Is This the Right Time to Get a Nintendo Wii?

Nintendo Wii Black

Yes, you read the title right, but before you start shaking your head in disagreement let’s analyze the situation. While most people are seriously considering buying a WiiU at launch, I find myself thinking if it would be a good idea to get a Wii. Why? I compiled a list with some of the main aspects that sound compelling about the aging console:

Price

Nintendo has recently dropped the price of the Nintendo Wii to make it much more accessible to consumers. The console is currently available for $129.99 and it includes Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort as well as a Wii Remote Plus with a Nunchuck, making this a quite appealing package.


Backward compatibility

People have strong feelings about backward compatibility and I do too. The fact that the Nintendo Wii allows you to play GameCube games (albeit with some limitations,) makes this deal particularly attractive to someone who has never owned a GameCube. In order to make use of this functionality a GameCube Memory Card and controller is needed, as well as the game of course. It’s worth noting that most GameCube peripherals and accessories are also compatible with the seventh generation console.

Note: As a reader pointed out to me, the redesigned “Wii Family Edition” eschews backward compatibility. Therefore, the only way to use the GameCube support I like so much is by buying the original console. Sorry for the mistake.


Virtual Console and WiiWare Games

I own an NES. I recently bought a Nintendo 64. But wouldn’t it be great if I could have my entire Nintendo library on one console? That’s what the Virtual Console seems to offer. I love the idea of having all my NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, Neo Geo and Arcade games all on the same console. Additionally, buying Nintendo 64 titles for $9.99 and SNES ones for $7.99 seems like a fantastic deal.

Finally, there’s the WiiWare service. There are a couple of hundred games available for the service and even though not all of them stand out, a few of them are must-have.


Wii Games

Super Mario Galaxy, Super Paper Mario, No More Heroes, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Metroid Prime 3, Sin & Punishment 2, Mario Strikers Charged, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Xenoblade Chronicles. I didn’t play any of those games and I’m pretty sure a lot of people haven’t either. Moreover, there are a handful of more obscure classics (which also happen to be Wii-exclusive) that many have missed, such as The Last Story or Pandora’s Tower.

Super Mario Galaxy - Nintendo Wii (Bowser Mario Screenshot)


In the end, I always find the process of catching up with games from older consoles an engrossing experience, mainly because it means rediscovering classics that came out a long time ago and for one reason or another I missed back in the day. So, what do you think? Is it worth going back to the Nintendo Wii now that it’s available for $130? Do the aforementioned points make sense to you? Should I start saving my hard-earned money to buy a WiiU instead? Feel free to share your opinion in the comment section below.