Video games and video game systems are quite complicated. Many people likes to play games. But if you can’t devote a lot of time or you aren’t born with an ingrain video game skill, most games are just too hard for the normal adult person.
Knowing all of this, I was a little reluctant to buy a Wii by Nintendo. I saw the ads on the television (plus the one that my local Wal-Mart plays continuously back in the electronics department). The machine looked so interesting. My family and I could actually get up off of the sofa to play these games. We could get exercise and have fun.
But could looks be deceiving? Would it be that easy for my husband and I to play it?
We gambled. We went on Ebay, found a great deal, a week later the Wii arrived at our doorstep. (Our local stores are only getting few Wii systems in stock at a time and they sell out quick. My hubby hates to wait.)
It was easy to set up? Okay, that was no feat. We also easily set up our Playstation 2 and our Xbox machines. That doesn’t mean we can play the games.
The first thing, we did was input the date and time. Again, this was easy.
Now the fun part began. We got to create our Mii characters. Mii’s are characters in which we can use to play our Wii games. You can give them names, choose their sex, hair color, put hats on them, give them beards, choose their hair style and dress color. That part was fun and I found my finished Mii to be adorable.
After that we put in the Wii sports game that came with the Wii machine. For those who do not know anything about the Wii system, it comes with one game disk. (Imagine that, a free game!). This game is called Wii sports. It includes, bowling, baseball, tennis, boxing and golf.
A little secret here, I found that placing the receiver that picks up the electronic outputs from the remote (okay, I know this isn’t the techno terms. I am not a gamer and I know real gamers won’t be reading this piece anyway) a little higher than my television set, helped me to use the remote better, especially at the main menu. I had problems getting the little finger (the onscreen cursor) to appear. I placed the receiver on top of the entertainment center that houses my television set. It was only a couple extra inches, but like I said, it helped.
The first game we played was bowling. Guess, what it was pretty easy even for us. Okay, it took me game two to really get the hang of how the receiver worked. I did realize speed does matter. If you move your arm too slowly, your ball will creep down the bowling path. And another thing, you don’t have to swing hard. You aren’t actually holding the bowling ball. That remote weighs practically nothing. Once you catch on how to swing and hold and then release button B, you will have no problem with bowling.
Tennis on the other hand is a little bit more challenging. It does feel a lot like playing the real game. They say you should hold the remote as you would a tennis racket. They are right. It helps. I am better on my right side in the game, just like I am in real life. (I am right handed).
Baseball, is a lot like tennis. Golf, is a little more challenging that bowling. But I have to admit, I found it a tad boring (as I do in real life).
As for the boxing, still haven’t tried it. Not my cup of tea. It does look like it could be challenging, though.
Now for you people who are like my husband and I here are a few more little tips, I have learned so far.
1. If you want to play GameCube games you can. (Isn’t that nice of Nintendo?). But you will have to buy a game cube remote and if you want to save your progress you need a game cube memory card.
2. If you want to use the internet options. Yes, there are plenty of them. You can use them with dial up, but they are s-l-o-w. As for downloading the older Nintendo games, (I wish I could, but alas stuck with dial up), I don’t think you can with dial up. But I won’t swear to it. I have heard you can still get the latest updates and weather information.
Weather information? Yes, I realize I forgot to add all the cool internet options you have with your Wii. You can hook it up to your computer. Seems most people are usually a wireless connector to do this.
When you contact to the internet, you can surf the internet, some. You can find out the local weather, you can email your other Wii friends, and communicate on the Wii message boards. I can’t tell you a great deal about this, because of my dial up situation. But from what I read on some of the game sites, it sounds like the internet options is one reason people are loving the Wii.
As for me, I will continue playing our Wii sports, our older Game Cube games and eagerly await their new game’s arrival, Wii Play (billiards, fishing and table tennis, plus six other games is on this game, plus it comes with an extra remote).
Am I glad that I bought a Wii, yes. I am thrilled the made a game system easy enough for me.
But for you gamers and want to be gamers, don’t worry they have loads of games coming out and a few all ready out, that looks pretty hard. So you can still beat us who were born without that video gaming gene.