I wanted a Wii for so long. Originally I was planning to get one on launch day – the first time I would have done that for any console. Ever. However I took my girlfriend to Paris for her birthday and we left on launch day so I was out of luck. No worries I thought, I’ll get one in the new year, they’re bound to be in stock then. I was wrong!
Fast forward to April and, after a good 4 or 5 weeks of religiously checking Amazon every day, I finally managed to get my hands on a machine, and now I’m ready to let everybody know what I think.
The Nintendo Wii is a lovely little piece of hardware, it’s tiny and it looks great. The controllers are nice and sturdy and have a decent weight to them. There has been lots of talk online from people about how they get tired playing games with the Wii but so far I have no complaints. There was some soreness after a particularly strenuous bout of Wii Tennis and Wii Bowling, but it was no worse than after exercise, and I see this as a good thing. Anything that makes me fitter, whilst playing video games can’t be bad.
The machine is very easy to setup and use as well. Everybody who has seen and played on it has been able to grasp the simple controls in no time at all. It’s been well publicised that the Nintendo Wii is meant for everybody, and it shows.
I’m really enjoying the channels system they have developed. A couple of times a week I check the weather, and if I am bored or have a few moments to spare I catch up on the latest news. Of course I could do these on the pc/ internet as well but it’s just so much nicer to sit on the sofa and do these things rather than boot the pc, and do things there.
Special mention should go to the internet channel as well. I’m loving it. I have now gotten into the habit of checking my email, on the Wii, every morning before I go to work. Again, I could do this on the pc, but loading the Wii is so much quicker, and for simple browsing the internet channel is perfect.
I haven’t yet made use of the Virtual Console. I do have some Wii points but at the moment there are no games that grab my fancy. I’ve heard rumours of a new games channel which will bring new downloadable games to the Wii, in a similar way to the XBox Live Arcade, and when that happens I think I will be a lot more likely to part with my points.
I’m not as overjoyed with these as other people seem to be, I’ve created Miis for my girlfriend and I, but then I haven’t really looked at it since. However I do think they’re a great idea and I hope that Nintendo continues to use them in future games, and also that they open them up to the general game development community so that we can see them in other companies games. There is a lot of potential hidden in these little characters and it would be a shame to let it go to waste.
I think Wii Sports deserves a review all of it’s own. Suffice to say – I enjoy it!
I think the Wii is a more than worthwhile purchase and I’m really pleased that I persisted and eventually got one. The lack of decent games at the moment is a small worry, but there are loads of first party, and a few third party games on the horizon and they’re looking good so hopefully it won’t last long. The lack of graphical horsepower should also get a mention, although I hope it encourages people to do things differently (Okami, ICO, and Katamari Damacy are good examples of what I mean) – and, provided new games get released, I really don’t think it will hurt the system in the long term.