Butrflynet
 
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Reply Tue 11 Nov, 2008 09:32 pm
CNET Nintendo Wii Console Reviews

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Product summary
The good:
Revolutionary controller design offers unique motion-sensitive gameplay options; built-in Wi-Fi delivers free online services and gameplay; Virtual Console has major nostalgia appeal; compatible with all GameCube games and controllers; built-in SD slot for storage and photo viewing; includes Wii Sports game; most affordable home game console.

The bad:
Controller eats batteries and takes some time to get used to; online gaming and community features hobbled by horrible "friends code" system; nunchuk controller sold separately; lacks the advanced HD graphics and surround sound found on the Xbox 360 and the PS3; requires a wired receiver unit placed near the TV to interface with wireless controllers; can't play CDs or DVDs.

The bottom line:
It lacks the graphical prowess and rich media features of the Xbox 360 and the PS3, but the Nintendo Wii's combination of unique motion-sensitive controllers and emphasis on fun gameplay make the ultra-affordable console hard to resist.

Specifications:
Product Description: Nintendo Wii - Game console; Form Factor: Desktop; Media Type: Nintendo GAMECUBE disc, Nintendo Wii disc; See full specs


(Click the above link for detailed CNET reviews and user reviews)

CNET Nintendo Lite (Polar White) Console Reviews



Quote:
Product summary
The good:
The Nintendo DS Lite is slimmer and much sleeker that the original DS. The device employs innovative dual-screen and microphone-enabled gameplay as well as Wi-Fi multiplayer capabilities, allowing for a growing list of original and fun games that you can't play on any other system. In addition, the system is backward-compatible with almost every GBA title. All these additions come without increasing the price or decreasing the features of the original DS.

The bad:
Playing online games via Wi-Fi can be a hassle. The darker models are just as susceptible to scratches and smudges as the Sony PSP and the iPod, and its multimedia potential remains exclusive to Japan.

The bottom line:
With a slick new design, brighter screens, and a growing library of fun and innovative games, the Nintendo DS Lite is an impressive improvement over the original DS.

Specifications:
Product Description: Nintendo DS Lite - Handheld game system; Form Factor: Handheld; Media Type: Cartridge; See full specs


(Click the above link for detailed CNET review and user reviews)


GAMES:

CNET Wii Game Reviews

CNET DS Game Reviews

boomerang
 
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Reply Tue 11 Nov, 2008 09:40 pm
@Butrflynet,
Hm. "Friend's codes" sound like a good idea to me, not "horrible" at all.

We haven't even investigated the online options of Mo's game players. I'm not ready to invite strangers into his life.
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Nick Ashley
 
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Reply Tue 11 Nov, 2008 10:45 pm
If you are in the states, and are okay with waiting in line at 4am, then Sam's Club has a great deal on black friday. They will be offering a nintendo wii, along with 3 wii-motes, 3 nunchucks, and 3 games (wii sports, mario super sluggers, and king of clubs mini golf) all for $224. Of course you have to be a member, which is I think $40 or so.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 12 Nov, 2008 07:44 am
That IS a good deal, thanks! The whole 4 AM/ chaos thing sounds kind of horrible to me but that's a whole lot of stuff rolled into the price. Maybe.

I just thought of something... my husband will be in Japan soon. Would he be able to buy one of these much cheaper there than here?
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Wed 12 Nov, 2008 09:50 am
@sozobe,
The Wii won't be compatible with your TV, but the Nintendo DS could work.
On the other hand, Japan is extremely expensive, I doubt that he'd get a bargain there.
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Nick Ashley
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 02:54 pm
@sozobe,
Woops, looks like my source was wrong. From Gizmodo:

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Sadly, the Sam's Club Black Friday deal featuring a Wii, three Wiimotes, three Nunchuks, and two games for $224 was just too good to be true. The good news is that the bundle will still be available at Sam's, be it for the higher price of $425. Seeing as this package includes $180 in controllers alone, shoppers will still be getting a pretty decent deal by scoring Mario Super Sluggers and King of Clubs Mini-Golf on top of the hardware.
sozobe
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 08:02 pm
@Nick Ashley,
Aw. Thanks for the update though.

(Japan opportunity has come and gone.)
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