The Whole Wii Package
As a packaging designer and video game enthusiast, I have decided to comment on the excellent design of the Wii system as well as the packaging that protects it. I’m sure there are millions of other blogs that are currently reviewing the Wii itself but probably very few looking at the whole package from the art design of the system to the protective packaging surrounding it.
First off, the box itself is designed nicely. It’s clean and the art on the box itself is simple yet effective. All that’s on the box is the logo itself (with the occasional Nintendo logo in the corner) and the one piece of hardware (the Wiimote) that makes the Wii what it is. Simple and elegant.
Secondly, when the box is opened there are 2 separate trays. Each tray is designed specifically for what will be placed in them. Sized quite nicely with excellent attention to tolerances. Very complex and most likely quite expensive to produce. Typically internal packaging tends to be styrofoam but Nintendo may have decided on corrugate instead because of environmental factors? Styrofoam is not easily broken down in nature while corrugate is easily recycled. Way to go Nintendo!
Lastly look at the common angles of the Wii. Do they look familiar to you? Well they do to me! Comparing the original NES, the compact NES and the gameboy all side by side, you can see a common angle with all of them.
Oddly enough the Wii itself looks like an overgrown SD Card. Dunno if that is just a coincidence or not but it sure does fit in the whole package deal.
Not only do the shapes of the consoles mimic each other but the ports themselves even have a nice angle added to each one.
Overall Nintendo has done a wonderful job in bringing back the classics not only in game form but in hardware form. The system is a treat to play and looks beautiful on the entertainment stand. The attention to all of the little details increases my confidence in Nintendo when it comes to quality products. Here is a cheers to all the Nintendo employees out there. You know who you are and you do a great job! Continue the excellent work!