Nintendo Wii – Japanese version a bad idea?

I have been toying with the idea of picking up a Nintendo Wii. I have an old XBox that I actually won from Taco Bell back in 2001 before they were even released, but haven’t even turned it on in months.

I’m not much of a gamer; they just don’t hold too much interest for me, but I’ve heard lots of people saying the Wii experience is fun even for non-gamers. Worst case scenario, if I’m not into it, I sell it.

I haven’t even checked out the 360 or PS3 because I’m not going to pick up an HDTV while I’m living over here, and it seems like a bit of a waste to play them on a regular TV. Additionally, I keep hearing bad things about overheating XBox’s, and them getting “bricked” after going online. The PS3 is almost $800 over here – an absurd amount to pay in my opinion.

At any rate, I was at the mall tonight and found a Japanese version Wii for around 2.7jt with 5 games included. (about $320). It’s already modified to play all the games, but being a Japanese version, apparently there’s no option to view the menu in English.

Has anyone had experience with buying a Japanese version? From what I’ve read online it’s not a prohibitive point, as long as you’re willing to deal with the pain of setting up the options using a translated guide. They said as soon as you pop in an English version game you’ll be fine.

What are some of the best games out there for this system? Thanks in advance.