what would I *need* if I was to buy a Wii?

Trying to weigh up the pro's and con's of various pressie ideas for my soon-to-be-7-years-old's birthday. If I was to get him a Wii, what would he need with it to keep him having fun until at least Christmas as I want an idea of the costs involved (we also have a nearly-4-year-old who would want to play as well).

Plus, which do you think is better for a 7 year old - Wii or DS Lite? (atm he has inherited a PS2 and a game boy advance)

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you would need a battery charger, extra controller and nunchuch for the small one who will want to play, mario kart is great, the rayman games are a lot of fun, wii sports and wii play go down well, boomblox and samba di amigo,depends what he likes on the ps2 really, Ds is alway's a good option for the kids as they can take it to there room's or grand parents and keeps them happy in the car, bus ,train,etc.:thumbsup:

a tv.

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lukekey;4636936

you would need a battery charger, extra controller and nunchuch for the … you would need a battery charger, extra controller and nunchuch for the small one who will want to play, mario kart is great, the rayman games are a lot of fun, wii sports and wii play go down well, boomblox and samba di amigo,depends what he likes on the ps2 really, Ds is alway's a good option for the kids as they can take it to there room's or grand parents and keeps them happy in the car, bus ,train,etc.:thumbsup:



Thank you!
Can anyone give me a rough 'guestimate' on how much the above would set me back as I'm trying to work out if it's a feasible idea (he's saved £70 himself) - we have the TV sorted!

I think I'm leaning towards the wi as he already has the gameboy advance for portability and we can pick up games for that for around £3!

We have a 7-yr old and he has both a Wii and a DS. If it is a serious choice between the two, I'd get him the DS and an R4 (or equivalent). If you get the Wii because of the GBA, Super Mario Galaxy is a must! My son completed it twice - the only game he has ever done that with. He must have clocked up a few hundred hours playing time on it over an 18 month period! You can probably get a wii bundle with SMG included. Be quick though as Nintendo have announced price rises on the Wii due to recent GBP/JPY currency changes. Price est = £190 for a bundle... maybe

My boy loves the Wii he is 6. He loves playing Mario Kart, Mario Galaxy, Boom Blox, and he also likes his dads game - I think it is called Pro Street. Also he plays with the Wii fit now and again - though I wouldn't specifically buy this for the kids unless their co-ordination is really good.

He also plays with 'Play' which I bought with an extra controller - for a very good price.

I do have to control how much the children are allowed on the wii and DS - they would be on them all the time if I allowed, so we have rules for weekend only (and special occasions).

Oh I also have a 3 year old, she likes to hold the controlling and feel like she is taking part - but hasn't got the co-ordination yet to do alot.

Oh always check out Argos for Wii accessories - I often find them quite well priced! Such as the wheel - which you don't have to buy - but it does help the kids with the driving games

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Liddle ol' me;4637031

We have a 7-yr old and he has both a Wii and a DS. If it is a serious … We have a 7-yr old and he has both a Wii and a DS. If it is a serious choice between the two, I'd get him the DS and an R4 (or equivalent). If you get the Wii because of the GBA, Super Mario Galaxy is a must! My son completed it twice - the only game he has ever done that with. He must have clocked up a few hundred hours playing time on it over an 18 month period! You can probably get a wii bundle with SMG included. Be quick though as Nintendo have announced price rises on the Wii due to recent GBP/JPY currency changes. Price est = £190 for a bundle... maybe




Sorry to be a plank but what's 'R4' and 'GBA'? I know nothing about gaming!

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MY little brother is 7.

He ADORES mario Galaxy and finds it simple to play at his age, but so entertaining. He's been playing it for months so it must be good I guess.

MarnieMc;4637067

Sorry to be a plank but what's 'R4' and 'GBA'? I know nothing about … Sorry to be a plank but what's 'R4' and 'GBA'? I know nothing about gaming!



GBA was just short for gameboy advance. The R4 is one of a number of cards (same size as a DS game) that will allow you to add backup games on to a micro sd card. For £10-£15 you can have an unlimited supply of games for the DS that you download. However, that would be your choice and of course Nintendo don't sanction this...!

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Jed Maxwell;4636962

a tv.



i lol'd

My 5 year old has a DS which he loved, played all the time but last week I bought him a Wii and he's not touched the DS since! I'm pretty sure he will again and it's just a novalty factor at the mo!! Both a well worth it but I would choose a DS 1st I think. When I bought the Wii, it comes with wii sport game and a remote and nunchuck. I added another remote and nunchuck and Mario Kart (which comes with a steering wheel). You could always ask someone else to buy him some games for his b.day. You can pick up games for as little as £10 now - check out this website find-games.co.uk/ tells you the cheapest place to by the game you are after. :thumbsup:

Best games for a child on the Wii :- Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart Wii, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, Rayman Ravin Rabbids 1,2,3, deBlob, Wario Land : The Shake Dimension, Excite Truck, Lego Indiana Jones, Super Smash Brothers Brawl and Guitar Hero.

Don't buy Wii Fit for a child - it's more of a lifestyle accessory than a game. Kid's will get bored with it fast.

You can also buy a Wii points cards to download old and new games onto the console - all the Mario platformers are there, and the Donkey Kong Country series is also great.

MarnieMc;4637067

Sorry to be a plank but what's 'R4' and 'GBA'? I know nothing about … Sorry to be a plank but what's 'R4' and 'GBA'? I know nothing about gaming!



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you will need one of those, or the R4. Personally i use the DSTT. In the picture the black card goes into the game port of the DS, this card can hold micro sd cards which you save your games onto. The little usb thing is to put the micro sd card in, plug via usb into your computer and copy games you can download onto it. With the card in the ds, when you turn it on a simple menu will come up and you can scroll down the list of games you have downloaded and play.

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Cheers everyone!
I had a couple of drinks at lunchtime whilst my youngest was at a birthday party (LOVE birthday parties in pubs!). Then I went to Gamestation and bought a bundle of Wii, Wii sports, 2x controller and nunchuck, wii Play and Mario Cart with 2x wheels for £249 which [I believe] is cheaper than I could've got them seperately atm. I've caved in and let him have it early and he's going to give us his savings towards it and get money for his birthday from other family members for anything else he might want (Mario Galaxy!).

Thanks for all your help - rep!
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