Review by Cian_B

"The Wii is an experience to remember."

"Experience a whole new way to play."

Motion sensor controls, sleek design and stunning 3D visuals make the Wii. It's the newest console from Nintendo (as of November 2006), and so far, it seems to be the favourite of gamers.

Design - 9/10

The Wii's design is very glossy, and has a bit of an "Apple iPod" look. It can sit on it's stand, or can lay down horizontally, without the stand. It has a nice, new look, and looks very appealing to gamers of many types. It's Nintendo's smallest console to date.

Graphics - 7/10

The graphics on the Wii are slightly better than the graphics on the GameCube. They have a PlayStation 2 feel to them, but with the Wii's cartoon-style graphics and Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess detail, the graphics on the Wii are beautiful. Since the Wii caters for casual gamers rather than hardcore gamer, Nintendo wasn't really focused on graphics (this time).

Features - 9/10

The Wii has a lot of features. With the Photo Channel (SD Card required), you can view photos on your digital camera, put them in to a puzzle, fool around with them and doodle. With the Forecast Channel and News Channel (wireless internet or WiFi USB connector required), you can view the current forecast in your region, or the latest news worldwide. With the Mii channel, you can make caricatures of yourself or friend and family using the Mii making tool. It's a lot of fun and should interest a family member who isn't really interested in gaming. With the Internet channel (500 wii points required), you can go on the internet and go on YouTube with your TV. Have a sibling that always uses the computer? Use the Internet Channel! The disk channel plays the disk games and always has a nice little jingle at the start. With the shop channel, you can buy Virtual Console (classic) games (must buy a Wii points card) using Wii points, availible on the shop channel or a gamestore, etc.

Controls - 9/10

I really enjoy the Wii's controls, as they are motion-sensored. Swing the Wii remote, and your character will 'swing' the raquet, baseball bat, or punch your opponent in boxing. Take on the hero of Link in the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and swing the Wii remote to swing the sword, fire the bow, etc.

Overall - 9/10

The Wii is an unforgetable experience, and it a lot of fun. Although, I advise you get wireless internet, or buy a WiFi USB connector to take advantage of the Wii's full cababilities.

My advice? Buy one today! Though the Wii is focused on casual gamers, hardcore gamers will want to play it, too.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 02/04/08

Game Release: Wii Hardware (US, 11/19/06)

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