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5.0 out of 5 stars New-gen levels the playing field!, 8 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Nintendo Wii Console (Includes Wii Sports) (Console)
OK, so it's not a "serious" gaming machine. If I want to play Call Of Duty 3, I'll play it on my Xbox 360. If I want HD graphics, and an online multiplayer experience, then ditto.

But sometimes, you know the times, when all you want to do is have some fun, there is nothing like the Wii. The greatest thing about it, is of course, the control system, which completely levels the playing field, and rightly so. I'm a semi-serious gamer, but when I first played Wii Bowling with my 4-year old daughter, she kicked my ass. I had to learn how to bowl. When it came to Tennis, I had to time my swing, apply power, spin, loft, instead of "pressing A". When it came to Baseball, I had to perfect fastballs, pitching speed, time my swing, get the angle of the bat right. And this was just from playing 3 of the 5 Wii Sports games.

It's fun! Anyone can play! Anyone can be good at it, most are bad! More importantly, it brings the room together! Everyone wants to play this thing, people see it and want to have a go. How many video games consoles can you say that about?

Apart from the superb retail games (Wii Play and Warioware are highly recommended by the way), the Wii Shop channel allows you to download great games from Nintendo and Sega's past. So far I have bought Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr, Sonic, Altered Beast, Super Mario Brothers, Mario Kart 64 and Golden Axe, all games I loved as a child. I love the Xbox Live Arcade, but it's very hit and miss. The Wii Shop Channel is hit after hit.

We have found the Weather Channel extremely useful on numerous occasions, especially for 5-day forecasts. The News Channel is particularly informative and well presented. The Internet Channel is excellent, and saves us having to boot up the laptop or PC for quick enquiries. The Photo Channel is fun, if a little shallow (but it's all about fun, remember...)

Lastly, we come to the Mii Channel, which is one of the most addictive pastimes going. Creating Mii's will soon take over the world, I am sure of it. I have created everyone I know, they are all there, meandering around my Mii plaza, bumping into each other, each one exaggerated in their own special ways, and the fact that they pop up in and around your games is a great touch. FYI, I have now taken to creating famous people, which is kind of odd... My John Lennon is particularly impressive

It's not going to set the world on fire when it comes to graphics, but if you want a superb, fun, addictive, thoroughly enjoyable experience, that EVERYONE will love, then trust me, get one of these!

(If you can of course...)
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Initial post: 29 Feb 2008 01:35:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Feb 2008 01:35:41 GMT
Ant says:
I'm sorry but I can't agree with you that the Wii is not a 'serious' gaming machine. Having played two serious or proper games recently, Resident Evil 4 and Tomb Raider Anniversary, I can say the Wii proves it can be a system for serious gamers. Resident Evil on the Wii is the best version of the game and plays flawlessly with the Wii controller. TR: Anniversary took me 22 hours to complete and again worked brilliantly with the Wii controller, though I must admit some of the Wii specific bits felt as though they were just tagged on except the quicktime sections which were really good I thought.
Overall I agree with your review, it's spot on, it's just that I think the Wii is also a serious gaming console as well as a fun family centred machine as well.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2008 21:11:38 BDT
A. J. Roche says:
I completely agree, but when I wrote this review, the only serious games out were COD3 which absolutely blew monkeys, and Splinter Cell which did the same. My review was written before Zelda was even released, so yeah I agree it CAN be a serious gaming machine now, but I still say it's better as a fun pastime

Posted on 3 Jun 2008 22:10:14 BDT
J. Neeson says:
I agree 110% about your review, the wii is so much fun and if i had not already bough a wii i would now on your review. i was at a bbq a few weeks back and the house we were at had a wii. there was 2 partys going on one in the yard and one in the living room. The wii brings everyone together big or small, drunk or sober. we also have one in work now for an incentive that once you do so much you get a go on the wii, needless to say the work rate goes up on fridays.

Posted on 10 Sep 2008 16:44:42 BDT

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Oct 2008 20:23:07 BDT
A. J. Roche says:
Great idea about the work incentive. Have to say that the quality of games has dipped of late, but it's only because it's so ultra popular that EVERYONE's putting games out, and this invariably leads to a lot of guff. Same thing happened with the PS2. Ah well, just keep looking for the gems...
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