Review by -SourDieseL
With Call of Duty: Black Ops having a simultaneous Wii release with the rest of the other consoles, I figured this would be a great time to review the Wii in and of itself. It was originally to be called the "Nintendo Revolution" and the public was teased with promises of motion controls. As the release date neared, the new console was re-named "The Nintendo Wii" and thus, a star was born. Many thought that Nintendo died with the Gamecube but they came back to the console market with a vengeance and held the top sales figures for a couple of years. It was the cheapest console and offered fun for the whole family, reining in a new generation and a previously untapped market of gamers. The Wii continues to be a force felt in 2010, though some say Nintendo has forsaken the hardcore gamers. They still make "hardcore" games however, it's just difficult to weed through all of the shovelware and casual games. They are there, folks.
Game Library: 8/10: As I have previously mentioned, there are a lot of "family-friendly" games that a ton of people enjoy, such as Wii Sports, Wii Play, and even a Biggest Loser game compatible with the Wii Board. Mario Kart made a comeback as well and is perhaps the best in the series, though Double Dash on the Gamecube was great as well. For the Resident Evil fans, there exists Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles. These two games are re-tellings of Resident Evil 0, Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3, and Resident Evil: Code Veronica, but as on-rails shooters. The House of the Dead series has also made a comeback with The House of the Dead: Overkill, and is perhaps the most profane game you will run across in existence unless we're bringing those dirty Atari games into the mix. Don't want rail-shooters but still want a mature game? Then No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle are the games that you want. During the Marvel Vs. Capcom drought, Capcom released a new Vs. Capcom game for the Wii called Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom, which is a great game and don't fret. Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is officially on it's way as well! Lucas Arts also thankfully released Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, which are fantastic games and definitely worth a play if you're a Star Wars fans. Like first-person shooters? Good news, we have those too! Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare-Reflex, and now Call of Duty: Black Ops are all available on the Wii. The best thing about it? Free online play! Castlevania: Judgment, a fighting game starring the most well-known faces of the Castlevania series has been released for it as well.
What about downloadable titles? First, there's the Virtual Console, which you can buy games online for a cheap price. These titles are some of Nintendo's Classics as well as Sega's. Games included here are the Mario games, some Final Fantasy titles, Castlevania, Mega Man through Mega Man 4, Sonic the Hedgehog, and plenty more. There is also the Wiiware library, which consists mostly of mini-games, but some titles include Mega Man 9 and 10, Contra: ReBirth, The Castlevania Adventure: ReBirth (a remake of a very difficult Gameboy Castlevania), and plenty more! So you see, there are plenty of great games for the Wii, people just seem to miss them or forget about them because of all of the shovelware and casual games that Nintendo releases. Truth be told, there are a great many Wii games and people just ignore them. It's downright sad.
Controls: 10/10: The Wii controls are, I guess one would say, an acquired taste, as not everybody likes it. It's a love it or hate it sort of thing. However with Sony creating the Playstation Move, a carbon copy of the Wii Remote, I think it's safe to say the control scheme is fairly popular. The regular controller consists of a remote, and a nunchuck attachment that plugs into the bottom of the Wii Remote. The nunchuck has the joystick as well as two buttons, C and Z. The remote part has A on the top, B on the bottom in the middle of a curve that your finger eases into, a D-Pad above the A button, the home button which is dead center, a plus and minus on the side of the home button (plus and minus perform as Start and Select), and the buttons at the bottom, 1 and 2. It all fits easily into your hands. If this isn't your thing, you're in luck, as Nintendo created the Classic Controller, which resembles a SNES controller but with two joysticks, as well as being wireless. You can use this classic controller and even GameCube controllers to play your GameCube games. When playing a classic game on the Virtual Console or a Wiiware game, you can either use the Classic Controller or you can turn the Wii Remote sideways so that it feels like an old school NES controller. So this console happens to have a lot of variety. Depending on what game you're playing, the you'll have to make certain motions with the Wii Remote to swing your sword or whatever (Red Steel for instance). The sensor bar picks up these movements. More recently, Nintendo released the Wii Motion Plus attachment, which better articulates your movements into gameplay than without it. All in all the controls are very solid and there's plenty of variety.
Graphics: 8/10: The console is not in high definition, sorry to say. So it's not as good as the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 in this department, but nonetheless, the graphics are a bit of an improvement over the Gamecube. In this day and age people's lips always move when they talk and such, so that's no longer in question like it was in the N64 and PS1 era. Everything looks great, it's just in standard definition instead of high definition, because Nintendo was more focused on making the Wii fun and playable as opposed to just making it a giant amazing graphics machine, so make of it what you will. The graphics are solid and there's nothing to complain about unless graphics really have an impact on gameplay for you. Hey, at least it's not blocky like Final Fantasy VII was.
Sound: 10/10: What's neat about the sound on the Wii is that in games, sound also comes out of the Wii remote, like when you're shooting or reloading a gun for instance. In No More Heroes, that's how you take cell phone calls. The same applies in Fatal Frame 4, though all of the audio in that game is in Japanese. Still, it's a great concept. In Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, when you have your lightsaber out, the humming sound comes from there as well. On screen, there's also no problem with the sound. A lot of games have great soundtracks as well. There's really not much else to say here.
Overall: 8/10: It's a solid console and has spurred the movement forward with motion controls, with Sony and Microsoft now trying to cash in on the feature with the Xbox Kinect and PlayStation movie. Still, the Wii in and of itself is great and has some fantastic games that you won't find on other consoles (the No More Heroes series for instance), and if you're an old gamer, you can get your favorite classic games on the Virtual Console. It's also the cheapest console and you can't go wrong with it, you may even be a hit and family parties unless they already have one themselves. So go ahead and buy a Wii today!
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 11/19/10
Game Release: Wii Hardware (US, 11/19/06)
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