The Best Family Video Game System (Mania.com)
SpecsThe Wii is manufactured by the Nintendo Company. It is its fifth home video console following the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 and the Nintendo Gamecube. The Nintendo Wii uses DVD discs to play games, but the system memory can also store classic and downloaded games like "Super Mario Brothers." The system allows a maximum of 4 players using its controller, the wireless Wii Remote. The Wii Remote features an extension port where extra controllers and other controller add-ons can be connected.
PerksThe packaged game, Wii Sports, allows families to participate in bowling, tennis, boxing, golf and baseball. Other Wii games cater towards the family, including Wii Fit and Disney's Think Fast. The system has games for all ages for single player use as well. The Wii Store features games for all ages from classic systems like the NES, most of which can be downloaded for less than $10.
SacrificesThe controller system for the Wii can take a while to get used to. The addition of the Nunchuk controller makes it awkward to use. The system lacks the graphics ability of other systems like the Xbox 360 and Sony Playstation 3. The Wii controller uses a lot of batteries. The internal memory is great for saved games, but makes it harder to transfer files to someone else's system unless you use an SD card.
Bottom LineFamilies can bond and spend more time together with a Wii in their home. Children and parents can get fit and get closer by playing the Wii together, which you can't get with any other system.