The Wii has been touted as the system that "gets you off the couch and in the game". Although I do not consider myself a "gamer" I have owned almost every system since the Atari. So, I was skeptical of The Wii. I had seen the commercials, and was unimpressed with the graphics, and felt it was little consolation that I was "In The Game".
Then I played the Wii. The Basic Package comes in the form of Wii Sports. The system sells for about 100 less then the Microsoft XBox 360 and 150 less than Sony’s Playstation 3.
The system is touted as the "next generation console". The device has a custom IBM designed "Broadway" Processor and ATI "Hollywood" GPU that although nice, can’t really hang with those of either the PS3 or the XBOX. The system has about twice the capability of Nintendo’s previous Gamecube.
So where’s the catch? What makes this game special? A number of things. The Wii has added more new releases than any other console in the last 2 years. Realizing that there are many things you can do with this system. Second, You really control the action.
Games such as the Wii Sports, read your movements. In Tennis
you have to swing your racket, hit a forehand and a backhand - just like you would in regular Tennis.
In Golf - you line up your shot, chose your club and determine the swing speed.
In Bowling it’s your choice - big hook, curve or back up ball. You decide based on your motion. Boxing is all about speed - how fast can you thrust that controller.
Unlike other console’s that no matter what the game rating, you have to be somewhat adept to play - Nintendo’s Wii can be played by almost anyone. When we testing the game, the players participated ranged from 18-40. We each took the game home and we can report that from 3-70 were able to play relatively easy. The game is not only fun to play, it is fun to watch.
Little one’s beating big ones is always fun to watch. My 4year old bowled better than I did, even though I was once a Darn Fine bowler.
Nintendo’s Wii comes package with 5 sports games, 1 controller and 1 nunchuck. You can play every game that games with it with one controller. However, for 2 or more players Baseball, Tennis, Boxing will each require another controller and/or nunuchuck. The system is the slimest of All consoles and comes with everything you need to set up and play. The basic setup took us less than 5 minutes, with how to power on the controllers being the most difficult thing.
There are approximately 65 Titles available for the Wii and I can only imagine the fun each of the games holds. This game will likely be in short supply over the Holidays, and for the price of 249 (base) it is worth standing in line, even overnight to get one.
This game gets the following ratings
Graphics : 7 Stars out of 10
Games Available : 7 Stars out of 10 (but improving)
Fun: 9 Stars out of 10
Gameplay and Setup: 8 Stars out of 10