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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
  • Noise
    8.0

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User reviews

7.1
327 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
ThinkIcouldburn ThinkIcouldburn

When I received my Wii it was the first Christmas after it released. No one could get their hands on the system and because I had one, people flocked to my home to try it out. It was hugely fun. Wii sports alone provided countless hours of entertainment. But then I upgraded my television. After...

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10
sebastiandavies sebastiandavies

Is great, loads of good games such as Wii Fit, Mario Kart, Links Crossbow Training and Wii Sports. Perfect console because you can choose games that you can just play for a few minutes or if you want to play for a while choose another. If you buy a new wiimote then make sure you get the Wii...

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7.0
Fizban Fizban

The Wii is a good little system. It just lacks in graphics, and the target demographic for the majority of the titles seems to be under the age of 15. That being said, you can do a lot with homebrew. Open it up as a DVD player, run emulators for the majority fo the legacy systems (which is...

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8.0
mattshoots mattshoots

Wii is fun, and the games are getting better. The hardware inside will end up being it's limiting factor, but when I play it I feel like overly done graphics aren't necessary. That being said, the game library is lacking when it comes to more adult games. I realize some adults love...

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8.0
dannissim dannissim

I'll start off this review by saying that I love the Wii. I waited on line in the middle of January at 4 in the morning to get mine. I started to play Wii sports and I fell in love with it. But soon after the shine faded, the Wii started to become boring. Zelda was a good game, but the...

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8.0
pchow98 pchow98

Playing the games (Mario Karts, 2008 Olympic Games) with a group of friends are just pure fun! Not only are the games party/group entertaining, some can even doubled as exercise friendly. It is also the least expensive of the 3 (XBox, PS3 and Wii), but also the least powerful. After using it for...

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3.0
TheSeer TheSeer

This console is truly designed for the extreme ends of the age spectrum when it comes to gamers. Anyone who plays games often whether it's Bejeweled or Call of Duty... will find the Wii a giant waste of money. It's endless onslaught of C-grade titles is simply boring and the lack of...

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9.0
gregcaswell gregcaswell

It's been great for the kids, and the sports have been a lot of fun. Only issue I have found is that you pick up injuries (or aches and pains) if you aren't careful, as there is no resistance as there would be in a normal sporting environment

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