Ok, so here's the deal. . . my wife hates video games. Hates 'em with a passion. She thinks they're stupid and game consoles are a waste of money, etc. Enter the Wii. My son and I both got Wii consoles for Christmas. We set up our accounts and made some Miis. Each Mii looked just like us! That was not only cool, but funny as all get out once we started playing Wii Sports.
About two frames into bowling, my wife said "This is the best game console ever made." THIS type of statement, ladies and gentlemen, is what the Big N was after. This type of sentiment. She and I went a few rounds in boxing and that was a blast. We were both feeling some of the exertion required in playing that game! She was incredibly impressed with how responsive the Wiimote was to movement, how well it synched with the console, and how easy it was to play the games. Literally, just pick it up and play.
I've been playing Red Steel, Rayman Raving Rabbids, Zelda, Trauma Center, Wii Sports, and Elebits today at length. IMHO, Nintendo hit it outta the park with this console. In one day, I've enjoyed this console a heckuva lot more than my PS3. Guess what? I played through Resistance and now what???? Sit on my butt and wait for Motorstorm and Lair, that's what! The Wii has so many FUN games out right now that it's just plain silly! Unlike a previous poster misconstrued, the Wii isn't relegated only to mini-games. Red Steel isn't a mini-game - neither is Splinter Cell Double Agent, COD3, Madden, etc.
We've already got the 360 and the PS3 for bad ass processing power and between 720p-1080p graphics. I don't think a third super console would have been a viable choice for Nintendo. This game system is VERY well designed. The controllers are awesome and the game play is completely engaging. I don't think we're looking at a fad here with the controls. I think we're looking at Evolution (a reminder: Sony seemed to think so, hence the Sixaxis).
I can't believe anybody who's actually played the Wii can knock it. My entire family gets in on these games and that's reason enough to return to play them over and over again. It's a little thing called family - this console let's us play some really engaging games together as a family - not an online clan or a solo player campaign. Truth be told, if I'm going to play any game online, I'm looking to Xbox Live for the real quality experience. Until somebody can top that service, I'm not considering "online" capabilities in my other choices for games or consoles. Nobody's been able to touch MS on this one.
Prior to getting the Wii, I've been plowing through Gears of War on single player campaign on the Insane mode. I've been engrossed in that game. All I can tell is that it was a blast to play hide and seek with a capture gun and tear a house apart looking for Elebits! That's precisely what I like about the Wii. It gives me options. I can play a bunch of fun mini-games or I can play a story-like game with single/multi-player campaigns. It has a whole lot to offer not only a serious gamer like myself, but it is completely enchanting to a decided (until today) non-gamer like my wife.