Yes, on Tuesday this week I was walking into HMV, when I accidentally tripped, fell up the escalator, continued falling into the games depertment and bought a Nintendo Wii. I also got a few games to go with it; Heatseeker (flying game), GT Pro Series (racing game), Excite Truck (CRAZY truck racing game), Red Steel (FPS game) and of course, Wii Sports which comes with the Wii.
So far I’ve not played on Red Steel, but I have spent quite a lot of time on Wii Sports, playing tennis and bowling against various members of the Byrom family. Although Wii Sports is only a small game, I think it’s the one that people will keep coming back to, no matter what other games they buy. Excite Truck is just complete madness, it’s a very fast paced racing game over tough terrain (which can change at a moments notice), and the idea is to earn stars while going round the track, by performing various stunts and tricks.
I also took some time out to setup the wireless connection to the internet. Overall the settings are pretty easy to configure, but maybe I’m not the best judge of simplicity, what with being on an A+ course. The Wii supports various methods of wireless encryption, (including the pretty pointless WEP), I’m using WPA-PSK (TKIP), which I’d guess is what most people will probably use, obviously WPA2 is preferred, but my router, like most others, doesn’t support it.
Unfortunately the internet side of the Wii isn’t so polished as the rest, I don’t know if this is just me or if it affects others in the same way, but every single page takes AGES to load, even with nothing else using my connection, and once I do finally load a page, there’s nothing really of interest there. At the moment it seems that the only use for the internet connection on the Wii is to get the latest news, and also maybe the Mii parade, although I have yet to attract any other Mii’s for the Mii parade.
For those that don’t know, the Mii’s are characters that you can create and alter the appearence of, and then use them in games such as Wii Sports. You can gain skill points by playing against better opponants, I’m not entirely sure if you can lose skill points though. Anyway, I created an evil looking Mii and named him Hades, Antony also created an evil looking one and named him Icarus. Oh, and I also named my console Zeus. *cough*Spot the odd name out.*cough* So if anyone out there sees a really evil looking bastard on their Mii parade and he’s called Hades, that’s all me baby.
I’m a big PC gamer, I think games are better on the PC, for racing, for first person shooters, for real time stretegy, for all types of games. PC’s can be upgraded, so more horse power can be added if need be, and they can also do more than just games. However, this tiny little white box is just cool, it’s not meant for serious gaming or cutting edge graphics, it’s just meant to be fun to play on, and it is. I absolutely love the controller, it’s so simple and it just works, pretty much all games can take advantage of the motion sensing capability, including first person shooters, which means that it’s actually possible to aim quick, rather than using a crappy little thumb stick and waiting for the cross hair to slowly drift across to an enemy.
I’m sure the XBox 360 and PS3 are great, in all their high definition glory, but the Wii is just brilliant, a little white bundle of fun. I’m very glad I bought one, you should all do the same.