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Nintendo Wii Wins Hands Down Or Up

Nov 29, 2007
The Nintendo Wii is a strange gaming console in comparison to the latest releases from their competitors. Although not as cutting edge in video graphics, the Wii console provides a unique gaming experience that its competitors cannot.

The unique nunchuck interface allows the gamer the ability to relinquish the now all too common passive sitting-on-the-couch role, for a new interactive environment. The control can sense arm movements and translate these movements wirelessly into the game. Characters respond to actual movements instead of to frantic button mashing and keypad pressing.

The first action when turning on the console the first time is creating a Mii. A Mii is a graphical representation of you used in playing games. Creating yourself on the console allows you to familiarize yourself with the controls, as well as letting you have a few laughs as you try out the wrong nose or eyebrows. It also gives you time to realize that for the first time, you really are part of the game.

Playing the Nintendo Wii is very simple with only a few minute learning curve. It can easily be played by young children as well as the elderly, as has been shown in retirement home Wii bowling tournaments across the country. The interactive nature of this gaming console allows generations of gamers to play together that were never possible before. Trying to convince your grandmother to play videos games was nearly impossible before the release of the Wii, whereas now, you may have trouble getting her to give up the controller.

The possibilities for the Wii are nearly endless, allowing shooters, scrollers, action, and role-playing games to take place on the same console utilizing the same unique controller. New offerings even promise to help motivate the casual gamer to get more interactive
exercise with the console. The use of Wii consoles in physical therapy has also been documented, helping motivate those recovering from accidents to perform their exercises.

The affordability of the console, its games, and additional remotes also makes it an ideal console for a family on a budget. Compared to its competitors, the Wii can cost hundreds of dollars less, and provide entertainment to the entire family. With the Wii designated as Nintendo's main console for the next few years, there should be little fear of obsolescence that seems to doom so many in consumer electronics.

The interface of the Nintendo Wii also allows web surfing and downloading of classic games, allowing even more gaming options. The Wii is a flexible and unique offering in the console gaming world, opening the world of gaming back up to casual gamers who don't
want to have to invest large amounts of time in a console, as well as to those who have never experienced electronic gaming.
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