The Good Clean, accessible design; great library of family-friendly games; still-iconic controller design can be used for motion games or more traditional button-based games; Virtual Console library and WiiWare games offer a unique and affordable collection of classic titles; Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports included with system; Wii Remote Plus controller updated to include MotionPlus built-in; Netflix streaming.
The Bad Online connectivity hampered by closed-garden design; graphics and video playback cap at 480p; other than Netflix, no other video-streaming or entertainment offerings; can't play CDs or DVDs; graphics continue to look ever more outdated compared with rival consoles; the unique qualities that motion gaming offered are now available in accessories from rival consoles.
The Bottom Line For families and lovers of casual games, the still-affordable Wii represents the best console bundle value of the holiday season in terms of dollars spent; however, the Wii's getting long in the tooth, and other game consoles offer more entertainment options and functionality for their higher price tags.
Nintendo Wii Remote Plus
Back when the Wii first debuted, Nintendo's revolutionary device offered a new approach to gaming that surprised nongamers and gamers alike. The technology employed was futuristic, its design surprising, and its games unmatched on any other system.
Times have changed.Nintendo's latest update to the iconic Wii console includes the Wii Remote Plus controller with MotionPlus, a Nunchuk, and copies of both Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort for $200. It's the third iteration of the bundle sold in stores since 2006, and yet the Wii has remained largely unchanged in many ways. The Wii remains the least expensive game console of this generation, but in the years since its debut, the system's unique territory has been impinged on by competitors offering motion-gaming alternatives, more diverse entertainment options, and upgraded hardware.
In 2006, the Wii was by far the most affordable next-generation console. At $250 compared with the $599 PlayStation 3 and $399 Xbox 360, it was a no-brainer for the budget-minded. In 2010, the Wii is a reasonable $199, but the Xbox 360 can also be had for as little as $199, while the PlayStation 3 costs $299.