Wii Wii Wii, all the way home

posted by Jeff | Sunday, November 12, 2006, 6:48 PM | comments: 5

Alex had me look at some Nintendo Wii porn, and I have to admit that I'm intrigued. The thing is appealing because it is not only compatible to the Gamecube and its controllers, but you can buy games online going back to the entire line of Nintendo consoles, and the Sega Genesis. That's pretty cool.

The problem with video games is that I love to play them, but never make the time. I have a stack of games I've not finished. When I do play, I play the downloaded Xbox Live Arcade titles because there's a lot of brief short-attention-span things I can do. Firing up Tomb Raider, Splinter Cell or Sponge Bob requires more time.

Although, that's one of the appeals of getting access to the entire Nintendo back catalog (even though you can get a lot of it via emulators). The older stuff still has an appeal that modern games can't deliver on. It makes sense though, because the old school stuff shared some mind set with arcade video games, which by the practical matter of having to make money 25 cents at a time, had to be brief. Even the old Mario games allowed you to play in short bursts and still accomplish something.

And come to think of it, that's probably why the first Xbox 360 games I finished were Project Gotham Racing and Perfect Dark Zero (it had nice short missions). This would also explain why even though I'm interested, I can't get into RPG's.


Comments

Tekno, November 13, 2006, 1:52 AM #

I was totally out of the gaming loop for a few years, and sold my PS2 without any thought of replacing it with a new console.

Then I really looked at Wii. I didn't get a Gamecube, mostly because it never interested me. Wii, OTOH, really does. Esp. with the backwards compatibility and lineup of old Nintendo & Sega games available.

I was always a Nintendo fanboy.

Gonch, November 13, 2006, 8:57 AM #

Nintendo Fanboy here too. :)

Our mission this weekend (our = the wife & I) is to score a Wii for under the tree this X-mas. She's taking the day shift at Meijer (open 24 hours and handing them out at Midnight) and if she happens to miss out on one for some reason, I'm taking the night shift at either Target or Best Buy for the morning openings.

Not into gaming nearly as much as I used to be. I was pretty hardcore. Once I had kids and got my first PC (those events happened the same week), it just kind of stopped for me.

Still like to play around with the kids and assert my authority via the trusty controller. :)

Wii interests me too and I've been keeping up with the news as it gets passed along. There's a lot to like - especially for a family like mine with the full gamut of ages and interest levels...and I totally buy into the hype surrounding the Wiimote

Tekno, November 13, 2006, 2:20 PM #

Same here. To me, there wasn't enough Nintendo for the Gamecube. Give me a new killer Mario Game, a better Zelda game, a bunch of Nintendo regulars, and they're even throwing in Mortal Kombat Armageddon?

Heck yeah! I do miss being a gamer sometimes, though.

I'm really not in to first person shooters outside of goldeneye 007, and games just evolved in to way too violent to keep me interested (whatever happened to gameplay?). And aside from MKA, I just don't see me getting any other fighters or shooters aside from the older ones I could score and play on Wii.

Nintendo got it absolutely right this time, I'm thinking. They aren't competing as much with 360 or PS3. They're not only catering to fans like they did in the past. They may have won me back.

Onceler, November 13, 2006, 4:55 PM #

For me, there isn't really anything I like at launch for the Wii. I have Gears of War & soon will be getting Viva Pinata for my wife which should tie me over until Mario finally makes an appearance on the Wii. I plan on getting on, just not at launch.

Tekno, November 13, 2006, 6:49 PM #

I'll get mine this spring. Zelda and MKA are good enough for me right now.


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