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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Wednesday, 20 September 2006

Recently I was discussing the release of the Wii with some friends here in the Czech Republic.

One of them asked a question I had to think about for some moments before I answered. The question was "If you have a computer why spend your money on a gaming console? I wouldn't spend mine on it."

Yes, why must I get a new game console if I have my computer. It's not because I need the biggest and best of everything. My laptop is three years old now but it still does what I need it to do on a daily basis. Why spend almost a month's rent on a device that is not actually necessary.

I didn't splurge on an Xbox 360, I won't be getting a PS3. But the Wii, well that's a different story. It's not that I have anything against the other consoles, I have owned all the predecessors of the next-gens. It's not a question of brand loyalty because I feel no particular loyalty to Nintendo in comparison to the others. Actually, I have no loyalty to any company really.

So it boils down to, "I want it," then doesn't it? There is something about it that attracts me to it. Perhaps it's the Marios and the Zeldas and the Metroids. Perhaps it's the innovative new controller. Perhaps it's the lower price point. But that's a ridiculous claim isn't it "well I'm buying it because it's cheaper."

Maybe it comes down to the fact that I have rarely been disappointed by Nintendo. While I look at the Wii and think "why do I need a weather channel, I can just look out the window or pick up the paper," I can also see the future potential of such channels.

While there are reports that the new controller isn't 100% accurate and other problems I still think I will enjoy it. It doesn't have DVD playback functionality, but I don't need it. I have a DVD player in the laptop that works just fine. Plus with a DVD drive they would probably have been forced to put some type of region-encoding on it. As of right now that is possible but not really confirmed or denied. A representative on a video says (at the very end of the video as almost an afterthought) "yes it's definitely region free. But Nintendo UK says "no, it's region locked." Either way there is always a work around right? The whole point of the region-locking is about game ratings in different locations, not about keeping gamerz from playing the games they want to play from other parts of the world.

So why will I be saving my Hellers (there are 100 in 1 Czech Crown) to get the Wii as soon as I can?

Because after weighing all the options, all the pros and cons I find that I still think it is worth it to me. And that's what it's really all about. Region-free or not I will buy it. No DVD? No problem. I don't want an all-in-one solution to my home entertainment because when that one piece breaks there is no entertainment.

But I do want the Wii and I do want to play the GameCube games lying in a stack at my feet. I do want to play the old school retro games and I do want to play the new versions as well. The Wii has what I believe to be an excellent balance of price, performance and features. That, is why I am getting a Wii when I can.

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