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Nintendo Wii Mario Kart Wii

The Good:  Nintendo Wii Hardware Bundle (with Mario Kart) has all clean, accessible design, great library of games, iconic controller design that used to play motion games and old traditional button-based games, virtual console library and Wii Ware games that offer a unique and affordable collection of classic titles, the Wii Remote Plus controller, built-in MotionPlus and Netflix streaming.

The Bad: Online connectivity is at a weak position by design, graphics and video playback at 480p, Wii only has Netflix for video streaming, graphics is not appealing, cannot play CDs or DVDs.

By the time we are talking about the Nintendo Wii, that’s now more than 5 years of old. And Nintendo has already announced the Wii;’s successor, the New Wii U, a new type of device that will likely hit this year until than the Wii still your choice. The console is kind of overlooked. Nintendo’s latest Wii console bundle the fourth since the Wii debut with the lowest price ever, just $150, although the components have changed since last year and it went up to the $200 mark.

Nintendo Wii bundle with Mario Kart Wii Remote plus, a Nunchuk, a copy of Mario Kart Wii, and a Wii Steering Wheel plastic accessory. Mario Kart’s is a fun casual racing game that Nintendo takes to its most popular motion control game out of the equation, forcing people to buy Wii Sports separately. That doesn’t make much sense also if you like multiplayer games you will have to buy Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk, at $40 and $20 respectively. And this is for a five year old gaming console.

Recently Europe has announced a less expensive redesigned Wii bundle, but the $150 Mario Kart version remains the least expensive Wii console in the US market. Hope later we may see this drop down to under $100 mark, but that might not be possible until the new Wii appears. Currently it can be found for under $135 for such major retailers as Wal-Mart and Amazon.com.

So the real question stays: at the prices that are about half of those the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is the Wii worth considering for the first time buyers? Read on.

The answer is definitely “Depends”. The Wii is adorable with its clean, futuristic design and motion-control family games, but its thunder has since been stolen by the motion-control alternatives like the Kinect and PlayStation Move, by friendly family gaming device like the iPad. The console today considered as the last-gen. it still not an HD, and its appeal beyond budget family entertainment and nostalgic gaming dwindling fast. That doesn’t mean it’s not perfect, Mario, Zelda and Metroid games are worth buying and some interesting gaming experience for grown-ups and families alike. The Wii was the cheapest machine and it remains the cheapest console right now.

Currently at this stage, the Wii isn’t really a console to invest money. Our advice is to consider the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 first, as currently available for as low as $249 and $199 respectively. But with the Wii only if you are looking for some kid-friendly gaming console along with a library of older and affordable games you must be prepared to invest another $70 to $100 if you need extra controllers and some must have titles such as Wii Sports.

For those who are still interested in buying the kids-friendly gaming console can continue the reading, for rest of the other users the above words works.

Hardware

The Wii is perhaps the easiest to setup for the three game consoles: even the box came along is clearly labeled sections that resemble Apple’s Packaging. The console hasn’t changed a bit since 2006, unlike both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, which we have seen redesign and performance also improved by time to time. The thin, small, minimalist box almost resembles a set-top device. The Wii now comes in black color as well as white, and a limited edition came in red version was briefly offers last fall for the holiday season to commemorate Mario’s 25th anniversary. No matter the color, the clean and the look makes the Wii one of the least imposing consoles of all time.

In Addition, Wii is backward-compatible with the GameCube, thanks to four GameCube controller ports and two memory card slots that lie tucked away behind a side door. Odds are slim that you may tap into the GameCube library. There are two USB ports available, in the front side below power and reset buttons, an SD card slot can read photos and video off cameras, or archive downloaded games and save files to expand the limited internal memory of 512MB on the Wii. There is no Ethernet port available for internet connectivity, although the Wii does have an internal Wi-Fi device. And a separate USB Ethernet adapter is available for wired networking.

While the size and price of the Wii is economical, its features are out-of-date and difficult to upgrade as compare to other PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. The slot-loading disc player doesn’t even play DVDs. Wii controllers connects wirelessly through Bluetooth and are powered by AA batteries, although we suggest to use one rechargeable packs that can be used instead. There are no physical controller ports on the Wii.

The Nintendo Wii system menu has a grid layout, with the downloadable games and app like channels displayed on series of pages that remarkable resemble the Apple’s iOS, system software can be updated from the desire website but other online features are walk with difficulty from certain internet connected channels only and by Wii Shop.

Wii Remote Plus

Since the last fall, the Nintendo Wii consoles include Wii Remote Plus, an enhanced version of the original Wii Remote incorporating MotionPlus technology that is the same form. The gyroscopic technology combines with a built-in accelerometer and infrared sensors on the tip of the Wii Remote to offer more accurate position-based motion sensing than the original Wii Remote. Too bad, some games are incorporate with the MotionPlus, so odds are you won’t notice the difference unless you happen to be playing one of those games. (Zelda, Skyward Sword)

The new Remote’s capabilities keep up with the Microsoft Kinect and the PlayStation Move, but both of those peripherals utilize a camera mounted near the TV, while on the other hand the Nintendo’s system only required an IR-beaming sensor bar attached above or below the TV set.

Rest of the features on the Wii Remote remain the same, the clean button layouts can be used in a remote-style or horizontal control-pad layout, and a variety of plug-in peripherals such as the included Nunchuk or a retro-compatible game controller give the Wii some flexibility for various games, though an increasing number of titles just use the Wii Remote by its own.

Way back when the iPhone redefined the idea of Apps, the Nintendo Wii offered up its own grid of channels with a wide variety of internet-connected information functions by their own ways. The potential was huge, when there could be possible to download directly from an online Wii Shop, A Web browser remains the most useful feature but navigation is kind of awkward feelings with the Wii Remote, not to mention some sites have difficulty showing up at all. The Wii does have a downloadable Netflix Channel and its work perfectly. While it still doesn’t have the HD streaming, navigation with the Wii Remote is effortless, and Netflix streaming library.

Entertainment ?????

One of the failing of the Wii is the lack of entertainment. Just Netflix available, and no other useful channels or apps available that makes the Wii anything that anyone would want to use except to play games on. That is enough for considering the Wii’s game console, but now a day’s systems are transforming into multipurpose devices quite rapidly. The new PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 have multiple video-streaming applications and can also be act as media hubs to stream content from nearby PCs. Somehow the Wii stands on an island; its only source is its Wii Shop. At $150 mark, many will forgive the Wii’s lack of versatility, but the fact remains that the Wii have no comparison with the Xbox 360 neither with the PlayStation 3.

Digital Failings

The Nintendo Wii Shop has a large library of downloadable games for its Wii, both Wii-specific games and classic emulated games from old systems including the Sega Genesis, Super NES, N64, and more via the Virtual Console. The library of the games offered at this point is important, and fans of classic games around the world can get sweet treat in the Virtual Console.

Nintendo has no method of transferring or redownloading digital content once it’s been purchased or stored on a Wii. Games can be stored on the memory card, but not going to transfer on another console. If you have bought a newer Wii, there is no way that you can copy your digital library to another console, short of sending both of them to Nintendo directly. On the other hand, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 handle digital content in a very friendly manner.

Storage space on the Wii is also extremely limited: Internal storage space fills real quick, you will be using the SD card slots very soon. The lack of a physical hard disk drive is a big upset.  While the Xbox 360 and PS3 offer downloadable demos for upcoming titles, the Wii has not yet adopt that system. Features allowing the users to try it out before purchasing have become more popular.

Conclusion

Nintendo Wii is still a kid-friendly, fun casual game box and a shrine to Nintendo games for loyal fans. There are certainly plenty of great Wii, GameCube, and Virtual Console games to keep any Nintendo fetishist happy for years, and as a museum piece of Nintendo technology, the $150 bundle is the cheapest of the Wii ever been. It’s more of the gaming device for past than to the future, but it’s still a very good product for loyal fans of older games.

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