because new games are regularly released at around $60 a pop, it's a tough product to get used to on a budget, not to mention trying to learn a new type of playing style other than using the standard joystick, d-pad and buttons. 

Speaking of the controllers, each one around $39.99, be prepared to spend a bit for these if you're the type to host parties with your Wii.  At the very least, you will have one included in your package.  Other important accessories to own with the Wii include: the Nunchuk ($19.99), which attaches to the port at the base of the "Wii-mote" (a must for games like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess) and the classic controller (~$19.99) which also attaches to the port on the Wii-mote allowing you to play classic downloadable games (Super Mario Bros and other NES games).

All in all, the pricing doesn't make much difference if you love what Nintendo does with their products, and especially now as the costs are dropping.  Just keep in mind some of these cost-effective tips depending on your sense of frugality: Each Wii comes with a free Wii-mote, so depending on your style of play (whether you fly solo or host gaming parties), you can determine if you want to get multiple controllers.  If you are the kind to host parties with any number of the Wii multiplayer games, I would recommend buying them used, which for the most part, shouldn’t be an issue, unless they’re completely broken.  If you opt for racing games, like that of Mario Kart Wii, contrary to what it looks like, you don’t actually need the wheel to play.  It’s nice to have so you can feel like you’re driving, but all the buttons you need, can be pressed on the regular Wii-mote, and you can get games like that without the wheel for a much lower price. 

The best advice I can give about saving money with the Wii, is to USE THE STRAP ON THE WII-MOTE.  As many times as it is funny to watch people suffer at the fate of destroying their TV with a flying Wii-mote, don’t let that become you!

Game Selections
Regardless of what system you decide to play on, you will find games for the hardcore as well as the casual gamers.  I feel like the Wii really does well to balance this out, contrary to what many say that the system is geared most towards “family-play.”  There is a wide variety of games available for all ranges, of player, from the party games like Wii Sports or the Mario Party series, to the actually beneficial workout games like Just Dance or Wii Fit, to the classics like Super Mario Galaxy or The Legend of Zelda.  Regardless of your style of play, you will typically find the game that works best for you

Classics and Downloads
Each system has their own, and Nintendo has a long line of tradition going with its games that will keep you coming back to play more.  The innovation that has gone into the playing style for the Wii has really made a difference in how you play your favorite Mario games, adding more dimensions and depth, not to mention higher quality graphics to boot.  Having to use motion-sense controls means playing a more active role in how you take on your enemies in games, rather than the button mashing of older games.  Just beware that now, you must be cognizant of your surroundings so you don’t just smack whomever is nearest you.  The Mario series of games has taken on new forms, using the multi-dimensionality of the worlds in Galaxy to completely change your perception of the standard platformer.  The Legend of Zelda games find you actually swinging the Wii-mote like a sword just like you’ve always wanted, especially when it comes to those tricky boss battles and you need easier shortcuts to your items. 

One of the greatest things I enjoy about the Wii, though, is it’s diverse library of downloadable content ranging from SNES up through N64 console games.  These are available through a purchasable point system, but well worth it for those of you who regrettably had to leave behind your older systems to space for the Wii.  My personal favorites are definitely Super Mario Bros. and Kirby and the Crystal Shards

And for those like me who weren’t sure about giving up the Gamecube and the games it offered yet, the Wii was brilliantly designed to be backwards compatible with the GCN, meaning that all GCN games are playable with the old controllers and memory cards.  I have to say, it made the transition much easier, and kept me from needing to purchase too many games right off the bat.

Overall, I’ve been really pleased with owning the Wii, and it has worked well for me.  It won’t be for everyone, but if you open yourself up to it, it will surprise you in a way that only Nintendo really can.  I’d recommend it any day.


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