There are a lot of mixed emotions when people think of the Wii. Some call it a steaming pile of sh*t, some love it more than any of the other current gen consoles, and some say it is a dust collector but they still enjoy it. I rest on the latter, my Wii is sitting in the living room, behind the HD television. I currently own nine games for the system, most of them my parents bought with the mini games in them. Every three months or so, I might turn it on for a bit and play some Mario Cart Wii or Pokemon Puzzle Challenge. After about a half an hour or so though, I get tired of it and turn it off. Do I dislike the Wii? Yes. Do I dislike the way it plays? Again, yes. Do I dislike most of the games on the console? Most definite, yes. Do I dislike and/or hate Nintendo for creating the Wii? No I don't. Now that I have your attention, hopefully you will read on to figure out why.
Nintendo's products used to be easy to play and have reliable games and systems that the "hardcore" gamer could enjoy. From my very first game, which was the Super Mario World on SNES, I have played almost every first party game they have to offer. Then back in the year 2005 (yeah, who can remember that far back?), the Nintendo Revolution was revealed. They didn't show us anything but the little white console that would be called the Wii at E3 2006. I remember when I watched them demonstrate the Wii and when they showed videos of people playing them. My first thought was, "How the hell am I supposed to play games on something that looks like a remote?!". Then, "Wow... that really looks different and new! I cannot wait to get my hands on it!".
Then, the Wii launched November 19th, 2006, and I didn't get one for on full year. In that full year, almost everyone of my friends was able to nab one of the damned Houdini console. I went over there to play it, and was at first amazed with what it could do. My brother, was less excited about it, and started to bash it after watching it in play. The first game I played was Wii Sports, of course, and I had fun playing it with my friend. Soon after that, the wave of shovel ware started to flood into the market. Which brings me to my first point, the Nintendo seal of quality means nothing to me anymore.
Remember that little stamp there? Yeah, it usually meant that the game was a one most people would enjoy.Then the Wii came out, and every little game that came out had that little seal of approval on it, when really the game was shit. Remember Carnival Games and Ninjabread Man? Yeah, those were disasters that were allowed to be on the white dust collector. There is less shovelware these days, thankfully, but I still can't get into the first party games as well. For instance, Super Mario Galaxy, I just couldn't keep playing it. I loved Super Mario 64 and played the hell out of it but I couldn't enjoy Galaxy. There are some shines of light though through the dark clouds, such as Super Mario Cart Will, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mad World, and No More Heroes. I have fully enjoyed these games, along with games from the virtual console. There is also games to look forward into the future, the main one that comes to mind is Epic Mickey. Are the some of the games bad? Yes. Are all of them? No.
The most bothersome part of the Wii to me though, is what you spend most of your time playing with, the Wiimote. Call me old fashioned but I prefer a controller that feels sturdy, one that doesn't feel awkward, and one where I don't have to where a fucking strap on my wrist to prevent accidents. I love the feeling of definite control from two analog sticks, shoulder buttons, a controller that has a bit of weight, and a nice layout of buttons. I don't experience any of these qualities with the Wiimote or Nunchuck. Do I like the contoller of the Wii? No. Is it bad? No, it fits the games that are on the Wii.
Nintendo is... experimenting with their audience. They are trying to reach out to everyone, with the Wii pertaining to people that aren't familiar with our favorite entertainment and the sales show, they are reaching them. However, they are also locking out a lot of their original hardcore audience with the Wii. These are the reasons why I dislike the Wii, but I Nintendo still has my faith and I will come to them when something catches my eye. Thanks for reading, I now leave you with one of my favorite Mario videos, Super Mario Brothers- Frustration.
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