Nintendo Wii

The Good Sleek and simple design makes it a fit in most living rooms. Simple and intuitive to use. Easy operation. Simple slideshow functionality. Can play GameCube games. Virtual Console. Cheapest next-gen console.

The Bad Only composite cables included. No recharge system for wireless remotes. Remote sensors can be a little finicky. Limited online capabilities.

The Bottom Line Nintendo's next-gen machine is a great addition to the console race, one that focuses on playability over power. It's sure to win some new converts to gaming, although discerning tech-heads may balk at its lack of functionality and features.

Editors' Rating
8.2 Overall

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Review

Nintendo Wii

While Sony and Microsoft have gone for grunt and multimedia extravagance on their next-gen consoles, Nintendo has gone down a different path. The Nintendo Wii, which was launched in Australia today (7 December), is certainly much less powerful a box than the Xbox 360 or the upcoming PlayStation 3. But it does feature an innovative new control system which aims to take the complexity out of playing and bring on-gamers into the fold. Has Nintendo succeeded?

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