The Wii (in a somewhat unbiased view)
At somewhat of a request from a fellow blogger, I’m going to give my opinion of the Wii in as unbiased of a view as I possibly can.
The Wii is a unique piece of hardware. It doesn’t try to be the biggest or most powerful in the battle of the consoles. It’s simply designed for what it’s supposed to be. It’s a Nintendo ENTERTAINMENT system.
The system itself is roughly twice the power of it’s older brother the Cube. I only own Wii Sports, Trauma Center and Zelda but from these I can see that graphically the Wii is a formidable system. From the two and a half weeks that I have owned and played this system I can say that though the graphics aren’t the best of the current gen systems, they are better than the last generation which is awesome in my opinion.
The Wii is even able to play the GameCube games so you can retire it or trade it in for credit towards any future Wii games. For nostalgia sake, the system is even able to download old games from the original NES to the N64 (for a small fee ranging from $5 to $10). Turbografx 16 and Sega Genesis even share some of their library to the Wii. I grew up with all of these systems so I’m lovin it!
The controls are something that is unique to this system. You may wonder if it’s hard to switch over from the typical 2 analogs + 20 buttons control schemes but actually, the Wiimote is quite intuitive. Learning to use it is as simple as picking it up. Anyone can learn to use it. I would even go out on a limb and say it would take at most 10 minutes to learn how to control any game you put in.
The true burning question is:
Is the Wii fun???
Yes it is.
The controller (Wiimote) is motion sensitive which opens doors to a whole new style of playing. Wii sports, though by no means visually impressive, is as fun as any game out there. Hidden in the game is its true purpose to teach the player the use of the Wiimote + Nunchuck. What truly makes it shine is the multiplayer modes. Playing tennis or bowling with a group of your friends is definitely a fun activity even if it’s only in your living room. Besides, when was the last time a game came bundled with a newly released system?
In a world where everyone is so focused on power and graphics, Nintendo takes a chance and makes a system that isn’t the most powerful or most graphically impressive. Nintendo has focused its energies on one thing… Fun. Now where is the wrong in that? If you are wondering if you should buy this system, I would say that the $250 price point is a steal.