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Buying A Wii Console: This Is One Thing You Need To Know

Mar 5, 2008
If there is any one thing you really should know about buying a Wii console it is that you will probably have to spend an little extra to really get the most out of it.

The basic Nintendo Wii package has everything you need to get started including cables, console, a controller and even a free sports game package.

And at just $250 for all of this, it provides by far the best value of money out of all the gaming consoles on the market at the moment. You can expect to pay at least $150 more for an XBox or $250 more for a PlayStation 3.

While $250 is a great price, you should be aiming for somewhere closer to the $350 or $400 mark when getting started with the Wii as you will probably want some extra accessories and equipment.

The number of accessories and add-ons you can buy for your Wii is staggering. However, there are a few that we think are essential purchases.

Often the best part of gaming is teaming up with, or competing with, family and friends. So, one of your first extra purchases will be a second controller.

Another extra you may want to consider is a battery recharger on one of the custom built Wii Charge Stations. Wii controllers require plenty of electricity and there is nothing running than having to recharge mid-game.

Finally, while you can have loads of fun with the standard Wii controller, you may also want to buy a couple of Nunchuk controllers. These plug into the standard controllers and provide the controls needed for certain games. So, you should know before you buy a Wii that you can expect to spend another $100 on accessories to really get the most from it. However, even with this it is still great value for money.
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