Article by Roberto Sedycias
Gaming consoles are all the rage and the wii game console is one of the smallest gaming consoles in the market. It is very small weighing less than three pounds and is about 44 millimeters wide, 157 millimeters tall and around 214 millimeters deep. If you stack three DVD cases together, the wii game console would look like that. This tiny gaming console can play wii-disc games as well as Game Cube games. From the house of Nintendo, this particular gaming console is a favorite choice of children and surprisingly, of the senior citizens.
Four slots in the console can be used to plug in the GameCube controllers and there is a separate slot for the Game Cube memory card. The Bluetooth technology is used by the wii remote to connect wirelessly to the wii game console. Infra red detection and accelerometers with a sensor bar also come with this gaming console. A device called the `nunchuk` which is commonly used in wii boxing can also be connected to the remote fro additional uses. In the game of wii boxing, both nunchuk and the remote are used for punching each hand. A wrist strap ensures that players don not drop the remote accidentally.
The wii comes equipped with motion sensor controllers which makes for better gaming as the sensor makes the character on the screen ape your motion when you are moving your hands using the controller. A character based on you called the `mii` can be created on this game console and the `mii` can be used to participate in wii games.
There are many channels on the wii game console and even includes one which tells you the weather. This gaming device has a variety of games to interest children and it is in fact, extremely popular with kids. The most played game on the console would probably be the `Super Smash Brawl` in which both the wii remote and the GameCube controller are used. Other popular games would be tennis, baseball, boxing, golf and the Guitar Hero which has a wireless guitar connecting to the wii. Children love the wii game console because it is non-complicated, easy-to-play and offers a host of games. Parental controls are included in the wii game console for worried parents.
While being a big hit with children, the wii game console is astonishingly hugely popular with the senior citizens also. Its main advantage lies in the fact that it is basically a very simple console to use, unlike the other new, hi-fi consoles which often leave regular players, let alone senior citizens, bewildered. With its simple graphic interface and motion-sensor remote, the games on this console are easy to grasp and play and grandparents can have a great time bonding with their grandkids over a few games.
Senior citizens often feel left out from the thick of things as they may have restricted mobility and sports and such like activities may seem out of their reach. But, the wii game console with its various games has been seen to induce these citizens to leave their chairs for a fun bout of virtual bowling or boxing competitions. The wii`s gentle motions and balance make the console suitable for the elderly. Bowling, tennis, golf can all be enjoyed virtually without having to worry about a bad back or over straining the muscles. It also stimulates the brain as moves have to be thought out and this helps in decreasing cellular aging in the brain.
The wii game console is family-oriented and has managed to hold its own in a competitive market of technologically-superior gaming consoles.
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