What is making Wii fun?

Discussion in 'Games' started by giganten, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. giganten macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2006
    I did get an Xbox 360 on the launch, but it wasn’t my first choice. From the beginning I wanted the Nintendo Wii but my friend wanted me to go with him on the launch day when he should buy a 360, but we both walked home with a 360.

    I am still interested in the Wii but I don’t have any friends that have any, so I can’t try it. So what is making it fun? Can you play DVD movies on the Wii? Is it worth to sell my 360 to get a Wii, or should I wait for Mass effect and Forza 2.
  2. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    Hell no it isn't worth selling your 360 to get a Wii.

    The Wii is suffering from something called Whencanweexpectnewgamesitis.
  3. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    I think you might want to do some more research on your purchase there, champ.
  4. bluewire macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2006
    Bay Area, California
    I think what makes the Wii fun is that it brings non gamers into the fold. The ease of use and interactivity makes it a great party system. If the Wii can get my mother and my wife to play, that is pretty cool.

    Unfortunately, its games seem to be ps2 ports at this time and not all games crank out the fun factor of Wii Sports. That will change over the next year as more game developers understand the system more. The first party titles seem to "get it" more so, thus far...

    But anyways, just my two cents.
  5. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Its fun, but so if the XBox 360, and since the 360 cost more, keep it and buy the Wii...there both great consoles, and I'd want them both
  6. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    Yeah, there aren't a lot of great games for the Wii yet, except the games that are released on Virtual Console, but those don't really count.
  7. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    What's making it fun? almost 4 months since we've had ours and we're still having Wii Sports marathons. IMO the best game experience I've had. Before the Wii I'd never stick a games system in the living room. But now I can't imagine putting the Wii in my bedroom. Such a social console.
  8. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    the 360 is an (opinionated statement warning!) underpowered PS3, which is a more powerful PS2, which is a more powerful PS1, which is a disk using ripoff of the N64, which is an upgraded SNES, which is the predecessor of the NES, which was the competitor of the Atari. So, basically what I'm getting to, is that the 360 is just a super-powerful NES, more of less.. throw in some multi-player action, and add more buttons on the controller.

    The Wii isn't an upgrade, more like a cross-grade. Sure it still plays games but everything that you knew about a game system is wrong. Have you ever watched a n00b (like myself) pick up a game controller for the first time, and as they push the button to make Mario jump, lift the controller. Now, the Wii can detect that. After something like 2 decades of the same old (just with progressively better graphics) the will is completely different.

    I don't know if the Wii will lose it's luster after a while or not, but it's one hell of a system. I've never played tennis so much in my life!

    P.S. I'm not paid by anyone to write such glowing reviews, and I'm not even a N fanboy!:eek:
  9. giganten thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2006
    Alright, I think I will wait with the Wii till it is easier to get, more games and maybe the price is lower too. And keep my 360 (an awesome machine), have fun playing the games I have and wait for Mass effect and Forza 2 to be released.
  10. Chone macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2006
    Someone who has the need to emphasize the fact they are not fanboys when speaking roses about something really lose a lot of veracity, if your comments are unbiased, it will tell.

    I don't agree with the super-powerful SNES comment nor the 2 decades of the same old nor the wii is completely different.

    I do think that the Wii is an interesting console and should prove to be a great console for non-gamers, especially the ones who are big on social elements, you see, not all your friends can be up for a game of a highly complex RTS but you can definitely have some fun with Wii Sports with anyone and that makes it a great console.

    It is definitely not the future of gaming though, personally I'm still enjoying PC/PS2/PS3/360 games more than Wii games (though Wii games are a refreshing, different experience) and I think it'll stay that way, blame it on the Wii's inherent characteristics or Nintendo's incredibly poor handling on games and the 3rd party. Personally I blame it on both.
  11. Corrosive vinyl macrumors 6502

    Corrosive vinyl

    Sep 22, 2006
    yes... but wasn't the Playstation originally just something that sony made to have a cd drive on the SNES, just like the Sega CD? The reason why the playstation was even made was because the execs at nintendo decided to scrap the project due to money. Sony thought, we have all this time and money invested in a CD based gaming system, so let's make one!

    If the Wii is not the future of gaming systems, it is definitely a huge leap in the right direction.
  12. DarrenSW macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2006
    What is making Wii fun is still Wii Sports at the moment. No other titles show anything like the same imagination, so what we have are a load of ports with gimmicky control schemes bolted on. It's fortunate that the GameCube library still has a load of undiscovered gems, because without them, my Wii for one would be gathering dust.
  13. DarrenSW macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2006
    Except Excite Truck in single player with a SD card full of Evanescence, of course. That rocks :)
  14. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    Or the Hoff, Yello and Chumbawamba :D

    ...nope, I still think thats just me!
  15. Mr. Burns macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2007
    Madison, WI
    I got my Wii 15 minutes after it was delivered to the store, and couldn't pass it up. I'm very happy with it but I will not use it for serious gaming. The games I've played are last gen graphics, and the wiimote's controls on those games are not intuitive enough for me to be impressed enough above and beyond a standard controller (with a few minor exceptions-like aim/look/grenade on COD). After awhile, I felt no excitement using the wiimote on Zelda (although I like the game). I sat down to play it on my couch after the first hour. SSX Blur is fun, but bothersome on the wiimote. The Wii excels at simple tasks that mimic the actions you would perform in real life. That's why WiiSports is so fun. When I go snowboarding, I don't carve and do tricks by dancing like a hippie! :p

    By far the best experience to be had on the Wii is with others. Multiplayer (in the same room with you) is so much fun! Drinking games and parties will never be the same!

    Watch out when playing with kids (or accident prone people) though. My friend's kid nearly threw out his back landing on it, spinning around after striking out in baseball (we have hardwood floors, he was wearing socks).
    And he was holding his arms when he left from going crazy on boxing! Wii injuries are embarassing to admit to coworkers. I know, I'm still getting crap (how's your Wii knee?).

    My future purchases for the Wii will center on sports (which I never used to play on my Xbox), driving (will there be a Wii Mario Kart?), or Nintendo exclusives. Ridiculousness in the games helps the Wii too. Seriousness should be kept for the next gen consoles with the graphical power to back it up. If I had a Xbox 360, I would not sell it for a Wii (at least not right now with the already stated lack of killer games).

    Edit: I may not sell a Xbox 360 for a Wii, but I would save up to buy one!
  16. steamboat26 macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2006
    Arlington VA
    I'd say have both of them- thats what i am planning to do. With the 360, you get great online play, and amazing next gen graphics, and with the wii, you get amazing gameplay and highly addictive games.
  17. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    I'm with you on Yello [former labelmates of The Residents, and Boris Blank is brilliant] but da Hoff???
    jimmi jimmi jimmi...:rolleyes: :D
  18. JackAxe macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2004
    In a cup of orange juice.
    Pick the Wii up, it's an absolute blast. You truly need to experience it to see if it's right for you. Chances are that you won't regret the purchase, unless you're one of those grouchy type that frequent this board. The peeps that play 200 games a week and are never satisfied.

    There are some great games for the Wii now. More than enough to be played before the next batch comes in April. There are many more slated for summer. It generally takes a year for a console to get its gaming feet, which really show its potential. This was certainly true for the 360.

    The controls are hands down the best thing to happen to gaming and trully help to make it fun. There are so many games that are better played with a Wiimote <period>. It basically filled in the void where a traditional gamepad was lacking. Games like FPS and RTSs are best played on a Wiimote, if not a mouse, because they require pointing. This is something the Wiimote does precisely and quickly, given you're with in range of the sensor bar. Thumb-twiddlers will try to argue against this point, but that's like me trying to tell you the Earth doesn't have a Moon. Sports games are phenominal on the Wii. Tiger Wood golf as an example, is a great golf game bar none, because of its use of the Wiimote. Wii Sports as mentioned by others is a game that anyone will play. Nintendo really hit the mark with this console. There was an article on CNN last week, that older couples in their eighties were buying Wiis.

    The controls really mix things up, which is both good and bad thing. Because it changes the way games are played, it adds a level of fun for most of us, but it does bring a learning curve. This is something others will gripe about, because now it takes more skill than mashing a button while watching a meter. Nintendo of course didn't abandon the thumb-stick, so the Wii offers the best of both worlds if done right. Developers are still in learning mode, so as some games are outstanding with their control implementation, others go overboard. It's like the DS, which has had a mix of great and bad games early on, because developers weren't experienced with its setup.

    Just to comment on the graphics, since others have:
    Graphically the Wii is currently living on ports. "Nothing" thus far has really shown its true potential. All consoles are plagued by this when new, as developers are still figuring things out. For the Wii, they've been focusing on the controls, which added a new layer of complexity, so didn't bother with the graphics for the most part. With the 360, it was focus on "one" core at first and rely heavily on the GPU. Look at the 360 games now compared to the first batch, which visually looked like last gen. Anyway, Metroid 3 will be the benchmark for the Wii's graphic capability.

  19. Agilus macrumors regular

    May 19, 2005
    What's making my Wii fun:

    - Wii Sports
    - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
    - Elebits
    - Rayman: Raving Rabbids
    - Some Gamecube games I won't list here (for brevity)

    What is currently making it fun for some others, and probably me in the future, as well:

    - Excite Truck
    - Trauma Center: Second Opinion
    - Lots of Virtual Console games (MK64, Super Mario World, Super Castlevania 4, Bonk's Adventure, Gunstar Heroes, and others)

    What will make my Wii fun in the next two weeks:

    - Super Paper Mario

    I'm pretty selective of my games, and try not to buy more than will keep me busy (i.e. I try not to needlessly waste my money when I can wait for cheaper prices). Listed above are the games that I have either found to be fun, or games that have received enough attention and praise to get -my- attention. I read some random reviews, read gamerankings.com, talk to my friends, read Penny Arcade for what Gabe and Tycho like, see what people have to say on message boards (including this one), and check out demos when I can. I consider myself pretty informed, and have been happy with most of my purchasing decisions, especially the games I have gotten on sale.

    Good luck! I'm sure you'll be happy with whatever decision you make! :)
  20. sethypoo macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Sacramento, CA, USA
    I must add that SSX Blur is an amazing game. It's got one heck of a learning curve, so if you're new to video games, I would avoid it. I am by no means a gaming geek, but I can hold my own in Halo, Mario, Zelda, etc, but even SSX Blur took me some time to get used to.

    Still, the motion based controls of the game are great. There's something exciting about motioning in a direction and seeing your character do a flip or spin in that direction.
  21. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    Yes, once you get used to the controls it's pretty amazing. A few of the ubertricks are still annoying, but for the most part I think the controls work better than the previous SSX games on the PS2 (SSX3 in particular, the ubertricks were near-impossible to pull off) and it's a huge blast.

    Excite truck too has a bit of a learning curve compared to traditional stick or pad based controls, but once you get used to it it works amazingly well with a high level of precision and ease.

    Wii Sports was the most refreshing game experience I've had since... since playing my first video game ever. It was just crazy. Of course, there's not a whole lot there, so I haven't touched it much since launch, but it's really well done.

    The Mii channel alone is a really big thing on the Wii and creating Mii's is almost a game on it's own considering the amount of fun you'll have (that's why they gave the Mii channel its own commercial I guess).

    The Virtual Console is just such a good idea. It's GREAT to be able to buy classic games and play them on your TV without the bother of setting up a computer emulator.
  22. bluewire macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2006
    Bay Area, California
    Graphics are overblown a bit. And you are right, the true potential has not been discovered.

    Anyways, art direction matters more then graphics. Look at the SMB:Galaxies trailers...the colors and art direction is just amazing. It rivals any photorealistic FPS on the 360 or PS3.

  23. johnee macrumors 6502a


    if i did get a game machine, it would be the wii.

    The others might have better graphics, but the whole point of game play is to have fun, not to be impressed by the graphics.
  24. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    I forgot about that one. So far that's the only Wii game I'm excited about, besides Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but I have no idea when that ones coming out.
  25. giganten thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2006
    I will maybe buy a Wii tomorrow. They had 1 left but I can't get to the store today :( .
    I hope it is still there tomorrow. I was not allowed to order it so I can pick it up tomorrow but if I did call them before I did go the store then they could save it for me, if it is still there.

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