June 21st 2009 8:40 pm

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Game library Lots of shovelware. The library's strength is in kids and family games. Hardcore gamers will find little that satisfies them. poor
  • Graphics The Wii's graphical capabilities were truly outdated on launch. Five years hasn't done it any favors. poor
  • Controller(s) On one hand, motion controls can be fun if used well. On the other hand, most of the time the developers haven't used them well. so-so
  • Design and form factor Beautiful looking system without a doubt. Fits well in any entertainment center. great!
  • Other features (media, online, etc.) Online support is horrific, store interface is a mess. The only media that you can use with it are photos you upload and Netflix. awful!
  • Noise Whisper quiet after initial startup. great!
Detailed review
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 of "hardcore" games on the Wii, there doesn't appear to be many hardcore gamers left on the platform.

The Wii is great for what it is, which is being a gaming system for young children and people that previously have never been into gaming. If you're in the market for a gaming system that plays *all* the latest and greatest games, you shouldn't be looking here. If you're looking for a fun novelty for parties and family gatherings, you'll be satisfied with the offering from Nintendo.
review history
Rated Other features (media, online, etc.) a 1
Edited comment on Design and form factor
Edited comment on Other features (media, online, etc.)
Rated Noise a 5
Edited comment on Noise
Rated Design and form factor a 5
Edited comment on Controller(s)
Edited comment on Game library
Rated Game library a 2
Rated Graphics a 2
Edited comment on Graphics
Rated Controller(s) a 3
Updated detailed review