Well I got my hands on the new Nintendo Wii which launched in Europe late last week. 😀 I’ve had a unit booked for the past few months so went along to Gamestop on Henry Street at midnight on Thursday to pick it up. We actually got to the shop a bit earlier at around 11.30pm so were queueing up with the 4/5 people who were ahead of us. There were a couple of families, which I was suprised at considering the hour, and a couple of hardcore nintendoids. After playing Wii Sports tennis with my brother and then waiting around for another while we eventually got to buy the unit and head on home. Was quite disappointed to find out that Gamestop had no additional controllers or copies of Wii Play (which comes with a controller) so we got the Wii itself (which comes with Wii Sports), Zelda: Twilight Princess and an extra nunchuck.
Got home from town around 1.15 and proceeded to set it all up and switch it on. First impressions on a console are important and the Wii just astounds you. It’s hard to fathom how Nintendo have been able to come up with such an intuitive controller that’s so radically different to anything before it. After myself and my brother had created our Mii characters (cartoony in-game representations of yourself) we kicked in to Wii Sports. Playing on your own is great but the Wii really comes into its own with multiplayer and luckily I could try it out on Saturday after my cousin picked me up an extra controller. After a few days of Wii Sports my favourite is bowling or tennis although boxing is quite funny with two people. I’ve even got my mother to play it and she really enjoyed the fact that the controller wasn’t as complicated as the Gamecube etc. I’ll be doing another post on Zelda as I’ve only played a few hours so watch out for that at some stage this week.