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Wiimorse

I bought a Wii on release day, seduced by its reasonable price, magical controllers and family-friendliness. General tech lust and the promise of a new Zelda title didn't hurt, either. Now it sits atop my entertainment center, blanketed in a layer of dust. Cold, unplayed and unloved. I haven't switched it on in weeks.

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well said Adam, I too bought my ill fated Wii on launch and it's been quite a disappointing run, the titles i thought I would really enjoy have come and gone and I'm finding myself with nothing to look forward to any more, that amazement I had with the concept's possibilities in the beginning never quite managed to justify itself.

Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility looks promising? If it ever gets released?

It really is a shame...

While I assume this thread will soon be filled with fan boy flame war vitriol, I will still put in my $0.02.

I totally agree with you on all but on point. I too am an older gamer. Who lives with "non-me"'s (all of whom also LOVE their DS games). In my case the game I was suprised my wife didn't like was Mario Galaxy...but it was for the reason you stated...she couldn't get into the control and it was frustrating just watching her. She quickly went back to Puzzle Quest on the DS and Oblivion on the 360.

The only point with which I disagree is the virtual console. I love that system. Its the ONLY thing I use my Wii for. Well, that's not true. I also play compilations like House of hte Dead 2 & 3 and Metal Slug Anthology...but those are sort of the same.

I think the emulation on VC is really precise and the "low rez" capabilites of the Wii's emulators make some of these games look excellent. I like Game Tap as well, but I'd a lot rather play Phantasy STar II from the comfort of my couch on a nice big HD TV than in my computer chair with a 21" Monitor (maybe someday if I have a 32" computer monitor that'd change...)

Still I thought this was a reasonable article. Nice work.

The exact reason that I have yet to buy a Wii. I really want one too, there's just not a game that can warrant my money..... this is coming from the guy that bought a PS3 a year ago just for MGS4.

I have a Wii and other than the big nintendo titles which are pretty fun everything else is crap. My biggest dissapointment is the poor online features. If I'm playing a 4 player game of Smash brothers but I can't communicate with anyone I might as well just play the computer, and friend codes, what kind of archaic system is that?

Donate your Wii to me. I will give it a good home. :D

I'm terrible at Dual Analog so I kinda enjoy FPS games on the Wii (the few that do exist). As for online networks:

http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=18255

I'm pretty pumped about WiiWare right now. World of Goo, Strongbad, a hefty indie base, and an excellent ROM catalog are what keeps me happy about the purchase.

So, basically, you did no research on the Wii before you bought it, and now you realize you should have. Thats unfortunate. Then again, your article does do a swell job of informing people who have yet to buy a Wii, so at least the purchase was a success in some sense.

But really, the Wii is amazingly fun if you have friends playing right next to you. That includes Mario Party, Wii Sports, Mario Kart Wii and Super Smash Bros Brawl. The fact that you aren't bringing your friends to your house doesn't make it a bad console.

I got Wiimorse too.

So I sold it.

Problem solved - I can buy another one when there's some deep games. Sure, I miss playing GH3, but I can play it on my PC with the Wii controller, Trauma Center was fun but not _that_ replayable, and I was late to the Melee party a few years ago so I figure I can get Brawl later.

I play my Wii almost as much as my PC and I'm a PC gamer. The wiimote, for me, plays more like a mouse than anything else and it's very familiar to me.

I'd regret my Wii choice if I wasn't interested in a lot of the games it had. Brawl, Mario, the various Golf games, the few RPG's... all golden for me.

Two words:
E and Bay. You'll get more than you paid for it on launch day.

Makes me glad I waited in line for a PS3 instead of a Wii that week. I was pretty excited for both. I was imagining the awesome possibilities of kick-ass online FPS on the Wii. The PSN isn't great, but friend codes, seriously?
I'm still holding out hope they'll figure out how to not make online retarded. I mean it only took Sony a year and a half to start get their online act together. Nintendo can't be far behind.

Right now, the Wii's major problem is not only the games, but also the fact that developers have no clue how to really approach the Wii and it's unique play-style, thus we get games that, honestly, seem better suited for the Game Cube Controller than the Wiimote/Nunchuk set up.

Working at a game store, noticing besides major releases, we're seeing lots and lots of "experimental" games coming from larger companies. I might not like EA, but I'm sure they can make a better game than "Ninja Reflex," however, I understand the whole point of the game, not for us to play as much as it is getting their programmers to think physically rather than digitally.

Overall, the Wii is one hell of a gamble, one I hope pays off big for Nintendo, but it's so very different from traditional game styles that it might fall on its face rather hard.

im pretty disapointed with the wii too...

i would have loved to get a PS3, but it was a bit out of my price range, so i settled on a Wii, thinking it looked pretty fun. my intire family played it constantly, for the first 2 weeks. after that, it just sits there, gathering dust...

some problems with the Wii:
-Hardly any games out for it, and all the games that ARE out for it are either aimed towards 5 year olds, MARIO, or just plain crappy. i swear, if i ever see that stupid mushroom eating plumber on yet another game title, I'll [-Fill in Random Threat-] !
-my other big problem with the wii are the motion sensers in the controls. there is RARELY any actual USE for it in most games. and the games that do have use for it basicly just require random stick wagging. these wii controllers might actually be FUN to use if they integrated the movements with the games more.EXAMPLE- maybe have something like some sword fighting game, where rather then just -swing left or right- or -swing up or down-, acually have it so your sword moves the same as your wii controller moves.

i think nintendo is just experimenting with new never-done controls to catch ppl's attention,
like the Wii and the NintendoDS, but really don't take their time and think through,"how can we use this in our games to make the controls more enjoyable".

...i wish i had a PS3....

Wii was a fad... PS3 will win the console wars. It's inevitable.

The beauty of it is that Sony didn't release a games console. Its a media server.

My Wii got some life blown into it now that Mario Kart Wii got released, but I have to say that it's been awhile though.. Last one that did that was Galaxy, but didn't that come out last december? Sad.

Nevertheless, I truly recommend you picking up MKW, I don't think it's just "another mario kart".. Coming from MKDS, I really think they've done an awesome job, especially with online play. The wheel isn't that gimmicky either! Perfect for your wife/girlfriend to play with when you go with the classic pad/gc controller.. But remember to clean that dust off first so your system doesn't overheat! :)

the Wii always struck me as smething more fun to watch other people play on (some youtube vids are golden :-P) than play myself. Its innovation seems marred by many games conservative approach to exploiting it. Ill stick to my 360 (Viva Pinata did more to get me & my siblings gathered round the TV than any Wii game)

The Wii hasn't lived up to the hype, but that's to be expected given how massive the hype was.

I'm glad I bought mine. It's had some great games IMHO (Zelda, Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart, Metroid Prime 3, Mario Strikers) and plenty of decent games (Excite Truck, Elebits, Battalion Wars, RE4).

I've just bought a PS3, the game selection there is probably a bit worse than the Wii's.

I always thought the Wiimote was a gimmick. It's fun for a bit, but for extended playing you want to relax your arms. Give me the traditional mouse/keyboard and gamepad.

This premise of this article is the reason why I went with a 360 over the Wii. Unfortunetely, the 360 also suffers from game issues as well. Yes there are games for it but in all honestly, almost all of the ones worth playing are available for the PC if you have a reasonably capable one (which I have). It was far cheaper for me to upgrade my graphics card and buy most of them on the PC than pay 360 prices for them. Luckily, my 360 RRoDed and I managed to get my money back. Perhaps Nintendo will get its act together but I do not think so. I will probably get a PS3 when MSG4 comes out.

while i do not really disagree with anything you have written the Wii comes into it's own when you have a couple of friends over and for that it's great however mines been collecting dust recently too, just been too many good games out on the ps3 and pc (and x-box but i gotta go see my bro if i want to play them)

I find that due to it's size the wii is very easy to pack up and take with me to freinds houses too and see's quite alot of action like that (and it's taken a fair few knocks on transit and touch wood it has survived very well)

tthor:
I'm pretty disappointed with the wii too...

I would have loved to get a PS3, but it was a bit out of my price range, so i settled on a Wii, thinking it looked pretty fun. My entire family played it constantly, for the first 2 weeks. After that, it just sat there, gathering dust...

Some problems with the Wii:
-Hardly any games out for it, and all the games that ARE out for it are either aimed toward 5 year olds, MARIO, or just plain crappy. I swear, if I ever see that stupid mushroom eating plumber on yet another game title, I'll [-Fill in Random Threat-] !
-My other big problem with the wii is the motion sensors in the controls. There is RARELY any actual USE for it in most games, and the games that do have use for it basically just require random stick wagging. These wii controllers might actually be FUN to use if they integrated the movements with the games more. EXAMPLE- Maybe have something like some sword fighting game, where rather then just -swing left or right- or -swing up or down-, acually have it so your sword moves the same as your wii controller moves.

I think Nintendo is just experimenting with new never-done controls to catch people's attention,
like the Wii and the NintendoDS, but really don't take their time and think through,"How can we use this in our games to make the controls more enjoyable?".

...I wish I had a PS3....

That took a while. Sorry if I look like a jerk.

I'm sorry, you say that you want a PS3, and your reason for complaining about the Wii is a lack of games?

Excuse me while I laugh over here for a few minutes.

On the topic itself, I play my Wii quite a bit. Not every day, but that's just because the internet distracts me. It does have real games for it. Shocking, I know.
Plus, WiiWare is coming soon, so there will be more coming, and I don't have to get up off my lazy butt to go and get it!

Alright, so a bunch of the games are minigames. Whatever. There are enough full games to keep me preoccupied. Bully: Scholarship Edition, Metroid Prime 3, Super Mario Galaxy, y'know, stuff like that. Yes I know Bully isn't an exclusive title. It doesn't have to be.
Then I've got the Virtual Console games to keep me occupied, too. I'm still trying to get past the last world in Super Mario Bros. 3. (That s#$! is hard!)

So yeah. I'm enjoying my Wii, and have been since I got it.

An interesting post, but there should be equally in-depth posts about the Xbox 360 with it's very unsatisfying library of shitty games and the PS3 with it's lack of games altogether. I own all of these systems including the Wii and they each have downsides, although if I was to choose one of them to be the absolute bitch of the bunch it would have to be the Xbox 360. Unfortunately Microsoft isn't the kind of company to follow "lessons learned" and neither are it's publishers. Sure there are games like GoW, and CoD4, but those titles make the system. Unfortunately the 360 actually has an extensive library compared to the other two systems, but that library is so full of shit that people don't own, don't care and don't play anything besides the four or five main titles that are big on the Xbox 360. The reason I find the 360 to be the biggest bitch of the bunch is because I wanted it to be a great system and I really wanted to enjoy lots of great games for it. This just isn't so and that's why I'm very dissapointed. Since it is an Online "multiplayer" console you'd think there would be more online games with intuitive multiplayer game play yet, the titles are few and far between (but I do enjoy those few games - unfortunately they do grow tiresome and boring). To top off this system's hype, XBLA (Xbox Live Arcade and the Marketplace in general) is just as rotten and lacking as the mainstream library that Microsoft boasts the 360 to have. This is unforgivable because the 360 has had much more development time (especially where their online marketplace is concerned). The Online Marketplaces for XBL and PS3 are in a sad state, while the Wii has VC and WiiWare delivering all new (and exclusive) titles for casual and hardcore gamers to enjoy. So without knocking the other systems further I think it's safe to say that the Wii has a bright future.

This isn't a bash against any one system but for the money, and the fact that the prices are so competitive now, the Wii really shines as a family friendly and gamer friendly system with enough titles to please most gamers. There aren't any serious RPG's yet but this is Nintendo, we know RPG's are on the agenda. Nintendo seems to want to please their gamers and judging by *almost* every system they've released, they have the gamer within each of us in mind. Luckily they're still young and constantly moving, I'm more excited with my purchase of the Wii than I am disappointed, which I can't say about the other two systems.

Maybe it's because I missed the GameCube-Ps2-XBox era that I enjoy my Wii so much. I have quite a large library of Wii and GameCube games, and haven't finished all of it (around 50 games) yet. I didn't get a 360 because it's not that supported here, and a RRoD is irreplaceable. The PS3 has around the same price as the 360, but there aren't really that many good games... incredibly, one of the ones I've most liekd was Lair, even if it was a shitfest.

Mainly, what I don't like about the PS3 and 360 (other than the fact that they brake down the most) is the backwards compatibility. Maybe I'll wait for the next generation before getting a non-ninty console.

While I understand the sentiment of the article, I've really had a different experience.

I purchased my Wii the first month it was out, returned it (to make rent), then got another soon thereafter. It has never stopped being an absolute hit. Even at the start, with its dirge of games, Wii Sports was enough to hold the system together on its own. But then again, I was under different circumstances: College, with always -more- people than could play.

Since that initial joy at the system though, the one thing I've felt hit is the lack of games. There have been only four or five games on the Wii that I felt I -needed- to have, and perhaps a few more that are fun and entertaining. This would be a bigger problem -if- I didn't already own more games for the Wii than I did for the Playstation, the PS2, or the X-Box, and if it wasn't already more games than I want for either the 360 or the PS3.

As for the family playing it, my parents and sister really took to the Wii. So much so that my sister ended up getting her own. It gets quite a bit of play, I'm told.

The one thing that I really agree with the article is this: The Wii is a travesty of unfulfilled potential. If design concepts are so obvious to myself and others when we play the existing games ("What if you had a full fighting game, and it did what you did? What if you had an RPG where the weapons did what you did!"), why aren't they being applied in the games? The Wii has more potential for new and interesting applications, but no one is stepping up. Even Nintendo itself is not really integrating the controller - the thing that sets it apart - into their games.

And multiplayer, oh multiplayer. Honestly, I never had high hopes for Wii multiplayer. It just wasn't meant to be. Perhaps someday Nintendo will claw their heads from their asses and institute a real online experience. I mean, honestly, Brawl with no voice chat? That is a crime, a real crime. The "children friendly" online gaming doesn't -have- to mean "enjoyment proof" online gaming - you already have parental controls built into the system - use them! And to top this problem off, there's really no sign of Nintendo flagging on this one. They're selling perfectly well without online multiplayer - a -real- online multiplayer - so why bother with it now?

And yet the Wii is as fun as the day I got it. Wii Sports continues to amaze (and spark questions of "Why haven't other games -done- this?"), and there are just as many games on the Wii as there on the other platforms that I -really- want to own.

I've no buyers remorse for my Wii.

I actually bought my Wii from someone suffering from Wiimorse (only five months after launch) - lucky me! Since the whole notion of waiting in front of a store is ridiculous to me, it worked out splendidly for me.

While the game releases may have been a bit sparse at first, this is definitely not the case anymore. It also helps that third-party support is finally picking up the slack, too. I find it funny how people only seem to buy the Wii for first-party games. Sucks to be them because there is a host of other titles, which aren't craptastic mini-games, that are a joy to behold. Right now, only a third out of my two dozen games are made by Nintendo. I actually have a higher first-party/third-party ratio on my DS. Imagine that.

The lack in the online space doesn't really bother me, since I prefer single-player games for the most part. I still enjoy bouts of multiplayer mayhem, but it doesn't bother me that the options for interacting with others is relatively limited. Too many jerks out there anyways. I prefer a quick fun match over the rants of a doo-doo-head. In addition, I find online gaming to be too sterile, no matter how many communication options one may have. I'll always prefer local over online play when it comes down to it.

I'm far from a rabid fanboy. Hell, I never really understood those people, anyways. It's just that Nintendo's consoles have always appealed to me more. I have no problem with quirky and cutesy, as long as there's good gameplay to go a long with it.

That said, I also own a Xbox 360. Funnily enough, while I thought it was going to dominate my little guy's playtime, the opposite occured. Sure, there are some really fun and well-made quality titles, but, at the end of the day, my 360 ended up being the complimentary console of the two. As for the PS3, I've had chances to play it on varying occasions, and I wasn't really impressed. I still don't get what's so hot about the GT and Metal Gear series - yes, I have played games from both. It also doesn't help that I never was a big fan of the playstation controller's layout, which I find to be far from comfortable. *shrugs*

I did read an article on Gamespot a few months back (back when I frequented that joint) that developers like Valve are planning on developing stuff on the Wii. Statements such as 'missed opportunities' popped up a lot. I dunno, maybe it's just a rumour, but there's no denying the little guy desperately needs some third party support.

I do agree with you, with one exception. Since Super Smash Bros. came out, my Wii has been getting constant attention. I gotta admit, it really is a fun experience, even on its own. The only disappointment is the online multi-player, which fights you every step of the way. I honestly do not know why nintendo is so afraid of Online to the point where they make it completely unplayable. The 360 and PS3 have no problems.

had they focused their efforts online, they would have had so many opportunities. Imagine a game like Animal Crossing online? With a persistent and changing world. Or even a Zelda MMO?

But look at the situation. Sony and Microsoft went online in the last generation, and those iterations were "average" at best. Nintendo, on the other hand, refused to take its customers online claiming that customers "didn't really care about online that much".

Now here comes the next generation. Sony and microsoft are ready with the online because they spent most of the previous generation working out the kinks in there systems. So when this generation starts, they are immediately ready with online stores, friends lists, and near lag free multi player. Nintendo, on the other hand, realized it mistake last generation and now rushes to fix it. What we get, therefore, is bare minimum multi-player, an online store with old titles, and a bunch of channels that really dont do anything.

It is a tragedy for nintendo, but its one of their own making.

Adam LaMosca:
Wiimorse

I bought a Wii on release day, seduced by its reasonable price, magical controllers and family-friendliness. General tech lust and the promise of a new Zelda title didn't hurt, either. Now it sits atop my entertainment center, blanketed in a layer of dust. Cold, unplayed and unloved. I haven't switched it on in weeks.

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Havent touched my wii since i got a PS3
Thats 6 months!!!

tthor:
-my other big problem with the wii are the motion sensers in the controls. there is RARELY any actual USE for it in most games. and the games that do have use for it basicly just require random stick wagging. these wii controllers might actually be FUN to use if they integrated the movements with the games more.EXAMPLE- maybe have something like some sword fighting game, where rather then just -swing left or right- or -swing up or down-, acually have it so your sword moves the same as your wii controller moves.

One of the big problems with the Wii is that the motion sensors only measure acceleration. The motion sensors are not capable of detecting where your hand is in space. As such, I don't expect that the sensors inside the current wiimote will ever be capable of replicating accurate sword slashes or other motions in space. For slow motions, the wiimote mainly measures the direction that gravity is acting. For fast motions, the wiimote measures quick twitches without having accurate knowledge of the orientation of the wiimote. Both types of measurement interfere with each other. For example, twitches and wiggles interfere with the measurement of gravity.

(The pointing ability via the sensor bar is a different story.)

I know that some gamers are extremely disappointed with the Wii but i believe the good times are just around the corner at E3. Most every Dev around the world has had a gander at the unique input of the Wii and I can't believe that there aren't some juicy titles waiting to be announced. If there aren't, then I suggest there is a serious problem with the Dev community and it's lack of ideas/funding.

On a personal level, I have been completely bowled over by the Wii and it's software lineup. Just a reminder to the naysayers, you can choose from Super Mario Galaxy(Best Game Ever!!) Zelda TP, RE4, Smash Bros, Metroid Prime 3, Wii Sports, GH3, Zack & Wiki, No More Heroes, PES 2008 and Super Paper Mario. These are just the games that I have bought.

Impressive lineup wouldn't you say!

Kemmler0:
Wii was a fad... PS3 will win the console wars. It's inevitable.

The beauty of it is that Sony didn't release a games console. Its a media server.

i have to agree with you there. the only reason why PS3 isn't at the top is simply because of price,

cyber95:

tthor:
I'm pretty disappointed with the wii too...

I would have loved to get a PS3, but it was a bit out of my price range, so i settled on a Wii, thinking it looked pretty fun. My entire family played it constantly, for the first 2 weeks. After that, it just sat there, gathering dust...

Some problems with the Wii:
-Hardly any games out for it, and all the games that ARE out for it are either aimed toward 5 year olds, MARIO, or just plain crappy. I swear, if I ever see that stupid mushroom eating plumber on yet another game title, I'll [-Fill in Random Threat-] !
-My other big problem with the wii is the motion sensors in the controls. There is RARELY any actual USE for it in most games, and the games that do have use for it basically just require random stick wagging. These wii controllers might actually be FUN to use if they integrated the movements with the games more. EXAMPLE- Maybe have something like some sword fighting game, where rather then just -swing left or right- or -swing up or down-, acually have it so your sword moves the same as your wii controller moves.

I think Nintendo is just experimenting with new never-done controls to catch people's attention,
like the Wii and the NintendoDS, but really don't take their time and think through,"How can we use this in our games to make the controls more enjoyable?".

...I wish I had a PS3....

That took a while. Sorry if I look like a jerk.

I'm sorry, you say that you want a PS3, and your reason for complaining about the Wii is a lack of games?

Excuse me while I laugh over here for a few minutes.

On the topic itself, I play my Wii quite a bit. Not every day, but that's just because the internet distracts me. It does have real games for it. Shocking, I know.
Plus, WiiWare is coming soon, so there will be more coming, and I don't have to get up off my lazy butt to go and get it!

Alright, so a bunch of the games are minigames. Whatever. There are enough full games to keep me preoccupied. Bully: Scholarship Edition, Metroid Prime 3, Super Mario Galaxy, y'know, stuff like that. Yes I know Bully isn't an exclusive title. It doesn't have to be.
Then I've got the Virtual Console games to keep me occupied, too. I'm still trying to get past the last world in Super Mario Bros. 3. (That s#$! is hard!)

So yeah. I'm enjoying my Wii, and have been since I got it.

the games arent my main issue, (tho they do account for a large portion of dust on my wii,)
my main problem is that they hardly use the wiimotes and nunchuks to their FULL potential, giving them often little to no use while gaming. HONESTLY, i use my gamecube controller on the WII more then i use the wiimote!.

(also, Bully: Scholarship Edition =looks pretty stupid, and probably no real plot, Metroid Prime 3 =nvr been a fan of the metroid series,and Super Mario Galaxy =*-beats the stupid plumber over the head with a plunger repeatedly until he stops moving, in hopes that Nintendo will nvr be able to revive him again with some new stupid mario game-*... i think that helps tell you how much i dislike the mario series)

I got a Wii on launch as well. Was a nooby, naive, and younger Nintendotard. I had never had anything but a Nintendo system.

Loved it. Played Zelda for 60 hours total. Played Wii Sports quite a bit. My friends all got Wiis as well.

Got a 360, and it all went downhill. The multiplayer blew me away---I could talk to people all over the world! It was a new experience. I loved it. Lost Planet, Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, BioShock (especially that!), and more...

I haven't played my Wii in about 5 months. It's boring. I play PC games a lot more now--Morrowind, FEAR, KOTOR 2--since we got a computer that can actually handle games. GMod takes up quite a bit of time.

Wii's online is a real pile of crap that I won't elaborate on--plenty of people here have already done that. My family doesn't play games. My friends and I play D&D or Halo when we are together.

Ehh.. Wish I'd waited, but I was a fucktard two years ago. A complete and utter fucktard.

I forgot: Super Paper Mario and ZeldaTP are my two fave Wii games. I still like them but don't play 'em anymore. Galaxy? Ehh. Got twelve or so stars and quit, mainly because I had been infected by the xbox bug by then. Originally, thought brawl would be the best game in the world. Still don't have it a month and a half later.

Yep, same old story. Bought the Wii. Played RE4. Wife had some fun with Elebits and Chicken Shoot, and then bam! It got old real fast.

Cleaned it up, packed it back into it's box, and gave it to friend with three young children. They love it, and play it every chance they're allowed.

Great product for it's target audience, but I can't stand people who make it out to be something it isn't. PS3 and X360 are fighting they're own battle. The Wii is off in a corner being an annoyance.

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