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