Pros: Lots of (now!) classic games, good enough graphics and easy to use.
Cons: Low resolution graphics by today's standards, pretty much no new games being released for the platform.
Although it was released in time for the holidays in 2006, the Nintendo Wii is still my "go to" game console. With over 400 games, most of which are still available in new or in good used condition, there is enough variety of entertainment for everyone.
The Wii has screen resolutions of 480p, 480i and 576i and the usual frame rate ranges from 30 to 60 FPS, game dependent. Out of the box, it can't play DVDs, let alone Blu-ray discs, and its online content stream is rather rudimentary.
The Wii comes with a A/V cable, but aftermarket component cables are cheap. I have a "frankensystem" of sorts, so my Wii is hooked up to a Westinghouse VM-42F140S 42" widescreen HD LCD flat panel monitor with sound piped through a Yamaha RX-V365 5.1 receiver. Connected are Polk R150 two-Way bookshelf loudspeakers on the front end, KLH 687 bookshelf speakers for the rear channels
and a Sony SS-CN367T center speaker.
The setup of the Wii can't be much easier - plug the A/V (or component) cables into the back of the Wii and your monitor/receiver, put batteries into the controllers, attach the power brick and turn it on. Insert a game disc and start playing.
The Wii was the first motion-controlled gaming system, and Nintendo got it right the first time. The Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers were not only well designed, but also established a new level of ease of use. Navigation through the menu system is both simple and intuitive, with settings presented in a logical way.
Games start up in a snap, but there are some hesitations when the disc is accessed, such as in chapter changes. Graphics are nice and sharp, with both this and the sound very immersive. Some of the Wii games, such as Mario Kart, are designed for online play, and Nintendo's implementation is nice and smooth.
Despite being a game console that was released over 7 years ago, the Nintendo Wii still holds up, and is played on a regular basis in our house.