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Words of Wii-sdom
For those of you who live in a cave, the Wii is Nintendo’s new generation of home gaming console, featuring a revolutionary controller. The “movement sensitive” Wii controller is not completely innovative, and has been around since the days of shooting game arcades, but putting it together in a clean design for the console is still a good idea – in theory.
Control Freaking Issues
Calling the Wii controller gimmicky would be like calling a skunk stinky. The Wii simply IS that way, and let’s look past that and see how it fairs. The Wii had a good idea and vision in mind, but falls short of accomplishing its goals.
The controller has a severe case of manic-depression, where one moment you have to swing your arm like a mad man to move the cursor an inch; at times you move a fraction and the Wii controller freaks out. The sensitivity issue might be fixed in the future, but I bought a console expecting a finished product.
The idea of the Wii controller is to use your imagination, but Nintendo keeps coming out with new accessories. Some DO make sense – I can’t really play guitar hero with just the Wii controller, but at the same time, I could easily imagine it to be a wheel, or a bat/golf-club/racket.
Online Gameplay (the lack thereof)
We are the generation of the Internet, and a lot of times we play games online. So the PS3 and Xbox360 have made it easy to connect to your friends online (Xbox360 being the easiest.) The Wii, on the other hand, is like a jealous lover that doesn’t want you to have friends online at all.
The Wii Selection of Games
Obviously, the Wii plays games, but the games that are around for the Wii are true disappointments if you like to play alone. The Wii has the usual Mario, Zelda and Metroid franchises, but these are tested and true series. Who has owned a Nintendo console in the past and doesn’t know those three? The few notable games that feature solo-gameplay would be Okami, No More Heroes, and World of Goo. These games have some true innovation to them, and the others are just following the paths of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
I remember having more fun playing the pre-loaded games on the Wii, and later the Wii Sports with friends than the games that are intended for this console.
To Buy or Not to Buy?
After much intense research on the Wii, both with friends and an experimental technique of sugar-overdose to simulate the mindset of the Wii’s target audience, I have found the Wii lacking. The lineups of games are simply reruns of the ancient franchises, and many of the games designed for the Wii simply try to show off the Wii’s new control – disregarding gameplay…
You could easily be spending that time on board games and you would have just as much fun and much less frustration with a gimmicky controller and lack of games and the severely annoying online friends system.
Besides, most likely you have a friend who was a sucker and bought it. Go and play it at his/her house since you need people to play with for most of Wii’s games anyway.