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    • Cyclamen
    • By Cyclamen 23rd Dec 19, 3:16 PM
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    Choosing a console when clueless
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    • 23rd Dec 19, 3:16 PM
    Choosing a console when clueless 23rd Dec 19 at 3:16 PM
    Hello. I am looking for some help please.

    I am looking for entertainment as disabled and finding myself more and more house/bedbound due to disability/health. I have only very occasionally played computer games so I just don't know where to start as lots of different brands but then lots of editions as well.

    I don't want to play anything with realistic fighting, realistic shooting or remotely scary..I am a wuss. So I guess kids games are going to be more my thing.

    I like the look of cartoony type games where you run round collecting tokens in different landscapes, cartoony car races, solving puzzles, board games. etc.. It would be great if there was a 2 person option so my husband and I can both play.

    Back in 2000 a uni housemate had a playstation and we'd occasionally play worms, risk, and micromachines and I enjoyed those. Another housemate had something for mario carts and banjo kazooie again i enjoyed those.
    I've seen xbox's being played but never been that involved as the game choice was pretty gruesome.

    I have been looking on ebay and facebook but honestly have no idea what to choose? I don't need any intnet telly add-ons as we have a firestick for those and dvd player.

    Can you buy most games for each console? or should i pick the games to choose the console?
    Can i play new games on an older console? or older games on a newer console?

    Can anyone make a guess of where I should start please ..I've been on google trying to find comparisons but got lost.

    Honestly I'd buy board games and craft projects by choice but I'm not doing so well at sitting at a table and moving arms. So this is me trying to find entertainment but also without spending huge amounts until i know if we will enjoy playing computer games.

    I know I'm out my depth so any help appreciated please.
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    • dan958
    • By dan958 12th Jan 20, 12:59 PM
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    I'd definitely recommend a Switch, if it is in the budget. I'm not sure on your disability, but the switch can be played on the TV and as a handheld so this may come in useful. Main problem with the Switch is that games can be pretty expensive (but I am a PC gamer that is used to getting cheap games)
    • Cyclamen
    • By Cyclamen 13th Jan 20, 2:00 PM
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    Thanks Dan..

    we are enjoying the wii but find we have a 10-20 minute limit 2-3 times a week max as a result of health restrictions.

    we looked at a switch but they are really pricey (or perhaps that is normal) and even used games were quite a lot.. but they look really good.

    I think we will stick with the wii... and rethink if/when it gives up the ghost..perhaps by then there will be more used switchs.

    however Nintendo style games are definitly more to my liking as seem far more cartoony, gentle and daft. although i still havent sussed how to use the remote for some games.

    thank you
    • SuperPikachu
    • By SuperPikachu 13th Jan 20, 2:22 PM
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    If it is not a "motion" type game, you can plug a "gamecube" style controller (there is a little flap to open on the top of the Wii to plug it into) and that would give you more control than the wii remotes.

    Grab one on ebay or a 3rd party copy on Amazon etc.

    You can also get a little gamepad that will plug into the wii remote itself.
    "Wild Pikachu appeared!"
    • Cyclamen
    • By Cyclamen 13th Jan 20, 4:19 PM
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    Thanks Pikachu..

    i need a wireless one as the console is in a cupboard and i am tucked up in bed.. wires too dangerous fro tripping, tangling in duvet and pulling things off shelf..... but i'll have a look... didnt know that was possible .. thank you
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 13th Jan 20, 9:25 PM
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    There is a huge difference in Wii game prices, depending on source (as much as 38 in one case), but CEX have a wide range from just 75p. However there prices given are from in store and postage is 1.50 per item. Music magpie also have a large range of games but have 'free' postage.

    Once you find a title you think you'd like, you are almost certain to see a demo or even full walkthrough on YouTube, which helped me make many decisions for Wii and Wii U games.

    A Wii U is very similar to a Switch, but much cheaper and will work with the original Wii games, too. I bought a Wii U in case my Wii gives up, as I have so many games.
    • Cyclamen
    • By Cyclamen 14th Jan 20, 8:03 AM
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    Thanks

    I tend to buy from amazon.. we have two computer game shops in town but they are a bit intimidating with high stacked shelves just asking for 'dominoes' from a wheelchair user. ;-)

    We are both really happy with mario carts... and i have a night at the muesum disc i've started and quite liked and a lego one to try later. i dont think i need many games
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 14th Jan 20, 7:43 PM
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    CEX and Music Magpie tend to be cheaper and have more choice than Amazon. Game used to be reasonable but is now quite expensive.
    • SuperPikachu
    • By SuperPikachu 14th Jan 20, 10:56 PM
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    The Super Mario Galaxy pair are fun for the Wii if you can grab a copy. (Platformer). And the Lego games can be amusing. But other than some of the cool RPG titles the console had, Wii Sports/Resort and Mario Kart (which you have) I can't think of anything else worth bothering with
    "Wild Pikachu appeared!"
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