Should You Get a Wii?

Wii MiniWith the Wii U and recent release of a $99 Wii Mini in Canada, it seems like Nintendo is doing everything it can to boost sales going into the holidays. The Wii U sold over 400,000 units in the first week, and the $99 Wii Mini certainly appears to be an excellent deal for anyone able to pick one up, but is this enough to make the Wii a wise buying choice for most consumers?

I’ll admit that I picked up a Wii in hopes that I would enjoy countless hours of entertainment bowling and playing other fun interactive games, regardless of the video quality in comparison to slightly pricier Xbox and PS3 consoles, but it wasn’t long before I found myself doing exactly what almost every friend I have did with their Wii. I let it sit there gathering dust, and it has been for almost a year now.

The Wii is an excellent console for some users, but not so much for others. Its slightly less flashy graphics and reputation for having slightly less “mainstream” titles (though not exactly deserved) are just some reasons folks might opt for the competition.

The Wii has seen sharp declines in sales over the past two years. Whether this is due to saturation after leading sales in 2009 and 2010 or market anticipation for significant hardware updates is anyone’s guess, but with sales starting out so strong for the Wii U, it’s probably more likely to be the former.

The Nintendo Wii is fun, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you already have another console.

Both Xbox and PlayStation 3 platforms have received motion-control features by way of additional accessories such as the Kinect in recent years, which only further closes the gap on the Wii’s leading area of the market.

For me, the Wii was just not a good fit. I’m primarily a PC gamer and dropping $30 on a game I could easily pick up on Steam for much less during a sale wasn’t a solid selling point for me. If I threw more parties where a group entertainment system such as the Wii might be a highlight activity, then I’m sure the tables would turn. The opposite might be true for the next gamer. It all comes down to personal tastes, really.

Here are some reasons you might want to pick up a Wii.

  • You enjoy games made specifically for the Nintendo universe.
  • You don’t care as much about graphics as you do just playing a casual game and having fun.
  • You’re on a budget and want some form of motion control without having to pay extra.
  • You frequently throw parties or have company over.
  • You have kids.

The Wii is an excellent platform for kids. There are plenty of excellent titles made exclusively for the Wii platform that appeal to children as young as five, with a comparable number of titles made for a more mature audience.

If the best graphics, performance, or an integrated Blu-ray player are on your list of must-have features, it’s probably best to pass on it until you’ve tried it.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1430310093 Wolfee Darkfang

    I usually stick with PC games. I have a PS3 but like your Wii it gathers dust. At least wth PC I have better hardware than each game requires, and I use my PC a lot, which makes gaming easily at my disposal. Of course I do miss out on Nintendo titles though.

  • scorptile

    i bought a wii many years ago and there are still games i get every so often. yes there are games i wouldnt mind having for the ps3 or xbox360 but most games well 99% of the games are on pc. i play pc games and wii both i think if you like original games get a wii and if you like pc games get a pc. if you like both then get both. you need a blue ray player? buy one for about 70 dollars now. which is the price of a good blue ray player now. what i dont get is these guys that say “oh you gotta play skyrim on the ps3. it looks amazing.” i tell them i have skyrim and i run max resolution which is over 1080p and they just turn and walk away. when i built my first pc i spent a total of 500 dollars and at that time the ps3 was about 600 dollars. now 5 years later i have the same pc with a few upgrades (ram, powersupply, case) and i can still run the newest games without any problems. ive heard of many problems with skyrim and the ps3. so why spend that much money for a console when games and longevity exists with pc gaming. that is another reason why i got a wii as well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1430310093 Wolfee Darkfang

      Oh yes Skyrim is much better on PC. Not only can it be modded but it can take advantage of better hardware and screen resolutions like you described. This is why any bethesda game I buy I make sure it’s for PC. Theres just so much more to do once you beat the game, because there are voiced over addon quests made by players to give you more adventures. We can say what we will about their acting abilities, but at least they provide something voiced over. :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1430310093 Wolfee Darkfang

      Oh yes Skyrim is much better on PC. Not only can it be modded but it can take advantage of better hardware and screen resolutions like you described. This is why any bethesda game I buy I make sure it’s for PC. Theres just so much more to do once you beat the game, because there are voiced over addon quests made by players to give you more adventures. We can say what we will about their acting abilities, but at least they provide something voiced over. :D

  • Curtis Coburn

    The Wii is not for me. I do enjoy more intense, high graphic games, like first person shooters like Halo. Nintendo will never exceed sales like Microsoft or Sony for their consoles, but I don’t think they are trying to. The Nintendo games are more casual games, and it’s a console for more casual gamer’s out there.

  • D Lowrey

    Was one of the early adopters of the Wii back in 2008. When I discovered it would not play DVD’s (to be used as an entertainment console as well)…plopped down the $200 on a 360 when the price went down. As for the Wii…moved a couple of years later and traded it for work on my car. The 360…still have that and mainly use it to watch DVD’s and stream Windows Media Center .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1292299949 Nino Brunori

    You can play WII on your PC now through the Dolphin Emulator. PS3 and XBox 360 are next.