Following a trend begun with the GameCube and continued with the DS handheld, Wii evidences a significant split of Nintendo's philosophy from those of its consolemaking competitors, Microsoft and Sony. As suggested by its development codename, "Revolution," Nintendo did not want this console to represent another evolution in gaming technology, but a new direction in the video game industry.
Instead of concentrating strictly on advancing the processing and graphics capabilities of its next game machine, Nintendo's research and development focused on easing accessibility, widening its audience beyond young and "hardcore" gamers, and expanding the scope of games that people make and play. With Wii, Nintendo aimed to innovate instead of simply improve.
This focus on innovation is manifest in the console's two most notable features: its controller and its backward compatibility. The Wii controller is rectangular and slender, similar to a television remote control. It is wireless and, unlike the GameCube's WaveBird, features a builtin vibration function. The wandlike Wii controller senses threedimensional motion up and down, back and forward, side to side allowing it to be aimed like laser pointer, wielded like a sword, swung like a baseball bat, cast like a fishing rod, and employed in other intuitive control schemes.
The hit combination of Wii Sports and the Wii Remote brought golf swings and tennis serves into people’s homes. Now Nintendo turns the living room into a fitness center for the whole family with Wii Fit and the Wii Balance Board. Family members will have fun getting a "core" workout, and talking about and comparing their results and progress on a new channel on the Wii Menu.
Lean to block soccer balls, swivel hips to power hoop twirls or balance to hold the perfect yoga pose. As users stand on the Wii Balance Board, included with Wii Fit, their body’s overall balance is tied to the game in a way they’ve never experienced before. Wii Fit also uses the Wii Balance Board for daily tests.
- Nintendo Wii - Wii Fit with Balance Board Original Bundle
- Nintendo Wii Fit Balance Board Rechargeable Battery
- Nintendo Wii System + Wii Fit Bundle
3. Sony PlayStation 3 Console
Featuring the world's most powerful processor, PlayStation 3 delivers an experience beyond anything you know today. With a built in Blu-ray Disc drive, PlayStation 3 invites you to a whole new generation in high-definition graphics and media capabilities. Whether it's high-definition gaming, Blu-ray movies, music or online services, PlayStation 3 takes you where you've never dreamed possible - a place where you can play beyond.
4. Xbox 360 Console
The followup to Microsoft's Xbox debut into the video game console market, Xbox 360 was first officially unveiled in a halfhour promotional program that aired May 12, 2005, on MTV, and was further revealed at the 11th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), held the following week.
The Xbox 360 is smaller and sleeker than its predecessor, and can be operated in a horizontal or vertical position, similar to the PlayStation 2. The Xbox 360 was designed according to an "inhaling gesture" concept, and the longer edges of the console's front profile are slightly concave. The case is a silvery white color, but the unit accepts swappable face plates, available in a variety of colors and styles.
The front of the console features two slots for memory cards and two USB ports. No physical controller ports are required, as all Xbox 360 controllers are wireless. The standard Xbox 360 controller is similar in design to the "S"style controllers manufactured for the original Xbox, though the "black" and "white" buttons have been moved to the spine of the device, as triggers. A globular, greenlit button on the center of the controller offers gamers quick access to the console's builtin user interface, which is similar to the original Xbox's "dashboard" but far more extensive. The standard Xbox 360 controller is manufactured in silvery white plastic, to match the console.
5. Nintendo DS Lite Console
With impressive 3D rendered graphics and ultra-bright screens, Nintendo DS Lite delivers cutting-edge portable games for fans of any genre. Plus, you can connect wirelessly to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and challenge players around the world.
6. Sony PSP Slim & Lite Console
The PSP Slim & Lite is a natural design evolution for the PSP system. It also includes a video output, which means that your PSP can now be connected to a TV, enabling you to play, share and watch your games, videos and photos on a TV. The speaker location has also been improved providing an even better sound experience than before.
7.Wii Music Nintendo Wii
Wii Music Orchestra is a Wii demo that lets you act as a conductor for a virtual orchestra.
8. Rock Band 2 PlayStation 3
Continue Your Rock and Roll Fantasy
Rock Band 2 lets you and your friends take your band on an even more expansive and immersive world tour - in person or online - and continue your rock and roll fantasy.
Harmonix, deliver Rock Band 2, the next step to the platform that lets audiences of all ages interact with music in an all-new way. Rock Band 2 lets players vicariously jam out as some of the best guitarists, bassists, drummers and singers of all time.Featuring a track list with more than 100 on-disc and downloadable tracks from some of the most hallowed bands of the rock pantheon, Rock Band 2 by challenges rockers to master lead guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals.
9. Fallout 3
The third game in the Fallout series, Fallout 3 is a singleplayer action role-playing game (RPG) set in a post-apocalyptic Washington DC. Combining the horrific insanity of the Cold War era theory of mutually assured destruction gone terribly wrong, with the kitschy naivety of American 1950s nuclear propaganda, Fallout 3 will satisfy both players familiar with the popular first two games in its series as well as those coming to the franchise for the first time
10. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia Nintendo DS
The legendary Castlevania series is back in its 3rd installment on the Nintendo DS. Order of Ecclesia follows on the success of Dawn of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin. This time you play as a member of the Ecclesia, an organization that has sworn to defeat the evil forces of Dracula. Use the brand new Glyph attack system that has more than 100 different combinations to battle Dracula and his minions throughout 20 explorable areas. Take part in side quests and collect items to power up your character in the next great Castlevania game produced by Koji Igarashi.