What Did You Play This Weekend?
This weekend was a bit of a mixed bag. I took a couple of smallish swipes at both Portal and the Diablo-like Torchlight, a slightly larger swipe at Civilization 4 (things are going much better in Beeonia, thank you), but the biggest chunk of gametime was devoted to the new Wii in the house. I was pretty surprised at how odd it felt to set things up entirely with the motion controls, and I really wasn't prepared for the placement of the pointer and the direction I point the Wii remote to be as out of sync as they are. Fortunately, most games seem to be more about where the remote is oriented in space, so it hasn't become much of an issue. I'm hoping any light-gun games come with some ability to adjust/calibrate. Overall, though, the Wii is pretty genius, and it definitely fills a gap which the other entries in my pile-o-consoles don't.
About three weeks ago, I purchased Super Mario Galaxy in preparation for the upcoming Wii acquisition, and that has turned out to be a great choice. It's soooooo Mario, but at the same time it feels as fresh and inventive as you could want. I've only had just a taste of it, but I can see already that it's going to be absolutely mind-bending. Also, I dug into the must-try Wii Sports collection. In fact, when I told my mom I'd bought a Wii, she immediately asked, "does it have bowling?" She, my 4 year old son and I started up a rousing tournament, and, as might be expected, she mopped the floor with us.
Ok, NOW I want a Wii
I think I've been avoiding the Wii. Every time I've had the money or been riding the hype wave to a consumergasm, something has gotten in the way. Most often it's been bills that have backed me down, but at least twice (once with a PS3, once with a sweet new video card for my PC) I've had the option to buy one, and somehow gravitated toward something else. I already have a Nintendo DS and a Gamecube, so I'm not exactly averse to having the Nintendo vibe in my life, but something has been keeping me away.
Today, I think I know what it was. I think it's because it's white. When it was released, the Wii just looked like a throwback to the then aging design of the first 4 or so generations of iPod. Apple was just kicking its white Macbooks to the curb, and I for one was grateful. The whole accessorizing as though I lived in THX 1138 world was over for me, and my fancy was not tickled. Today, all of that is seemingly over. Farily well substantiated rumors have begun to appear of a (gasp!) BLACK Wii! Suddenly it feels like wild horses couldn't tear me away from my electronics store of choice on May 9th.