Nintendo Wii Game Console

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Review: Nintendo Wii Game Console

Published 17:13 pm

Several months ago, my husband and I purchased a Wii game console for ourselves and our two sons.

At the same time, we bought Rayman Raving Rabbids and AMF Bowling World Lanes for the Wii. A few weeks later, I also bought Just Dance for the Wii.

The Nintendo Wii Game Console and Accessories

It was easy to set up and connect to the television. It came with a composite video cable that was specifically designed for the Wii. The Wii game console also came with a sensor bar which I installed on the top of our HDTV. Initially I thought I might need a special adapter to connect the Wii to the Internet, but it turned out the Wii game console is Wi-Fi-ready. I was able to connect it to my home network easily by following the instructions included in the manual.

The Wii game console also has a slot for an SD card so that you can store downloaded games and transfer data to the Wii. It also came with a Wii Sports disc with tennis, bowling, boxing, golf and baseball games.

The Wii game console came with a remote and a nunchuk. The nunchuk attaches to the remote at the bottom for certain activities and games. While the remote came with two AA alkaline batteries, I found that they were exhausted within two weeks.

I replaced them with two more alkaline batteries, which also ran down quickly. There were some rechargeable battery packs that you could buy to use with the Wii remote, but I was reluctant to buy them, since they were expensive. So I charged some NiMH rechargeable batteries I already had in stock and used them instead.

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To my surprise, they lasted much longer than the alkaline batteries.

Once the Wii game console was connected to the Internet, I added several channels to the Wii menu. I added the Nintendo Channel to watch videos about Nintendo products. I added the Internet Channel to browse the web. I also added the Wii Shop Channel can so I could download new games for the Wii game console.

I also chose the News Channel and the Forecast Channel so we could keep up with the news and local weather with the Wii.

Wii Game Reviews

My boys, who are now 9 and 14, loved Rayman Raving Rabbids. In some ways, this game gave us as much of a workout as the Wii Fit Plus balance board we purchased at the same time. The AMF Bowling World Lanes game offered less of a workout, but was just as fun and had more realistic graphics. Wii Sports bowling was similar in game play to AMF Bowling World Lanes, but used Mii characters like the activities in Wii Fit Plus.

The other games in Wii Sports were similar to the games in Wii Fit Plus, but worked only with the remote and nunchuk, not with the Wii balance board. Just Dance also used only the Wii remote, and as such was rather imprecise in measuring our movements while dancing, making it hard to score high in some cases. However, the game was still fun and was a very intense workout.

Using Netflix on the Wii

I also signed up for Netflix shortly after getting the Wii game console and balance board. I was glad to hear that Netflix would soon have a disc which would allow us to watch streaming Netflix movies and television on the Wii. The disc arrived this spring, and we were able to activate it and start watching instantly streaming Netflix on the Wii very quickly.

Although the disc is still in the experimental phase, it works very well. You can't search for movies using the Netflix disc, but you can search for them and add them to your queue on the Netflix website in the Internet Channel. The Netflix movies and TV shows were watchable on a 768 Kbps DSL Internet connection, but had frequent interruptions. When I upgraded my Internet service to 1.5 Mbps, the interruptions were much less frequent and the video quality was greatly improved.

Overall, the Wii game console has been an excellent investment. I highly recommend the Wii to anyone who's considering purchasing a game console.

For more information on this topic, read How to Stream Instant Netflix Movies with a Wii Game Console.

Bestselling Nintendo Wii Game Console Products in 2021


Nintendo Wii Console, White (Renewed)

Nintendo Wii Console, White (Renewed)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • Bundle Includes: Wii Console, Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Wii Remote Jacket, Sensor Bar, Wii AC Adaptor, Wii AV Cable
  • Built-in Wi-Fi Access For Easy Connection To Internet

Nintendo Wii Console (Black) - (Renewed)

Nintendo Wii Console (Black) - (Renewed)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • Built-in Wi-Fi Access For Easy Connection To Internet
  • Features A Processing Chip From IBM And Graphics Chip From ATI
  • Wii Remote with Motion Plus and Nunchuck included
  • Plays two disc formats in a single, self-loading media bay

Nintendo Wii Console with Wii Sports (Renewed)

Nintendo Wii Console with Wii Sports (Renewed)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • Includes: Wii console, Wii remote (with silicone cover and wrist strap), Nunchuk, Wii Sports game, sensor bar, power cord, video cord, and 2 AA batteries. Everything you need to play!
  • Thoroughly cleaned, carefully tested and guaranteed. Comes with a 90 day Amazon Certified Refurbished warranty
  • Console and accessories are in excellent condition. Wii Sports game is professionally resurfaced
  • Backwards compatible with GameCube games
  • Does not come with original box or manuals

Replacement White Nintendo Wii Console - No Cables Or Accessories (Renewed)

Replacement White Nintendo Wii Console - No Cables Or Accessories  (Renewed)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Built-in Wi-Fi Access For Easy Connection To Internet
  • Features A Processing Chip From IBM And Graphics Chip From ATI
  • Replacement console only no cables or accessories included
  • Plays two disc formats in a single, self-loading media bay

Built in Motion Plus Remote and Nunchuck Controller+Case for Nintendo Wii&Wii U (White)

Built in Motion Plus Remote and Nunchuck Controller+Case for Nintendo Wii&Wii U (White)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • Outstanding performance and durabe quality remote and nunchuk controller
  • Nunchuck Controller Contains the Same Motion-Sensing Technology Enabled in the Wii Remote Controller but also Includes an Analog Stick to Assist in Character Movement
  • Easy and convenient to operate and built-in Speaker
  • Batteries are not included
  • Third party product, not made by Nintendo

Nintendo Wii Console Black with Wii Sports Resort (Renewed)

Nintendo Wii Console Black with Wii Sports Resort (Renewed)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • Includes remote controller, Wii nunchuk, sensor bar, AC adapter, AV cable, and Wii Sports Resort game
  • The familiarity of a TV remote, combined with motion-sensing technology makes for a seamless experience.
  • Games - Experience hundreds of games for the Wii console
  • This Renewed product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes functionality testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging. The product ships with all relevant accessories, a minimum 90-day warranty, and may arrive in a generic box. Only select sellers who maintain a high performance bar may offer Certified Refurbished products on Amazon.com

Nintendo Wii Console (Red) (Renewed)

Nintendo Wii Console (Red) (Renewed)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • Includes Wii remote with sleeve and wrist strap, Wii nunchuk, sensor bar, AC adapter, and AV cable
  • The familiarity of a TV remote, combined with motion-sensing technology makes for a seamless experience.
  • Games - Experience hundreds of games for the Wii console
  • This Renewed product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes functionality testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging. The product ships with all relevant accessories, a minimum 90-day warranty, and may arrive in a generic box. Only select sellers who maintain a high performance bar may offer Certified Refurbished products on Amazon.com

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