Nintendo Fusion Tour Wrap-up


posted 9/28/2006 by Ben Berry
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One Page Platforms: Wii
The last Wii Sports title I played was Baseball. This was the first game that at least part of the action didn’t feel like the sport. Throwing a pitch happens with a flick of the wrist. You control the type of pitch you throw with the angle it’s done at, and the speed by how hard you do it. Hitting with the remote felt like swinging one of those small wooden souvenir bats. You don’t actually have to swing too much, but hitting feels a lot more like the actual act than pitching does.
When I finished off the Wii Sports titles, I got in line for Excite Truck, mostly because it was only 3 people long. This game certainly doesn’t display what the Wii is capable of graphically, but it was fun to see what using the remote as a steering wheel would be like. Sadly, this was the only game I played where I don’t feel the gyros were being read precisely enough. Turning felt somewhat sluggish, and like you had to make a larger hand motion that would be expected. It still played fairly well, and reminds you how far we’ve come since Excite Bike on the SNES.
The last game I played was the target shooter that is a part of Wii Play, which will come bundled with one of the add on controllers. This wasn’t really anything to get worked up about, but did show that the remote is (obviously) well suited for playing FPS games and makes the trigger placement on the bottom of the remote seem like an excellent idea. In fact, even in my large hands, the remote didn’t feel too small which isn’t always easy to find.
While I didn’t play the two high-end titles, I did watch a good bit of others playing them, and I will say that graphically the Wii is better than I thought it would be. In fact, it seems to be a decent step up from the GameCube, at least at this very early point.
I have to say my overall experience with console was very positive. The games felt very immersive, in large part because you aren’t just sitting there pressing buttons. In fact, even in the games that required button presses, moving the remote was still the primary means of controlling the action.
I bought my Xbox 360 because it was the first next-gen console to market. I am not buying a Playstation 3 until the price comes down to the point where I wouldn’t rather spend the money on say a trip to Europe or NHL season tickets. And while in previous generations I would have likely not given purchasing the Nintendo console even much consideration, I am now definitely going to buy a Wii. The Wii remote is truly a step ahead of what the other consoles are offering. If the games live up to what the technology seems capable of delivering, there could be a major shift in the US console marketplace.

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