I'm not your average CAG. I'm too young to drive or have a job. I'm still in school. The Nintendo Revolution was announced when I was in fourth grade. I was on vacation and my brother noticed the article in USA Today and showed me. I was very exited for it.
When we got back from vacation I cut out the article and hung it in my room and read it many times after. Since then I saved a very large portion of the money I earned or recieved as gifts for the eventual release of the Revolution. I wanted to get it the day it came out, as Nintendo's previous console, Gamecube, was very enjoyable and an overall good system.
I was PUMPED. That was also around the time I started using the Internet more often, and looked for every Revolution news piece I could find. I made many lists of games I wanted to download on the virtual console.
After months of anticipation, launch day finally came, and I was number 22 in line at Wal*Mart. That night was a great night with many Mario Kart DS wins as Your Mom. I had decided on my launch games long before that. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was not going to be brought home with my Wii. I started to resent Nintendo for their promises first of TP being "only a Gamecube game" then a "simultanious launch with Wii", and finally turning into a "Gamecube? Uhh..." I decided that it would control better on Gamecube and it would go down in price in a few years. No, my launch game of choice was... Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
! The day after I had plenty of fun with Wii Sports. SMB I played the party games first. One after another. Shit after shit.
Sega. After a day or two, buyer's remorse started sinking in. "I paid $250 for this?" I rationalized that most launches suck and I could just wait for good games. A little more than one month and one return fraud experience later, I had a copy of WarioWare: Smooth Moves. A good game, but Nintendo cut corners in a lot of places. Satisfied me for a little bit. I got other games, but ultimately I wasn't exited for Wii and wished I got something else. Then came the game that changed my mind.
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, which I got at launch for $30 thanks to Target.com, was everything that a Wii game should be. I had some faith restored in Nintendo and things were looking up. I had Super Mario Galaxy to look forward to.
Super Mario Galaxy was a HUGE disappointment. Bad level design up the ass. THE game I had been waiting for (although Metroid was nice) made me loose more faith in Nintendo. This was the start of Nintendo going from accommodating both normal and casual games to screwing their lifetime fans in favor of a quick buck.
Well, there was one little game I was looking foreward to more than SMG. Super Smash Bros. Brawl, with its many many bullshit delays, was the second biggest dissapointment in my entire life. Instead of making a good single player or good multiplayer expierence, SSBB made a clunky Adventure mode and a pretty bad multiplayer brawler. At this point I pretty much hated Wii. Nintendo was putting less care into its games, and it was showing.
One game, however, changed my life. Endless Ocean is my favorite Wii game and my second favorite game ever, second to METAL GEAR SOLID. Its calm environments, $30 pricetag, and cute fishies made all my problems melt away whenever I played it. Although I purchased it before SSBB, I played it much more after Brawl than before. The graphics, while not perfect, are certainly good enough on component cables.
Endless Ocean was a big contributor to me loving Wii. There were other factors too. I simply ignore Mario Galaxy, SSBB, and Mario Kart Wii's general suckage, and focus on greats like Endless Ocean, Zack and Wiki, Mario Kart 64, Super Metroid, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Paper Mario, not Super Paper Mario, Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People, and occasionally (although prolonged exposure can make you hate Wii) Wii Sports.
Don't get me wrong, I still hate Nintendo, Carrot Top's Snowboarding, bitch who talks 15 minutes about breaking her wrist, and Wii Music. Even if Wii Sports resort looks okay
, it should not have been the only game that looked worth playing at all at Nintendo's E3 conference.