Buyer beware! New Wii won’t play DDR, Active Life or other mat games
Posted by Sue
The Wii is still a hot item for the sixth holiday season running, and in the past, your biggest problem in selecting a Wii console was fighting off the pepper-spray-wielding Ebay resellers. Unlike Xbox 360 or PS3, you didn’t have to worry about different models with different features; you just snatched that white box with “Wii” in big letters and you were good to play any Wii game, or any Gamecube game for that matter.
Well, Nintendo thought you buyers just had it too easy, and set out to change that. Now there is a new Wii appearing on store shelves and at Amazon, and at first glance, it looks like the only difference is a lowered MSRP and a horizontal rather than vertical stance. And you may have read on game sites that it no longer plays Gamecube games, which is no biggie for most people.
But what many upset buyers are finding out after the fact, is that they got rid of the four Gamecube ports, which means that if you want to play DDR, Active Life Explorer (or other Active Life game) or Walk It Out using a foot mat, you’re screwed.
These mat games may be last century tech, but they’re still around – a new Active Life game, Magical Carnival, was just released. And the newest Wii DDR game, DanceDanceRevolution II, is being hailed as a return to classic DDR with no hands, gimmicks or balance board, and doubles play for the first time on Wii. Yet the new console won’t let you plug in even one mat, let alone two!
There are wireless third-party DDR mats, but they’re pricy and haven’t gotten good reviews. My beef is that a “Wii game” should play on a Wii, not only certain models of Wii. Nintendo really dropped the ball with this decontented box, and does a disservice to consumers by not making it clear that you can’t use the controllers that came with the DDR or Active Life bundle.
Pass up this no-bargain console, and look for the older Wii models (which are getting harder to find, and more expensive) or buy one used. Otherwise you’ll have to miss out on some great active games.