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By R343L (Sun Nov 19, 2006 at 07:35:19 PM EST) nintendo, wii, consoles, gaming (all tags)
So I have my wii. If this will bore you intermibly, please don't follow...


This diary comes in three parts:
  1. Buying
  2. Setup
  3. Playing
Buying

I had pre-ordered, so I decided to not go and get it at midnight. Was really tired last night.

This morning around 10:30 (when I thought the gamestop opened) I went off to the store. There was a line, but not a long one. Unfortunately it turned out that the store opens at 11 on Sundays. Curses!

Shortly before 11, someone showed up to open it up. She immediately announced that they only had consoles for the pre-orders. A third of the line left. Eventually I got in and to the front of the line. It turned out that they didn't have extra controllers or the Zelda game except for pre-orders. Curses!

After buying my console (mine I say!) and a copy of Super Monkey Ball (this is a very good game for groups of people, really), I headed to Target. Target doesn't do pre-orders and people strangely tend not to even remember they carry console gaming stuff. When the DS Lite came out (and sold out a lot of places quickly), I was able to just walk into the Target and buy a couple.

Target had wii remotes (but no nunchuck attachments, curses!) and the Zelda game (success!) So I went home. And started opening it up. I couldn't tell from teh manual for sure, but it looked like I needed an SD card to save game data. I don't have any SD cards. Curses!

We had other errands to run and while were were out I stopped at Best Buy to get one (Target, which is closer, didn't seem to have any). Is $15 for a 1GB card a decent price?

Random aside: While I was typing that paragraph, Family Guy had a segment where Mayor Adam West was using a cat launcher to chase off a pizza guy.

Setup

Anyway, after many errands we came home and I started re-setting up. It was quite nifty when it turned on. I wanted to see if the Opera browser which is rumored to be free would be available yet. So, I was somewhat annoyed that when I tried to setup the internet access it kept downloading more updates. Curses! After one update, it prompted me for my country (why hadn't it asked that at the initial setup?) and I still wasn't good at controlling the controller and accidentally set it to Anguilla. Then it loaded another update. Curses!

Finally, I loaded a game and it seemed to be really confused (slow loading, skipping music, mysterious pauses). Finally it froze up. So, I followed the time honoured method and just booted the thing. That fixed everything.

Playing

So far, we've only played a few party games from Super Monkey Ball and I've played one world (10 levels) of the main game. The mini-games are problematic because each one has slightly different rules for the gestures that do things. The intro bit for each that explains the controls is not always clear. Bowling for instance is basically a bowling motion. But the explanation of the gesture wasn't that clear. We sat with our heads scratching for a bit. Turns just mimicking bowling worked fine. Some of the other games were much more straightforward (there are like 50 or something!)

The main game was just really easy to control. It's basically a much more complicated form of that labyrinth and marble game where you tilt the board around to guide the marble to a hole. Only, you control a monkey in a transparent ball (technically you're tilting the ground on which he is moving). And it isn't so much a maze as an obstacle course. Yes, it sounds lame when described but is actually a lot of fun. In the original game, you used an analog stick to "tilt" everything. With the wii controller thing, you just twist your wrist left/right for those directions. And then move the front up/down to get forward/back tilts. They added jumping and birds which can blow you off, which means I died a couple places in the first set of levels, but otherwise it was just incredibly simple.

I haven't played the most important game -- Zelda: Twilight Princess -- because I'm afraid that if I start it, I wouldn't be able to stop for a while. And there was actually new Family Guy tonight (which is quite funny so far). But family guy just ended, so time to wrap this up, post it and go play! Update [2006-11-20 0:37:6 by R343L]:It seems that the husband is going to play Super Monkey Ball. I'll be forced to wait. Horrors!

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i myself by 256 (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Nov 19, 2006 at 09:09:17 PM EST
just returned from an a++ rated session of wii tennis!
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haven't messed with the sports disk by R343L (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Nov 19, 2006 at 09:44:44 PM EST
Although it seemed for a while that it would be the only game I was going to have. :)

Rachael

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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target by garlic (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Nov 19, 2006 at 09:22:17 PM EST
target's where we went, but they had 111 and we were number 130 in line at 6:00 AM this morning so we just went home and decided we'll pick one up in a couple weeks.


maybe only a few days by R343L (2.00 / 0) #4 Sun Nov 19, 2006 at 09:46:36 PM EST
Nintendo has in the past arranged shipments so retailers get more pretty quick. And with thanksgiving coming up (and the all important shopping), that seems even more likely.

The local gamespot people didn't now when they were getting more consoles, but they were getting more games and controllers on monday and tuesday, so....

Rachael

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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it looks like by garlic (2.00 / 0) #10 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 04:31:06 AM EST
the people who bought them to flip them should have lined up for a ps3. The wii's are selling on ebay for between 280 and 380, and about half of those didn't meet whatever reserve these guys set to begin with.


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Wiis by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #16 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 06:44:26 AM EST
You'd have to be a fool to buy a Wii for resale. There's no particular shortages expected.
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i figure this weekend by garlic (2.00 / 0) #17 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 07:22:15 AM EST
is about the only one where you can get away with it. I'm hoping I catch one of these fools with an auction without a reserve and I get it for less than retail.

that's not working out yet, the cheapest I've seen so far has been 275, with the average somewhere around 330 or so.


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WIPO: Atari 2600 by miker2 (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 02:03:33 AM EST
We had one of those and an original Nintendo when I was a kid.

I stil have working 8-bit Nintendo that I use quite frequently.


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I really need to fix mine by R343L (2.00 / 0) #13 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 05:38:29 AM EST
It sits in a box with the leads worn down (I think that's all it would take to fix it given that it turns on and sometimes plays games after much blowing). But the wii now tempts me to pay $5 for old games and not have to bother. :(

Rachael

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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WIPO: (I'm too old to remember the name) by wumpus (4.00 / 1) #6 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 02:13:25 AM EST
Pong. This was some sort of pong knock-off that allowed four-player play. Included most of the basic pong games (pong, hockey, jai lai, practice). Switched to computer games with the atari 400 and never went back.

Wumpus
The new consoles tempt me. Largely out of frustration with windows/directx.

Damnit! by Cloaked User (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 03:28:09 AM EST
Now that you mention it, I remember we had some sort of early pong-like console too. That's about all I can remember about it though - looks like I'm too young to remember it..!


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WIPO by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 04:15:18 AM EST
\m/ PC Gamer Forever!! \m/

Now excuse me, I'm off to my second job so I can afford a new GeForce 8800.
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second jobs for you and the PS3 owners by R343L (2.00 / 0) #11 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 05:28:50 AM EST
Since the PS3 costs $500 minimum and they're sure to "obsolete" it in a couple years, the PS3 is getting crazy expensive. One could easily spend $800-900 on PS3 (with extra controllers, and games) right away (2-3 extra controllers, 2-3 games plus tax). You can't buy a new (gaming) computer for that, but you could easily upgrade one. :)

Rachael

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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Sadly by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #15 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 06:40:37 AM EST
To upgrade my current game machine, I need a new motherboard/CPU (Core 2 duo) new graphics card and new memory. I'd probably also want to get a new RAID 0 setup. I think I can save the case, though.
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That's the situation we're in by skippy (2.00 / 0) #19 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 09:13:52 AM EST
My wife and I both play computer games, but our machines are previous-era, mid-to-low spec at the time.  Nearly everything would have to go:  motherboard, CPU, RAM, videocard.  Heck, we'd probably need new powersupplies.  About the only things we could keep would be the drives and the case.  At about $500/machine (and that's pretty budget right there), it's a LOT cheaper to just buy a Wii, spare controllers, a new wireless router, and a bunch of games.

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Yeah by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #22 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 11:19:21 AM EST
Unfortunately, I tend to like PC games better.
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There have been by skippy (2.00 / 0) #23 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 11:48:29 AM EST
a number of GC games that I missed out on this last generation, but I couldn't justify buying one because I already had a PC with enough games.  I tend to enjoy PC games quite a bit, but having not owned a console since the Sega Genesis, I imagine that having any console will be quite the novelty.

This way, I can also play games in the living room, while bunnies cavort across the carpet and frolic at my feet.

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Consoles by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #24 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 12:27:39 PM EST
I did get a PSP, and I do enjoy the novelty, but no games for that have the depth of my favorite PC games (things like Civ4, Rise of Nations, Counterstrike etc.) I also find FPS-type games hard to control without a full keyboard.
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Nintedo Game & Watch by stark (4.00 / 1) #9 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 04:22:47 AM EST
Specifically saving people jumping from a burning building.

Since then: a DS, which I rather enjoy.

Am very tempted to buy a Wii next year when things have settled down a bit. Actually, that's a lie. Very tempted to buy one in December when they arrive in EU, but my rational brain is overriding me for the moment...
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kind of left out the handhelds by R343L (2.00 / 0) #12 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 05:35:22 AM EST
Oh well.

As for the wii: Muhahahahaha. When there's a new news story about "OMG Zelda is sooo coool!!!!!", your rational brain well lose.

This is of course assuming you give a flying monkey for zelda games.

Rachael

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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You are such a Wii-nii by theboz (2.00 / 0) #14 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 06:14:00 AM EST
Let us know how the games are. I'm considering buying one as well, but I'd be more interested in Wii Sports (particularly golf and boxing) and Super Monkey Ball.

This is strange as normally I would have preferred a PS3, but I don't have time anymore for all the long drawn out games that require learning how to play via tutorials. Lately, I've mostly used my PS2 as a SNES emulator for Super Mario World, Actraiser, Final Fight, and Chrono Trigger.
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nii-niir (wii-spelling of neener) by R343L (4.00 / 1) #18 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 08:06:14 AM EST
Haven't touched wii sports yet. Sports games were never my thing.

Excepting Zelda, I'm pretty much limited to games I can just pick up and play. Level-based games or "party" games, etc. After playing some of the party games on SMB, I'm thinking that when they put out a Mario Party it out to be pretty fun.

Rachael

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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I've never owned a console by The Fool (2.00 / 0) #20 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 09:54:19 AM EST
Probably has something to do with my parents' refusal to buy me an Atari 2600. They got me a TI99/4A instead, which was far superior as a gaming platform, and also had a built-in BASIC interpreter.

This made gaming MUCH easier than typing source code from BYTE magazine into my Sinclair ZX-80 (and saving it to audio cassette).

i had some kind of game / programmy thing by R343L (2.00 / 0) #26 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 05:37:20 PM EST
When I was like 5 or 6. But it was mostly my Dad's. Some Tandy/RadioShack thing that we put BASIC programs on (or played cartridge games). I have no idea what it was called.

Rachael

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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My guess: by The Fool (2.00 / 0) #29 Tue Nov 21, 2006 at 06:33:17 AM EST
TRS-80, fondly known as the "Trash-80" to its owners. Yeah, I got one of those, eventually, as well. But no good games. I spent all my games money on the TI.

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Next guess by wumpus (2.00 / 0) #31 Sat Nov 25, 2006 at 03:55:01 AM EST
CoCo (Color computer). I doubt the TRS-80s had cartridge slots (but didn't have one to be sure). If it connected to a TV or had color (and came from a Radio Shack) it was a CoCo.

Wumpus

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You forgot none of the above. by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #21 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 11:12:35 AM EST
How undemocratic is that?

this is not a democracy (nt) by R343L (2.00 / 0) #27 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 05:38:13 PM EST
Course, I'm not in charge either.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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The terrorists have won! by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #30 Tue Nov 21, 2006 at 03:28:50 PM EST
Really.

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None in Austin by blixco (2.00 / 0) #25 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 05:33:08 PM EST
unless you liked lines.  Austin was one of Nintendos "premier party" cities, so there was a lot of knowledge.  Even Sears had a line at 7am, apparently.

I'll wait a month or so...or less, as the guy at Sears (I was there to buy compressor parts and, if they had one, a Wii) indicated they'd get a hundred or so in in the next couple of weeks.

I'm really looking forward to it.  Especially once they port Animal Crossing to it.
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sucks by R343L (4.00 / 1) #28 Mon Nov 20, 2006 at 05:39:02 PM EST
But then, my fears of lines from way to early was why I pre-ordered (and of course had to stand in a line for that, too).

Rachael

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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