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Wii Console (Refurbished) + Wii Sports (Preowned) - $28 @ EB Games

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OK, this is one for those families who may have missed out on the Wii phase, may have not bothered, may now have kids old enough to play that weren't able to before. Whatever the reason, this is basically chump change for a fun console that can be easily soft-modded to play from USB to get more life out of it! Buy a 2nd remote and have fun :)

What's included?

Nintendo Wii Console (Refurbished, colour of console may vary)
Nintendo Wii Remote
Nintendo Wii Nunchuck
AV Cable
Sensor Bar

Related Stores

EB Games Australia
EB Games Australia

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  • +11 votes

    That seems rather cheap for a bit of fun

  • +11 votes

    Kmart were selling non-genuine Wii remotes for $10.

  • +1 vote

    that's so cheap

  • +13 votes

    Presuming the Wii remote and nunchuck are official ones, it's cheaper to buy this console just for the controllers than it is to buy them separately.

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    Was this before the era of HDMI?

    • +5 votes

      Yeah it was, but you can get a little HDMI adapter on ebay for it which allows you to hook it up to any new TV's/Projectors etc… that's what I did anyways.

    • +2 votes

      Yep. RCA all the way, baby!

    • +8 votes

      HD via component cables ftw (Y)

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        Cheers, im sure ive got some lying around somewhere, will have to dig them up

        • +3 votes

          This has a special connector to the console itself, so you'll need the specific cable. But they're under $10 on eBay :)

        • -1 vote

          @Spackbace: Ugh really? What a pain.. so to actually play it, it's $38? Or is RCA okay?

        • +1 vote

          as Spackbace said you need a proprietary cable

          but yeah only $4.85 delivered on eBay :)

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          @CVonC: better order it now since its coming from HK

        • +3 votes

          @Iggemo:

          the console should already come with composite cables like this so it'd be playable out of the box.

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          @CVonC: forgive my ignorance, i legitimately dont know, but is the component cable going to look better than with composite?

        • +4 votes

          @Iggemo:

          It will but not by much. It's only 480P lol

          Component cable from Australia is $2.60 more

        • +2 votes

          @Iggemo:

          CVonC is right and even at 480p the lack of picture quality is noticeable if you are used to 720p resolutions or more. I have component cables for mine and although it improves it slightly (sharper image) it still won't output anymore then 480p/480i.

          In my opinion, it doesn't matter too much on small screen or for young kids but can be a tad distracting if you are used to HD quality gaming. If you can look past that, it's certainly a fun console with plenty of gems.

        • +2 votes

          @Iggemo:

          is the component cable going to look better than with composite?

          HEAPS better.

          Our Foxtel box is using Component or Composite as well… there is a massive difference in quality.

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          @llama:

          That's because the Foxtel box outputs > 480P via component. Even though component can support higher resolutions, Wii is hardware limited to 480P. Composite cables is limited is 480i/576i.

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          @llama: I also found the difference to be drastic. The fact the Wii is running at such a low resolution I feel makes the improvements more pronounced, not less so.

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          how about hooking the wii up to a receiver that "upscale" to FullHD, would that improve the IQ??

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          @CVonC:

          That's because the Foxtel box outputs > 480P via component.

          Wii is hardware limited to 480P

          Not sure what point you are making?

          Both Foxtel and Wii output 480p via Component, and both display a MASSIVE improvement when wired that way compared to standard Composite.

          It's not just the resolution… it's the fact that the colour and brightness signals aren't all mixed up together.

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          @homersyd:

          how about hooking the wii up to a receiver that "upscale" to FullHD, would that improve the IQ??

          Of course not. It would degrade the signal slightly, due to another set of processing occurring in the signal chain.

          You don't need to change the resolution - the TV "upscales" anyway. Remember, the display is already full screen :-)

          One good thing about a Component signal is that it doesn't use a HDMI input which tend to be limited on TVs.

          So on our TV we use Component(rear) for Foxtel, Component(side) for Wii, HDMI1 for Media Player, HDMI2 for XboxOne and HDMI3 for Xbox360. Cannot remember if there is any HDMI spare.

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          @llama:

          Just resolution wise on the wii, component vs composite is not that much difference. But yes it does look better, I wouldn't call it a massive difference in clarity tbh. They're both low resolutions regardless of the fact.

          Foxtel outputs in SD (576P) via component on the newer IQ2s (HD only via HDMI). On the older ones HD was available via component and hence a massive difference over composite.

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          @CVonC:

          I wouldn't call it a massive difference in clarity tbh. They're both low resolutions regardless of the fact.

          Well yes, however some TVs get around the low resolution with a lot of softening when they upscale. This can make the Composite look better, even if blurry. We'll call it "Poor man's AA", eh? :-)

          Anyway, the difference depends on the TV (and how it's set up and whether sharpness is separtately adjusted for the various inputs) Each Wii game content will also vary in quality and sharpness.

          This photo's comparison is noticeably better in Component LEFT, compared to Composite RIGHT…

          http://i2.wp.com/static.flikr.com/112/308246289_01bbefb16c_o...

          The Wii component cables are dirt cheap on Ebay (get from China), so it's hardly something that needs to be thought about too much.

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          @CVonC: Isn't it better to get the wii to hdmi since it upscales to 480p and works on newer tvs.

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          @bargainist:

          yeah i reckon so.

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          @llama: that link didnt work for me, can you please check that ?

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          @Iggemo:

          That flikr link must have been dynamic and changed… I grabbed it off Google images, and now I cannot remember what it was!

          Just review using this link - there's heaps of examples: https://goo.gl/5NRrE9

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      No. Nintendo just never put one in.

  • +9 votes

    ROM machine ;)

    • +5 votes

      Wii has a shitty resolution and pretty bad controllers in comparison to ps3 or xbox360. PC + xbox controller = rom machine.

      • +11 votes

        if you can get a ps3/360 for $28..

      • +2 votes

        Please show us a $28 PC that's the size of a Wii.

      • +2 votes

        The pro controller is fine and so is 480p for roms

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        Wii has a shitty resolution and pretty bad controllers in comparison to ps3 or xbox360. PC + xbox controller = rom machine.

        a Wii controller in its squishy rubber jacket (and running on 2xAA) is one of my favourite things about the console. They feel fantastic. They can take eneloops. And can take a beating. Quality is evident all the way, even when just looking at the 'springs' inside the battery compartment. The Wii probably uses far less power than most PCs too, certainly compared to desktops. That means less cost to run it.

        Not forgetting of course that this is 1/10th of the price of an entry-level laptop AND this won't have any issues with games not working 100% like an emulator. Plus the fact that you don't have to futz around with getting all that stuff to work properly like you do on the PC (both the roms and the controller mapping). Good luck selling that kind of usability to anyone but geeks. You can just load a disc in the Wii and be on your way. This is why people often like consoles.

        Shitty resolution? Sure. But like all consoles that has its own exclusives (that can often be had cheaply in today's market)…who cares when you consider the price. The price is more than fair for what you get. What can you buy today that gives you this much entertainment for this kind of money? What can you get when you want to play exclusive titles only available on the Wii? You get a Wii of course.

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          The Wii controller part is fine, but my god the nunchucks are terrible… well, also not so much the nunchuck itself, but rather the connection between it and the wiimote.

          Never have I had as many issues with controllers as I have with the Wii… any game that requires the nunchuck devolved into a spate of "Arrgh, it's 'disconnected' again" "Take it out, blow on it, rub it… do something"

          Insanely annoying.

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          @spoco2:
          I haven't seen this problem. I just think it's annoying to connect the nunchuck (and to have a wire between it and the controller is silly). But these are the choices Nintendo made for the Wii. The connectors themselves have been robust for me.

          If you are wrapping the cord of the nunchuck around the controller tightly then that can cause issues with cable damage (on any console). Maybe that intermittent connection problem is what you are seeing, I am not sure. The connectors themselves were designed very robustly, from what I can tell.

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          @spoco2:

          Never have I had as many issues with controllers as I have with the Wii… any game that requires the nunchuck devolved into a spate of "Arrgh, it's 'disconnected' again" "Take it out, blow on it, rub it… do something"

          We have has a Wii since original release, and it's had massive use over the years. We have NEVER had any connection problems between those controls.

          It sounds like you have a non-genuine control and/or nunchucks there.

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          @llama:Nope, well, we do as well, because I've tried others along the way… but no, these were/are original nintendo ones.

      • +3 votes

        If the ROMs are older than the Wii (e.g. NES, SNES) then the resolution of the original emulated console is worse than the Wii anyway.

        (Yes sure, hq3x or whatever on a PC, but a lot of people probably aren't bothering to configure scalers properly for best results)

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      Actually you can now emulate the wiialmost perfectly on a decent pc.

      You can emulate a snes on a pentium 1.

      • +1 vote

        I had a Wii setup a while back using the SD card slot with a few hundred umm "things" on it and just found it easy to take to a mates place and plug it in being small and stuff. Sure you can even use an old android phone and do the same. Not dissing anyone but just many ways of doing it

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        You can emulate a SNES incredibly inaccurately on a pentium 1 (zsnes shudder), emulating it fairly well takes a host at least a fair bit more powerful, and emulating it accurately a hell of a lot more.
        http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2011/08/accuracy-takes-power-o...

  • +47 votes

    Hehe a Wii made front page, and people are playing Pokemon again…

    Alright, who's got the time machine?

    • +6 votes

      I have some Pogs…

    • +9 votes

      McFly whistles while furtively looking down at his feet…

    • +3 votes

      Bring back the Nintendo 64 with Goldeneye, that was a killer combination back in the day.

      • +2 votes

        Still have mine. With the rumble pack ^^

      • +3 votes

        if Nintendo fail with the NX they can still live off nostalgia for at least a decade, I reckon.

        • +1 vote

          You mean like Sega?

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          @buckster:
          By continuing to make hardware and re-release retro software for it (so not like Sega today).

          Nintendo has about 4 decades of hardware and software legacy (immensely popular hardware and software). Strong IP with a focus on good games. I think they have only tapped a tiny portion of the nostalgia market today.

          Re-released hardware running re-released software would put millions in their bank account (if it came to that). Internet-enabled, so you can actually buy the games you want. No need for Average Joe to look for roms or run it on unofficial third-party hardware.

  • +2 votes

    Worth it just for the remote and nunchuck.

  • +4 votes

    Couple of Qs.. what's this soft-modding the OP referred to? Also how much is delivery?

    • +5 votes

      I can't discuss soft-modding as it's illegal. though really who cares now that the games are only available 2nd-hand or in bargain bins.

      Basically by running a program or 3 through it, you can play 'backup' games off USB…

      No need for soldering chips onto it or anything stupid :)

      And I just did a dummy order and was able to order it from a local store, no delivery charged.

      • +11 votes

        Not sure why soft modding is illegal? Using it for piracy is illegal but soft modding shouldn't be

    • +7 votes

      Soft modding will let you load games off an external USB hard drive, instead of having to use discs. Google search will tell you all about it.

      • +2 votes

        Which is only illegal if the games you run aren't backups of your actual games

        • +3 votes

          It's not legal to back up your games in Australia. I don't agree with that, but it is what it is.

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          @syousef:

          Nobody agrees with it, it's obviously ridiculous to stop people backing up stuff they own fair and square. Just an example of corporate lobbying getting away with some shady stuff.

          Fortunately, the police don't have time to enforce utter nonsense…

        • +2 votes

          @mgowen: [State] Police also don't have jurisdiction to enforce it.

      • +1 vote

        How big are Wii games? USB Flash drive okay for my obviously already owned Wii games?

        • +2 votes

          Depends on how thinned down they are. Anywhere from a few hundred meg to a few gig. 32-64gb will be fine to hold a decent library

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          Depends some are around 4-5gb depending on game.

          I think. 250gb is perfect amount of space. 32-64gb is not enough imo

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          How big are Wii games? USB Flash drive okay for my obviously already owned Wii games?

          We ran a permanent connected 808GB WD Green inside a Buffalo enclosure that has auto power on/off. SO, it just powered up when it saw the 5V on the USB, and powered down when Wii was powered off.

          There was 2 x 1TB drives archived that contained all the games, and we periodically swapped then in and out. The total library is probably 4 or 5TB. I didn't bother with Girls games or any My Pony / Pet Hospital etc so 2TB was enough for ours.

    • +4 votes

      Worth mentioning it lets you emulate GBA and some other consoles fairly well, I enjoyed that experience with it.

      • +1 vote

        oreally? Thanks for that info.. so, for example, i could emulate the GBA pokemon games and RPGs like Golden Sun and that, which i of course already own physically otherwise would never dream of running off a "backup".

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          Most definitely can, of course you'll need to teach yourself a bit about homebrew and search around a bit to find it, bit it's there! ;)

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