Past Rants, Raves & Views

The Nintendo Wii: 3 years on


It’s the biggest selling console in the world today and loved by gamers of all ages, but has the Wii really lived up to the expectations it set on its spectacular arrival?

When the Wii was first released back in 2006, it was a phenomenon. When compared to other contemporary consoles, the Xbox 360 and the PS3, the Wii was totally different and something new in a rather predictable market. Whereas Sony and Microsoft had continued their hardware battle, trying to outdo each other with better graphics, bigger hard drives and generally more power, Nintendo had gone down a different path, and created a console that was completely out on its own. The Wii was all about the fun, and together with the revolutionary motion detection technology, it was the perfect console for the casual gamer. But now that the Wii is approaching its third birthday, it’s worth reassessing its success, and asking whether or not, despite its huge sales, it has been the massive leap forward it was marketed as.