This is my only beef so far with the Wii -
I know the Wii will do 802.11b/g wi-fi out-of-the-box, but let's get serious here folks; Wi-Fi is laggy for online gaming - there's simply no denying that.
What I don't understand is why Nintendo is asking consumers to fork over more cash for a USB -> Ethernet adapter. I mean - ethernet adapters are smaller, generate less heat and cost less than wireless cards - why shouldn't an ethernet port be standard? Besides that, it pretty much eats up a USB port without merit.
Do you think Nintendo felt that a built-in ethernet port would be a performance upgrade and saw the opportunity to sell another accessory at a godawful price ($30 - right?) - because that's what I see. And with all the rumors of being able to use a usb flash drive or an external hard drive, don't you guys think an ethernet adapter - something that could have easily been built-in, is a waste of a good USB port?[/rant]