I know, I know you’re thinking “Why do they always come out to me?”. I’m sorry, but it’s true…I love Wii…there, I said it.
I’ve looked down on the weenie little whitebox for some time perched high upon my pedestal playing Star Wars games both new and old on my PS2 and XBOX360. Both of those systems were kindly donated to me by my nephew after they died and he moved on to bigger things. He likes to keep his aging uncle entertained and off the streets dontchaknow. I love fixing things and playing games at which I’ll never be very good so getting dead consoles is a pretty big deal for me. While I still love my PS2 and the 360 and I are now solid homies, this newcomer is sure stealing a lot of my time. I’ll admit there are still some games that I prefer to play on other more macho systems. After having spent many hours playing “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” on my 360 I decided to start it over on the Wii. Aren’t lightsaber duels what the Wii controllers are all about??? I found after a few levels I just plain enjoyed button mashing more than standing in front of the TV flailing around. I was far less competent playing on the Wii than on the 360. What I do find I enjoy are the games that are seemingly for the younger set and designed purely for the Wii. Games that have been ported to the Wii seem to lose something in my opinion. Having never played a sport in my life (well apart from my bumbling attempts at T-Ball…sorry Dad) I was astonished to find myself really enjoying Boxing, Tennis, and yes…even Baseball. These games would indeed be classed as silly to a true gamer as they have no story, little re-playability, and the graphics are hardly even warming up the Wii’s GPU but DAMN they sure are fun.
I won the Wii at a computer conference a few weeks ago and as I meekly strode up to collect my prize I stared longingly at the Netbooks that some other prize winners were destined to receive. I even pondered seeing if someone was interested in a trade but decided that the Lady of the House might enjoy Wii Fit or something along those lines. I mean, it’s not like I was going to use the thing was it? It took me a week or so to get around to finding a home for the Wii in amongst all of my cool black Home Theatre gear and other more manly consoles but once it was all up and running I was giggling like a little school girl at the bright colours and Weeble like shapes.
I wouldn’t call myself a gamer, but I knows what I like and I likes stuff thats just plain fun. I’m telling you if you haven’t had the chance to try out a Wii, these things are a hoot, plain and simple.