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Nintendo Wii - Worth It?  
User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8466 posts, RR: 8
Posted (8 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1587 times:

So as the title suggest, is the Nintendo Wii a worthwhile investment? Does anyone here have one and what do you think of it?

I'm thinking about one, but would like a PS3. They don't come out here until March and will probably be AU$1000+ when they come out, so it might be March 2008 before I actually get around to buying one. The Wii looks interesting.

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User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1583 times:

I believe they just recalled all of the Wii Straps on the controllers, apparently they broke loose causing the controllers to do some serious damage to some pretty expensive Plasma TV's (that was the report on CNN a week back). But it does look interesting, I'd just wait until they fix the straps.

User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2877 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1576 times:

The game system is pure awesomeness (is that a word). My friend got one and I've played it and its a lot better than the PS3. I just cant get over the about how you use the controller. I'm so glad Nintendo developed something like this.


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User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3309 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1561 times:

Quoting Bill142 (Thread starter):
So as the title suggest, is the Nintendo Wii a worthwhile investment?

 no 

I have more fun playing my original Nintendo Entertainment System than that thing. It may have amazing graphics and realistic audio, but they put no effort whatsoever into actually making the games enjoyable to play for how they should be played.

For example, in the baseball game, you can only pitch, and you can only hit. You must rely on your fielders to do everything else. And that...they don't even do. They'll pick up the ball, show it to you, and the game scores the play as it thinks the outcome might be (hit it in certain spots in the outfield, it scores it as a single, other spots may count as a double, etc). There is no fielding whatsoever, no tagging runners, no force plays, no steals, no cutoffs...nothing. This, of course, is only one example, but the issue holds true among everything I've tried with it thus far.

Is it a "cool" system? Yes. The idea that you can actually "throw" a baseball at varying speeds, or "hit" a golf ball with the same force you normally would under varying conditions in real life, or "bowl" towards different directions while it recognizes how much spin you put on it is neat, and shows how far the console gaming industry has come since its early years. But is there enough attention to detail in how the games should be played? Not by a longshot...

Bryan



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1531 times:

Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 1):
I believe they just recalled all of the Wii Straps on the controllers, apparently they broke loose causing the controllers to do some serious damage to some pretty expensive Plasma TV's (that was the report on CNN a week back). But it does look interesting, I'd just wait until they fix the straps.

Theres a website which details the damage caused. www.wiihaveaproblem.com

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 3):
For example, in the baseball game, you can only pitch, and you can only hit. You must rely on your fielders to do everything else. And that...they don't even do. They'll pick up the ball, show it to you, and the game scores the play as it thinks the outcome might be (hit it in certain spots in the outfield, it scores it as a single, other spots may count as a double, etc). There is no fielding whatsoever, no tagging runners, no force plays, no steals, no cutoffs...nothing. This, of course, is only one example, but the issue holds true among everything I've tried with it thus far.

Is that Wii sports your refering to?


User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3309 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1523 times:

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 4):
Is that Wii sports your refering to?

 checkmark 



"About the only way to look at it, just a pity you are not POTUS KFLLCFII, seems as if we would all be better off."
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29836 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

Save your money,

For about 30 bucks you can get a game system based on the Atari 2600, that has all the games for that machine programmed into it.

That was a game system!



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1452 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 6):
For about 30 bucks you can get a game system based on the Atari 2600, that has all the games for that machine programmed into it.

Sounds rather Retro. Retro is the new Avant Garde after all.


User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1434 times:

I've played on it and it was fun, but wouldn't rush out and buy one. My friend is obsessed to the ppint of needing a good slap to bring him back to reality.

Its only a game, and there are more important things than a game.


User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2692 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1404 times:

I have a Wii, and I have to say that it is far and away the best videogame system I've owned. It's simply a ton of fun to play, and games like Zelda and Madden are made so much more realistic by actually moving the Wii Remote around to make the players/characters do what you want them to do.

And the deal with the straps is really a non-issue in my opinion. I don't know how the heck these people broke their straps or what they were doing, but I actually tried to break mine after reading all of these articles about the "problem" (Nintendo is sending out new, thicker ones if you ask, so I figured I could sacrifice one), so I tried to see how much weight it could hold. I set up a little hook on the wrist strap, and holding the Wii Remote vertically, I was able to have 32 pounds of weight hanging from the strap before it actually broke. When you hear these stories about people sending their remotes flying into their plasma TVs and walls, they either weren't wearing the strap to begin with or were seriously mishandling the remote.

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 3):
It may have amazing graphics and realistic audio, but they put no effort whatsoever into actually making the games enjoyable to play for how they should be played.

I have to criticize this comment, solely because you're making your statement based on one game that you don't feel is realistic to how baseball is actually played. I think that Nintendo was trying to use Wii Sports to show people how the Wii Remote could be used; it isn't the most technologically advanced and astounding game out there. But I don't believe that it was meant to be that way. Try Zelda, Madden, or Excite Truck, for example, before you make a judgement that there are no games that are actually "enjoyable to play".

[Edited 2006-12-17 16:29:59]

User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4638 posts, RR: 36
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

I'm sure Parents would much rather buy their kids a Wii over a PS3 or Xbox 360. Not only is the Wii cheaper, but it actually gets their kids off the couch and moves them around a little. I haven't tried one but it looks fun as hell. I'm not a video game guy purely because I always have a lot of energy and can't be bothered to sit on my ass for a long time and only using my fingers with ever more complex controllers. My roomates and I are thinking of splitting the cost and getting one.

Kris



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5426 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1332 times:

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 3):
For example, in the baseball game, you can only pitch, and you can only hit. You must rely on your fielders to do everything else. And that...they don't even do. They'll pick up the ball, show it to you, and the game scores the play as it thinks the outcome might be (hit it in certain spots in the outfield, it scores it as a single, other spots may count as a double, etc). There is no fielding whatsoever, no tagging runners, no force plays, no steals, no cutoffs...nothing. This, of course, is only one example, but the issue holds true among everything I've tried with it thus far.

As Cory6188 points out, you have to understand that Wii Sports is a "sampler platter," as it were to not only show you how the controller can be used, but as a quick and fun way for a single user or group of users to play. Yes, baseball lacks a lot of reality - but it reasons that that will come with later games by more serious sports game designers like EA Sports. Heck your same complaint can be lodged against Duck Hunt for the NES - how many hunters actually have a dog that laughs at them and a rifle that only holds 3 shots. Where's the selection of ammo? Where are the duck calls? Weather conditions? Blinds? Etc. It's a lot like military PC flight sims - some are downright arcadelike, some are ultrarealistic - it's a matter of the actual game design, not any knock on the system itself.

If you want the ultrarealistic baseball game, give it a little time. WiiSports is a launch game, it's only supposed to show what the system is capable of, not exploit its capabilities to the fullest extent.



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1268 times:

Does anyone here actually own one?

Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 10):
I'm sure Parents would much rather buy their kids a Wii over a PS3 or Xbox 360. Not only is the Wii cheaper, but it actually gets their kids off the couch and moves them around a little. I haven't tried one but it looks fun as hell. I'm not a video game guy purely because I always have a lot of energy and can't be bothered to sit on my ass for a long time and only using my fingers with ever more complex controllers. My roomates and I are thinking of splitting the cost and getting one.

That's why I'm thinking of getting one. It's a lower setup cost (However I think I will need to replace my tv as I've only got one audio and one vidoe input instead of two audio and one video), plus I don't like to spend heaps of time playing games but more as something else other then watching tv or sitting on the net. Plus I've never owned a console system before in my life.


User currently offlineKstateinALB From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 753 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1259 times:

Not really worth it. I just played it, and yes its very different. But not good for games like Madden and such. Get a 360. Its the best console I have, and its online, so you can play your friends in whatever game you choose. BTW, I recommend Madden 2007 and Top Spin 2 for XBOX 360.


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