To Wii or not to Wii that is the question!

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Right guys, I wan't some Wii maniacs to convince me to order a wii, I wont be paying for it as my mum wants to get me one for xmas, and I can't real, I dont know massive ammounts about them except zelda will be amazing obviously!
Was going to order one with zelda and a classic controller. Do I really need a classic controller, what else is must have accessory/game?

Also If I order now will stocks be plentifull enough for me to get one on release date? I know no-one will know this for sure, but traditionally the nintendo bandwagon is big in circles like ours, but not so for the rest of the planet.

Do we have any specs? I heard it was like as powerfull as 2 gamecubes, so not earth shattering, but then it dosent have to do the HD goodness! is it memory card or does it have on board?

I really like the snes and 64 titles being downloadable, do we know how much they are and how many we can fit on the storage? I presume it plays GC games through discs?
 
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Quick answer.

Perhaps not as powerful as 2 Gamecubes, but certainly 1.5 times as powerful.

Graphics aren't amazing, but certainly on a par and slightly better than the GameCube (which IMO was always good).

Classic controller I wouldn't say is a 'must' as the Wiimote can be rotated 90 degrees to turn it into a NES-style controller, but the trigger buton may get in the way of your left index finger and the overall controller may be too thin to hold comfortably for a length of time so the classic controller could potentially make sense.

Definately get another Wiimote though, you never know when someone will pop round and I'm sure it'll be great fun to throw them a Wiimote and battle away at boxing, tennis, bowling, baseball etc and of course if any friends get a Wii always nice to have a secondary controller to pop in your pocket and if the worst happens and you leave it at their place, you've got one at home.

I'm sure stocks will be plentiful, pesonally I think there'll be a shortage around Christmas time once the guinnea pigs who buy on release have confirmed (or debunked) the system.

Specs are abundant, best advice I can give is to go to wikipedia and do a search for Wii, they are upto date, quite concise and pretty reliable and factual. I think it has 512mb of onboard memory for savegames, and allows SD cards to be inserted to offer additional memory. A lot of people are buying the 1Gb cards for about £11 as additional storage.

The back catalogue of titles is ranging between £4 and £12 for NES to N64 titles, backward compatibility with the GameCube discs and hardware (wavebird, bongos, etc) has been confirmed.

So, why get one...

Without going into another thread about it, it's guaranteed to be a quality-made product. There's still a 50/50 split around the world about the quality of the graphics with the old Gameplay greater than graphics versus Graphics greater than gameplay arguments, to the more technical ones such as AA, HD, and all the other buzzwords that people need.

Bottom line is simple though. Don't expect anything to beat *** Xbox360 or the PS3. If you were happy (and will be happy) with GabeCube graphics but slightly better, in a drop-dead gorgeous piece of hardware (the size of 3 DVD cases!!), has built in internet browsing that wil allow you to surf from your armchair (the first 'proper' time this has happened on any console), a system that will look good in your room, a unique and never tried before method of playing and is sure to have lots of fun factor, then without get one.

I could go on and on and on about the pro's and con's but there's been so many threads about it I'll be repeating myself and sure to miss things.

It's never been seen or tried before so it could go either way, but whatever way it does go, at least you can say you were one of the particpants of a new gaming era.
 
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~J~ said:

Getting there, not a bad job of making that burn in my pocket a bit hotter!!

I'm just trying to convince myself I need a Wii more than a power commander for my bike. I really think my bike is quite fast enough so the wii is winning at the mo! Might pre-order one with gameplay later!
I will be buying some of the old classics I think!

I definetly fancy Zelda, but the rest of the release titles listed on gameplay I'm not sure on, will just get zelda for now I think.
 
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~J~ said:
Quick answer.

Perhaps not as powerful as 2 Gamecubes, but certainly 1.5 times as powerful.

Graphics aren't amazing, but certainly on a par and slightly better than the GameCube (which IMO was always good).

Classic controller I wouldn't say is a 'must' as the Wiimote can be rotated 90 degrees to turn it into a NES-style controller, but the trigger buton may get in the way of your left index finger and the overall controller may be too thin to hold comfortably for a length of time so the classic controller could potentially make sense.

Definately get another Wiimote though, you never know when someone will pop round and I'm sure it'll be great fun to throw them a Wiimote and battle away at boxing, tennis, bowling, baseball etc and of course if any friends get a Wii always nice to have a secondary controller to pop in your pocket and if the worst happens and you leave it at their place, you've got one at home.

I'm sure stocks will be plentiful, pesonally I think there'll be a shortage around Christmas time once the guinnea pigs who buy on release have confirmed (or debunked) the system.

Specs are abundant, best advice I can give is to go to wikipedia and do a search for Wii, they are upto date, quite concise and pretty reliable and factual. I think it has 512mb of onboard memory for savegames, and allows SD cards to be inserted to offer additional memory. A lot of people are buying the 1Gb cards for about £11 as additional storage.

The back catalogue of titles is ranging between £4 and £12 for NES to N64 titles, backward compatibility with the GameCube discs and hardware (wavebird, bongos, etc) has been confirmed.

So, why get one...

Without going into another thread about it, it's guaranteed to be a quality-made product. There's still a 50/50 split around the world about the quality of the graphics with the old Gameplay greater than graphics versus Graphics greater than gameplay arguments, to the more technical ones such as AA, HD, and all the other buzzwords that people need.

Bottom line is simple though. Don't expect anything to beat *** Xbox360 or the PS3. If you were happy (and will be happy) with GabeCube graphics but slightly better, in a drop-dead gorgeous piece of hardware (the size of 3 DVD cases!!), has built in internet browsing that wil allow you to surf from your armchair (the first 'proper' time this has happened on any console), a system that will look good in your room, a unique and never tried before method of playing and is sure to have lots of fun factor, then without get one.

I could go on and on and on about the pro's and con's but there's been so many threads about it I'll be repeating myself and sure to miss things.

It's never been seen or tried before so it could go either way, but whatever way it does go, at least you can say you were one of the particpants of a new gaming era.

Listen to the man!!!
 
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Mr.Orb said:
I just read somewhere that it won’t be able to play DVDs… can anyone confirm this?

as far as I know no, but who cares!! its a console not a dvd player, DVD players are about £20 these days anyway and console ones are normally pap anyway!
 
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been reading up..... definetly getting one, it just sounds like exactly what I want from a console soemthing genuinely different instead of just better and better graphics and the same stuff (not that there is anything wrong with that), cant wait for metroid with the wii mote and nun chuck, I think it will be amazing for FPS. Zelda should be great also I'm going to order one!
 
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yeah iv used a keyboard/mouse for years and always get into arguements with my mates who think a controller is better for fps games! a lot of LOL's follow.. But after looking at that nunchuck and the wiiremote that MIGHT be better, and i cant wait to find out :D
 
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yeah iv used a keyboard/mouse for years and always get into arguements with my mates who think a controller is better for fps games! a lot of LOL's follow.. But after looking at that nunchuck and the wiiremote that MIGHT be better, and i cant wait to find out :D

I reckon it will be, the keyboard and mouse is accurate but just not right somehow, I always prefered using the controll pad, especially the 360 on cod2 awesome fun, but slow and innacurate and the game has to reflect that, but this if done right is going to be awesome! Cant wait!
 
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I really wasnt going to get one, but i found myself with my credit card in my hand one day and the preorder complete. Damn credit card has a mind of its own. At the end of the day its only around £260 with a couple of games and im sure i'll get a good bit of enjoyment out of it. If nothing else it will give me an excuse to go though many of the GameCube games i have that i didnt get all that far in.
 
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I really wasnt going to get one, but i found myself with my credit card in my hand one day and the preorder complete. Damn credit card has a mind of its own. At the end of the day its only around £260 with a couple of games and im sure i'll get a good bit of enjoyment out of it. If nothing else it will give me an excuse to go though many of the GameCube games i have that i didnt get all that far in.

never had a game cube, what OMG you must play this! games are there?
I really am getting excited about the wii now, didn't look into the properly until today, I knew a fair bit, but Ive been reading up all day and the decision is made!
 

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never had a game cube, what OMG you must play this! games are there?
I really am getting excited about the wii now, didn't look into the properly until today, I knew a fair bit, but Ive been reading up all day and the decision is made!

The Resident Evil Remake is a must for the Gamecube
 
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I was tempted to pre-order one, but then saw the list of games coming out on the 360 and now I'm torn between the two. The Wii remote looks great (is it really going to be as acurate as the Wii advert implies??) and the sports games that come with it look like short term fun, but it's the lack of great looking other games that worries me. It's games like GTA, PGR, Forza, Test Drive, Halo and of course Live that are pulling me towards the 360.
 

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Res Evil is a must, however I'm plugging something I've never played, er, is that good!!

Anyway, definately that, the Pikmin series are sooooooo addictive and I was one of the few that really enjoyed PN03.

The Monkey Ball games are real fun, but if you want an absolute bargain and something that will have friends and family rawking with laughter over a few drinks at yours then you MUST get Donkey Konga.
 
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I was tempted to pre-order one, but then saw the list of games coming out on the 360 and now I'm torn between the two. The Wii remote looks great (is it really going to be as acurate as the Wii advert implies??) and the sports games that come with it look like short term fun, but it's the lack of great looking other games that worries me. It's games like GTA, PGR, Forza, Test Drive, Halo and of course Live that are pulling me towards the 360.


i could be wrong here but i see the wii sports as like a learning program really, its meant to help you use all the functions of the wii remote so then when you play zelda etc you dont have to learn how it all works. lol that sounds abit weird i know, im sure the wii sports is gunna be great but like you said, short term fun..

Iv seen a lot of trailers with japs playing some weird games that im sure are just meant to either show off the controller or teach u how to use it.
 
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molinari said:
I was tempted to pre-order one, but then saw the list of games coming out on the 360 and now I'm torn between the two. The Wii remote looks great (is it really going to be as acurate as the Wii advert implies??) and the sports games that come with it look like short term fun, but it's the lack of great looking other games that worries me. It's games like GTA, PGR, Forza, Test Drive, Halo and of course Live that are pulling me towards the 360.

More or less the same with me, also the fact the Wii doesn't work out that much cheaper than a 360 now if you buy 1 game and 1 extra control set with it.

To choose the Wii, try out a controller i've never used before, that i may or may not like, or about £35 more get a 360 prem pack, with a control method i know i like, and a console thats had time to settle for a year?
 
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More or less the same with me, also the fact the Wii doesn't work out that much cheaper than a 360 now if you buy 1 game and 1 extra control set with it.

To choose the Wii, try out a controller i've never used before, that i may or may not like, or about £35 more get a 360 prem pack, with a control method i know i like, and a console thats had time to settle for a year?

Its like £100 cheaper and you get a game with it??? Having said that I have a 360 so don't need to worry!
 
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