It seems like just yesterday that we were all in awe of the amazing motion controls on the Nintendo Wii, but it was actually released in 2006! The first time you took that controller in your hand and gave it a quick flick to send a tennis ball flying was so magical and it changed gaming forever. But these days, you can pick up a Wii for next to nothing in second-hand stores everywhere!
Gamer Girl Musings: Wii Vs Switch
Nintendo didn’t slow down once they released the Wii and after a lackluster reception to the Wii U, they came back even stronger with the Switch. It was an instant hit because, not only did it have the same motion controls, you can switch (hence the name) between handheld and console gaming in seconds! There’s no denying that the Switch has once again changed gaming history, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about the humble Wii.
Sure, the Switch is amazing, but the Wii still deserves its place in our hearts. Today we will go into some of the reasons why the Wii might still be better than the Switch.
The Sheer Brilliance Of Wii Sports
This one doesn’t need much explanation. Wii Sports was most people’s first experience of the motion controls and it was the perfect example of how amazing they could be. The oversized heads on the Miis and the cartoon sound effects added to the joy and the follow-up, Wii Sports Resort added even more fun. The Switch has some great games, but does it have anything that recreates the sheer ecstasy of Wii Sports? I personally loved Wii Fit and seriously regret getting rid of it! Ring Fit for the Switch comes close for sure though.
Most modern consoles do not have backward compatibility, unfortunately. It used to be that you could load up old games on the next generation of the console so you could still enjoy all the old classics, and the Wii was no different. You could play all of your favorite GameCube games whenever you liked, but with the Switch, that’s not an option. If you have a hankering for some old Wii games and you made the mistake of selling it to scrape some money together for your new Switch, you’ll have to download some Wii Iso files from Gamulator and play them on an emulator instead. Maybe the Switch can’t be judged too harshly for not having backward compatibility because it seems like nobody does that anymore, but the Wii still has it, so…
So Much Mario
When you think Nintendo, you think of a jumping plumber in a little red hat. Mario has had a long and exciting career and Nintendo churns out tons of new titles for every console, including the Switch. But the Wii has some of the best, especially the Super Mario Galaxy Series and the classic crossover Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games. A lot of the best Switch Mario games are entries in series that started on the Wii, so why not stick with the old classics?
Look, everybody knows that the Switch is awesome and the Wii definitely had some problems. But don’t write it off just yet because it still has so much to give. What did you love about the Wii?