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Nintendo Wii

 In a nutshell  

Last updated December 2012

Nintendo transformed the gaming world when it introduced the Wii. At its heart is the wireless Wii remote and the motion-based gaming that results. 7 years later on, and despite the introduction of the Nintendo Wii U, the Wii is still a brilliantly fun, low-cost introduction to the world of gaming.



The Wii doesn't compete with the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3 when it comes to graphics, but for sheer fun, it's hard to beat the immediacy of the Wii. That explains its phenomenal success, and it also explains why the most popular Wii games include various multiplayer "party" style games. In particular the bundled Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort are ever-popular. Wii Fit is another example of an activity-based game that exploits the unique features of the Wii.

The Wii's standard definition graphics don't make best use of a modern HD TV, but Nintendo has side-stepped that issue in part by its use of colourful cartoon characters in place of photo-realistic graphics. In particular, users can create cartoon avatars of themselves, called Miis using the the Mii Channel.

The addition of a Nunchuk adapter does assist in game control, and makes a wider variety of gaming possible.

The Wii misses out on more in-depth single-player games, and so it appeals more to younger players. Its family-friendly range of games make it popular with parents too.

Nintendo Wii features include:

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