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Since Christmas we have a Wii in the house (thanks to Santa-san!) and it's been a lot of fun getting used to this new style of game play!

For starters we've got Wii Sports and hajimete no Wii ("Wii Play") which should keep us busy for a little while. I had read a lot of "so-so" reviews regarding hajimete no Wii, and got it anyway for the extra controller, but I found it to include some really fun games. I especially find "ushi Race" ("Charge!"), "Billiards" and "Shooting" addicting. As for Wii Sports, so far I really like the tennis and bowling!


Nintendo have been offering free new safer straps to those who got the Wii early. I had filled-in the form last week and received two new straps today.
The package included a prepaid return envelope to send back the unsafe straps, and I realized the one that came with "hajimete no Wii" was of the safe type so I'm only sending back the other one that came with the Wii itself.

Planex GW-US54Mini-GI also got a USB wireless LAN adapter for my PC which can be used as an access point, the GW-US54Mini-G (or "Game Link X") by Planex, mainly to use with the Wii. It was cheap at ¥2500 at Amazon and works on more platforms than Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection (which is XP-only). It's packaged to look like it's for games only (they even only document PSP and DS), but it's really a full-featured access point. Good stuff!

Posted on December 28, 2006 at 23:59 | Tweet |

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Are you going to get Zelda?

Posted by Roy on December 29, 2006 at 01:06

I picked up one a few weeks ago. It really is a fun console! The favorite for me as well as my friends tend to be golf on Wii Sports and Bomberman '93 on the virtual console. Looking forward to Wii Play if not only for the fact it's packaged with an extra remote, but it won't be out here until early February I believe.

Posted by Jon on December 29, 2006 at 02:04

I'd love to try Mawaru Made in Wario.
Maybe I'll buy Wii. When it's retro or... they make a handheld version.

Posted by ale/pepino on December 29, 2006 at 03:02

Roy >
No Zelda on the horizon yet. I've only ever played Zelda 1 and 2 (Link), so I'm a bit out of the loop perhaps. I don't even know what a recent RPG looks like. Has it all gone 3D?

Jon >
Cool! :) I think I'll pick up the virtual console controller at some point, unless I could find a dirt cheap Game Cube controller.
For some reason I had the impression Wii Play was included with the console over there.

ale >
Wii is way retro in that you can play old games on the virtual console (Famicom/Su-fami/Nintendo64/Megadrive/PC Engine/MSX). Otherwise it's also fun for its new type of game play where you can't just sit in front of the TV. :)

Posted by Patrick on December 29, 2006 at 10:03

hmmm .. I am somewhat getting more and more curious about the Wii .... the only console I ever owned was a PS1 .. and that only for playing dance dance revolution ... I wonder if I get a chance at some store in Tokyo to try out the Wii ... I hear from many of my non-player friends that they somehow ended up buying one and enjoying the heck out of it (one reported a sore arm after the first night of playing :)

Posted by Peter Nacken on December 29, 2006 at 11:57

Unfortunately I haven't seen any playable Wii in shops (electronics, Toys'R'Us...) although there are demo displays everywhere. The reason is probably that it takes some decent space to play the Wii otherwise you'd end up hitting something or someone. :)

Posted by Patrick on December 29, 2006 at 12:10

Personally, I've found RPGs of late to be bloated and lost in overly detailed graphics and side games. Zelda for Wii seems to still capture the feel of RPGs which I enjoyed on Supernintendo but with better graphics and a more enjoyable game interface ala Wiimote. Highly recommend Zelda the first 3-4 hours are kind of dull but it picks up quickly after that.

Posted by Roy on December 29, 2006 at 13:18

I might give it a try sometime then! I also don't like when there's too much focus on graphics and animated stuff in a RPG.

Actually the other day I emailed the company that owns the rights to "Golvellius" (a great RPG I once played on the Sega Master System) telling them that I hope they will release it for Wii's virtual console. :)

Nintendo has put up a list of contact info to all game makers (even kindly pointing out when game rights are now owned by a different company!), so you can use that to request old games to be released on the Wii.

Posted by Patrick on December 29, 2006 at 13:32

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