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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginner's Guide, 14 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Nintendo Wii Console (Includes Wii Sports) (Console)
I'm going to aim this review at people who have never really played video games before or who have only had a passing interest, as I think there may be quite a lot of you who are considering, or actively trying your best in, purchasing a Wii. If you are a more experienced gamer, you may find another review more helpful.

Basically you take the Wii home, get it out of the box, plug it into your TV and into the mains just like a DVD player, and then plug the 'sensor bar' into the Wii unit. You then place this same sensor either on top of or just underneath your television. The sensor bar is basically a long, slim grey piece of rectangular plastic with a cable running out to plug it into the Wii.

You then put some batteries into your 'Wii-mote' (Wii remote, included with the Wii console), and use it to turn the unit on. Of course, you're going to need a game to play. The Wii uses a disc format the same size and shape as a DVD; you just slot these into the unit. To get you started, Nintendo includes a game disc with the machine called 'Wii Sports'. This features Tennis, Baseball, Bowling, Golf and Boxing. To actually play the games, you'll have to go through a few menus. Just use the Wii-mote by simply pointing at a particular point on your TV screen and clicking the buttons (the Wii-mote is kind of half-way between a computer mouse and a TV remote - but so much more).

It's when you actually get into the game that the fun begins. You don't just sit there pressing a series of buttons like with most video game consoles. Yes, you will probably have to push or hold one or two buttons, but the real idea here is that you move the remote around, and the sensor bar (which I told you about earlier) does the rest. The sensor bar can tell the Wii the place on the television screen where you are pointing the remote - but it also tells the machine exactly *how* you move the remote. Basically, motion sensitivity! What this means is that to play golf you hold the remote like a golf club, and take a swing; and hey presto, your on-screen character hits the golf ball with just as much power, lift and spin as you put in. There is some very well developed technology at work here!

Tennis is much the same: swing the remote like you would a tennis racquet. In bowling you hold the remote as if it were a ball and 'throw' it (you don't actually let go of it!). Each different game makes subtly different use of the remote, and there are loads available to buy: from one called Zelda where you get to sword-fight using the remote; to Wii Play which features a number of fun games; and of course, Wii Fit...but that's another review.

I can testify that this is fun for everyone, from age 3 to 63 or older. Nintendo have been sorting out supply difficulties so it's generally now much easier to get your hands on one. If you are having difficulty, I would suggest checking out the Amazon Wii 'Customer Discussions' for helpful advice, just scroll down to under the reviews on this page. Good luck!
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Initial post: 13 Oct 2008 19:19:23 BDT
Simon Thomas says:
Slightly inaccurate on a technical level, but helpful none-the-less.

Posted on 28 Nov 2008 18:06:19 GMT
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Posted on 6 Dec 2008 14:55:26 GMT
Brilliant review for an absolute novis, thinking of one for her "third child" of a husband! thanks very much exactly what I was looking for.

Posted on 29 Dec 2008 22:31:23 GMT
S. L. C says:
Thank you so much for at long last explaining the basics. It has been very frustrating trying to decide what is a good buy when retailers 'assume' that every prospective purchaser understands what it is they are buying. I am trying to buy for my partner as a surprise but find it hard to get the info I need in a language i can understand. So well done you!

Posted on 11 Jan 2009 12:15:52 GMT
Sally P says:
Thanks for writing a review that I can understand! Everyone is raving about the Wii and I have been wondering what it is all about and would I like it if I got one. Now I can imagine it and want one!

Posted on 2 Feb 2009 11:25:09 GMT
Thomas Hardy says:
Fabulous review for someone who is seriously thinking of buying but has no experience of games consoles at all. Also is aged 57!

Posted on 7 Mar 2009 15:19:01 GMT
these machines are so good they are being used in hospitals for stroke victims, my wife and I both 67 love the golf and ten pin bowls.

Posted on 10 Apr 2009 13:38:43 BDT
What a fantastic review!!! Can this person please get a job writing instructions for flat pack furniture!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2009 18:29:21 BDT
haha getting tempted to upload my CV onto Amazon

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2009 15:29:16 BDT
Way to go Paulo :)
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