The Nintendo Wii finally arrived at about 6 PM this evening (a LONG story). In any case, it’s here, and it’s amazingly fun. It’s social in a completely different way than the XBOX. With the XBOX the social is online – with the Wii social comes into your living room.
Within ten minutes of getting it hooked up me and my kids were playing Wii Tennis and I went to make an overhead slam and bashed the heck out of my daughter’s elbow. That’s social! (she was fine – she went on to play another who knows
We played some Wii Bowling (I won every time), some Wii golf (I won), Wii tennis (I won) and then I tried Wii Boxing against the computer. I knocked the dude out (I think I was hitting way below the belt, but it worked). I also thought I was going to have a heart attack. This game is definitely going to get you to stand up and move (unless you master the art of subtle Wii control).
I had enough, and the kids moved the Wii into the other room. They haven’t stopped yelling and screaming for three hours. They are definitely into it. We’ll see how long the novelty lasts.
I don’t have the WiFi adapter for the Wii yet – I’ll need to get that. I want to see what Google reader looks like on the Wii – and my big screen TV.
My initial impression of the gaming experience of the Wii is much like the old Intellivision, or Colecovision – you just pick it up and play for a few minutes or hours – and just have fun with it.
I must admit though that when I first tried the Wii remote I was over-working the heck out of it (and me). You can be very gentle with it and still throw the ball hard, hit the ball hard, etc. It is about acceleration more than force. If I can keep that in mind I may be able to play this thing without dislocating major body parts.
Finally, I can see where this would be a blast for a parent with a 3 year old all the way up to me with my 16 and 18 year olds. It’s just fun to jump around, and yell, and make fun of each others mistakes.
It is living room social. I like it.