Family console advice please.

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Found 26th Oct 2009
I would like to get the children a console between them for christmas so that we can have it in the living room and all use it and the obvious one is a Wii, but I know my son would like a X-Box. I havnt got a clue and would just get a Wii but I would like to know which you all think is the best console and why? oh and make explanations simple please :-)

thank you muchly

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For family entertainment definitely the wii. Games like family trainer extreme, wii fit and wii sports resort are all multi player activity games that the family can enjoy.

wii deffo for family entertament x

Deffo the Wii for a family console - the games are tailormade for all the family to join in & play.

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sculpturatus;6691792

For family entertainment definitely the wii. Games like family trainer … For family entertainment definitely the wii. Games like family trainer extreme, wii fit and wii sports resort are all multi player activity games that the family can enjoy.



thats what im thinking and surely its just down to the games that will satisfy each child, as 1 is 7 and the other 16 (my son has yet to justify why the x-box)

get an xbox. The wii is a gimmick in my opinion, i have an xbox and a wii. The wii lies dormant most of the time...even when friends or family play we just play 4 player games on the xbox such as scene it or arcade games.

I have 2 younger cousins who also have a wii and after about 6 months it is now packed away in its box

michelleleemoo;6691808

thats what im thinking and surely its just down to the games that will … thats what im thinking and surely its just down to the games that will satisfy each child, as 1 is 7 and the other 16 (my son has yet to justify why the x-box)



Your 16 year old will probably want his own at some point as the games he will want to play will be no good for the younger ones,

Depends on the age category and the state of mind of the people in question. If you want to kill each other xbox. If you like to challange each other wii.

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michelleleemoo;6691808

thats what im thinking and surely its just down to the games that will … thats what im thinking and surely its just down to the games that will satisfy each child, as 1 is 7 and the other 16 (my son has yet to justify why the x-box)



My 7 yr old loves some of the older boys games. But you will find except for the 'xbox/ps3' exclusive games, most games come out for the wii too. Whereas with the wii you get the mario/nintendo style games as an addition, like mariokart (a definite must)

You can also go online with the wii (edit: in a similar way to xbox and ps3 :lol: )

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wii - best for family

360 - adolescents

ps3 - adults

With project natal coming soon to the xbox (being able to play games without a controller - just by using a camera add on) the XBOX will likely match the wii for games like wii fit etc by end of next year.

However, mario games are great fun!

Tough choice...

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khy86;6691810

get an xbox. The wii is a gimmick in my opinion, i have an xbox and a … get an xbox. The wii is a gimmick in my opinion, i have an xbox and a wii. The wii lies dormant most of the time...even when friends or family play we just play 4 player games on the xbox such as scene it or arcade games.I have 2 younger cousins who also have a wii and after about 6 months it is now packed away in its box



jellybaby22;6691811

i prefer the x box..more game choice..its what my 7 year old spends most … i prefer the x box..more game choice..its what my 7 year old spends most time onshe plays the wii occasionally but the novelty wore off quickonly my OH plays the ps3....no good kids games imo





the problem I have is the ages, i know little one would enjoy wii but eldest want x-box.

tbh I dont know anyone with little ones who have an x-box so thank you jellybaby, yrs is same age :thumbsup:

Having owned all 3 consoles I would go for the 360. The Wii will be great fun for the first few weeks, especially over Xmas, but novelty wears off very quickly, even for younger kids. PS3 has Singstar, Buzz etc which are good family games but is the most expensive and doesn't have the back catalogue of games. The 360 is the cheapest to pick up, has the biggest back catalogue of games, meaning you can pick up some older games very cheaply. It also has a good mix of games suitable for all ages. Lego games, some great (well decent) film tie ins such as Kingfu panda. My nep[hew is 6 and loves playing on his 11 year old brothers 360.

360 for adolescents and PS3 for adults? What a silly comment (mostly the same games on both consoles). Both great for adults and adolescents but for what the OP wants I would suggest an Elite with a couple of games for £200.

As for natal, I have been reading that the RRP could be in the region of £150 plus so might not be that viable for many people unless it gets a lot of software support.

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Adam2050;6691825

Depends on the age category and the state of mind of the people in … Depends on the age category and the state of mind of the people in question. If you want to kill each other xbox. If you like to challange each other wii.



COD is available on the wii too dude :thumbsup:

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We have had a wii, xbox 360 and a ps3 and i have to say the wii is the one they all play on. My eldest plays the ps3 rarely and none of them have an interest in the xbox. Deffo reccomend the wii

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tonyg1962;6691822

Your 16 year old will probably want his own at some point as the games he … Your 16 year old will probably want his own at some point as the games he will want to play will be no good for the younger ones,



I know that and would love to but just cant justify buying 2, he has a ps2 (dont laugh) in his room and dont want to replace that thats why im going for 1 for all

Adam2050;6691825

Depends on the age category and the state of mind of the people in … Depends on the age category and the state of mind of the people in question. If you want to kill each other xbox. If you like to challange each other wii.



its me wants to do the killing :w00t:

sculpturatus;6691832

My 7 yr old loves some of the older boys games. But you will find except … My 7 yr old loves some of the older boys games. But you will find except for the 'xbox/ps3' exclusive games, most games come out for the wii too. Whereas with the wii you get the mario/nintendo style games as an addition, like mariokart (a definite must)You can also go online with the wii (edit: in a similar way to xbox and ps3 :lol: )



thanks

csiman;6691837

wii - best for family360 - adolescentsps3 - adults



helpful, now if only i could make the kids ages closer together.:)

Babbler;6691838

With project natal coming soon to the xbox (being able to play games … With project natal coming soon to the xbox (being able to play games without a controller - just by using a camera add on) the XBOX will likely match the wii for games like wii fit etc by end of next year. However, mario games are great fun! :)Tough choice...



tell me about it

sculpturatus;6691858

COD is available on the wii too dude … COD is available on the wii too dude :thumbsup:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Call-Duty-Modern-Warfare-Reflex/dp/B002KKCW18/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1256558858&sr=8-1



I know it is. Cod World at war was the best on this console playability on line was fun as hell.:)

If you want an all round console for the adults as well wii.

But if you want the kids all round age machine xbox.

As Csiman says.

Xbox is the cheaper machine all round.

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stewby;6691855

Having owned all 3 consoles I would go for the 360. The Wii will be … Having owned all 3 consoles I would go for the 360. The Wii will be great fun for the first few weeks, especially over Xmas, but novelty wears off very quickly, even for younger kids. PS3 has Singstar, Buzz etc which are good family games but is the most expensive and doesn't have the back catalogue of games. The 360 is the cheapest to pick up, has the biggest back catalogue of games, meaning you can pick up some older games very cheaply. It also has a good mix of games suitable for all ages. Lego games, some great (well decent) film tie ins such as Kingfu panda. My nep[hew is 6 and loves playing on his 11 year old brothers 360.360 for adolescents and PS3 for adults? What a silly comment (mostly the same games on both consoles). Both great for adults and adolescents but for what the OP wants I would suggest an Elite with a couple of games for £200.As for natal, I have been reading that the RRP could be in the region of £150 plus so might not be that viable for many people unless it gets a lot of software support.



pinkkitty2007;6691867

We have had a wii, xbox 360 and a ps3 and i have to say the wii is the … We have had a wii, xbox 360 and a ps3 and i have to say the wii is the one they all play on. My eldest plays the ps3 rarely and none of them have an interest in the xbox. Deffo reccomend the wii



whatsThePoint;6691871

Can't go wrong with a Binatone pong




gosh im even more confused now and the binatone's looking best by the minute :-D

csiman;6691837

wii - best for family360 - adolescentsps3 - adults



+1 except for LBP, and then everyone is on the PS3 here

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I cant believe how many of you have more than one console :oops:

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michelleleemoo;6691932

I cant believe how many of you have more than one console :oops:



sure you of maore than 1 of other things we dont have tho;-)

once you decide on the cvonsole then you gotta deceide on which version......or colour

decisions decisions

michelleleemoo;6691932

I cant believe how many of you have more than one console :oops:



Used to have all three. But wii did spend most of its time dorment at the time due to lack of releases.:)

Last game I played was Zelda. Quality.

casparwhite;6691957

sure you of maore than 1 of other things we dont have tho;-)once you … sure you of maore than 1 of other things we dont have tho;-)once you decide on the cvonsole then you gotta deceide on which version......or colourdecisions decisions



Black wii.:w00t:

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Adam2050;6691966

Black wii.:w00t:



what are the benefits.....is it larger or does it have more gadgets than a white 1?:thinking::-D

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casparwhite;6691957

sure you of maore than 1 of other things we dont have tho;-)once you … sure you of maore than 1 of other things we dont have tho;-)once you decide on the cvonsole then you gotta deceide on which [COLOR="Red"]version[/COLOR]......or colourdecisions decisions



nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!



Adam2050;6691966

Black wii.:w00t:



hmmm, I have nothing to say

















on here this early in the day :p:p

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casparwhite;6691992

what are the benefits.....is it larger or does it have more gadgets than … what are the benefits.....is it larger or does it have more gadgets than a white 1?:thinking::-D



aaaaaaw c'mon, I'm trying to be good here :w00t:

I would say the wii is great fun for all ages, ours gets used all the time and novelty has not been lost after 2 yrs ;-)

It really is your decision though, maybe talk to the kids and all have a vote?

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owens101;6692064

I would say the wii is great fun for all ages, ours gets used all the … I would say the wii is great fun for all ages, ours gets used all the time and novelty has not been lost after 2 yrs ;-)It really is your decision though, maybe talk to the kids and all have a vote?



hey thanks have done that and had to get the united nations peace corps in :w00t:

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Adam2050;6691959

Used to have all three. But wii did spend most of its time dorment at the … Used to have all three. But wii did spend most of its time dorment at the time due to lack of releases.:)Last game I played was Zelda. Quality.


I had all 3 but once i'd played the 360 exclusives, then it had to be sold cos I want my console to be an all round media server rather than just for games and the ps3 had a far better lineup for 2009/10 than the 360.

OP might be better off with a 360 if just for games due to back catalogue but cant say there is any price difference these days like for like between a ps3 or a 360.

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owens101;6692064

I would say the wii is great fun for all ages, ours gets used all the … I would say the wii is great fun for all ages, ours gets used all the time and novelty has not been lost after 2 yrs ;-)It really is your decision though, maybe talk to the kids and all have a vote?



Yep +1, my kids have not lost interest after 2 odd years of having the wii. In fact most of the new xmas presents are more games

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csiman;6692126

I had all 3 but once i'd played the 360 exclusives, then it had to be … I had all 3 but once i'd played the 360 exclusives, then it had to be sold cos I want my console to be an all round media server rather than just for games and the ps3 had a far better lineup for 2009/10 than the 360.OP might be better off with a 360 if just for games due to back catalogue but cant say there is any price difference these days like for like between a ps3 or a 360.



I must admit Im swinging in yr direction (not rudely :p) and it is just for games :thumbsup:

csiman;6692126

I had all 3 but once i'd played the 360 exclusives, then it had to be … I had all 3 but once i'd played the 360 exclusives, then it had to be sold cos I want my console to be an all round media server rather than just for games and the ps3 had a far better lineup for 2009/10 than the 360.OP might be better off with a 360 if just for games due to back catalogue but cant say there is any price difference these days like for like between a ps3 or a 360.



Have to agree with you. But atm I more of a 360 kinda guy just because I've grown attached to the better controller. Ps3 feels to small now.:)

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sculpturatus;6692131

Yep +1, my kids have not lost interest after 2 odd years of having the … Yep +1, my kids have not lost interest after 2 odd years of having the wii. In fact most of the new xmas presents are more games



oh bogger, now im swinging back, jeeeez this is hard, think i may just get them a satsuma each and a lump of coal :w00t:

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michelleleemoo;6692195

oh bogger, now im swinging back, jeeeez this is hard, think i may just … oh bogger, now im swinging back, jeeeez this is hard, think i may just get them a satsuma each and a lump of coal :w00t:



ya posh git :lol:

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sculpturatus;6692210

ya posh git :lol:



eh, when I was a lad...................

:giggle:

Wii is now endorsed by the govenment... so bound to fail!

techradar.com/new…765

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Babbler;6692258

Wii is now endorsed by the govenment... so bound to … Wii is now endorsed by the govenment... so bound to fail!http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/national-health-service-endorses-nintendo-s-wii-fit-644765



dont say that, my 7 year old will definitley want it then, she's really into the government. Last night she asked me how to spell Gordon, I asked why and she said she wanted to write to Gordon Brown to ask him to make the BBC hurry up and put Dr Who back on, she's is quite perturbed by the fact he is 'sat on his bum doing nothing' (her words)

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michelleleemoo;6692242

eh, when I was a lad...................:giggle:



I did actually used to get a satsuma :roll:

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michelleleemoo;6692300

dont say that, my 7 year old will definitley want it then, she's really … dont say that, my 7 year old will definitley want it then, she's really into the government. Last night she asked me how to spell Gordon, I asked why and she said she wanted to write to Gordon Brown to ask him to make the BBC hurry up and put Dr Who back on, she's is quite perturbed by the fact he is 'sat on his bum doing nothing' (her words)



Think wii is your way to go :thumbsup:

I can help you find the best deal if you give me a target price

xbox is used most in this house.

they also have ps3, nintendo ds, wii, and computers.

---- God they're spoilt.
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