Farcical they may be, but new console launches are a staple of the industry and Wii represents something truly 'new' in an industry often criticised – not always fairly – for being unoriginal. It's exquisitely designed, superb value at £179 and, though it may not be graphically advanced, playing Wii is an unique experience in gaming.
It's not a perfect experience. The Wii Channel system feels rather underdeveloped and a rechargeable remote would be welcome, but these are minor quibbles for what is otherwise a console without genuine comparison.
The Wii Remote, the object on which Wii above all else relies, is a wondrous piece of design managing to be both easy to use while adding a level of depth unsurpassed by anything we've ever called a “controller” in the past.
Wii is rather like a white Christmas: it may not happen often, but when it does it is well worth the wait.
(Les notes de la presse sont données à titre indicatif et représentent une interprétation du test par Numerama)
Fiche technique du Nintendo Console Wii - blanche Nintendo Pack Wii Family Edition