Matt's Wii: Initial Thoughts

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Bill Loguidice
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Matt Barton wrote:

I did something stupid--just ordered mario galaxy and star wars lego saga. 50 bucks! Somebody get me a straightjacket.

Not a fan of Mario Galaxy myself, though it's very well done, much like Super Mario 64 and to a lesser degree, Super Mario Sunshine. Star War Lego Saga is lots of fun for one or two players, so that's a good choice (I have it on the 360).

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I did something stupid--just

I did something stupid--just ordered mario galaxy and star wars lego saga. 50 bucks! Somebody get me a straightjacket.

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My problem is that one of

My problem is that one of the ways I was able to get this thing was by assuring the wife that I would be happy enough with the initial purchase at least for awhile. I figured I could play Sport and Kart for at least a few months. But now I'm really itching, bad. There's just too many other games and accessories out there I need to explore. This is bad.

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Both the Tiger Woods and Wii

Both the Tiger Woods and Wii Sports Resort titles have a frisbee golf mode which is excellent even if you aren't into golf itself.

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Yes, keep the

Yes, keep the recommendations coming, please. I obviously can't afford to make a $50 game purchase lightly, and you guys know my preferences better than anyone else.

I haven't had any issues with the controllers; they seem fine to me. I didn't really expect pixel precision, and I am used to that sort of thing after using my gyration mouse on the PC. I am curious about the upgrades, though.

I don't normally go for golf, but given the controller setup, perhaps the Tiger Woods thing might be worth looking into. I also want to try a fishing game, since again I think that'd work well for the controller. I'm also curious about the gun games and wondering how an FPS would work with this setup. Obviously, I'd prefer games that really optimized the controller setup. After all, I can always play games on my PC.

I'll probably want to get Twilight Princess at some point. One of my friends has a Wii and some games, so perhaps he'd be willing to loan it or sell it to me.

I'd really like to find some multiplayer adventure games for the Wii, something that my wife and I could work through with a story, some characters, and lots of fun puzzles. I saw the Agatha Christie games, but we already played them on PC. For some reason, there's only one Nancy Drew game for Wii via Her Interactive. I say odd, because it seems like a no-brainer for the platform.

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Matt Barton wrote:Apparently
Matt Barton wrote:

Apparently there are no casual adventure type games there at all except for World of Goo and Strongbad (I expected to see some hidden object type games that would make great use of the controllers).

Sam & Max Season 1 is available on the Wii (under a different title) - but maybe you played it on the PC already.

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As far as I'm aware any Wii

As far as I'm aware any Wii game that doesn't feature simultaneous multi-play will support remote sharing - bowling on Wii Sports supports this for example.

I'd skip the Mario Tennis remake - by all accounts its a dissapointment - you'd be better just getting the GC original. I've also heard mixed views of the EA motionplus tennis game. (The new EA Tiger Woods golf game is superb though). Maybe a proper Wii Mario Tennis will be worth waiting for ? Table Tennis in Wii Sports Resort is excellent.

Here are my Wii games:

Big Brain Academy
Boom Blox
Geometry Wars Galaxies
Gottlieb Pinball Classics
Let's Tap
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Party 8
Mecury Meltdown Revolution
Metal Slug Anthology
Metroid Prime 3 : Corruption
Namco Museum Remix
Punch Out
Resident Evil 4
Samba de Amigo
Smarty Pants : Trivia for everyone
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Smash Bros Brawl
House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return
House of the Dead Overkill
Tiger Woods PGA 2010
Truama Centre : Second Opinion
Trauma Centre : New Blood
Wario Ware Smooth Moves
Wii Play
Wii Sports
Wii Sports Resort

I'd get these all again apart from the Namco Museum Remix....

Happy to go into detail on any of these if requested...

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I have had a wii since launch and must admit when first played its pretty dang fun. But time was not kind to the Wii, soon the controls seem a bit gimicky to me and not very precise. I would say if you have somebody to play with alot, it may hold up longer. Many games the work very well with the wiimote, and some, lets just say they are horrid. Gun games, I love the controler, medal of Honor is one of my favorites. One reason i say natal will never go is my playing with the Wii, my arms get tired in any extended play sessions (and while I'm not int he best of shape, I'm in better shape then I'm guessing 50% of all video game players).

I would suggest (games):
Advanced Wars- loved this one, 2nd game i bought (but im a RTS nut)
BOOM BLOX- single most played game by me and friends
Res Evil (umbrella (rail shooter) and 4)
Ghost Squad- silly rails shooter, but I enjoyed it, but its far to short
Elibits- very strange game, but was a blast, bit unforgiving if you cant use controler with perfection
Medal Of Honor- one of my favorites
Zelda- of course :)
Chocobo's dungeon- if you liked Rogue or Hack, its a bit like that, only for RPG addicts
No More Hero's- adult only in so far is i wouldnt let my kids play it, juvenial humour, not to bad a game, real Arm breaker
Metroid- good game but has some glaring flaws (IMHO) the door opening parts, just to use the wii motion is stupid. Ball rolling was hard for me with Wii controler also.

Oh Zak and Wiki- kids puzzle game (or so i heard) had me stumped many a time, if you like puzzle adventure, this one is great.

Hmm those are the ones off top of my head, have way to many bad Wii games. If you pay less then $20 its a BAD WII game (ok not always, but almost always).

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Mark Vergeer wrote:

Or not - congrats man! And if you get a classic controller and/or a gamecube compatible controller and also keep yourself occupied with retrogames on the virtual console. And old gamecube games can be pretty fun still! Really cheap too!

The dust thing is certainly a possibility - or not as you say. Some quickly grow tired of it, others remain passionate. I often find I'll go through phases where I'll favor either the Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii, depending upon what I happen to get into at one particular time (same thing with handhelds). With that said, I've probably put by far the most time into the Xbox 360, followed in a distant second by the PS3, and not too far behind by the Wii. Certainly in the case of the latter, I've stuck to just having a few NES games as downloads, though I've considered other virtual console items. Not having demos for the non-emulation stuff is a big deterrent to me. That's why I love the Xbox 360. The online integration - even though you really have to pay for a gold account to fully enjoy it - keeps me coming back for more, and the universal demos is a big plus.

This is what I have for the Wii at this time (starting with GameCube stuff on the first half of the list):

GAMECUBE:
Luigi's Mansion
Mario Kart Double Dash
Nintendo GameCube Preview DVD (DVD)
Odama (with microphone)
Sonic Mega Collection
Star Wars Rogue Leader Rogue Squadron II
Super Monkey Ball
Super Monkey Ball 2
The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time/Master Quest Bonus
The Legend of Zelda - The Wind Waker
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (PAL version)
Turok Evolution

WII:
Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy
Carnival Games
EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer
Excite Truck
Ghost Squad
Ice Climber (NES - Virtual Console)
Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009
Link's Crossbow Training
Mario Kart Wii (online)
Mario Strikers Charged
MLB Power Pros
Rayman Raving Rabbids
Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition
Super Mario Bros. (NES - Virtual Console)
Super Paper Mario
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
Trauma Center: Second Opinion
We Ski
Wii Fit
Wii Sports Resort
Wii: Play
Wii: Sports

I've been meaning to play more GameCube stuff on the Wii, but just haven't gotten around to it. Same thing with PS2 and PS1 stuff on the PS3, though I've used the PS3 for BC far more than any other of the three consoles.

We STILL haven't cracked the seal on Wii Sports Resort, but I've been quite anxious. We've been pre-occupied with EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer for the book. I can't say that I've played anything much lately outside of my standby iPhone, which has the advantage of being with me all the time.

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In about two months time it will start gathering dust...

Or not - congrats man! And if you get a classic controller and/or a gamecube compatible controller and also keep yourself occupied with retrogames on the virtual console. And old gamecube games can be pretty fun still! Really cheap too!

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