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5.0 out of 5 stars
Nintendo's best console!, 4 Jan 2006
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I don't really know what to say to start this review off except...THE Wii IS AWESOME!
So...on to the review.
Games: I have 4 games for the Wii so far, Wii Sports, Wii Play, Red Steel and Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam. All of these are great games and really show that the Wii has some great potential in the future. There's some more great games out right now. Wario Ware, Zelda, COD 3 and Madden '07 to name just a few, and there's even more highly anticipated games coming in the next few months.
The Wii is also backwards compatible with Gamecube games, so there's a big library titles avilable from the get go.
Controller: The Wii remote is completely different to any other controller available. Designed like a simplified DVD remote, it houses a motion sensor, 3D pointer, a speaker, Rumble and of course, the usual buttons you'd find on a controller, D-Pad, A, B, etc. It's a lot more responsive than I thought It would be and is easy to get the hang of.
There's also a Nunchuck controller that comes with the Wii. It just plugs in to the bottom of the Wii Remote for more possibilities and is required for certain games.
Graphics: Not the Wii's strongest attribute but Nintendo said right from the beginning that the Wii would not be a tech powerhouse. Saying that though, a lot of the current games look really good and future titles like Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime 3 are looking brilliant.
Sound: Like the graphics, the sound is lacking a little. It supports Dolby Pro Logic II, which is good, but not as good as the audio capabilities that the 360 or PS3 feature. But everything sounds great coming through a decent set-up or just through regular TV speakers.
Features: The Wii has a lot of extra features which are both practical and fun to do. First off, it has a Mii Channel. This is where you can create yourself or whoever you want to be used in games like Wii Sports and Wii Play. There's also a few other games coming out soon that will use them so it's a pretty good feature.
There's also a Photo Channel. Just put some pictures and/or videos on to an SD card and you can view and edit them on the Wii. You can also make slideshows with them and use your own music or you can make puzzles. A nice addition but could use a few more options.
Some more features include the Shop Channel, where you can download the Virtual Console games and other things, the Forecast Channel, News Channel and the Web Browser. The Shop, Forecast and News Channels and the Web Broswer aren't available out of the box and require you to register your Wii and download the upgrade.
Online: The Wii uses Wi-Fi to connect to internet for online gaming, downloads, etc. But Nintendo have recently released a Lan adapter that plugs in to a USB port on the back of the Wii. Currently, there are no online enabled games but hopefully there will be some soon.
Design: This is one of the best looking consoles ever. It's about the size of 3 DVD cases stacked together and is a nice glossy white. On the front it has the on/off button, reset button and eject button. The game disc slides in to a self loading disc drive. it accept Wii games (obviously) and Gamecube games too.
On the top of the Wii there is two removable flaps which cover the 4 controller ports and 2 memory card ports for the Gamcube. The Back has the usual power and Audio/Visual sockets as well as one for the sensor bar and two USB ports.
The Wii can also be positioned horizontally or vertically by placing it in the included stand.
Overall for the Price you pay, the Wii is an absolute must have. It features one of the most original and innovative controllers ever, A ton of features online and offline, The ability to play Gamecube games and classic titles from NES, SNES, N64, Megadrive and TurboGrafx and it's got a brilliant range of games out already and plenty more coming soon.
Simply put, This is Nintendo greatest console yet!