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May 17, 2007

Filed under: gaming»hardware»wii

First Wiik

I can maintain the puns forever, Internet. Don't try to stop me.

Positives:

  • All my Gamecube games run in progressive scan mode now.
  • The controller generally works well, and while the batteries are not terribly long-lived, I think I'm getting good use out of them. I'll still switch to rechargeables when I get the chance.
  • Internet channel! Belle thinks this is really dorky, especially since I keep my ancient laptop in the living room for emergency surfing anyway. But I love being able to turn on picture-in-picture and visit IMDB or Wikipedia while watching a movie, and the Wii's browser runs smoother than Firefox on my Celeron 366.
  • Virtual console! And everything looks SHARP. I don't ever remember N64 games looking that good. I think they cheated a little on the emulation.
  • Zelda is not awful. I don't have high expectations for 3D Zeldas, and Twilight Princess just barely clears them.
  • Wii Sports is a pretty good workout. If I started doing this and DDR on a regular basis, I might actually get into passable shape.
  • A side effect of the Home button is that you can pause anything, which is handy for those long cutscenes.

Negatives:

  • If I open up the top panel to plug in my Gamecube controllers, the cat comes and chews on the plastic. That's not really a mark against the Wii, it's just really annoying.
  • We keep the TV next to the front windows, and sometimes the remote gets confused by the light outside and goes crazy. I have to play with the blinds down. Belle would prefer I play Wii Sports with the blinds down anyway though, because it looks really stupid.
  • The keyboard on the web browser is awful. You should be able to plug a keyboard into the USB slot. Also, there's not enough memory to load Pandora, which is too bad, because I'd love to be able to play my Internet radio through the TV (while we still have Internet radio).
  • What's with the selection on the Virtual Console? Super NES games but no RPGs? Genesis but practically no fighters? Where's the NEO-GEO or CPS arcade boards? There's some weird stuff here, mixed in with the classics. And the slow release schedule is annoying.
  • There's some issues in the UI that are strange, particularly with OK/No buttons that can't decide to consistently exist on the left or the right side of each other. I'm not sure, but this may be by design to keep you from accidentally confirming destructive options.
  • Did I mention that the cat has tried to eat it? She chews on everything. We have got the weirdest cat on earth.

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