The Nintendo Wii has been a big seller since the day it was released and it has been with us quite a while now. It came out before the PS3 and Xbox 360. It revolutionized the way games were played at the time. It moved away from the graphics quality and went for movement sensing technology to enhance the gaming experience. This is what has contributed to the big success of this console. But, is it worth buying as a games console and more importantly at this site is it up to scratch as a home fitness trainer.
RRP: $170 (with Mario Cart game)
Size: 15 x 10 x 4.5 inches
Popular Fitness Titles: Wii Sports, Zumba Fitness, My Fitness Coach, Wii Sports Resort
Online Games: WiiWare
Graphics Quality: 480p
Motion Sensor And Controllers: This is the main benefit of the Wii over the other two big consoles – PS3 and Xbox 360. This is included as part of the basic package and it is included in the price. For the other consoles you have to pay extra for this functionality and it comes at fairly heft price too.
Since the initial release Wii has upgraded the motion sensing capability through the Motion Plus controller which has made it even better. However, the motion control you get straight from the box is great and you get it at a substantially lower price than the other consoles.
Fitness: With the introduction of motion controller Wii was the first gaming console to encourage physical activity as part of the gaming experience. Since it was released there have been many fitness games released to take advantage of the motion sensor capability. They record your movement and give feedback on how you are getting on to keep your fitness on track.
Additionally the balance board was released as part of the Wii Fit. This helps to make fitness a major part of the gaming experience. Most people think it has successfully achieved it aim and are more active as a result.
If you are looking at fitness games then the Wii remains a good choice and in particular if you do not want to spend a fortune. There is a wide choice of fitness games available for the Wii and many of the other game types will get you active as they require movement to complete the games.
Wii Sports: The Wii Sports game comes as part of the initial purchase of the Wii console. It is still an entertaining game even though it has been around for 6 years. You get a number of different sports activities to play with the most physically active game being boxing. It will get you active, and workup sweat and burn a few calories off while you enjoy yourself fighting imaginary opponents to be the champion.
All Ages: The Wii has managed to do something that game console hadn’t really achieved is to appeal to all age groups. It is something families can enjoy playing together – from children to grandparents.
Multi-Player: Because of the nature of the games and multi-player functionality it is great for getting everyone together in the same room and having fun while being active. This is another reason why it has been so popular.
Price: This is the cheapest console available and this has helped to make it a family favorite. It is much cheaper than the PS3 and Xbox 360 and you get a lot of great functionality with it too. This all makes it a very good deal when looking for cheap family entertainment.
Graphics: You maybe disappointed in the graphics on the Wii if you are looking for highest quality graphics. For most games you will find the graphic quality is similar to that of the original Xbox and PS2 which are only acceptable rather than state of the art. The only 2 games that are up to the current standard are Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2.
Can’t play DVD or Blu-Ray: You can’t play either of these formats through the Wii. This is a negative as the other 2 console can both play DVDs and the PS3 you can play Blu-ray too. This is one of the reasons that the Wii is cheaper than the other consoles.
Online Gaming: The Wii is not great for online gaming with only a small store (although it does have some really good games). The other 2 main consoles offer a wide selection of games and movies online and give you a great online gaming experience. If this important to you, you are going to be disappointed in what the wii has to offer in this respect.
Motion Sensor: With Wii you don’t have to buy this capability as an extra to the basic console like you do with the other consoles, which is a big plus. The functionality is similar to what you get with the PS3 Move (and you have to pay a lot of money to get this for the PS3).However, it isn’t anywhere as good as the motion sensor functionality offered by the Xbox 360 Kinect. The Wii can only track the movement of the controller whereas the Kinect offers full body motion tracking. But it does cost a lot more money than the Wii and there are fewer titles available so you do have to consider this when weighing up the merits of this.
Hardcore Gaming Limitations: Most serious gaming fans are likely to disappointed in the games that you can get for the Wii. There are some titles that they will appreciate like Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Super Mario Galaxy, Resident Evil 4 and Zelda: Skyward Sword. But on the whole the range of games falls short of what is available on other consoles.
Should You Buy The Wii?
There is no doubt this is a great gaming console for all round family entertainment. It is also worth considering buying from a fitness perspective as it will get you physically active and you can work up a sweat when playing some of the sports and fitness games. However, most of the exercise is at moderate or level intensity, so if looking for something more you may want to consider looking elsewhere if this is the case.
A hardcore gamer will prefer the titles available on other consoles and is likely to be disappointed on what is offer on the Wii. Having said that this is a great console for all the family and it will get them all up and active and enjoying it too.