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The Nintendo Wii is a very popular system and is probably the most well-known of the major three consoles among the non-gaming world. Nintendo has been very successful with the Wii and have expanded the market for video games. People who were intimidated by the thought of playing a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 flocked to the Nintendo Wii in droves. It is very non-threatening for many reasons and this article will go into detail about the Wii and whether it is the right system for you.
First and foremost the name Nintendo has been synonymous with video games for more than twenty years. All of their consoles have been home to classic video game franchises like Mario, Zelda and Metroid. The Wii does not disappoint and has great games from all three of those series available for them right now. Other great first party games include Super Smash Brothers Brawl and Mario Kart Wii. These games appeal mainly to people that play video games as a hobby and are usually considered the “hardcore” gaming crowd.
Another aspect of Wii that will cater to the “hardcore” crowd is the Virtual Console. This is a download service that allows players to download games from the first Nintendo system, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, and even non-Nintendo systems like the Sega Genesis and Turbografx. This service allows gamers to relive some of gaming’s greatest moments all through one system while also allowing new players to experience games from a different era. While some games on the service may not be worth the price of admission others like Super Mario RPG and Shining Force are easily worth the eight dollar cost.
Video game players have loved Nintendo franchises for many years. One major problem with the Nintendo Wii is that is does not have as many “hardcore” games as the other two systems. Nearly everything by Nintendo is great but third party companies to this point have rarely been successful in creating games up to Nintendo’s caliber. Unfortunately gamers looking to constantly get new games to play may be disappointed with the constant barrage of party games and other more “casual” games.
However the “casual” games are what has made the Wii so popular in the first place. By bundling Wii Sports with every Wii console Nintendo has immediately made the Wii accessible to everyone. Wii Sports uses gestures to play games such as baseball, bowling and boxing. Its easy pick up and play style hooks newcomers and makes for a great party game. That seems to be the Wii’s biggest strength, multiplayer games. It is easy enough for anyone to pick up and play and many games are marketed towards people who normally would not play games.
So what kind of person should purchase a Nintendo Wii? Well fans of Nintendo’s games of both the past and present will definitely get a ton of enjoyment out of it. However people that have been intimidated by games in the past or maybe just never knew where to start would love the Wii. They can start with simpler games like Wii Sports and then move onto Zelda and Metroid when they feel more comfortable. Owners of either PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 will be very interested in Wii because it offers many exclusives that are not available on either of those two systems. Overall Nintendo has marketed the Wii for everyone and it generally does have games that everyone will enjoy. Its cheaper price includes Wii Sports and will entice both “hardcore” gamers and “casual” gamers alike.
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