Review by VyseGuy999

"A great system for everyone."

Following suit of the DS, Nintendo decided to once again put innovation over sheer graphical power with its newest console, the Wii. Also similar to the DS, Nintendo wanted to not only grab the attention of hardcore players but tap into the non-gamer market by creating a system that could be easily accessible for hardcore gamers that play every spare minute to people who have never touched a video game in their life. This is a lot to live up to, and I'm here to tell you that they have succeeded in every way.

Graphical Capabilities

The Wii is no powerhouse when it comes to its power. The graphics are similar to late Xbox games. If you're looking for something with close to reality graphics, you better look elsewhere as the Wii can not handle life-like graphics like the PS3 or the 360. That's not to say that the Wii's graphics are ugly, in fact, they are great looking if you don't compare them to other systems. Zelda, for example, is an artistic game that looks tremendous.

The Controller: What makes the Wii unique

Probably the most controversial aspect of the Wii, the Wiimote is what seperates the Wii from standard gaming. Straying away from tons of buttons, the Wiimote can detect motion sensing of amazing ranges. It lets you immerse in games like you never have before. There are countless opportunities here. The Wiimote has already shown its use in the pack in game Wii Sports where you swing the controller as if it were a baseball bat and and use it as a golf club.

One more thing that the Wiimote has is its port in the bottom of it. So far, this has been used for two additional attachments: the Nunchuck and the Classic Controller. The Classic Controller is used to play old games from the NES, N64, Genesis, and the Turbo-Grafix 16. It looks similar to an SNES controller with two joysticks. The Nunchuck is suprisingly light and comfortable. It has an analog stick on it which is responsive and feels good.

Design

Once again following the DS Lite, the Wii is small and glossy white, much like an iPod. It's even smaller than I thought it would be, probably one of the smallest made so far. Its stylish sleek look makes it one of the best looking systems I have laid eyes on, much better looking than the gigantic PS3 or 360.

Wii Channels

The interface for the Wii is simple, yet effective. There are channels that you navigate using the Wiimote. There are many slots available for channels, but for now there are only six channels available. The first channel is the disc channel where you play a Wii or any Gamecube game. One nice feature is how it shows what game it is on the interface so you don't have to start the game to find out which one it is. Next is the Mii channel where you can create your own cute avatar to be used in games such as Wii Sports. The photo channel is used to get pictures from an SD card to the Wii. You can do many things with the photos such as making a puzzle out of them. The weather and news channels obviously check the weather and news respectively, though these are not available at the time of this writing. The final channel is the shopping channel. Here you can buy classic games from Nintendo's first three consoles as well as games from the Genesis and Turbo-Grafix. There are again many opportunities with this. You can also buy new channels from the shopping channel, though there aren't any available yet.

The Verdict

The Wii is meant for everyone, young or old. Anyone can easily pick up a controller and have fun. The Wii is a good purchase for anyone, and at a price that can't be beat, there's nothing to lose and everything to gain from buying one.


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 11/25/06


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