Nintendo Wii

Formerly codenamed Revolution, the Nintendo Wii offers a very unique and enjoyable gaming experience. Featuring simple and highly responsive motion-sensitive controllers, it is a console that even your grandparents could take an interest in and develop an addiction to.

Your representation in the games are handled mini characters known as Miis and they can be saved to your Wii remote so you can play even at a friend's place. The Wii has integrated Wi-Fi connectivity so you can play online. Meanwhile, an Ethernet adapter is an optional extra.

The design is hugely impressive in many areas. You can power off the entire system as well other connected controllers simply by hitting the ‘off’ button on your own controller. The hardware also contains USB slots where you can charge your devices and an SD slot for storage.

However, this is not a device for hard-core gamers. It was designed to appeal to a broader market. When it comes to media features, the Wii stands short and well behind competitors like the Xbox 360, and its ATI-powered graphics are underwhelming, to say the least. But that doesn’t stop it from being well-loved in the retro gaming market.

The real genius behind the Wii is that it can reach out to people who are not so serious about gaming, therefore giving the more game-oriented consoles a shot at finding more users. No one playing it for the first time is going to give a flying toss about how bad the graphics are compared to an Xbox or PlayStation.