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Let's hope the next console won't have the same issues
Member Name: ROMEHEREWECOME
Advantages: new interactive controls, compact, backwards compatible
Disadvantages: The game selection, the wireless capabilities
I have been an avid Nintendo Game player and collector since I was maybe three years of age, I have played almost all the Mario games available in the UK and own the majority of the consoles released to date including the NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Gameboy, Gameboy Pocket, Gameboy Colour, Gameboy Advance, Gameboy Advance SP, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi and Wii. In all the ups and downs which Nintendo has had over the years I have been supporting them and purchasing their products regardless of their popularity.
When I got the Wii
I received the Wii as well as Wii play the first Christmas it was available, initially the new form of gameplay was very exciting and fun to play with over the Winter holidays with loads of friends, families and neighbours coming in to play, so the social aspect of this was great as every age group could play.
Coming in a large cardboard box with all the internal components surrounded with plastic and polystyrene the Wii was quite safe and sound until it was disturbed on Christmas morning, however I have to be a little concerned about all the wastage in the packaging that comes from game consoles and ends up on a landfill some where every Christmas. It's a bit much really I think that something should really be done about that for a start if possible.
The Wii was very easy to set up via scart lead, you only really have 3 pieces to put together in terms of the main console which are the sensory bar, the scart lead and the plug, so in terms of its predecessors it's a lot easier to set up in a hurry.
The controllers are also fairly easy to set up, pretty much just add batteries and synch the little button on the inside of the remote with the little section in front of the Wii console itself. So again relatively easy to set up, the kids can even do it. However again I am a little sceptic over the amount of extra batteries have ended up on a landfill due to this new generation of consoles which are controlled wirelessly, especially for those who play more than 4 hours a day.
The Product visually
Originally white in colour and half the size of the original opposing Game consoles it doesn't take up much space, being white in colour however it seems to be prone to getting grubby and shows up finger prints very easily. In its defence however it is very light and portable, its pretty good for youth group activities and physical activities as it does get you off your seat most of the time and does have exercise associated games promoting good health.
The Wii's ease of use in terms of Game play really varies depending on the quality of game you're playing in a lot of ways, I think it also depends on the amount of space you have, the larger the room the more people can play and the better the sensory bar reacts to your movements. It is backwards compatible also so you can still use your GameCube remote for your GameCube games.
A new facility of the Wii is the opportunity to download games from previous consoles from a number of different franchises which work with the Wii remote or an old GameCube remote, though I think it's a little unfair how they charge you usually a good deal of money for them, especially if they were games you may previously have owned or do own and just aren't compatible with the Wii since they are cartridges. If you don't have a GameCube remote you are also forced to go purchase a classic remote which will cost even more money.
The thing I really didn't like about the Wii is its power to stream the internet, it seems to be really poor when you aren't just playing multiplier online games or using one of the Wii's channels. I also dislike that you need to request a friend code in order to talk and properly play online multiplayers with other people online. This is probably a great concept for people that have kids and don't want them talking to strange people on the internet, but I think this has put people off the Wii as this is a definite plus for those who own the xbox360 or playstation3.
Overall it's rather restricting and if they couldn't get it right for the Wii then they should have waited until their next console to utilise it properly.
Game Quality and availability
I have to say that I am really disappointed, I just feel like Nintendo have sold out if I am honest. The games that I was most looking forward to have taken one step forward and three steps back.
Firstly the new paper Mario game: Nintendo took out the role playing aspect and turned it into a pure plat former pretty much so it shouldn't be called paper Mario as it doesn't follow the first two in any way really and I would have been fine with that, but it just feels like they lazily slapped something together under false branding. Yes it's a good game but no, it's not a real paper Mario game.
Secondly Animal Crossing its virtually the same as the GameCube or DS version again it feels like they have just thrown something out there without any real thought put into it, again it is good but it's not really a new game.
Thirdly the new 3D Pokémon Revolutions Game for the Wii- It is not good, I was really looking forward to it but again got rid of all the elements I loved from the N64 and GameCube equivalents. There are no fun mini game multiplayer games and there is no virtual bedroom to see your bedroom or secret base in 3D, I have to say shame on you Nintendo for sending out a half assed seemingly only half finished game and for the full £39.99, not impressed at all, where are the fun and unique quirks?
Fourthly Nintendo what is with rereleasing loads of GameCube titles with Wii controls? Surely they were good games like pikmin or Metroid, but your loyal followers already have these from whenever they were playing their GameCube! All GameCube games can be played on the Wii; we want new games not rehashes. Again I have no disrespect to the old games but I have played them already, I want something new.
Fifthly there are a number of other games I have gripes about but am sure you can get the gist about where I am coming from. I jus twish Nintendo would be careful what games they endorse.
The good games
There are some really good games for the Wii including super Mario galaxy 1 and 2, Wario Ware, samba de amigo and the Zelda titles, but the majority of the games I am sorry to say aren't that great quality, Nintendo seems to be licensing any title under the sun which overall keeps the masses happy but is a little unrewarding for those who have been supporting the company even in its darker days. In short for every great game there is on the Wii there are five more that were available on the GameCube, the Wii is more of a novelty these days rather than a console which is good in some ways but bad in others. Nintendo need to really decide which they wish to develop in the future.
The initial release was fun and I enjoyed the console for the first year but the general lack of quality games being released was a big problem for me, the lack of decent online capabilities didn't help any either. The Wii was very promising but for me as a Nintendo nerd, it really didn't deliver all it promised.
Ways they could make it up to me in the next console
New Pikmin, Pokémon and Paper Mario game please which actually deliver what their predecessors did, better internet options, less expensive and new game downloads I feel a bit cheated paying for games I already have.
From £90-£120 on Amazon.co.uk which is pretty cheap compared to other consoles and ideal for a young family out of all the consoles out there at the moment but maybe not that great for a Nintendo nerd like me who likes their games to be a bit more unique, quirky and outside the box.
I may have to move to the XBOX360 just for the access to the valve games and super meat boy.
Summary: You did not live up to my expectations Nintendo!