Since its launch in 2006, the Nintendo Wii has remained virtually unchanged, give or take a few firmware bumps. Why should Nintendo bother with major upgrades? With a wave of its motion-sensitive controller, it's crushed its more mature rivals like grapes, winning fans of all ages and sexes. The Wii doesn't offer hi-def graphics, so games look far from immersive, but nothing gets you into a game more than having to air-steer, point and fire or wave your hands in the air like you just don't care, as Wii Sport, Mario Kart and others make clear.
Online multi play is limited but what's there is pretty good; Mario Strikers Charged Football and Mario Kart Wii are brilliant online. There's also a bizarre selection of other online applications, including Everybody Votes, where you vote on things, and Today and Tomorrow, which tells you what you should eat tomorrow, based on your star sign. Wii Speak lets you communicate, adding voice chat to a handful of games, but you need to be friends with the people you chat with first - Ninty believes in 'keeping things safe and fluffy for the kids.
There's next to no multimedia, not even DVD, but you can buy games from the Wii Shop Channel, with Virtual Console serving up the likes of N64 Super Smash Bros to nostalgia addicts. The Wii's lack of regular AAA-grade titles is becoming irksome, but it remains hard to beat for quick-blast. instant fix fun that anyone, no matter how young, old or female, can enjoy.