Appropriate age for Kinect and Wii U

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30 Nov 2016, 12:36 pm

I was researching ways to help improve my 4 yo son's gross motor and other skills (Asperger’s). I came across some interesting articles and videos of different game consoles, and this website!

I've been out of the video game loop a long time, not sure which system is more age appropriate, or which would be more beneficial. Wii remote vs. Kinect, etc. Thanks in advance.



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30 Nov 2016, 12:58 pm

In terms of sheer muscle movement, the Kinect is certainly the better choice, since your whole body is essentially the "controller".


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30 Nov 2016, 2:52 pm

To give the alternative viewpoint to the above poster:

In my experience, Kinect can be hit and miss. Sometimes it registers you well, and other times it doesn't. It's got some great games for children but my concern is that it can cause some frustration at times when it doesn't pick up the movements properly.

Since the Wii is using controllers rather than cameras, it's more reliable for picking up movement (though still not perfect) and may be better for people that don't have excellent motor skills.

Personally I'm getting my 2 year old daughter a couple of kid-friendly Wii games for Christmas, as I think she'll get on well with it.



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30 Nov 2016, 2:54 pm

I would say the Wii, simply because it has great games and thus could keep him interested, contrary to the Kinect that has, as far as I know, only poor gimmicky games.



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30 Nov 2016, 3:09 pm

I strongly recommend the Wii because the games are often fun for pretty much anybody, kids and adults alike. Mario, Pokémon, and Zelda are the most best games in my honest opinion.



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02 Dec 2016, 8:50 am

Thanks for the helpful advice. I was looking at getting a used 360, Kinect, and games on eBay, $125-200. A Wii U will be more, but sounds like a system he can grow with.

I'll try to get a hands on demo from a retail location and see how he does with the Wii U.



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02 Dec 2016, 8:57 am

Trident wrote:
Thanks for the helpful advice. I was looking at getting a used 360, Kinect, and games on eBay, $125-200. A Wii U will be more, but sounds like a system he can grow with.

I'll try to get a hands on demo from a retail location and see how he does with the Wii U.


Would the original Wii be an option whilst you see how he gets on with it?



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02 Dec 2016, 9:15 am

ArielsSong wrote:
Trident wrote:
Thanks for the helpful advice. I was looking at getting a used 360, Kinect, and games on eBay, $125-200. A Wii U will be more, but sounds like a system he can grow with.

I'll try to get a hands on demo from a retail location and see how he does with the Wii U.


Would the original Wii be an option whilst you see how he gets on with it?


Yes, original Wii also an option. eBay will probably have a lot of used systems available after the holidays.



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13 Dec 2016, 10:29 am

A Original wii that is modded, with homebrew. You can endlessly expand the games content so.


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