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Considering Wii

Advice please.

I can have a Wii console with Wii Sports from Argos for £176. This seems to be a fairly standard price right now.

What else (additional controllers, additional games) must/should I buy alongside to make the game worth playing for several utter novices this holiday?

All advice gratefully received.

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nwhyte
15th Dec, 2008 13:49 (UTC)
Make sure you have two handsets and two nunchuks. I think you get the first handset and nunchuk as part of the standard package, but you will need an extra pair.
oreouk
15th Dec, 2008 13:50 (UTC)
Usually recommended is Wii Play to give you extra games and because it comes with an extra Wiimote so two people can play at the same time more easily.
bohemiancoast
15th Dec, 2008 14:22 (UTC)
It comes with one controller and you will definitely need a second. We have four, and we also have a few games where four at once are needed for the most fun (I think you've seen us play doubles tennis for example).

It also comes with one Nunchuk; we have a second. Fewer games with nunchuks have a four-player option.

We also have a Wii Fit controller -- Wii Fit is a lot of fun but quite expensive, and so far there aren't other really great games for the controller (but it's very very promising).

Wii Sports remains one of the very best lots-of-people-larking-about game. The other family game that we've played quite a lot is Mario Kart Wii, which is very good fun indeed. You can buy wheels (it comes with one) -- they're quite cheap, but you can play the game perfectly well without them.

Other games really depend on what sort of thing you like, just like any other game console. Thinking of Meriol, I think the new Animal Crossing game is probably the most exciting thing around this Christmas -- but it is rather expensive.

But, in summary; the only things you actually need to have fun at Christmas with a Wii is the Wii, Wii Sports, and a second Wiimote controller. Everything else is various sorts of Jam.

The Wii also plays all your old gamecube games; keep the controllers and memory card from that.
dev_iant
15th Dec, 2008 16:22 (UTC)
I agree with everything above, particularly Alison's summary. In addition to the Wii itself, we have bought Wii Play, as this is the cheapest way of getting another Wiimote controller, plus giving you a few games of fairly mindless fun - I don't think that anyone would buy Wii Play just for the games. We've also got Wii Fit, which I use every day, but is not an essential buy to start with.

We haven't got a second nunchuk, though this is on my list of things to get, though we only have one game so far that it would be of any use with. You do not need these sports add-ons such as rackets and the like - if anything they're a nuisance as they're more likely to come off & cause damage and don't actually add anything other than atmosphere to the game.
were_gopher
15th Dec, 2008 16:26 (UTC)
The games currently getting played to death in our house are Mario Kart, Smash Brothers Brawl, Zack and Wiki, Rayman Raving Rabbids. Definately get WiiPlay, it's got some fun stuff as well as being a good cheap way to get another Wiimote. Get some good rechargeable batteries as well, that thing eats AAs.
mkillingworth
15th Dec, 2008 17:39 (UTC)
Thanks for posting that question. The answers were enough to convince me that we need one. Just for the grandchildren, you understand. ;~)
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