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I need a Wii, how to buy one in Canberra?

By Deref - 23 November 2011 40

I’m thinking of buying the kids a Nintendo Wii for xmas, but I know nothing about them. Shopbot lists them selling for about $200, but I have no idea whether that’s a good deal or whether the listing has everything I need for two players.

I’d be grateful for advice about what to look out for and what to be wary of, as well as any recommendations about where, and where not, to buy.

Thanks in advance.

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I need a Wii, how to buy one in Canberra?
qbngeek 2:39 pm 23 Nov 11

shirty_bear said :

qbngeek said :

my son hasn’t touched the Wii since we got the Kinect.

Sounds like there’d be a cheap 2nd-hand one out Qbn way, then …

Heh heh, nope.

It will go into the collection with the others such as my N64 (need a second one now), Master Sytem, 2x Master System II, 3x Gamecubes, Megadrive, NES, SNES, Various Gameboys and most the other consoles and handhelds that have come out in the past 20 years.

shirty_bear 2:21 pm 23 Nov 11

qbngeek said :

One thing I forgot to mention is that the Wii U comes out next year to replace the Wii, so it will be superseeded almost immediately.

Which would explain the $150 bundles everyone (well, KMart & JB at least) have at the moment. You were looking at nearer double these $$ a year ago.

qbngeek said :

my son hasn’t touched the Wii since we got the Kinect.

Sounds like there’d be a cheap 2nd-hand one out Qbn way, then …

Watson 2:19 pm 23 Nov 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

Watson said :

(And I hacked mine so I don’t have to pay for games – I know, I know, but kids are so fickle and games so expensive.)

In my day I played what I was given and damn well enjoyed it! Uphill both ways in the snow etc.

lol My 6yo has been playing Donkey Kong for several months now. And still hasn’t unlocked the bonus level! But that was probably the 10th game she tried.

Keijidosha 2:14 pm 23 Nov 11

If you’re going to buy a Wii, I’d advise to get an extra (genuine) Wii-mote and nunchucks for both. As for the cheapest, you should find the best price in the mountain of pre-chrissy junk mail that should already have your mailbox heaving at the seams. Be wary of the deals that throw in games, because they can often include pretty cruddy titles.

Or as others have said, consider an xbox 360 and Kinect sensor – unlike the Wii and PS3 you don’t need to buy extra controllers for additional players because it tracks body movements. Downside is that the 360 doesn’t have the variety or volume of cutesy fluffy games available for the Wii.

qbngeek 2:00 pm 23 Nov 11

arescarti42 said :

While we’re on the subject, anyone got a Gamecube they want to sell me?

Only if you can trade me a N64 http://www.geek.com/articles/games/converting-an-n64-to-a-handheld-portable-device-in-pictures-20110727/

qbngeek 1:58 pm 23 Nov 11

Obviously my price info seems to be a bit old, but I got mine the day they were released and use it about twice a year. They are great for the kids however.

One thing I forgot to mention is that the Wii U comes out next year to replace the Wii, so it will be superseeded almost immediately.

How old are the kids? PS3 or X360 may be a better option and PS3 doubles as a Blu-ray player. They also both double as media centres, especially with X360 gaining ABC iveiw, SBS on demand and Youtube in two weeks. PLus Kinect is much more fun for the kids, my son hasn’t touched the Wii since we got the Kinect.

arescarti42 1:52 pm 23 Nov 11

While we’re on the subject, anyone got a Gamecube they want to sell me?

Thoroughly Smashed 1:51 pm 23 Nov 11

Watson said :

(And I hacked mine so I don’t have to pay for games – I know, I know, but kids are so fickle and games so expensive.)

In my day I played what I was given and damn well enjoyed it! Uphill both ways in the snow etc.

Watson 1:48 pm 23 Nov 11

Solidarity said :

They only come with 1 Nunchuck and controller, so for 2 player you’ll need another set. Don’t buy aftermarket controllers either, they suck compared to the Nintendo ones…

You might want a rechargable battery pack too as they suck down AA batteries quick.

+1 on the controllers (though buying cheap nunchucks is ok). Best not to buy controllers secondhand either as the motion sensor thingy is fairly fragile.

Charger and battery packs can be bought cheaply from some Hong Kong Ebay seller. Not much to it, so small risk.

Solidarity 1:41 pm 23 Nov 11

They only come with 1 Nunchuck and controller, so for 2 player you’ll need another set. Don’t buy aftermarket controllers either, they suck compared to the Nintendo ones…

You might want a rechargable battery pack too as they suck down AA batteries quick.

Watson 1:40 pm 23 Nov 11

I bought mine on Ebay. There’s some listed on allclassifieds.com.au too. Unless you really want a new one, in which case BigW or one of those places often have special deals.

(And I hacked mine so I don’t have to pay for games – I know, I know, but kids are so fickle and games so expensive.)

DUB 1:38 pm 23 Nov 11

They are less than $150, because no one wants them-no hdmi, limited range of games and they are way overpriced.
Go with Xbox 360 or PS3 instead. Both offer range of games for all ages, not overpriced, online gameplay (PS network-free ), 360- Xbox live, worth the money, BF3 team play is far better experience on Xbox live….
That is just my opinion. Own all consoles (but gave away that lame Wii).

dave__ 1:30 pm 23 Nov 11

JB Hi-Fi has the console + Mario Kart for $148
http://www.jbhifi.com.au/games/nintendo/wii/
If it’s for christmas, look out for deals that throw in a couple of games. JB will probably be the ones to look out for.

qbngeek 1:28 pm 23 Nov 11

$200 is about right for retail in Australia. They may be slightly cheaper at Costco, or you may be better off paying $250 for a limited edition with a game or two in it.

You will get one Wii mote in the box, you will need to buy another for a second player. You can buy them online cheaper than in stores, see below.

I recommend getting some wiimoney (or whatever they call it now) and use it to buy some of the games off the wiistore (on the consoles main screen). some of them are really cheap and can provide hours of fun.

DO NOT buy any games from an Australian retail store as we get ripped off. Games that are US$60 in the US are regularly $110 here. EB games are the worst with pricing, Game and JB can be alright if you want the game right now but are still expensive.

I recommend ozgameshop.com or play-asia.com. Both are reputable and have lots of faithful followers in the gaming community. Both have great customers service and will not take off with your money or do nefarious things with your credit card details. Ozgameshop is my choice because they have free shipping to Australia and they are part of a much bigger UK online business and have a solid reputation.

stonedwookie 1:26 pm 23 Nov 11

ive seen em around for 150 try big w or somewhere like that

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