Which is Better: Nintendo Wii or Xbox 360?

Microsoft and Nintendo are two of the biggest gaming giants in the world. Both of them have created a plethora of games for people to enjoy.

The main focus of this article is to determine which is better, the Nintendo’s Wii or Microsoft’s Xbox 360? We will go over the processor, the GPU, the lineup of games and also, my final say about the two.

So, without further ado, let’s go on with the face-off. Let’s start to talk about their CPUs. The Nintendo Wii is powered by a 729 MHz IBM processor dubbed as “Broadway” while the Xbox 360 is powered by the 3.2 GHz, Tri-Core Xenon. As for pure raw performance, the Xbox 360 wins’ hands down. 729 MHz and 3.2 GHz is just too far to compare and have a win for the Nintendo console.

The next important component that we are going to take a look at is the GPU. The GPU or the Graphics Processing Unit is also very important because it is the component that fires up the graphics of any game you throw at the gaming console.

The Nintendo Wii is powered by the “Hollywood” ATI chip which has a clock speed of 243 MHz and the Nintendo 360 is powered by the 500MHz ATI Xenos GPU. Again, in terms of hardware performance, the Xbox 360 wins by a large margin.

Another thing we should look at are the motion sensors. These consoles have motion-sensors that are able to track movements. There are games that require these motion-sensors, games such as dancing games or adventure games for that matter.

The Nintendo Wii has the Wii Motionplus sensor. This gaming sensor is at the top of its class, and for a quite some time, it reigned supreme than any other gaming console out there (including the Xbox 360).

Microsoft needed to throw something into the mix in order to combat the reign of the Nintendo Wii. And so, Microsoft has created the Kinect for the Xbox 360.

Unlike Nintendo Wii where you have to hold the Wii Remote in order for the sensor to get any movement, the Kinect doesn’t require any external device. Your body will act as the controller. You just wave your hands, for example, and it can execute certain in-game commands.

Last, but definitely not the least, are the gaming line up for each console. The Nintendo Wii has a lot of great games including classics such as Mario and Zelda. On the Xbox 360, there are games such Halo, Gears of War, etc.

In terms of fun and playstyle, the Nintendo Wii wins. The Nintendo Wii has a lot of physical games on their lineup, like fitness games and action games (that require you to actually wield a shield and a sword).

Xbox 360 games, although amazing in its own right, will promote a sedentary approach since the games really do not highlight the use of the gaming sensors.

All in all, in terms of hardware, the Xbox 360 wins by a large margin. But, in terms of sheer fun gameplay, the Nintendo Wii takes the crown.