I want a Nintendo Wii!
I never thought I’d say this. I thought I was done with video game consoles. I thought I’d just grown up.
It wasn’t always this way, of course. We started out with the Atari 2600, many many moons ago. My wife and I spent more on Atari game cartridges than we did on furniture, back in the day.
When the family came along, we progressed through the Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, PlayStation 2, and Microsoft Xbox. (I think there was another console in there, but I can’t remember which one.) My wife, who once upon a time was addicted to Ms. Pac-Man burned out on video games long ago. And as the consoles became more and more powerful, I became less and less interested. Sure I love the cool graphics and great game play, but I just can’t sit and play for hours on end anymore.
Needless to say, we skipped the Xbox 360.
So when all the brouhaha started about the new PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii this fall, I sat back and yawned.
Big deal, I thought … new game consoles. We need to buy into the new technology and for what? Better graphics?
Where are the great games? What’s the compelling application?
After spending just an hour or two with the Nintendo Wii, I get it.
It’s all about getting up off the couch and interacting with the technology in a physical manner. I only had the chance to bowl a few games and box a single round, but I’m in love.
The premise behind the Nintendo Wii is genius, pure and simple.
The combination of physical movement and gaming technology needs to be hyper-charged. Dance Dance Revolution was just a start. Sure, it was fun stuff for folks who like dancing, but it’s a bit tiresome for more sedentary folks whose idea of fun is to get out and bowl or play golf or tennis.
The Wii gets people up and moving about, playing some of their favorite sports without leaving the house.
It’s just wicked cool.
The first thing that the aftermarket needs to fix is the flying controller problem.
I can’t wait for the controllers that will enable the greatest interactive soccer game of all time. I’m imagining two ankle bands and a head band … or basketball with two wrist bands … the possibilities are endless …
[tags]Nintendo Wii, Wii, soccer game[/tags]