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conclusion:We're mixed

78

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
  • Noise
    8.0

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User reviews

7.1
324 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
Sasquatch4ever Sasquatch4ever

The Wii is a great console for kids. Nintendo has great exclusives such as Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, and Mario. However, it lacks necessary modern games that are available on other consoles. The lack of a duel analog stick controller also makes it almost impossible to play those same games.

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1.0
syristi syristi

Look, my friend hacked this thing and it's still just as worthless as the day we bought it. Actually, just putting in the effort to get the HomeBrew Channel activated is almost as depressing as it was to find out how terrible this "video game system" *cough*console diarrhea*cough*...

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7.0
Bornswavia Bornswavia

The Nintendo Wii is truly the current gen console. It puts motion control at it's top priority. Which, now Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 are starting to add. The Wii is great for parties with games like Wii sports, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, etc. For the casual gamer this is...

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