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The Nintendo Wii: A review.
marktheshark
The Wii, Nintendo's 7th generation console, will soon be retired in favor of the WiiU. I thought I might do a review on the system.

When I first about the Wii (when the controller was unveiled back in 2005 or so), I was very initially very curious, yet suspicious about the system. It wasn't until the announcement of the Wii Virtual Console in early 2006 that I really started to get excited for the system. For the first time, NES, Super NES, N64, Megadrive, and PC Engine games can all be played on one system! With GC backwards compatibility, the Wii seemed to be 7 systems-in-one! Nintendo's E3 2006 presentation only amplified my anticipation for the system. Finally, in Christmas 2006, I finally got a Wii. At the time, there was sheer difficulty in finding one since demand was very high. Ever since then, I had a lot of fun with the Wii.

Alright, enough of the personal history. Let's get down to the review.

Graphics: Now, one of the common complaints was that the Wii had outdated graphics when compared to the 360 or PS3. I do agree that it is so. To be fair though, the NES had inferior graphics capability compared to the Atari ST as well as the Master System. Even with inferior graphics, the Wii still manages to pump out amazing graphics in a few games such as Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 as well as Monster Hunter Tri and Muramasa despite the lack of HD.

Games: I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, while the Wii lacks a lot of 3rd party multiplats which is really unfortunate, it makes it up with some really good 3rd party exclusives. While there are a lot of low-budget 3rd party games that are easily passed off as "shovelware", some of those games actually seem to be pretty fun at times. Of course, the leading console always gets a big pile of crap and the Wii is no exception.

The 1st-party games are also a mixed bag. While there are there a few of them that are very fun such as Wii Sports and NMSB Wii, others aren't really that great. Zelda still doesn't have the classic RPG/Arcade hybrid feel that was present in the early games, Kirby's Epic Yarn doesn't feel like a Kirby game and should've been a new series altogether instead, and Other M is pretty much self-explanatory.

Wii Shop channel: It's a really bittersweet feeling. It's a first console in which you can play NES, Super NES, N64, Mega Drive, PC-Engine, Master System, C64, Arcade, and even Neo Geo games, but there are some really severe flaws with the service. For starters, It was very hard to determine what games would soon be coming to the service. The only indication is when a game would get a rating from the ESRB, PEGI, or CERO and even then, it was pretty unreliable. Why couldn't Nintendo be more vocal on what games were coming to the VC? Another flaw with the VC was that games were "trickled" out slower and slower. Back in 2007, it was 3 games per week, 2 games per week in 2008, and 1-2 games in 2009. Weeks can sometimes pass without a new VC game. There are also barely sales or discounts that go on which is really disappointing. Worse of all, there is no account system. If your Wii breaks, you have to send it in to Nintendo if you want to retain your VC and Wiiware games which is really stupid. Even if my computer breaks and I had to get a new one, it's not like the games that I have on Steam are going to magically disappear nor would I have to rebuy the games from GOG. Why couldn't Nintendo implement an account system?

Overall, the Wii is a mixed blessing. Some third party exclusives are really fun and Nintendo managed to crank out some of their finest since the NES and Super NES days. However the last year and a half or so felt like we were in the Gamecube's later days again when barely anything of interest came out (aside from Xenoblade and Last Story.) Unfortunately, the Wii looks to be the last great Nintendo console IMO.

maybe more to come soon. This was a pretty long post for me.
Edited by marktheshark on 18. November 2012 17:12
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http://www.thever...i-u-review

Pretty much what I was expecting: one of the first reviews, from the Verge, gives the console a 7/10. Here are some highlights I read:

"Plus, games can’t be run from an external drive, so again — the Deluxe Edition is the way to go."

"But every game implements the GamePad differently, and most don't do it very well."

"The Wii U seems to offer a step forward for developers, but it at best equals the existing pack."

"Every single time you go to the main screen, it takes 10 or 15 seconds to load — apps take just as long, even when all they do is throw up the 'this doesn’t work yet' error message."

It will be interesting to see what the big VG sites give the Wii U, and which ones will give it a 9 or higher. I predict Eurogamer to deliver a similar score as the Verge, upon the British release.
 
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