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

Wii Remote Plus is better. - Katildalover93

Motion sensing technology wasn't as common during that time, I suppose.

Ehh. They worked good for me. - B1ueNew

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

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2 You need to use the wrist strap

This is the worst part about the wii. Wearing one of these is so uncomfortable! their also really useless! whenever I play just dance on switch, the game forces me to wear the stupid, dumb, unnecessary wrist strap. When I put it on, it feels like your arm's falling off! It doesn't help because I have to wear it for the whole song! god, these suck! - Peppapigsucks

You don't HAVE to they just tell you to so you don't throw it on accident. - GleamingShadow

They can actually be helpful, but most of the time I don't use it, or drop the remote. - Katildalover93

Wait? People actually used that thing? - B1ueNew

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3 The motion controls ended up getting old

not really - GleamingShadow

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

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

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

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4 Support for the console died after 2010

The Wii was a huge part of my childhood. It should have never ended the support. - Katildalover93

Yeah that is true. - B1ueNew

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

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

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5 Lack of games the PS3 and 360 got

Because Nintendo is based in Japan, do you think they care so much about american 3rd party? - GleamingShadow

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

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

Yet the ones that were available were very unheard of titles you probably regret (Anubis, Ninjabread man etc)... you're welcome. - htoutlaws2012

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6 Bad online features and performance

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

The internet is the slowest program in the Wii and the performance is TERRIBLE! I have to wait more than 15+ minutes for a program to download and then it says that the download failed. come on Nintendo... come on, you know better... - DominiusDarkKnight5

Oh, but if you can hack the... do I look like I care about that? - htoutlaws2012

Yeah most of the games did have pretty bad online modes

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7 The lack of HD support

At least the Wii U has HD display, I am pretty sure. Sure, I don't really go by graphics when it comes to consoles, but the Wii's could've been better. - Katildalover93

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

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

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

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

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

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

yeah - YOSHIA2121

9 The sheer volume of awful games

Heck yes! And to add insult to injury, the high ammounts of shovelware overshadowed underrated games like Elebits, Boom Blox and Zack & Wiki, causing them to fade into obscurity with only a handful of people remembering them!

Every console has a stack of bad games - B1ueNew

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

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

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10 The limited virtual console

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

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

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

This I agree with

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The Contenders

11 It was underpowered

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

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

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

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

It was one of the most useless gaming systems after that - Peppapigsucks

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

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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

It's not boring. - Katildalover93

So what? - itskenny

18 Boring looking menu

It's not a fancy menu challenge - itskenny

19 The Wii Shop Channel was discontinued

All those games that are only for Wii shop will never be seen again.

This was a bad idea.. - Katildalover93

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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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