First, let me preface by saying that I am a huge Wii fan.
It is the first console I have owned in over 10 years. In my gaming career I have owned an Atari 2600, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super NES, and the Nintendo 64. Every console that came out thereafter had controllers with about 523 buttons on them (more added with each generation) and this odd joystick that took ages to master unless you could hold your tongue just right. It was about this time that I became a PC-only gamer: If I have to use a controller with loads of buttons, it may as well be my keyboard. And controlling with a mouse is so much easier.
But the Wii is different. For starters, the controller is wireless. That’s standard. It has eight buttons (one of which is a power button, another of which is “home” going to the main Wii menu. Both of which are rarely used.) It also has, of course, the classic control pad that anyone who has ever played a video game console in the past 20 years would recognize. Fortunately, most of the games require the pressing of very few of these buttons, if any at all. Tennis, for example, requires merely the ability to swing the controller like a tennis racket.
One of the greatest aspects about the Wii is that anyone can pick it up and play. My wife and I GAME TOGETHER! Something we never did before. Even better is that I can pack it up, take it to someone’s home, and we can all have a friendly game of bowling after dinner.
The Wii offers Wi-Fi connection ability and with that connection I can check the weather on the Wii Weather Network, check the latest news headlines on a News Channel, and even surf the Internet on a custom-built Opera browser for the Wii (Yes, I use it often).
Here are two reasons that my anger burns with the Wii…
Number one: It has these cool Internet capabilities that it rarely, if ever, takes advantage of as far as its games are concerned. My other friends and I who own Wiis can send messages to one another via the Wii and even transfer Miis (characters you make on the Wii) to one another’s console via the web; all within the Wii. Yet, we can’t play each other in Tennis, Bowling, Golf, or the other games included in the Wii. Sure, some games coming out will have this feature, but Nintendo made the games that come with the system and made the system. The least they can do is to try and keep up with Microsoft and Sony as far as interacting with friends over the Internet goes.