Is Wii Worth It? 3 Reasons Why Many Say, “Yes!”

November 21, 2006 at 8:53 pm 9 comments

3. Its cheap

At $250 with a game included, Wii is an incredible value. For the price of a Wii, more controllers, and a few games you’d just barely hit the premium base price of its competitors. Games, too, are cheaper at a $50 MSRP.

And, tho some would have you the believe that the Remote & Nunchuk are an expensive controller combo, I’d like to see you outfit a 360 controller or a SIXAXIS with the tech innards of the Wii controllers. Did it cost you less than 10 dollars to add a speaker, internal flash memory, and an IR transceiver? (…not to mention a rumble motor for the SIXAXIS) I didn’t think so.

2. Its important

SLATE.COM said recently: A good book or movie provides a vicarious experience. A good game comes much closer to being experiential—to actually approximating the real thing. The Wii, Nintendo’s new console, takes gaming a giant leap forward in this journey. Like nothing else I’ve ever played, the Wii comes closest to achieving the grail of gaming: a home virtual-reality machine.

Being the gateway to full-on VR is reason enough for us nerds to snap one up…but, remember: your mother doesn’t care about Virtual Reality (or videogames, for that matter). Yet, the same massive percentage of the population that usually choose books over games is whom Nintendo hopes will make up the bulk of Wii users. What does this mean to you?

Simply put, anyone who has ever used a remote control will be ready to enjoy videogames with you. Finally, wives, mothers and little neices, grandfathers, and all those who are tech-averse in your family (or circle of friends), will see why you spend time and money on this stuff!

On top of all that, the controller is ambidextrous, (equally ergonomic for righties and southpaws) further diminishing an excuse to avoid joining the fun. Speaking of which…

1. Its fun

This the main reason you need a Wii system. Nintendo’s motto during E3 ’06 rings ever true: playing is believing. I would tack onto that statement “at home” or “with friends” because Wii distinguishes itself as a must-have item when in your natural environment.

What exactly makes Wii so much fun is quite intangible, and therefore hard to quantify or describe. One thing is certain, Nintendo has given EVERYONE something to be excited about.

That excitement has “infected” developers, the media, and fans of gaming. They describe Wii, or present it in playable form, to others around them with rabid enthusiasm…enthusiasm that is absolutely contagious.

I think that developers having fun making Wii games is what contributes to the inexplicable fun-factor. Their passion comes across quite tangibly to the user, even if its just a subtle touch to make a game more intuitive and easy to grasp. You really have to play it to “get it”.

Nintendo garaunteed a product that has a little something for everyone in the family. They promised a system you would want to turn on everyday. They wanted to make a system that could play every Nintendo game ever made.

They delivered.

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  • 1. LAN  |  November 21, 2006 at 9:29 pm

    Good Slate and Time artcles

  • 2. Rob  |  November 21, 2006 at 11:03 pm

    Just a quick comment. Talking to a class mate he said i love the xbox 360 but the graphics get old and you are not impressed by them so much. Sure halo and gears of war are coming out and the graphics are amazing. graphics only are fun for so long though. that class mate is buying the wii now. and he only likes sports games.

  • 3. Peter  |  October 4, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    I have a few things to add, now that the Wii has been out for a while. I wanted a Wii in the worst way when they first came out. I tried everything to get one, but it in the end all I had was 250 dollars in my hand and my 360 on the shelf. But to my fortune, one of my friends had snagged one (albeit on ebay and for twice the retail price). So we plopped down on the couch and took it for a test drive. And I have to say, it was FUN. For a while. Then we tried Super Monkey Ball, whose controls turned out to be a disaster. No more luck was to be had with wario-ware. In the end we were playing super smash brothers melee using old controllers and reverse-compatibility. It was that day that I decided not to buy one. This has nothing to do with the fact that I own a 360 (which has recently DIED), but rather with the “new and innovative” controls. I just don’t like them. In many cases I find them awkward and hard to use, and often just wish for my old controller back. Even aside from that the game selection is pretty thin, despite all the reports of game developers “scrambling” to get new titles out. Not to mention that I couldn’t find one even if I did want to buy it. The one redeeming quality is that wii sports is very fun. But that means that, in the end, really what my friend paid for was (in his case) a 500 dollar machine that plays wii sports. Sorry I’ll pass. (on a side note, I am currently considering sitting this generation out. My xbox 360 has died several times despite frequently shipping it out for repairs, and I just can’t stomach the thought of giving 600+ dollars to Sony for their gigantic, loud, inefficient piece of crap.)

  • 4. Wes  |  October 21, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    Peter, you ignorant wanker.

    So, you conclude the the controls are awkward and hard by only playing three games?

    And, warioware’s controls were fine.

    Unless you’re one of those idiots that gets all frantic and sloppily swings the wiimote like a monkey on crack.

  • 5. Alex  |  December 26, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Omg, Peter! Your leaving the world of gaming! O.o.

    Looks like you got a lots of trouble with choosing the perfect console, I’m sorry for you 360 though. I think the X360 is OK, and then I really mean OK. Earning achievements makes the gameplay more annoying, after a while you only want to play because you want more GamerScore… WTF is the point of getting GamerScore you can’t lvl up like in WoW anyway! PS3 Sucks A$$. They stole the Wii’s controls a bit, and the button in the middle like the 360. Also the Arcade games like the 360. Nintendo always comes with something new, new technology nothings stolen.

    Why the Wii is that cheap… The is much cheaper than the 360 and the PS3. 1. B’cause the graphics aren’t as good as the graphics from Sony or Microsoft. 2. B’cause you have to buy alots of accesory before your really happy about your console. 3. The accesory of the Wii is pretty expensive. (That’s because of the new technology in the Wii-mote and Nun-chuk.

    The most annoying thing of console gaming are then games itself… then you think WTF is he saying?!?! Lol what I mean they are too F*CKING expensive! That’s why my consoles are all modded, I would love to support MS and Nintendo but we are just not as rich as Bill Gates is. I have a modded XBOX, Wii, X360, PS2 and PSP.

    Thank you all for reading my comment. This is all i want you to know about the consoles.

    Greets Alex

  • 6. Buy Low Price Nintendo Wii Fit  |  April 23, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Nintendo wii has produced a fun way to do exercise at home. I have already had DDR which really help me to burn fat – and I couldn’t wait for Wii Fit to come out in the States! ^_^

    http://www.unlimit-game.com

  • 7. Spencer  |  August 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I’m not so fond of the wii. I don’t know. Could it be the game line up? Well, I only found a few games to look appealing like Super Mario Galaxy and Zelda TP, and there are some new games coming out that look cool like the conduit. But alot of games between those don’t look that good. Then it must be the controller. Yup. This is my lead reason for not rooting for the wii. 1. why would i want to play with a remote. Those should stick to TV’s.
    2. It keeps eating up the batteries. Couldn’t it have cords. Wii isn’t the only one guilty of that. The other systems are doing that, too. Can someone please tell me when cords became obsolete.

    I also dont like how nintendo has all these “surprises.” It makes me feel like i’m being left out while everyone else gets new games and demos. But I can’t let the wii go home empty handed. The wii shop was definately a nice addition. Good job Nintendo.

    This one goes out to Sony.
    Get rid of PSP!!!

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