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"When it comes to the Wii, I’m torn.
It has some great games, most notably Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2.
The Virtual Console was a great idea - but underwhelming in execution.
And motion controls are a horrible idea!
At least it was backwards compatible with the GameCube!"
"Absolutely a 5-star console. Incredible tech for its time and plenty of family games for everyone to enjoy. This console is the predecessor to the Switch and put Nintendo on the road of innovation it continues to travel on to today. "
"I remember how hard this was to get when it came out. Not because of shortages but because every store would bundle it and make you spend more than double. I walked into the Virgin Megastore in Times Square and they had it behind the counter in a bundle for $900! I said can I just get the system? They said no. Anyway, eventually got one and it was amazing. It changed the world. Everyone wanted motion controls now. Grandparents were playing videogames. Everyone was happy. Until the Shovelware came."
"I think the motion controls were an awesome idea. Played all kinds of wii sports. Tried a few other games, but never really got into them. It was probably top notch for the time, but the 360 and PS3 out shined it I think..."
"My first nintendo system since the SNES. The Wii was nintendos comeback and finally a competitor with xbox/playstation. The wii controllers were next level and could take a beating unlike certain joy cons ? "
"Where to begin, first off this was ground breaking. Motion controls that is fun for the whole family? Sports, dancing, racing, or just some plain Mario adventures this thing had it all. I think my favorite memory though was I missed my brothers birthday while I was in Basic, so what was the first big purchase I made after graduating and having some base liberty a Wii. Did I play it? No! I went right next door to the post office and shipped that bad boy with a note to my brother saying Happy Birthday sorry I missed it and love you. Few weeks later I get a letter with a picture, never in my life had I see. a more excited kid holding a wii then my brother "
"Motion controls for the most part we’re a blast. It was so fun playing games like wii sports with friends and family. Definitely a huge step forward for Nintendo. However, a lot of the games died with the motion controls. "
"I tried explaining to my kids the cultural phenomenon the Wii was. Everyone was trying to get their hands on one, contacting sources, seeing people in back alleys. Old people everywhere who said video games would rot your brain were bowling and sporting in Senior Centers and Retirement homes around the country. Cultural nonsense aside Nintendo nailed it and really secured their niche. They'd go bankrupt if they tried to keep up with Sony and Microsoft as far as hardware and graphics go. Both of those companies can build their hardware with the spare parts found in their figurative couches. Nintendo looks goofy and doesn't have the best graphics by far but they had some great games. LoZ Twilight Princess, Smash Brawl, Wii Sports/Resort, etc. Great use of the motion controls but also games not entirely reliant on it. A few months ago I cracked the Wii out again for real and the kids have been going at Wii Sports especially since then."
"I remember the absolute mania around the Wii the first couple years it was out. I subscribed to daily Gamestop emails before it came out, and one morning I saw they had opened preorders for it but only in person at their stores. I was late to work and I didn't shower that day, but I did score the last preorder at my local Gamestop! Worth it. The second day I had it I played Zelda: Twilight Princess for about 8 hours. And Wii Sports was a blast too. I really enjoyed motion controls for most of the life of the console, and there were a lot of great games along the way."
"That’s the way to innovate, Nintendo!! This system brought gaming to non-gamers and holds so many fond memories of wii sports and party games. It’s impressively backwards compatible with GameCube, which was a feature wayyyyy ahead of its time."
"This system only takes a backseat to the Super Nintendo in my book, because some of the games I wish I could play sitting down. Some of the most fun I ever had with my family, as far as gaming goes, was with this system. Definitely one that I still recommend people should own, although the Switch can do most of what the Wii could do. "
"Honestly, I only ever owned this system (that I luckily found for purchase online) because of Wii Sports. Super important to keep the wrist strap on as there were a handful of times where the remote just ... flew away. No one ever took out a tv, thankfully, but this system was a lot of fun with being able to use the motion of the remote. Sometimes I wish I had given it more chances, but this was definitely the perfect system for a barracks full of new soldiers who were without a car & looking to kill some time."
"The Wii was such a unique experience. It added a new level of gaming that wasn't seen at the time. I spend a lot of time playing and enjoying it but it was too gimmicky for me. It was a niche console I felt. The originals like Mario, Zelda and the Sports/Resort games weren't bad but all the others fell flat. I may be on the outside but overall it wasn't that great of a system. "
"The next console after the Gamecube. It was unique, it changed the way gaming happened. You could stand up and swing your arms to get your character to move in different ways. We had a blast playing the Wii as a family"
"This system came out of left field I think for everyone. The Wii mote could've definitely become a gimmick, but Nintendo did a great job making games that made the Wii mote useful. Wii sports alone made the Wii experience great. Two games I remember fondly are DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi and Red Steel. The introduction of the Mii, and the ability to play GameCube games and still use the GC controller all make this a 5 star system. PUT ON THE WRIST STRAP!"