Don’t Have a Wii Yet? Here’s Why You Should

By Jennifer M. DeFeo

Your child won’t stop begging for a Nintendo Wii, will he? He’s even promised to make his bed every day. Before you say no, for the millionth time, think of all the fun you might have. The Wii is designed for kids and adults alike. With more than 500 games to choose from, there’s something for everyone. After all, why should the kids have all the fun?

The Wii (about $250) comes with one remote controller, one nunchuck controller, and the Sports Pak—a disc that includes tennis, baseball, golf, boxing and bowling games. Additional controllers will cost from around $20-$40, depending on the type. How many you need depend on your family’s size and the games they play.

But it’s not all throwing and hitting balls with Wii. There’s a good selection of family-friendly puzzle and learning games. Big Brain Academy (about $50) is a great learning game. It’s smart enough to adjust to different players’ levels of education, so everyone can play together. Many other crowd-pleasing games are readily available, ranging in price from about $10 to $50; if they require a special controller, like a wheel, sword or balance board, the price can go up to about $90.

Plus the fun doesn’t end when the kids go to bed. Games like Iron Chef America—Supreme Cuisine (coming this Fall) make you the master chef. Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None (about $10) drops you into the middle of a virtual mystery novel.

Wii games are wildly popular, and rarely go on sale. If there’s a game you want or your child is clamoring for, don’t wait to buy it. The most popular sell out fast. (Wii Fit, which went on sale in May, is sold out at many popular stores online; it’s being sold on Amazon.com for $163—twice the original asking price.) Take advantage of pre-ordering at stores like Amazon.com or BestBuy online and save money in the long run.

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