Wednesday, November 01, 2006

I need a Wii

Nintendo WiiAs Sony and Microsoft slug it out over the next generation of their Playstation and X-Box, respectively, it's Nintendo that is the only games console manufacturer showing any real innovation. Their Wii (pronounced 'wee') console is out soon for £179 and is substantially different from the usual games clap-trap of 3D fighting games and driving simulators.

The Wii is slim, attractive model which connects wirelessly to your existing domestic internet connection. Its controllers are Bluetooth remote control devices with built-in speakers and motion sensors. You control the on-screen action by wafting the Wii remote around in the air; playing tennis involves making real tennis strokes in the air. The Nintendo people are trying to get the whole family involved so that demonic youngsters aren't staring into the TV sets on their own until they are dragged to bed, kicking and screaming. Nintendo want the whole family to prance around their living rooms, waving their magic sticks, prodding and swishing their controllers.
Nintendo Wii Controller
The Wii also allows you to browse the Internet on your televsion using a really cool, zoomable interface which can be seen in video form, here.

They also have a completely mental Japanese game called Wario Smooth Moves which makes you contort yourself into performing ridiculous and surreal tasks.

While Sony and Microsoft battle it out over who has the best graphics, the fastest processors or the best online game system, Nintendo have opted for a genuinely different approach to gaming, undercutting their rivals by price at the same time.

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Blogger Polarbear said...

I played a game where you had to wave your arms about in the air on a playstation about 4 years ago.

The Wii looks interesting, but it will be hard pushed to get me to pit away my 'grandstand' system

11:58 pm  
Blogger Glynn said...

I should have explained that the Japanese woman is extra.

Does your Grandstand system come with commentary from Frank Bough?

7:34 am  
Blogger Eugene Schlumberger said...

I would be a disaster at this, there would be coffee cups knocked all over the bloody place and sitting at my desk making tennis strokes would inevitably lead to me crashing my knuckles into things. To my mind this is just another clever inovation in inanimate objects' war against people.

10:45 am  
Blogger Polarbear said...

Grandstand was the first cartridge based games console that me and Peter put our xmas present requests together to be able to get in about 1978. It became very unpopular due to Atari being release about a few months later than we got it.

http://www.classicgaming.com/gamingmuseum/channelf.html

1:14 pm  

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