Nintendo Wii quick review

Is the latest games console a must-have or mere novelty?
 
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  • Updated:1 May 2008
 

03.Games

The console comes with the Wii Sports pack to get you started. Other titles include:

Driving games

  • GT Pro Racing
  • Monster Truck 4x4
  • Need For Speed Carbon Playing the wii
  • Mario Kart

Shooters

  • Call of Duty 3
  • Red Steel
  • Far Cry Vengeance

Sports

  • Pro Evolution Soccer

Adventure

  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Professor Layton and the curious village

Instant fun 

  • Rayman Raving Rabbids
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz
  • Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam

Exercise (Body and Mind)

  • Wii Fit
  • Brain Training
  • More Brain Training

And more are in the pipeline.

Zelda is hard to ignore as the first game you should get with your Wii . The game play is great and you can swing your sword by waving the Wii remote about.

The Wii is a little unusual to set up when compared to other games consoles. This is because you need to place a sensor bar on top of your TV as well as plug the console in. The innocuous looking sensor bar communicates with the Wii remote and Nunchuk controller and measures your movements so that they become a part of the gameplay.

It takes time to get the hang of the new control method. It also takes some tinkering to get a feel for where the bar should be placed, the range and how the system works.

It's possible to wave the Wii remote around too much — the sensor bar will sometimes then place your movements outside of what is happening on the screen, resulting in everything going ‘dead’.

This isn’t a major problem, but you just have to be aware of the fact that some Wii games, like Wii Sports Bowling will let you indulge in massive movements with the Wii remote and game play isn’t affected at all. Other games, like Red Steel, require more precision and accuracy.

You’ll also find that playing with the Wii feels very different to other consoles. Waving your arm when you slash your sword in Zelda is terrific fun. Similarly using the Wii remote when you play shooting games like Red Steel adds another level of immersion to the experience. You have to move the Wii remote forward to zoom in and this gives you a greater sense of actually being ‘in the game’. This is the essence of the Wii’s appeal.

 

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