Top 10 Problems with the Nintendo Wii

I like the Wii. It introduced a fresh new concept for games that was an interesting distraction, if not a long-term innovation that shapes our games today. That said, this console had a LOT of problems. Here are the most glaring ones.

The Top Ten

1 The original Wii remotes weren't very accurate

Let's face it: Motion controls before the Wii Motion Plus were clunky. Sometimes you think you swung your wii remote a certain way, but the screen would show something completely different. It worked for basic games like Wii Sports or Mario Party 8 (most of the time), but for anything deeper than that, it would get irritating fast. This did improve with the WM+, but that was a bit late. - Zach808

My Wii remotes worked okay. But in Mario Power Tennis, it worked awful. When I swing up. It would sometimes swing diagonally down or way far up. I even tried to be soft and it does it hard. This sometimes happen in other games I have too. - MissRWBY202

Sometimes they are inconsistently sensitive and affected too much from any minor movement of the sensor bar, though I noticed a bit less of this with newer Wii remotes, thankfully. - Entranced98

Ehh. They worked good for me. - B1ueNew

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2 You need to use the wrist strap

Just put it on, remember to replace the strap when it looks worn out and use a Wii Remote jacket, then you won't have to worry too much about damage as long as you're not too close to your T.V., other objects or other people. It's basic common sense. - Entranced98

When I first got my Wii I never used the strap cause I felt that it wasn't necessary and that I was careful enough but after I accidentally dropped it and nearly threw it across the room and at the T.V. several times I decided to use it.

I never used them at all and It never flew out of my hand and broke something - Randomator

Wait? People actually used that thing? - B1ueNew

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3 Support for the console died after 2010

Can you name a lot of amazing games that Nintendo released for the system after 2010? No? I thought so. Third-party support wasn't always the best throughout the console's life, but for the first few years Nintendo would regularly put out big releases. After 2010, they pretty much abandoned the console before they could really do much with the Wii Motion Plus. I mean, there was Skyward Sword, and... what else? - Zach808

Yeah... 4 of those were released in 2010. Xenoblade just took forever to get localized, and even then, due to Nintendo loving scalpers, good luck finding a copy. As for Mario Party 9, most people would rather forget that turd existed. - Zach808

That is such a short lifetime! Nintendo just wanted for us to move on and get other video game consoles too. That's just dumb and Nintendo wasn't thinking about it's customers - DominiusDarkKnight5

This is the first item I fully agree with. - ProPanda

Yeah that is true. - B1ueNew

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4 The motion controls ended up getting old

It's 2017 now, and I'm completely fine with a lack of motion controls in games now. It was fun while it lasted, but at the end of the day, motion controls can't really replace a normal controller for everything. If I ever get a Nintendo Switch, I'll probably stick with handheld mode most of the time, and use the Pro controller for the rest. Most developers just don't know how to make a compelling experience with motion controls, and even when it's done right, the games usually still play better with a controller. Maybe I'll use them if I want to try something different, but the craze is over for me and a lot of other people. - Zach808

I mean yeah its great to play once, and a great while, but after a maybe a few weeks I get bored with the system, and wanna resort to either the newest console, or heck an older console that probably had MUCH better replay value than the Wii offers (PS2, SNES, Dreamcast, ''Original'' XBOX etc). - htoutlaws2012

There were innovative for it's time and without it, we may not have the VR we have today. But gimmicks are gimmicks and there is only so much you can do until you just want to go back to an actual controller or keyboard. - cjWriter1997

Certainly not in 1995 when it clearly was not ready for gamers then, but now... I don't get why it needs a second shot at the light, and day is mind boggling for me. - htoutlaws2012

They neveer get old
They are still cute and amazing - DominiusDarkKnight5

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5 Lack of games the PS3 and 360 got

The Wii was the only one with loads of games to play, but they were so outdated and old, (not mentioning the new games after 2013) but they are just so, old. The old ones bring back good memories, but we want a console which has a lot of games but not the bad ones. - DominiusDarkKnight5

This is probably my biggest gripe with the Wii. There were a bunch of games that just weren't ported over due to the Wii not supporting HD. I could tolerate graphically trimmed down games, but a bunch of games didn't make it to the console at all. - Zach808

So what the wii was better anyway - YOSHIA2121

And? There's a lot of titles on the Wii to play instead. - B1ueNew

There were watered down versions of Call of Duty, but no big games like Grand Theft Auto 4 - HaloFanboy

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6 Bad online features and performance

Nintendo have started to improve wonderfully on this since the Wii U's release - the days of game-breaking lag and being disconnected every five minutes are not something I'll look back on fondly! - Entranced98

Due to Nintendo's ineptitude at designing an online systems, a lot of games would lag horribly or lack decent matchmaking or interaction features you'd find on the 360. The PS3 also had problems like this, but it wasn't THIS bad. Nintendo, it's time to get out of the 90s. - Zach808

Happened to my Wii. I got it somewhere around 2009 and it's 2017 now and I can't play games on it anymore. Even if I do, it lags or shuts down. - TwilightKitsune

I got this in 2008. It's 2018! it's been 10 years so what do you expect? - itskenny

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7 Several of the games were just gimmicky and failed at utilizing the motion controls properly

There were a ton of games released where the developers half-assed the motion control, not really using the motion controls in a coherent way. This is what caused the motion controls to be seen more as a gimmick as time went on. - Zach808

Blame the developers for that spread out there awful atrocities onto the system itself. - htoutlaws2012

yeah - YOSHIA2121

8 The lack of HD support

I know, graphics aren't everything. That said, they do make the experience better, if not make a good game. Imagine how much better your favorite Wii games would've looked if they were in HD. - Zach808

Well in terms of looks it did its job, and applied to the right age demographic otherwise its standard graphics that may not age well as years go on. - htoutlaws2012

They try to make the graphics look shiny and lit-up but don't be fooled
It's only 480 pixels
Compared to HD resolution, 1080x1920
SERIOUSLY NINTENDO?! - DominiusDarkKnight5

I haven’t noticed anything wrong with that

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9 The sheer volume of awful games

Well nobody has a perfect set of quality games every system has bad apples you end having to play in you're dark ages in total regret. - htoutlaws2012

Although this isn't necessarily a problem with the console itself, the amount of shovelware released for it was just ridiculous and sadly marked a missed opportunity for Nintendo to tighten up their quality control. - Entranced98

Every console has a stack of bad games - B1ueNew

It depends on the Monitor or T.V.'s speaker
I have to disagree - DominiusDarkKnight5

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10 The limited virtual console

The virtual console was a great idea (well, assuming you don't want to pirate roms on the internet), but the execution wasn't that great. Where were a lot of the classics like Donkey Kong Country, Star Fox, etc.? The virtual console's library seems a bit... thin with so many omissions. - Zach808

This was what the PS4'S virtual classic library of older games are now limited, the fans were outraged, and the WII U addressed that closely expect for the gamecube ports which I'll never get, but still they acknowledged the rage. - htoutlaws2012

I never had a problem with it, I mean it has Donkey Kong Country and Super Mario 64 - darthvadern

Wii points are a stupid idea. Eshop gift cards is a much better idea. - B1ueNew

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The Contenders

11 It was underpowered

I'm gonna tell you this "The Wii Is NOT A Powerhouse When It Comes To Graphics Gameplay Is The Main Focus For Games Not Just Graphics If You Want Good Graphics Get The Original Xbox".

Compare the gameplay of Melee for the GameCube to Brawl for the Wii. Clearly, one console is more powerful than the other. - Sop

There is actually a rich gameplay experience
The Wii isn't completely bad - DominiusDarkKnight5

It was about as powerful as a PS2 when the XBOX 360 and PS3 had some of the most powerful computers in them at the time. Yeah, that should say enough - cjWriter1997

Which made the system feel kind of like a 6th gen console accessories then what actually did happen. - htoutlaws2012

12 No customizable controls in Virtual Console
13 Online got shut down in 2014

So annoying, I know! I am trying to use Dolphin Emulator and it doesn't work!

I'm just crying... Nintendo I'm CRYING BECAUSE OF YOU - DominiusDarkKnight5

Anyone see Jirard, Greg, and Zan's reaction to this during the Super Mario Strikers Charged video on The Completionist? Yeah...good times... - Gehenna

14 They don't offer factory repairs

My wii has been broken for over 3 years and I can't get it fixed because there is NO WAY TO DO SO! >:(

15 The Wii remote addons (Nunchuk, Motion Plus Addon)

To be honest, I may still own a wii since Late 2010/January 2011 I don't play it as much since I never ask to play it, and I own a 3ds now, its just Wii Sports Resort was stupid enough to use the wii motion plus. Why? Not everyone can afford a wii motion plus. And I think its rare now to find a wii remote WITH the wii motion plus INSIDE the actual remote, (I have 3 of them, 2 black remotes Which one is my brothers, and a pink remote, which that's my remote) OOF, I hated that since my mom's remote (Hers is a blue remote) Had no motion plus inside the nunchuks also did suck too, like sometimes they wont work and you have to blow into the plug part for it to work - Polaris_Doggo_

16 3 colours problem

Can be happened when the wii have something broken inside.

17 Boring looking console

So what? - itskenny

18 Boring looking menu

It's not a fancy menu challenge - itskenny

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Top Remixes

1. The motion controls ended up getting old
2. The original Wii remotes weren't very accurate
3. You need to use the wrist strap
1. Support for the console died after 2010
2. The motion controls ended up getting old
3. It was underpowered
1. You need to use the wrist strap
2. Lack of games the PS3 and 360 got
3. Bad online features and performance


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