Word to the (un)Wiise

A victim of its own success, indeed: Nintendo has some advice:

Do not let go of the remote during game play. For example, in a game like Wii Sports bowling, the ball is thrown by simply releasing the B button on the remote, not by letting go of the remote! Hold the remote securely and avoid excessive motion during game play. If your hands become moist, stop and dry your hands. Excessive motion may cause you to let go of the remote and may break the wrist strap.

I fully expect Wiimote tossing to replace the discuss at the next Olympic games. In related news, WalMart had Wiis for about ten seconds this morning. I didn’t even try.


[In] Wii Sports bowling, the ball is thrown by simply releasing the B Button on the remote, not by letting go of the remote!”


Wii indeed

Ars Technica has an extensive review of the Nintendo Wii. According to Wiiseeker, various Wal-Mart and Target stores get a new shipment on Sunday (I am sure Toys R Us is getting shipments too, but buyer beware).

For that matter, player beware. Notice to couch potato gamers: the Nintendo Wii involves using muscles in your body other than your thumbs. This may result in unfamiliar strain. Fear not – there are safety instructions.

Wii not

The evidence mounts.

The Wii is a new era for gaming. Really. That’s not a dramatic, hype-driven statement. I think developers will indeed make horrible games for this system, and I can see how a developer could get the controls all wrong and make a bad experience for the player, but when it is done right, it is SO right. I have had a living room full of video games and systems for my entire adult life, and nothing has ever done what the Wii has done – fill a living room with laughing kids and adults who are all sitting around having a great time playing and watching the experience that this tiny, unassuming little white box has created for us. Every single person who has come through my door in the last three days wants to go out and buy a Wii now. Nintendo has made gaming really fun again.

I need to get one of these.

I need to buy a Wii

As a family-centric console, it is clear that the Nintendo Wii– unlike the Ps3 or Xbox 360 – is living up to expectations. This is the system I need to buy for my daughter. I didn’t even try yesterday but I assume that more shipments are forthcoming soon enough.

Intuitive, physical control. As opposed to buttons galore. As soon as I heard of the Wii I knew that this was going to change the rules. Complaints from some quarters about the console’s horsepower are just missing the point.

Sigh. Digging up $250 is going to be a challenge. But I see this as a teaching and learning tool, not just a game console. Combining physical motion with hand eye coordination with fast thinking with reaction times… it’s like the holy grail of child brain stimulation.