Guide to Buying a New Console (Part 3 – Nintendo Wii)

The final console in the three part series of your guide to buying a new console is the Nintendo Wii.
The Wii is the most popular of the three consoles, but not by the hardcore gamers. Everyone and their mother has a Wii, The Wii’s target audience is the casual crowd (Your mother included).They have thrived as the cheapest console of the current generation. Nintendo has created a very popular console by keeping the formula they had with all their previous consoles. Put out a new version of Mario, Legend of Zelda, and Metroid. Add a brand new feature, in this case, motion controls. And everything will be fine. The Nintendo Wii also has a free online service, very similar to the PlayStation 3.


Price. Like I said earlier, the Nintendo Wii thrives on being the most reasonably priced console out today. The Wii has a few different bundles. The cheapest and most popular Wii Bundle is the Mario Kart bundle. This comes with either a black or white Wii console a copy of Mario Kart Wii, one Wii mote (controller) and nunchuck , the standard composite cables, a sensor bar and the power cord. This bundle comes in at around $134 which makes it a very popular option. The next bundle up is the so called “Hardware Bundle” this console comes with the console, the Wii mote with the Wii MotionPlus controller add-on which gives you more precise control, the games Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort, the standard composite cables, a sensor bar, and the power cord. This bundles comes in at around $151.

Games. The Library of games for the Wii is easily the largest and also has quite a few exclusives. Since the Wii launched in November of 2006 the library of games has jumped to 1,218 games. 365 of those games are Wii Exclusives. Most of the Wii games are casual games. These games come in around $50. The Wii can also play GameCube games which expands the library by 640 more games. The Wii also has a marketplace that has 392 more games from previous generations of Nintendo’s consoles like the Super Nintendo, the Nintendo 64, and even the Sega Genesis. These range in price from $5 to $10.

Online Service. Like all of the other current generation consoles the Nintendo Wii has a form of online service. Just like the PlayStation 3 it’s free. The difference between the other online experiences and the Wii’s is the quality and the “Gamertag’s” Gamertags or Player ID’s have been a normal thing for PC, 360, and PS3 owners. You can create your own name that people can search for to find you more easily. On the Nintendo Wii they use a different identification method, it’s called the friend ID and it’s almost impossible to remember someone’s. The Wii’s friend code is a 16 digit number that represents them.

Accessories. The Nintendo Wii is clearly the console that has the most accessories, and almost everyone makes them. Because the controller is motion controlled and is used for many different kinds of games many manufacturers have made plastic pieces that the controller can be put in to. These range from a plastic gun, to plastic steering wheels. But I’m here to tell you what’s worth your money. One of the main accessories you’re going to want is the Wii motion plus. Like I mentioned above, the Wii motion plus will give you more precision and is actually required for some games. You can buy a bundle with a controller and the Wii motion plus built in. The second accessory is another controller attachment called the nunchuck. Each additional controller you buy should have a nunchuck to go with it. This gives you more control and allows you to do things like pretending to have a Bow and arrow in your hand using the main controller as the bow and drawing the string back with the nunchuck. The third is the Wii classic controller. This controller is much like any other controller that is a requirement for some of the Wii Virtual console games. The last one is a must for those who have HDTV’s. A Nintendo Wii Component HD cable is almost a necessity, without it, it looks like an N64 on an HDTV. So do yourself a favor and pick these up.

Problems. While there are no major problems like the RROD on the 360, or the YLOD on the PS3 there are a few annoyances you should know about. Now the Nintendo Wii is not an HD console so you shouldn’t hold its graphics to the same standards as the other consoles. Even with the hd component cables you get sub hd graphics. The friend codes like I mentioned earlier is definitely a huge annoyance, Can’t remember 10 of your friend’s 16 digit numbers? Suck to be you. Other than that there aren’t really any other things that could deter you from buying a Wii, unless you don’t like having friends come over to play Super Mario Wii. Or if one of said friends “ACCIDENTALLY” throws a Wii mote at your tv, breaking it.


So that’s it. Your guide to buying a new console. Hopefully I’ve given you some help on what to look for when buying your brand new Wii, PS3, or 360.

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