Nintendo Wii: Kikizo's Definitive Review
Two months on, Kikizo brings together Nintendo's number one fans to deliver this comprehensive, unbiased review of Wii - and we're not shy about saying what we mean.
From the word go, Wii is an exciting new thing right out of the box, but are there any immediate drawbacks?
"This tiny box has somehow managed to fit everything it needs in a fraction the size of 360 or PS3."
As much as I like my PS3, the Wii is easily the best-designed console of this generation. The small unit is cute, clean, simple. The internal disc drive works flawlessly, the GameCube ports on the top are appropriately hidden, but just accessible enough with a detachable door. The silver vertical stand adds to the sexiness, and the small Wii logo is modest. The Wii knows it's a winner. It was built with innovation and confidence. Built to be inviting enough to attract non-gamers. Built to mock the PS3 for being the multimedia mega-unit that I nonetheless love it for being.
Daniella: I knew it was going to be small, but I still couldn't get over quite how small it was when I finally got my hands on one. It's really impressive when you look at it next to the 360 or PS3; this tiny little box has somehow managed to fit everything it needs in a fraction of the size of 360 or PS3.
"Leaving a GameCube memory card sticking out from the top of the machine spoils the overall design."
Sharan: The main problems with the machine arise when it came to backwards compatibility. Leaving a GameCube memory card sticking out from the top of the machine spoils the overall design. Why couldn't they find a way to save to the internal memory or SD card?
"Special mention must surely go to the packaging - easily the sexiest in the history of consoles."
Adam: Special mention must surely go to the packaging of this console. Easily the most beautifully presented, elegant and thoughtfully manufactured packaging in the history of consoles.