Why You Should Buy A Nintendo Wii In 2021

Why You Should Buy A Nintendo Wii In 2021
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New consoles are always a delight. But before you head out in a mad scramble to buy a shiny new Xbox Series X or a PS5, consider a less popular option: the Nintendo Wii. It’s mostly been forgotten by the passage of time, but the Wii is still a fantastic console with a great game library and innovative controls. Plus, it’ll only cost you about $50.

Beyond convenience, the Wii holds up extremely well. Yes, there are caveats — you’ll need a specialised dongle to run it on your TV and gameplay hits about 480p — but for the most part, the Wii is still a great console.

The Wii library remains impressive

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When I first got a Wii in 2008, I had four games playing on repeat (Super Mario Galaxy, Wii Sports, WarioWare: Smooth Moves and Animal Crossing: City Folk) because the exorbitant cost meant I couldn’t afford new games. By the time they dropped in price, I’d outgrown my Wii and moved onto greener console pastures.

But recently, I bought a TV dongle and started looking at all the games I’d missed. And boy howdy, there were a lot of great games.

In 2021, you can grab Wii games for $5 and $10 on eBay. (The console itself goes for between $40-100, depending on whether you want a modded console or not.) Even first party Mario games are no more than $20-30 — and there’s some absolute bangers in the Wii-exclusive library.

Yes, you’ve got hits like Super Mario Galaxy, Xenoblade Chronicles, Skyward Sword and Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz on Switch, but the actual list of ports is surprisingly small.

Comparatively, the list of Wii games that deserve ports is incredibly long. Here’s just a few choice hits you can only play on Wii:

  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Super Paper Mario
  • Monster Hunter Tri
  • WarioWare Smooth Moves
  • MadWorld
  • Mario Strikers Charged
  • Metroid: Other M
  • Rune Factory: Frontier
  • Wario Land: Shake It!
  • Kirby’s Return to Dreamland

That’s not to mention less critically-acclaimed (but still fun) games like Wii Sports Resort, Cooking Mama: Cook-Off, Tamagotchi: Party On! and the various Naruto adaptations.

The bottom line is the console is packed with incredible games, many of which you can only experience on Wii.

The Switch still isn’t great for party games

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The Switch launched with mini-game collection 1-2 Switch, and that was basically it for mini-games on the console. Sure, we also got 51 Worldwide Games, but arguably that’s more a traditional board game collection than a true ‘party’ game.

While it isn’t strictly necessary for the Switch to focus on mini-game-games, they can be a bunch of fun, and Nintendo used to launch them by the batch.

WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Wii Sports and the Wii versions of Mario Party are all great party games, and they’re perfect for whipping out at a party or for a quick bit of fun. They’re all great for keeping groups of people entertained.

If you’re looking for the perfect console to whip out at a party and entertain your friends, the Wii is still the champion for multiplayer fun.

It’s also great for keeping fit

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In 2020, everyone became flat-out obsessed with Ring Fit Adventure. So much so that the game still frequently sells out in stores. But if you can’t find Ring Fit and you still want to get in on the games-as-fitness craze, you should absolutely buy a Wii.

There’s so many great fitness games on Wii because Nintendo embraced movement-based controls. Beyond Wii Sports, there’s Wii Fit which encourages users to stretch, build their balance and stay active daily. There’s various boxing games, as well as titles focusing on building skills in archery, Zumba and biking.

You’ve got the entire Just Dance library. The series started on Wii and every entry until 2021 has appeared on the console. That includes the Disney editions, Kids editions, Greatest Hits spin-offs and specials. So if you want to get fit while grooving to your favourite jams from 2008-2019, the Wii has you covered.

Just Dance is fun no matter what age you are, or how ashamed you are of your skill level. If you’ve never tried it, now’s the perfect time to discover everything the franchise has to offer. (It also functions extremely well on Wii since the franchise has retained the same gameplay since the beginning.)

Wiis are cheap, and very fun

$749 is a lot to pay for a new console and requires deep thought (and savings). But if you’re just looking for the serotonin rush of new games, buying a Wii is a better, cheaper option. It’ll cost you less than $60, and for that you’ll get access to a brilliant console with a hearty library of games. If you get lucky, you can even find hefty console bundles packed with used games online.

Whether you’re looking for party games to play with friends, longer RPG adventures, JRPGs, multiplayer bonanzas or something in between, it’s likely you’ll find it on the Wii. There’s so many great experiences waiting on the console, and plenty of games that deserve more attention.

You will need the aforementioned dongle to play the Wii on a modern display and the quality isn’t stunning, but who needs next gen graphics when you’ve got such an excellent library? It’s a small price to pay for greatness.

There’s so much to love about the Nintendo Wii, and it’s absolutely still worth buying in 2021.

Comments

  • I agree, but would argue its better to get a Wii U.

    HDMI and a small collection of great games that only some are getting re-released on the Switch makes it a great little platform for those inclined, and it plays Wii games just fine.

    Furthermore, if you put on your black hat, you also have access to be able to run Gamecube titles which gives you access to three generations worth of games from Ninty.

  • Agree with the above comment. A WiiU is a far better option than a Wii with access to Gamecube (Via Homebrew Nintendont), Wii and WiiU games (Still no Xenoblade X port).

    There are lots of Wii U’s on the market on gumtree, ebay, facebook marketplace going for $100-$150. There are also some bundles going for $300 but ignore those.

  • While others might be pushing for WiiU over Wii, there wasn’t a lot of top-tier games on the WiiU to make the overpriced second-hand market worth it. Wii’s are cheap and easy to come by, and games are overly abundant too as it was the more popular console of the two.

    Then there is the other thing too, with people easily being able to modify the Wii console to play games from a hard drive, emulate previous generations, and also have access to the amazing Gamecube library. It a cheap all-in-one solution.

    • I would have to disagree.
      Breath of the wild on its own makes it worth it.
      There are plenty of others too like splatoon for instance.
      Especially if you dont have a switch there are heaps of them.

  • If I ever did get the chance to buy a Wii again.
    I would probably go back to playing Gamecube games on the Wii like WarioWorld Mario Party 4 and 5 Micro Machines and even Nintendo and KONAMI’S Dance Dance Revolution with Mario that’s if I had both the Gamecube game and a dance mat.
    But since Nintendo have already shut down the Wii Shop Channel 2 years earlier there’s no way you’ll never get access into the Wii Shop Channel after it’s been shut down.
    It’s absolutely sucks to see that Nintendo’s Wii Shop Channel can’t be accessed after the channel shut down 2 years earlier.

  • If you can get a WiiU for a decent price get that. Otherwise get a Wii. Both the WiiU and the Wii are laughably easy to homebrew allowing you to turn them into emulation powerhouses.

  • Bought a black Wii U for $70 at hippopotamus pawnbrokers, it was a spur of the moment purchase cause the place had better prices than CEX

  • Definately agree with the above comments to just buy a Wii-U instead.
    Not only do you get better performance, but you get real HDMI support.
    The tablet controller is a bonus, but you also get full access to both the Wii and the Wii-U library, and even GameCube if you softmod the console.

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