i like the wii. i'm not an intense gamer at all. i love sitting down & playing some mario kart or the new SMB. sure the graphics aren't the best but that doesnt' really bother me much.
the lack of games is a tad annoying.
i like it and cant wait to start some some SMB. but my biggest issue is it feels like theres a never ending pile of games that only focus on bowling or a simple swing motion and its the same third party game crap over and over.
It was unique and innovative when it came out, but there's nothing that's kept that flame alive. After playing a game for 20 or 30 minutes, the novelty of motion control wears off. It's sad. The Wii is our least used console in the house and is just gathering dust on our entertainment center.
mine was gathering dust as well... I added a splitter/amplifier so it displays on the main and secondary TV this weekend and I know I'll play it a lot more along with something else... like a sports event or movie/TV show... The games themselves can't really hold my interest by themselves like you mentioned..
I still think wii sports and some of the nintendo first party titles are still fun and hold up over time, but I know Sony and Microsoft are going to try to steal that business. I still wonder if Move or Natal will have any good/simple games that matchup with Wii Sports... It still may be the best overall wii game and product demo...
I just sold mine about two months ago. After looking through the history logs I noticed I had not played a game regularly in probably 18 months. There is too much shovelware and not enough quality games coming out to keep me interested in it.
I still have occasional fun with it and its not badly engineered. To the contrary, you got a lot for your money in a compact package.
Even though it gathers dust, it is still reliable if only for the handful of times a year Nintendo releases a first party title! I know I have Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid Other M (first party Nintendo oversight of Team Ninja...) circled on the calendar!!
I'm actually liking the Wii more and more. There's Wii Fit plus for one. Then there's Tatsunoko vs Capcom, and I'm just starting Fragile Dreams. Not to mention Dead Space Extraction, and I'm not even done with Metroid Trilogy. For an upcoming game, there's Trauma Team. Now I'm not a 24h gamer, so unless you're speed-running one game after another, there are plenty of great games for the Wii. In fact, the one that has been gathering dust for me is the 360, as more and more games coming on it are multi-platform, and they are merely more shooter and action games.
I would have to agree that my Wii is collecting dust as well, but it is a great party console. It beats the PS3 or the 360 when it comes to entertaining large groups of people. You just need the right games, bowling being one of the most popular.
The Wii is everything that is wrong with the industry imo. Companies taking the safe bet and going with old cheap hardware because it is easier to market and easier to be profitable. I bought all the consoles when they first came out, but I bought multiple PS3s knowing it would be awesome hardware for many years to come, Sony lost money on each one and the consumer got an amazing piece of hardware that is still being upgraded with software updates to this day. (PS3 is fully compatible with 3D for example)
Sony included Blu-ray, wifi, 4 USB ports, HDMI, an overkill processor - they gave the consumers an amazing and full-featured product that would last for years opposed to one that would need to be upgraded as soon as you bought it. I found the Wii's lack of HD and advanced graphics to be a problem from the get-go, I found the Wii gestures to be a gimic from the get-go, and I found the lack of media functionality shameful from the get-go.
M$ reached forward with the 360.
Sony reached forward with the PS3.
Nintendo reached backwards with the Wii... and consumers are stuck with this old piece of junk hardware as a result.
Last time I check, you buy a console to play games, not checking off on the specs. Wii has a bunch of good and fun games, to the point that even Sony and MS are trying to duplicate the idea of motion control. Nintendo knew they couldn't compete with specs of the 360/PS3, so they innovated. If the games are fun, who cares about HD.
As for the PS3, only the early revisions of the PS3 have 4 USB ports. It's been for sometime that the later revisions of the PS3 only have 2 USB ports.
both of you have really good points. I personally got the 360 because it was a good deal with great specs, great online (even back in 2007) and the game that won me over back then was halo 3. My family got the wii for the family games and the fact that you can point and throw. Theres no way they would be able to play xbox and have fun the way i do. but with the wii its just fun and easy learning. Thats what nintendo aimed for. a whole new set of people that could play. they knew if you wanted to play something that had superspecs and was realistic then you would go with the ps3 or 360. but they saw a whole new untapped source of people that could swing a remote and point on screen to select want they wanted. it was so simple they made a crap load of money with it.
Nintendo was absolutely successful with the Wii as it appeals to a whole new market of people, but I never said otherwise.
I don't know anyone personally who still plays the Wii. Not one. Everyone bought it. Everyone played Wii sports and maybe one or two other random games, but I don't know anyone who still plays it. I'm sure there are a ton of kids and grandparents that play it, but imo, the games are absolutely terrible relative to the competition.
The motion control was a gimmick, but it was marketable. It wasn't the first time a gimmick was marketable, and it won't be the last. Samsung's "LED" TVs and 3D TV in general are two other huge examples that come to mind...
I think one of the reasons some people have come to "Dislike" it is due to a growing disappointment. I think this stems not so much from a failure of the system itself, but a failure on Nintendo's part to manage peoples' expectations. I know for me, the promise of the Virtual Console was all it took to make me want one, and playing Wii Sports with my wife's family (who traditionally would look down their noses at video games) pushed me to actually fork out the money. Despite my excitement about the Virtual Console, Nintendo has done a woeful job of bringing titles back from the grave. I am STILL waiting for a lot of the titles I expected to be available within weeks of release. I realize licensing is a pain, but man, the percentage of available titles is pretty sad.
Again, when the browser was released, didn't we all think we'd be listening to Pandora on our TVs and watching Hulu? Instead, we have had to buy additional equipment for those tasks after finally giving up on waiting for better Flash support.
Having said all that, though, I do like the Wii a lot for what it does do. I have had a lot of fun playing Wii games with the family... Mario Kart and Endless Ocean being the two that have drained the most hours of our time. We also play the TurboGrafx 16 version of Bomberman 93 quite a bit and never get tired of it. I'm pretty sure we will be getting some good time out of Cave Story as well. Then there are the bowling tournaments when grandma and grandpa are in town. Yes, it is great for family gaming and that's what it is really geared towards. Those who expect no more than that will not be disappointed.
For more serious gaming, it definitely is limited. There are still games I have been playing on my own, though. There are some great Gamecube games that I am getting to play now (I missed that era). Admittedly, I almost laughed when I popped in Star Wars The Force Unleashed, but that is only because I had played the demo on the 360, which looked stunning. It looks terrible on the Wii in comparison, but I am sure I will get past that as I go through it.
While limited, the browsing can be very handy, especially with a USB keyboard. Online matchmaking is okay considering that this is intended to be kid and family friendly. No way on earth would I let my kids near XBox Live, but we do play Mario Kart online every now and then and it is nice to not have to worry about that experience.
As usual, Nintendo has identified a niche and filled it perfectly. It is not a niche for everyone, but it must be a pretty big niche judging by the money they have made of this system. So, while most serious gamers like to think of themselves as the mainstream audience that game companies should be targeting, this whole experience seems to suggest that they, in fact, are the niche after all. A lot of people bought the Wii and don't play it a lot, true, but the family audience never expected to spend hours a day playing video games like serious gamers do. They only want to play every now and then, so it doesn't really bother them that they have to dust it off every time they finally get around to playing.
If I did not have the 360 to play more serious games, perhaps in jealousy I might say I disliked the Wii. Since I have been fortunate enough to have both, I can be happy with each system fulfilling their own roles perfectly and not doing much outside those limited roles. I'd love to have only one system that did everything, but I've been buying gadgets for long enough to know that will just never be a reality, despite all the promises to the contrary.
great points groove! very well said. my parents were over a few weeks ago & they loved the wii. then about a week after my mom & wife went shopping while my dad & i hung around my house. he wanted to play bowling & bag toss. and then was getting angry that his bowling wasn't better. it was awesome to see & fun to play. when i was growing up, ther'es no way in hell i could've got my parents to play video games with me.
so it seems the online experience varies from person to person and game to game...
I never really liked the way you "friended" people on the Nintendo Wi-Fi service and the lack of voice chat for most games... It just feels so cold and uninviting after playing on XBL and PSN and talking to people and making friends (and enemies! ;)