This holiday shopping season will be enhanced by several gaming consoles this year. The Xbox has its new Kinect system where the human is the remote control. Another new gimmick this year is the 25th anniversary red Wii console celebrating Super Mario Brothers.
My son has already gotten a new Wii and it runs better than its predecessors. The Mario game and smaller remotes are part of the new console boxed and sold for $199.
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The new Wii also gets more compact remote controls that have a Wii Motion Plus sensor already in the remote so there’s no more annoying attachment of the bulky square at the end of the remote. The remote is a better fit in your hand and lighter so you can use less muscle power when you play games.
This console comes with two free games, “Wii Sports” and “New Super Mario Bros.” The Super Mario Bros. game is a fantastic take on the original series of games from Nintendo. The game has all kinds of nifty bonuses and playing potential to keep your kids busy for hours on end.
The new remote is the biggest draw for the Wii. The console already comes with one of the newer remotes and a red nunchuk. The Wii itself is also fire engine red in color and matches the remotes. Extra remotes are $40 with a nunchuk addition available for $20.
The only thing I don’t like about this console is that they still have “Wii Sports” as an offering. I wish they would have both the Mario game and “Wii Sports Resort” instead of the original. “Wii Sports Resort” has been out a year and a half and it’s time to put in with the consoles plus one more newer game.
The new remotes are a big improvement. No more clumsy, larger offerings with the annoying “Motion Plus” attachment. Now you just have one thing to attach to the remote and that’s it. With all of the other gadgets you can make with a remote such as a steering wheel, lightsaber and even boxing gloves you can make any game as realistic as possible.
With the new Xbox Kinect and PlayStation Move giving the Wii a run for its video game money this holiday shopping season, Nintendo needed something to compete with other consoles. Wii already has the video game market well in hand. Nintendo has classic Mario games coming out on Dec. 12 to add to Wii’s marketability this Christmas.