The Xbox 360 and PS3 are for hard-core gamers. "But the Wii has proven to get people who haven't touched a joystick since Pac-Man to enjoy video games," says Stephen Totilo, editor of the MTV Multiplayer gaming blog.
The Wii's sports simulations (golf, tennis, bowling and baseball) are particularly addictive.
If the Wii is already off the shelves in your area, call stores weekly, as shipments are erratic. Check wiitracker.com. And call the Nintendo World Store in New York City at 646-459-0800.
"They always seem to have stock when everyone else is sold out," Totilo says.