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Nintendo Wii Console (Includes Wii Sports)
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- Includes Wii Sports (bowling, boxing, baseball, tennis and golf)
- Also includes: one wireless Wii Remote and one Nunchuk
- Plays two disc formats in a single, self-loading media bay
- Features a processing chip from IBM and a graphics chip from ATI
- Completely backward compatible, all the way to the NES of the 1980s
- Built-in Wi-Fi access for easy connection to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection gaming service
- Online Wii Channel for news, weather, photo viewing, message boards and more
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Nintendo Wii Console (Includes Wii Sports)
In a nutshell:
As if the idea of five games in one package didn't sound a good enough deal on its own the Wii's best multiplayer compendium comes free with the console.
Clearly realising that they need to provide some quick and obvious reasons why the Wii Remote is such a good idea Nintendo have packed in this compilation with the console, which includes simple versions of tennis, golf, baseball, bowling and boxing. The four player tennis game is the obvious stand out as you swing the Remote exactly as you would a real tennis racket, with the game seeming to almost magically interpret your movements into the game. All the other games work in a similar way, as you hold the Remote like a golf club or ready it like a baseball bat - you can even use it to gently roll bowling bowls and add some subtle aftertouch. The graphics make be purposefully basic but these are the games to instantly prove why the Wii is going to be such a revolution.
Most exciting moment:
While even Wii Tennis can be played with very minor movements of the Wii Remote the boxing game actively encourages you to act things out properly. You hold up both the Remote and the nunchuck to simulate your two hands and then duck and weave as you switch between trying to pummel your opponent and dodging or blocking their own attacks.
Since you ask:
You can use your own customised Mii Channel character in any of the games for that personal touch. The idea was originally just a joke featuring caricatures of Nintendo's top brass for a press conference, but it proved so popular that Nintendo ensured anyone could make their own character to play with.
The bottom line:
Five of the best games on the Wii and they all come free with the console!-HARRISON DENT
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It all sounds so exciting. Sadly as time passed the initial excitement of these few games began to wear off. Browsing new games became dull as there only ever appeared to be a few I thought were worth buying. A few then turned to 1 or two, then to 1, then sadly to, "not this year, maybe next". I still can't find many games for the Wii that make me think "this console was definitely worth the money".
I'm old school when it comes to consoles (Spectrum ZX, Sega Master System, Megadrive, Playstation), so I'm used to top titles aimed at those who like long lasting quality games and plenty of them. What I found was the market I was entering was for people who really don't play games that often, or those that are content to wait on what Mario will do next (he does seem to hold a monopoly on the best games for the Wii). Games that I was excited about were stripped down with the words "Family Play" or similar plastered on the box. All the depth and excitement was gone from even the games I was after (I speak of Madden and Fifa). The promise of the Wii was started to annoy (along with it's many horrid celebrity endorsed adverts). Now it may be argued that I should have stayed away from the Wii, but with all the hype surrounding it I figured something great must emerge.
My Wii has now been sold.
To all those that are thinking about buying a Wii this review is a friendly word of warning. If your at all unsure that this console will satisfy your gaming needs take a browse through the game titles and make sure your happy with what Nintendo are offering. If like me you come from a more old school gaming background then you will quickly find (as I did) that the Wii was simply not built for you.
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!
I don't understand why people call Nintendo innovative. They were innovative in the 80s and 90s, but they never progress. They recycle everything, just improving the graphics a little. Contrary to common belief Nintendo is the worst when it comes to notions such as "graphics make the game". All their big titles have been the same through the decades, just with improved graphics.
I bought this console mainly because I wanted to play the new Zelda, and had already sold my Gamebube. What a letdown that game was. Then I scanned through the shelves of my local gamestore, tried a couple of games there, and sadly realized that all the other games suck as well. Nintendo seems to be the only one who can develop solid games for their own console. But all they do is recycle their age-old ideas. Nintendo should turn into a recycling business.
I don't care if Wii's hardware pales in comparison to its competitors. I don't care if I can't play DVDs with it. I don't care if the Internet interface is annoying. What I do care about is that this console just doesn't have (and probably will never have) good games. It's highly probable that Super Smash Brawl will be its greatest game.
And motion sensing technology just can't be implemented in current games (and with one hand-held controller) so well that it would be something revolutionary. It's fun for the first evening and then it no longer means anything more than playing with a pad.
This console is just a big duck.
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