So I Pulled Out My Wii Today...
Now that I got the Wii = Penis joke out of the way in the title, I'll get to the heart of the post. I plugged in my Wii today for the first time in probably about 8 months. I got it out to play some New Super Mario Bros. Wii, not because I had a craving to play the game, but because I saw it trades in for $28.00 at Best Buy at the moment, and I wanted to try and beat it before I unloaded it.
I'm curious what non-casual gamers impressions are of the Wii at this point. Here's a few a came to after about 2 hours of playing.
1. No way around it, the controls suck.
On New Super Mario Bros Wii, you can either hold the little Wii remote sideways or play with the Remote/Nunchuck combo. Neither way is ideal, the controller sideways is just way too small for a grown man's hands (even the NES controller is far superior). I found the Remote/Nunchuck combo slightly better, but still rather imprecise and far inferior to either a PS3 or a 360 controller.
Also, my wrist hurts every time I finish playing. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with "ergonomics" or it's just me not used to the controller, but my right wrist (the one holding the remote) is sore every time I finish playing a Wii game, even one with very minimal waggle like NSMB.
Because of how unique the Wii controllers are, I know some games controller better and are only possible of them. But I find for the vast majority of Wii games I've played, a simple Gamecube controller or Classic Controller Pro would work better. Alas, very few Wii games are compatible with these.
2. Them Graphics.
After sinking countless hours into PS3 and 360 gaming, I always have a tough time going back to the Wii graphics. They obviously don't break the game or anything, but they take some getting used to.
Also, I don't think I 100% understand what format my TV should be in for the Wii. Right now I hooked it up with composite cables so I set it to 4x3, otherwise it looked stretched and god awful. But with component cables (which I have but can't seem to find) should I set to 16x9 widescreen mode?
3. My future with the Wii.
I've never traded in or sold a console and don't plan to get rid of my Wii either. For the $50-$60 I could get for it now, I figure I will get that much enjoyment out of it for the foreseeable future, even if I only play it a few times a year.
I still have a decent backlog on the Wii, and I'm definitely excited to play some of those games. But overall, I think a lot of non-casual gamers will look back on the Wii with disappointment. Obviously it was a commercial success, but I don't think it will be even as fondly remembered as the GameCube was with core gamers.
For fun, below is my backlog of Wii titles, a list of the games I've beat, and the few Wii games still on my radar. Anyone got any recommendations for other Wii games to check out, to round out my Wii experience? (No long RPGs please, not my type of game)
On my Radar: