Video:Nintendo Wii Reviewwith Don Schechter
Reviewed 11/6/07: Nintendo's Wii has gotten gamers off the couch, but is it worth all the hype (and money)? Find out what makes Wii different, and see this reviewers opinion on its games.See Transcript
Transcript:Nintendo Wii ReviewReviewed: 11/6/07
Hi! I'm Don Schechter for About.com. The Nintendo Wii is a video game system like no other. It's a console made for the whole family and can be both fun and exhausting. Other game systems are designed for serious gamers and excel in graphics and intense storylines.
What Comes in Wii?The Wii, on the other hand, is perfect for casual gamers and is very family friendly. My Wii bundle came with Wii Sports which includes baseball, tennis, boxing, and my two favorites - bowling and golf.
What Makes Wii Different?The graphics may be simple, but the game play is nearly revolutionary. For the most part, you don't just sit on your couch moving your thumbs on a controller. Depending on the game, you might swing the controller like a bat, tennis racquet, or golf club. You can add the nunchuck adapter to box with both arms.
It can be quite a work out. The first night I played with the Wii I bowled for hours and was quite sore the next day. In fact, there is even a Wii Fitness game that determines your Wii age based on your performance.
Wii ControllersThe controller is light so you have to get use to how your body and the games interact. There is a speaker inside the controller and you can feel physical feedback from some games.
Classic Games in WiiIf you want to play more traditional style games, they are out there. Games like Zelda can be played incorporating classic standard motions with the controller. But when it comes time to fish or attack with your sword, the Wii remote can be swung around and Linx more or less mimics your fighting motions.
Wii Mii AvatarsA fun and unique aspect of the Wii is the ability to create Miis. Miis are avatars that you can create to look like you or anyone else you know. Miis are your persona while you play and, in some of the Wii games, you'll see other Miis interacting in the background.
Nintendo Wii: The Bottom LineThe Wii is a great party system and is a lot of fun at first. I have found that over time I have lost interest in playing the casual games by myself since there aren't really many levels of difficulty to the Sports games.
If you are looking to break into some gaming without paying an arm and a leg you might want to consider purchasing a Wii. But keep in mind to stretch otherwise you might strain an arm and a leg.
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