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By theantix (Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 01:09:36 PM EST) Wii have liftoff, theantix was here (all tags)
Everything seems to be going right.


After weeks of determined trying, I finally got my Nintendo Wii.  And it's totally frigging awesome.

On launch day I lined up at the Ballard Fred Meyer's, and was the first person in line who did not get one.  The week later I got to the store near where my parents live 2 hours early, but they had already marked them to sell to people who slept there overnight.  So I went to the next town over and missed getting one there by about 10 minutes (one of the people in the other line got one).

But finally, I got up at 6 am and trudged to the northgate Target.  There was already a lineup, but it wasn't really substantial.  I was quite reassured by the person ahead of me in line who was actually a Target employee.  If waited in line on his day off, I think he could be believed when he said they had plenty of units.  And sure enough, I got ticket #18 out of the 42 Wiis they had in stock.  The last person to get a ticket got there around 7:15 so I think I had good judgment about what time to get there... certainly better than the people at the front who apparently slept there all night.

I got two games with my console, Excite Truck and Red Steel.  Red Steel has received mediocre reviews but I really wanted a sword fighting game so I got it anyhow.  It deserves it's mediocre rating, navigation and aiming are quite difficult and thus far anyhow the plot is unimpressive.  Hopefully I get better at this, but since it's Ubisoft I shouldn't really expect much eh?  What the hell was I thinking!

On the other hand, Excite Truck is totally frigging awesome!  You hold the controller sideways and "steer" it somewhat like a car.  Over the jumps you can lean back/forward/left/right to tilt how your truck will land.  It's a pretty unrealistic driving simulator but fun as hell.  The controller feels so natural in this game sometimes I'd forget I was driving and veer off a cliff because I didn't bother steering.  Oops!

And of course, Wii Sports.  I deliberately did not play this to death because I want to actually play this with my lovely wife.  I figure if I get stupidly good at it she won't ever want to play with me so I'm just going to play it casually instead of applying my usual gamer's bloodlust.  So far we've tried Tennis and Bowling.  Tennis was a lot of fun, I didn't really get into bowling much as I didn't see the connection between what I was doing and what the result was.  I'll have to mess with the training though before I really judge it finally of course.

I can't wait for Animal Crossing Wii.

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what, no zelda?! by R343L (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 02:03:27 PM EST
Heretic!

Should I get excite-truck while waiting for a racing game? Does it look like it has good multi-player?

Rachael

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

I dunno by theantix (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 02:16:34 PM EST
Zelda seems to be the kind of game where you spend a lot of time by yourself doing something really long-term, which I'm not feeling like right now.  I'm looking more for simple games that I can pick up and have fun after work, and then put away and go to bed instead of obsessively trying to finish something.  Wii Sports and Excite Truck totally fit this for me, you dive in quickly and you can take breaks without feeling like you're missing something.

It's hard for me to know whether you'd like Excite Truck or not.  I sure know I do.  It doesn't take itself very seriously, the controls feel completely natural.. and frankly it's really easy so you don't feel like a total loser.  By the time the game starts to get harder you feel accomplished already so it's not as rough.  The crazy jumps and crashes along with the natural controls, it's totally worth it for me.

Like all other Wii games it has no online multiplayer, but it does have 2 person head-to-head multiplayer.  I've yet to try it yet but I see no reason why it wouldn't be just fine.  If you have a tv wide enough to handle multiple sessions at once, same as any other game.
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long time sink by R343L (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 02:23:53 PM EST
I know what you mean. And zelda is that (especially this one). But being a zelda-fan-boy (girl) I had to put in a jibe.

Excite Truck does sound like fun and more games to just pick up and play are good as that's usually all I have time for as well. (or feel like really).

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 been a zelda fan by theantix (2.00 / 0) #9 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 03:01:26 PM EST
Of course, that just means that I tried it on the NES and got frustrated with being unable to progess without finding some cheat guide on the internets.  Based on that, I think we can all agree that I've given the series a fair chance, right?
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sure by R343L (2.00 / 0) #10 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 03:15:41 PM EST
truth be told, I use cheats on occasion. But that's just impatience to get on with the story. :)

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's okay by theantix (2.00 / 0) #14 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 03:39:04 PM EST
I wouldn't have gotten that 96% completion rate on GTA:SA without the assistance of lots of cheats.  I'm just less sure I want to devote the same large chunk of my life to a game where you can't even do something as simple as breaking onto an aircraft carrier to steal a Harrier jet
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My boss bought Zelda by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 02:26:42 PM EST
A week later, he'd crossed the 40-hours-of-play mark.
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Yeah by theantix (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 02:59:04 PM EST
I don't think I have the mental stamina to commit myself to that right now.  Maybe over the holidays...
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Oh, and by theantix (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 03:00:08 PM EST
I think you mistyped "resistance: fall of man"... right?
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almost 20 hours by R343L (2.00 / 0) #12 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 03:18:05 PM EST
And I haven't even gotten to the third dungeon (rumors say there are like 11). Partially this is because I tend to wander around when I get stuck checking every room. Then, instead of going back to the previous save point, I just continue on. Adds a lot of time.

Plus, I've been trying not to use the guides which has lead to some long head-scratching in a few places, but more satisfaction.

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'm on the second one by garlic (2.00 / 0) #16 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 04:20:54 PM EST
with the sumo wrestling. Or, that is I think I just finished it.


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sumo was sooo frustrating by R343L (2.00 / 0) #20 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 05:50:40 PM EST
until I realized I had to fricking tap the A button instead of just holding it to make him let go. The instructions from the village mayor guy were less than clear to me.

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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a fix for tennis with your wife: by garlic (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 02:33:29 PM EST
play with her instead of against her. My gf is pretty frustrated playing against me, but we're happy to play against the computer. And since I've spent so much time on tennis, the computer will return the balls we hit, so when we win it's because we did good instead of because the computer blows.


oh cool by theantix (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 02:46:26 PM EST
I didn't know that was possible.  Thanks!
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i heartily endorse this suggestion by 256 (2.00 / 0) #18 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 04:41:57 PM EST
i played wii tennis for about three hours last night. my arm now feels almost exactly like it does after the first match of the season.

was really impressed with the degree to which real tennis strokes did surprisingly close to what you would expect. to the degree that i actually found my unconsciously switching to a western forehand grip on the controller when i really wanted spin.

of course, the modelling isn't perfect, and the degree to which i have improved at wii tennis has entirely been a result of learning which real tennis movements not to do.

regardless, of the release titles i've had a chance to play, wii tennis is the hands down winner on pure fun as far as i'm concerned. not bad for a with-the-console-freebie.

i can't wait til somebody makes a feature tennis title for it.
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Nice! by theantix (2.00 / 0) #28 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 08:12:15 PM EST
I wouldn't have guessed that any real tennis skills would really apply.. cool that some do at least.  More accurate features would be totally awesome, I'm sure that given the popularity of Wii Sports Nintendo is going to flesh those out on their own and will lure others to also try.

"wii tennis is the hands down winner on pure fun as far as i'm concerned."

Have you tried Rayman Raving Rabbids?  I only ask because I just threw a fricking cow across the screen and proceeded to laugh my guts out.
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this is awesome! by R343L (2.00 / 0) #27 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 08:10:29 PM EST
Just tried the two player mode of wii tennis. With us on the same side. Down with the computers!

Plus the tennis is surprisingly intuitive...

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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now, to blow your mind, by garlic (2.00 / 0) #35 Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 03:34:41 AM EST
play tennis from both sides of the net, or as all four players.


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we were wondering about that by R343L (2.00 / 0) #40 Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 07:53:34 AM EST
"Do we need to do something to setup the computer players?"

"Try changing them to the question marks."

"Okay." .... "Cool."

Now, I wish we had left it as it was. Oh well, tonight!

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 am happy for you! by skippy (2.00 / 0) #11 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 03:15:59 PM EST
Also, "the store where my parents live" ... your parents live at a store now?  Geez, hard times for your parents!  I hope that they can get back on their feet shortly.

By the time Animal Crossing Wii comes out, perhaps I too will have one of these newfangled "console" devices that you speak of.  I'm a bit confused - apparently you can't play Civ4 on them - but the concept sounds intriguing.

Your eyes must be deceiving you by theantix (2.00 / 0) #13 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 03:35:58 PM EST
I clearly said "the store near where my parents live".  Maybe it's because you are using Windows, you can't really ever trust Microsoft to deliver all of the words in a web page.

But it's true, you can't play Civ4 on a Wii.  I suppose that means I shouldn't have tossed my computers off the balcony when I got the Nintendo yesterday.  Big oops for the tixx0r!
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Good thing the wii gets husi. by mrgoat (2.00 / 0) #21 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 05:51:24 PM EST


--top hat--
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uh, dude? by theantix (2.00 / 0) #30 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 09:09:57 PM EST
I communicate with husi by arousing the electrons in an ethernet cable with my tongue.  Don't tell me I'm the only one...
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j00 l00ser! by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #37 Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 04:23:47 AM EST
I wiggle my chest hairs, emitting a WCDMA signal which I use to send requests to HuSi. I have a pimple which receives the downstream.

All the cool kids do it this way.

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I'm quantum entangled with the database disks. by mrgoat (2.00 / 0) #38 Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 06:44:12 AM EST
I don't even have to be in Soviet Russia for husi to  load me.

--top hat--
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I am a loser, but also a wiiner [nt] by theantix (2.00 / 0) #42 Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 08:46:38 AM EST

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If you could see the user agent string by skippy (2.00 / 0) #39 Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 07:16:59 AM EST
you'd notice that I'm not using this "windows" that you speak of.  I'm far too l33t for that, you see:

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Loonix i686; en-US; rv:1.8.1) Gecko/20061225 Firefox/2.1

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user agents can be faked by theantix (2.00 / 0) #41 Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 08:40:28 AM EST
Your actions (saying that your browser can't render the full web page) speak louder than words.  Er, except that both are words so that doesn't make any sense.  But pretend that it does, and so if you actually use Lunix to read the page you'll see that it reads just fine.

Weirdo.
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I'm afraid I'm going to need to buy a Wii. by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #15 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 04:10:52 PM EST
As soon as I saw that there was a sword as a controller, I was a goner. The only thing really stopping me is that I have a hard time playing a game when I can't do something else simultaneously. That's why I like game for my laptop and DS better than consoles.
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it's tempting isn't it? by R343L (2.00 / 0) #22 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 05:53:27 PM EST
But I think it would be more fun to attach it to like a claymore or something. For that extra special household danger element.

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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sword as controller by theantix (2.00 / 0) #25 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 08:04:43 PM EST
It's not there yet.  At least, from what I've heard of Zelda and what I've found of Red Steel, it's not what I was hoping for controller swordplay.  I am confident that it will happen in a future title though, maybe a LucasArts game of some sort... :-)
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Are they gonna make Nintendogs for Wii? by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #17 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 04:24:45 PM EST

Go ahead, be my interface to Google! You know you can't resist...


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Yes* by debacle (2.00 / 0) #19 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 05:25:09 PM EST
* I am feeding you a stream of seedy lies.

IF YOU HAVE TWO FIRLES THOROWNF MONEY ART SUOCIDE GIRLS STRIPPER HPW CAN YPUS :OSE?!?!?!?(elcevisides).

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you know by R343L (2.00 / 0) #23 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 05:54:16 PM EST
They will probably have an online version of nintendogs at some point.
And probably have DS integration as well (carry your dog with you through your day! then bring it online to play with the other puppies!)

At least that's what I would do if I were nintendo.

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 should get a job with Nintendo by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #24 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 06:18:38 PM EST

Because that should totally happen.


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I'm going to have to ditto R343L by theantix (2.00 / 0) #26 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 08:07:16 PM EST
They would have to be stupid to not port one of their most popular DS titles EVAR to the Wii.  So unless Nintendo starts drinking some of the crazy water that Sony apparently drank, I think they probably will make Nintendogs for the Wii.
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I was just trying to figure out by persimmon (4.00 / 1) #29 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 09:03:39 PM EST
whether the lack of actual poop from the Nintendog makes it compare favourably or not to a IRL PUPPIE for you.

I'm stumped.
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Virtual poop is definitely a perk by MohammedNiyalSayeed (2.00 / 0) #33 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 10:05:37 PM EST

but, on the other hand, warm furry bodies with warm pink bellies and puppy kisses have a great deal of visceral merit.


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Finally by hulver (4.00 / 2) #31 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 09:36:09 PM EST
A platform that will allow my "virtual seal clubbing" game to be a reality.
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the "Wii are Canadian" game by theantix (2.00 / 0) #32 Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 09:53:14 PM EST
  • Seal clubbing
  • Drinking beer while watching hockey on tv (try to determine the score while the screen gets blurrier)
  • Curling
  • Inserting the word "eh" into sentences (with the A button of course)
  • Throwing things at Americans

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curling, by garlic (2.00 / 0) #36 Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 03:36:29 AM EST
would actually be awesome.


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I am glad you agree by theantix (2.00 / 0) #43 Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 09:07:18 AM EST
I have been talking with joh3n about how cool a curling game would be for months now.
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+1FP [nt] by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #47 Wed Dec 06, 2006 at 06:05:13 AM EST

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WIPO by alprazolam (2.00 / 0) #34 Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 03:33:28 AM EST
new coffee pot.

/sniff

I saw a commercial by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #44 Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 02:15:13 PM EST
And I so so so so so so so want a Wii, but perhaps in June, or July.

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Don't have to wait that long by theantix (2.00 / 0) #45 Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 04:07:19 PM EST
Getting up a bit early one day isn't so bad... and the games are widely available already.  The only real advantage to waiting will be that you get to sleep in one day, and also greater availability of accessories like component cables and extra remotes.  I doubt it will be any cheaper by then.
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all true by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #46 Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 05:37:07 PM EST
But my budget might be less strict by then.

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