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HereComes30
09-29-2006, 04:41 PM
I am looking forward to playing with this and seeing how well the new control works. Star Wars light sabor games and Mario Kart could become a lot more fun. We are moving our controllers when we play them anyway, right?

What do you think of this system? Will you get one? Get a new PS3 instead? Stick with whatcha got?


Nintendo of America recently unveiled the essential details on its goofily-named next-generation Wii (pronounced "We").The console will be available November 19th in the U.S., with a price tag of $249. This includes two controllers (the wireless Wii remote and the wired Nunchuck), and the five-in-one Wii Sports title. The Company also unveiled Wii Channels (essentially, the system's interface, which also incorporates some cool entertainment features) and two other first-party titles available at launch (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Excite Truck). At the launch in New York last week, I was able to get a few hours of hands-on time with previously unseen game levels, new titles, and, of course, the hardware.

What I liked

Innovative controllers: What seemed goofy at first turns out to be pretty ingenious. In the Wii Sports Boxing game, for example, you use the Nunchuk and the Wireless Controller (one in each hand) to punch at the screen, making the whole experience more realistic. It's also nifty in a game like Zelda, where the Nunchuk in the left hand moves the character around, while the Controller in the right serves as a sword controller.

Pick up and play: Many of the Wii titles on display were of the no-previous-experience-necessary puzzle (Wario Ware:Smooth Moves, Big Brain Academy) variety. And the motions you make using the controllers on Wii Sports so mimic the actual sports (you literally swing the controller like a tennis racket) that even "uncoordinated" types who have grade-school-gym-class-enforced familiarity with, say, baseball, would be able to pick up and play. Even well-established franchises such as Madden NFL 07 offer user-friendly tutorials for the uninitiated. Lapsed gamers intimidated by complicated Xbox 360 controllers may flock to the Wii.

Cool interface: I liked the Wii Channels, particularly the appropriately named Mii Channel that lets you create a cartoonish avatar of yourself. Like a version of you if you were a Gorillaz band member, this character can then be inserted into any number of games, including Wii Sports and Wario Ware. With more than six pages of facial hair (two alone for eyebrows) and other physical attributes, this feature is a personalization freak's dream.

What I didn't like

HD or not HD: I couldn't find anyone at Nintendo to give me a straight answer on whether games would be in 480p (same quality as DVDs) or 720p (HD-quality). The component video output—there's no state-of-the-art HDMI—indicates it could go either way. 480p would be nice to view pictures and videos stored on an SD card (which is what is offered on the Wii Photo Channel). And though games might look nice on a TV up to, say 50 inches, Wii titles might suffer if projected onto a wall in 100 inches or on a fat 65-inch rear-projection set.

Thin launch lineup: Nintendo announced more than 40 first- and third-party titles due out by March 31st, but it was not specific about exactly how many titles would be out at launch. If it's games you want, you're better off with an Xbox 360.

Boy, do my arms hurt: Whether "casting" a fishing rod to catch virtual bass in Zelda or tossing a bowling ball in Wii Sports, I nearly dislocated my shoulder using the wireless controller. Shoulder pain may be the gamers' new carpal tunnel syndrome as far as Wii's motion-based gameplay is concerned.

Bottom Line (for now)

At $250, the Wii isn't cheap, but it's still a bargain compared to the $599 PlayStation 3 and the $399 Xbox 360 Premium system. And unlike Sony, which is only making 400,000 PS3s available at launch, Nintendo says it will ship four million Wii units by December 31st. So it's likely you'll actually be able to get one. But it's also likely that you'll be just as able to get an Xbox 360 with its more than 100 available titles by year's end. For now, only one thing's for sure: Until Sony gives us a compelling reason to buy the PS3 beyond it being an incredibly affordable Blu-ray disc player, either of these other choices is a winner.

biodork
09-29-2006, 04:57 PM
Hell yeah I will be getting one. As soon as I can I will be pre-ordering. And of course my most anticipated game is LOZ: Twilight Princess. I think it's really cool though how they are including the sports. That will really help people to get a feel of the new system.

Skyblade
09-29-2006, 05:40 PM
I'll be getting one too. Also, isn't it true that the DS can also be used as a controller for the Wii?

biodork
09-29-2006, 06:17 PM
I'll be getting one too. Also, isn't it true that the DS can also be used as a controller for the Wii?
I wouldn't be surprised if that's true, you could do it with the GBA on the gamecube. Although it was only with specific games.

SpaceMonkey
09-29-2006, 11:11 PM
I'll probably just get an X-Box 360 when they get cheaper.

Jedi of Zen
09-29-2006, 11:50 PM
I'm waiting for the day to come when you actually get to be in the game - a la the holodeck of Star Trek Next Generation. In the meantime, I remain in the dark ages with my humble Playstation One.

HereComes30
09-30-2006, 09:58 PM
isn't it true that the DS can also be used as a controller for the Wii?

Last I heard...I don't think this will be the case.

But you will be able to download all past Nintendo games from all of the old systems as well as old Genesis games too!

asm198
09-30-2006, 11:31 PM
I'm hopeful about this gaming system. I like playing video games, but I am apparently not coordinated enough to play 90% of the stuff that's out there. I'm exagerating, but I hate that you have to push a dozen buttons in a certain order to get the dude on the screen to move his arm or whatever. So, if this will allow the uncoordinated to be able to play more games without having to memorize a ton of difference sequences of buttons in order to play, I'm all about it.

biodork
10-01-2006, 12:16 AM
Last I heard...I don't think this will be the case.

But you will be able to download all past Nintendo games from all of the old systems as well as old Genesis games too!
Well you will be able to connect the DS through the wii and get demos and stuff from it (like you can get at game stores). But I'm pretty sure Nintendo stated there will be games where you use the DS and Wii, like crystal chronicles used the GBA. Just no titles announced yet.