Nintendo Wii

(Welcome to Alison and Joel, finalists vying for a blogging position at the upcoming AT:Home Tech. Comment away.)

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If you have enough room for a game of Twister at this year’s holiday get-together, why not upgrade to doubles tennis?

The Nintendo Wii has earned accolades throughout the media for its advanced motion-sensing capabilities and inviting gameplay, but we at Apartment Therapy are even more impressed with Nintendo’s svelte design sense. The console’s compact Apple-esque design allows it to be tucked neatly into the small crannies of your entertainment center or (if you’re as smitten as we are) showcased on a nearby side table.

Up to four remotes can be connected wirelessly, which means no cords dangling from the console to the couch. Built-in wi-fi allows for wireless downloads of software updates and three generations of classic Nintendo games with news and weather channels coming soon. Setup requires plugging in a power cable, analog audio and composite video (the red, white, and yellow cables), and a “sensor bar” that is connected to the main console via a long wire and must be placed above or below your TV.

Sit back and play classic games as well as new favorites from the comfort of your couch. Or, push the coffee table aside and try out Wii Sports—baseball, tennis, boxing, golf, and bowling—to take full advantage of the motion-sensing remotes (click here for video). The remotes have a negligible learning curve (swing the remote and the bat swings), so videogame veterans and newcomers alike can play together.

-Alison and Joel

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