Long gone are the days when you could plug in a new console and just start gaming, but Wii comes as close to that ideal as you're ever likely to get these days. Out of the box Nintendo provides pretty much everything you could need, including the Wii Sports game, to get you playing instantly.
All the usual items are included with an external power supply, composite cables and a SCART adapter all present. The lack of component video cable is always a disappointment, but not a great surprise given the lower tech nature of Wii.
There's also the Sensor Bar, which makes it possible for you to point at the screen using the remote. The Sensor Bar itself is relatively inconspicuous and can be placed above or below your TV. Nintendo also includes a stand and extra adhesive pads for securing the bar, although you do not actually need them. Its cable is very thin and, at just over 3.5 meters long, is sufficient for the majority of media setups.
Once you have the console up and running there are a few quick and simple settings such as language, sensor bar placement and date and time to deal with but once completed you're free.
Once you do get the console setup – preferably in its vertical position – it's easy to admire the pure aesthetics of the machine itself. Nintendo has been on something of an Apple bend of late and the elegant shiny white finish, the blue glow of the front-loading disc drive and small form factor continue this trend.
Now we come to what is the most important element of Wii: the Wii Remote. When it was first unveiled in 2005 reactions varied from shock, astonishment and denial and have since progressed to curiosity, acceptance and ever to expectation. The idea will never please everyone but the remote does everything Nintendo promised it could do with great aplomb.
Internally, the remote also contains force feedback and a small amount of flash memory that can be used for staging Mii's The force feedback is pretty good, with a comfortable level of rumble that is not too loud or distracting. It does, however, pose a slight issue when it comes to battery consumption.
you can use rechargeable NiMH batteries that, although discouraged in the manual, are deemed sufficient on Nintendo's website.