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Christmas console war!

$249 (£179)

Nintendo can look back on a great 2007 as thousands of DSs and Wiis flew off the shop shelves, but it wasn't just gamers that were spending their money as Nintendo has successfully grown the games market by targeting non-gamers, but with only Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros to come in terms of big franchises, can Nintendo continue getting the balance right between satisfying both the casual and hardcore market?

Need to know:
For the lowest price of the consoles, you get a Wii Remote and Nunchuk attachment, a sensor bar, component cable and Wii Sports. The biggest problem is where you get one. We're expecting severe Wii hardware shortages this Christmas.

Key Features:
Motion-sensing control system with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk
Backwards compatible with GameCube games and controllers
Supports connectivity with the DS

Online service:
Built-in Wi-Fi Connection
Internet Channel - surf the web using Opera web browser
Virtual Console - download NES, SNES, Genesis (Mega Drive) and N64 games
News, weather and photo swapping services
Extra costs/requirements: Broadband connection
Non essential extras: Remote and Nunchuk, Classic controller, SD Memory Card