The Wii is quite a suprise. Nintendo came out with a very good (not to mention versitile) product. If you have a wireless setup in your home, or if you get the Nintendo WiFi USB adapter (like I did), you can take FULL advantage of every feature the Wii has. Aside from the obvious ability to play Wii games, it can: 1. Play Game Cube games with controller and memory card
2. Currently plays NES, SNES, TurboGrafix 16, Sega Genesis/Masterdrive, and Nintendo64 games and Nintendo has the ability to add more. NeoGeo is apparently on the expansion list.
3. Wii channels for the Wii-shop, weather, and news comes preloaded. Wii-vote, and an internet browser are availible (Wii-vote free and browser 500 points). Nintendo should be adding more channles later down the road.
4. For the exception of the GameCube games, all data on the Wii (Wii/downloaded game save files along with downloaded games themselves) can be backed up to a SD card. Highest I have heard can be used is a 4GB card. The Wii has approx 300MB on board memory for saved games, new channels, and downloaded games.
5. Provides a unique gaming experience by immersing yourself into the game. With the Wiimote and nunchuck controllers, gaming manufacturers have only started to delve into the possibilities of what the Wii can do controller wise. More innovative games are on the horizon for sure.
6. Nintendo is proactively providing updates that can be downloaded onto the Wii via WiFi. These updates provide better stability as well as software enhancements that can be used with later games.
7. The system itself is very small by comparison to other Next-Gen consoles. While not as graphically oriented, its uniqueness more than makes up for that small shortcomming.
8. While the 360 has been out longer and has a decent library of games...the Nintendo Wii immediately had the entire GameCube library to pull from and the potential libraries of the NES, SNES, Genesis/Masterdrive, TurboGrafix16, and Nintendo64. Nintendo will release little by little new games for the Virtual Console every week. Thats a library consisting of potentially a few thousand games. Only downside...we gotta wait for the VC releases but they come regularly.
9. Recently, the Wii came from behind and overtook both the 360 and PS3 in total units sold which means that everyone that got one is practically recommending it to any that ask about it. I hope that gives you an idea of how good of a product Nintendo came out with. They were behind the power curve with the N64 and GameCube but the Nintendo Wii has provided a much needed push forward for the gaming industry and its showing in their sales. I fully recommend the Wii to anyone looking for a new and exciting experience, that Nintendo feel, or just wanting to have good old fashioned fun. Also, anyone wanting to relieve that nastalgic itch will be able to do so with the Virtual Console. I think theres about 150 games out there now availible for only a few bucks each (up to 1000 Wii points/$10 for N64 games) and you dont even have to go out to a store to pick up more Wii points...they can be purchased from the user interface in the Wii-shop. One last thing. Due to the unique controls of the Wii, you will want to stretch your arms out (both of them...not just your dominant arm) prior to playing on the Wii.
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