Sunday, December 03, 2006
The Wii Mii
We have a Wii! The best part is that I did not have to stand in line for 2 hours in the cold outside BigBoxOfElectronics™ like one of my coworkers. I had connections. My wife’s brother works for a computer game company, which in my son’s eyes, makes him the coolest uncle in the world. My brother-in-law used a connection at Nintendo to get Wii’s for himself, us, and two of his coworkers. No eBay auctioning for them. People want the Wii for themselves.
I am not a gamer, but my son is. Over the years he has owned the Nintendo64, Dreamcast, Gamecube, PlayStation 2, Gameboy Advanced, GameboyDS, Sony PSP, and now the Wii. We hypothetically asked him if he wanted a PlayStation3, and he said “meh”. Which is good, because those are not available at any price for anybody. My b-i-l says that he knows people that work for Sony that can’t even get one.
The killer app for the Wii is The Legend Of Zelda: Link Runs Around Some More. All I know is that my son can play it for hours. The other night I forced him off so I could play Bowling and try out the very cool Wii-mote. This TV remote looking device has a motion detector in it that makes it a little un-nerving at first. You just point it at the screen and the cursor moves around. No need to get carpal tunnel thumbing a little joystick.
To bowl, you swing your arm just like in real bowling. The difference is that you just have a little remote in your hand instead of a sixteen pound ball. In my first game, I lost to my son 117-108, which is about what I would bowl in real life.
The most fun was building my Mii, the little avatar that represents me. I know all the cool games come with infinitely configurable characters nowadays, but I liked building a little stick-like guy to represent me. I made sure to get the hairpart right and add glasses. I guess if I were vainer, I would make him a little cooler, but that’s not how I roll.
At less than half the price of a PS3, the Wii is plenty of game system for me. Get one of your own, and you too will go wii-wii-wii all the way home.
Blatant Comment Whoring™: Did I make my Mii-guy dorky looking enough?