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conclusion:We're mixed

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There's no small amount of love and nostalgia for Nintendo and everything it does -- especially when most of what Nintendo does is upgrade its consoles and re-release the same kinds of games. The Wii represented hope for the future of gaming, but as it turns out that vision has gotten lost in the mix as game consoles have adopted far more advanced features, graphics, and motion capturing-controllers (like the Kinect).

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Critic reviews

7.9
8 reviews
  • Game library
    7.7
  • Graphics
    5.4
  • Controller(s)
    7.7
  • Design and form factor
    8.7
  • Other features (media, online, etc.)
    6.6
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User reviews

7.1
325 reviews
8.0
CNET May 7, 2010

If you don't mind the dearth of HD graphics, the Nintendo Wii's combination of motion-sensitive controllers, included Wii Sports titles, and emphasis on fun gameplay make the ultra-affordable console hard to resist.

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8.0
PC World Nov 29, 2006

If you have $250 and a group of friends at the ready, or if you're looking to buy an affordable, fun console for yourself or your kids, get a Wii.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 13, 2006

The Nintendo Wii is a fun, engaging, wildly innovative game console that's dramatically different from the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, and way more affordable, too.

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8.0
Ars Technica Nov 27, 2006

While those who care a lot about graphics and eye candy will be turned off by the last-gen looks of the system, people who are simply interested in a good time will find a lot to like here. From hardcore gamers to people who have never picked up a controller, this is truly something new.

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6.0
PC Mag Nov 17, 2008

While it's relatively inexpensive and perhaps even more innovative than competing consoles, the Nintendo Wii is best for families with small children, or those who like to game in groups. For everyone else, be an adult and get an adult console.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Dec 8, 2006

Nintendo has shown that you don't need to be big, brash and powerful to have a good time. The graphics might not be up to what gamers will be expecting for a next generation of console, but the gameplay and its interactivity will have you jumping around the living room for joy.

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9.0
Time Nov 13, 2006

I encourage you to go out and get one, even if you're also planning to buy Microsoft's Xbox 360 or Sony's PlayStation 3. Just be careful, because Wii is physical.

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8.0
CNN Nov 15, 2006

A new type of gaming system has hit the industry. If the Xbox 360 and PS3 are Lamborghinis, the Wii is a Mini Cooper. It will never win a speed race. It will never be the flashiest. But it's something that appeals to people who might not take notice otherwise - and it's a heck of a lot of fun.

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7.0
baileylo baileylo

This is a great console, if you're the right person. This is really fun to bust out at family parties or while baby sitting your nieces and nephews. But all in all this is a gimmick console, if you don't enjoy pointing with the wand this is not for you. The game library is rather pitiful. Most...

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10
vidoardes vidoardes

Dispite proving more popular than a cold drink on a hot day, the Nintendo Wii has gotten a bad rap. Fans of the PS3 and XBOX360 have constantly stated that it's outdated graphics, last generation hardware and family friendly tone don't make it a serious contender as a genuine games...

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9.0
NicholasSTG NicholasSTG

The best games on the Wii have short learning curves and can be played by anyone. Whether racing or tennis or dancing the games are all simple enough for anyone to pick them up and play as part of a group, during a party and not worry about someone being able to figure it out easily. The Wii...

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1.0
Jamez Jamez

It's useless. No games come out for it worth buying, renting, requesting from publishers, testing...nothing. I've got a few games for it, a few Mario Kart wheels, the Motion Plus add-ons, four Wiimotes, a Nyko charge base, a damned Wii Fit board...all for nothing. It's brilliant...

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8.0
expetolumen expetolumen

I love the Wii, though I am a Nintendo fan all the way. I was so happy that they added a download feature for older games. The internet is a little annoying with the controls available, but I doubt I'd ever use it even if they were great. I really like the wii-mote, though I use both the old...

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5.0
userd40ad11b74f userd40ad11b74f

The Wii starts off as a lot of fun. The bundled Wii Sports is a terrific title and really does a terrific job of showing off the motion control. However, the simple games of Wii Sports get old pretty quickly. Punch Out is pretty terrific as well. However, most everything else seems like a miss....

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4.0
mooey mooey

Nintendo had themselves a hit back in the day. With a name like Revolution and an innovative control system, what could go wrong? Everything. When I purchased my console on the day it was released (27 hours I waited), I figured I was one of the few who would proudly own this new console seeing...

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4.0
Trumpet222 Trumpet222

I sold my wii for multiple the main of which was the severe lack of games availiable for the wii compared to other systems. i have purchased mario kart, galaxy, re4, paper mario, zelda, brawl etc but other than the 10 to 15 big titles which have been out for over a year already this console...

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5.0
MRock MRock

I loved my Wii the first 9-12 months i had it. But the novelty of the motion controls grew tiresome and the lack of great games was the last straw. You need a lot of room and a good amount of people for this system to reach its potential. Maybe if my kids were older it would be more fun. Sold...

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5.0
canobeano canobeano

I used to love Nintendo (who didn't?), but the Wii is Wiik. Sure, things like Wii sports/games are fun for a little while and the Lego franchise games are good, but they all get very old very quickly. The Wii is a niche item that maybe you should have around for when little kids and/or old...

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5.0
daringone daringone

Nintendo's latest entry in the console market may be a runaway financial success, but it's buoyed mostly by the "casual" gaming audience. The trouble with this is that if you're a core gamer, like most probably reading this, you're going to be starved for games to play. From the sales numbers...

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8.0
pacdude pacdude

I've had a Wii since the day it was released in American, and I've been nothing but pleased with it. The multiplayer aspects are second to none, especially because I have real-world friends who want a fun, easy-to-play experience, like Smash Brothers or the Price is Right. I'm not...

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9.0
ecolindsay ecolindsay

I understand the argument that the Wii compared to the 360 and PS3 is underpowered, but like the Mac vs. PC wars of the the late 90's and early 2000's, it really comes down to what do you need it for. Graphically, I don't feel I'm being let down compared to the others....

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10
octabird octabird

When we got the Wii I thought it would be awkward and not such a great video game console. We had just moved up to the Wii from the Sony PSII. So, far I can say our family loves it! I really enjoy how I can play old arcade favorites and download titles to play right to the Wii! The kids love the...

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