The last game console I purchased was a Nintendo 64; in fact all the consoles I’ve ever owned have been made by Nintendo. This past weekend, on something of a whim, I picked up a Wii. I’m not one to camp out to get in that next shipment, so with the inventory shortage mostly sorted out (Futureshop has plenty of stock both in store and online) I walked into a local store and walked out with $500 worth of hardware and games. Hey, it’s been almost 10 years since my last purchase, so I figure there’s some reverse-amortization happening. 🙂 It’s really only like $4/month.
I loved the Mario Kart game for N64, so I just had to have the new version for the Wii. I picked that up along with an extra wheel. For another controller, I went with the Wii Play package, that includes some little games, but more importantly, the extra Wii-mote. I dropped in another Nunchuk to be safe and I was off to the cashier.
Now there’s a logo I haven’t seen in a while…
Right off the bat, I could tell why lots of people have fallen in love with the console. From the diminutive size to the slick interface, this could easily be something Apple conjured up. Also of note is the Wii-mote ‘jacket’ that comes equipped with all new controllers now. It’s this monstrous rubber/silicon protective wrapper, so that it doesn’t hurt so much to get hit by someone waving their Wii-motes around madly. I’ve been told by plenty of people that it’s not about the big arm movements in a game like tennis, but let’s be honest, it’s a bit hard not to get into it. I found myself swinging pretty hard on more than one occasion.
Without a doubt the games are fun; Mario Kart with a ‘wheel’ is just a whole other game compared to the N64’s controllers with little thumb-sticks. Golfing brings me back to those days on PEI. The motion sensitive controls take a lot of these games to another level. I’m not a hardcore gamer, so I really couldn’t care less about chainsawing people in Gears or War or slinking around in Metal Gear Solid. On the other hand, a large number of games for the Wii appeal to a wider audience, which is exactly what Nintendo intended. And looking at the sales numbers, I think they were right on the money (excuse the pun) by targeting this underserved market.
Yep, you can add another soul to the already countless Wii sheep. 😉