Review by Interrobang
"Its the Wii, baby!"
The Wii is the most innovative concept brought to video gaming since online gaming, as it brings player interactivity to a whole new level. The console has great potential.
Graphics: 6/10 There is no huge noticeable difference in the graphics of the Wii, although it could have been much worse. The thing to keep in mind is that the Wii does not rely on graphics as much as other consoles do. Still, when viewed without the awesome controller, the Wii graphics are nothing special. At all.
Console Design: 10/10 The Wii is the iPod of game consoles. Compared to the blandness of the Xbox 360 and the enormous size of the Playstation 3, the Wii comes off as extremely sexy and sleek. The small (about the size of an Xbox 360 controller) and simple design of the Wii creates a sexy aura, transforming the Wii from an "electronic" into a gaming appliance. This is definitely the best looking system ever.
Interface: 10/10 Simple, easy to use, and pretty, the Wii menu arranges all options into one screen, and greatly simplifies the many Wii features.
Features: 9/10 The Mii feature is cool, but kind of gets boring after a few minutes. The photo software allows you to use the card in your digital camera to view and mess with pictures and movie clips. Awesome stuff, although not very practical. The greatest features of the Wii are its backwards compatibility with the Gamecube (self-explanatory), its Wiiconnect24 feature, and the virtual console. Wiiconnect24 allows the Wii to be connected to the internet over Wi-Fi even when it is off, allowing updates to install and game interactivity. The virtual console allows the user to purchase old games from previous consoles, from the Genesis to the Nintendo 64. This is a truly awesome feature, and is a large selling point of the Wii.
Controls: 9/10 The Wii is all about the controller. Wireless and simple, the motion-censored gameplay resulting is new and exciting. Although versatile, the controls are frustrating at times, you must be at the center of your TV in order to achieve better reception from the wiimote. Also, sometimes the controls will fail to connect momentarily, and the game will spiral out of whack. You must hold your hands in a certain position in order to achieve optimal reception, and this is tiring. The Wii still gets high scores for originality.
Overall: 9/10 The Nintendo Wii has very few faults, and is very sexy. The controls are innovative and cool, and the extra features only make it all the better. The Wii is a winner.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 11/25/06
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