The Nintendo Wii (pronoucned “whee”, rhymes with wee or oui) has managed to do what no other gamebox has done before – revolutionize game box gaming by incorporating genuine real-gesture remote control. It’s also got built-in Internet wi-fi access, and Bluetooth.
The Nintendo Wii is not unlike a Gameboy, PS2 or 3, or X Box 360 in concept – you hook it up to your television or monitor, you put in a game disc, and you use a remote controller to play the game.
But that is where the similarity between the Wii and the other games ends. Because while with the other game boxes you use your thumbs to move a car left or right, or press the up-arrow up or a joystick forward to aim and release ball, with the Wii you hold the remote control as if it were the object you were controlling, perform the actual actions you would use if you were actually holding the object, and the game receives the signals from your real-life gestures!
Want to play tennis with Wii? Hold the remote like a tennis racket, and give it your best backhand. Love!
Baseball? Batter up! Literally! You can pitch the remote (just don’t let it go!) and swing it like a bat!
Prefer to race a car? Grab the Wii remote and steer that car by steering the Wii remote!
Explains Nintendo, “Shaped like a TV remote, it’s been designed to be easily used by beginners and pros alike. Sensors determine the Wii Remote’s position is in 3-D space, which means that racing-game steering and a tennis swing, for example, are done through movements of your hand rather than by just your thumbs. What’s more, a tiny speaker built into the Wii Remote promises some interactive surround sound experiences.”
“The wireless Wii Remote is a multifunctional device that is limited only by the game designer’s imagination. In a tennis game, it serves as your racket you swing with your arm. In a driving game, it serves as your steering wheel. For first-person shooters, the Wii Remote acts as your weapon that you point at an enemy,” adds the information from Nintendo.
And you can use the wi-fi feature to play games with friends across the Internet, and to tap into Wii online gaming communities.
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Even though the Wii has only just been released, positive reviews are already pouring in.
“I’ve owned every Nintendo system since the NES. I’ve been playing video games for over 20 years. The Nintendo Wii is simply the best video game system of all time. The new motion sensor controller and “nunchuck” have reinvented the way games are played,” raves one reviewer.
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Enthused another, “The Wii is everything I could want in a console. I am not big on graphics in consoles because that is why I have my computer :) The Wii is perfect for almost anybody, and even doing normal mundane things on the Wii is enjoyable. I found it fun that in Zelda to slash your sword you use the motion sensitivity of the controller. Even the Wii Sports games that come with the console are very enjoyable, especially playing with a bunch of friends.”
And the Wii is fun not only for all experience levels, but all age levels as well! Explains another reviewer, “I actually had the Wii over Thanksgiving weekend and took it to my fiance’s families’ dinner parties and it was a huge hit! I hooked it up a few hours before the thanksgiving feast and her parents saw it. They were so impressed they were actually eager to try it. We played some Wii tennis, bowling, and a few holes of golf (golf was FUN can you believe it?). At the actual dinner when the guests came, my fiance’s mom actually asked me to show the guests the Wii–and then they all got into it too! It was crazy, never seen this many 50 yr-olds playing video games–probably because it’s not like traditional video games.”
The only downside seems to be that it is very hard to find in stores. Fortunately, Amazon is now carrying the Wii!
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