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I've got a Wii!!

January 01, 2007 at 05:32 PM
Nintendo Wii

Last week Christina called me at work to let me know she'd spent $250 on her lunch break. I didn't know what she could have possibly purchased since we just had Christmas and there wasn't really anything we needed. But there was something I'd wanted! She had stumbled upon a shipment of Nintendo Wii's being stocked at Target and had quickly grabbed one before the word got out.

She had tried to no avail to find me a Wii before Christmas so she could surprise me but this was just as good. If she had actually been able to find it and wrap it and put it under the tree, I would've easily spotted the box and ruined any surprise.

The first night it took close to two hours to get the darn thing set up. Unboxing and plugging everything wasn't too difficult (finding space for it in the A/V rack was a little fun) but the two separate system updates too forever. I think it may have been our Internet being slow and not Nintendo's fault, but one update took about half an hour and the other at least 45 minutes. It kind of ruined that initial joy of turning a brand new console on and starting it up and playing some games. (Yes I could've skipped the updates but I had no idea they'd take so long when I started them.)

We eventually got the Wii up and running and played some Wii Sports. The very first thing Christina says when she sees the game's graphics was, "Why is it so ugly?" The graphics are most definitely a big step down from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and Wii Sports is uglier than pretty much all Xbox and PS2 games as well. Hopefully the impossible to find component cables will improve things a bit if Nintendo ever decides to make any actually useful accessories available in stores.

The first mini-game we tried was tennis and it was a great time. Christina just thought my dancing around and waving around the Wii-mote was hilarious. It actually looked fun enough for her to want to play too. We played some more tennis and bowled a few rounds and had a really good time. The graphics suck, the console and accessories are too expensive, and we only have one Wii-mote, but Nintendo may have their first hit console since the Super NES.

Now if only they can get a third party to make a few games that don't completely blow so I can get excited about more than Zelda, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

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