Hello everyone, I've been reading the forums and fantastic articles on this website for some time now, while remaining a silent spectator. I've decided to join the voice of the community and offer some of my thoughts.
This thread is about why I have lost enthusiasm for the Wii system, and considered it a mistake to purchase the system. Hopefully you guys can hear me out and perhaps offer some input that'll prove that the Wii, is, in fact, the superior system to purchase, which I believe it is not.
I purchased the Wii back in early May, along with WiiSports and the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. This wasn't my first time playing the Wii, I had played it much earlier and had already given Wii Sports a try with my friends. Despite being a huge Nintendo supporter, I found WiiSports to be quite dull. The motion-sensored gimmick of whacking the ball in Tennis felt very slow. I was a senior in college at the time, and me and the guys could hardly sustain an hour's worth of decent, fun playing on that game. My personal favorite is bowling, but the graphics admittedly grew too plain, and the motion-control, for me, did NOT compensate. The game was too simple, too easy, and just had a lame presentation. So at that time, I was nonchalant about the Wii.
I purchased the Wii weeks later, simply because I am a huge Zelda fan and a great package deal from CostCo was pretty much knocking at my doorstep. I knew that Wii's were hard to find and I had some extra cash lying around. It was a pretty spontaneous decision, and within an hour I had a Wii in my possession.
Legend of Zelda: TP did not blow me away as Legend of Zelda: OoT had done back in the day, but it was still an amazing game. The sheer length, size, and artistic presentation of the game captured me for many nights. I clocked in about 48 hours, nabbing every Heart, every bug, and every weapon upgrade available, whilst defeating the Cave of Ordeals once. So I certainly held an appreciation for the game.
But what else lay out there for me to play? I scoured IGN and Gamespot for the best Wii games available that would appeal to me. I was looking for some mature-themed, adventure-oriented, or extremely puzzle-like challenging games that would be rewarding for me. I found most of the ratings of Wii games to be dismal. Casting VC titles aside, the only game to be rated a 9.0 or above was Zelda:TP. So looking at the next tier of games, I saw a bunch of wacky, cartoony games that would have me undoubtedly looking like a maniac, waving my arms and hands around alone. Yeah, these days after having graduated college, I no longer have that luxury of having a strong gaming community in my proximity. And all of these Wii titles were a bunch of multiplayer-oriented titles with lame graphics, all without oNLIne-play, which was a huge disappointment.
All in all, I am possibly considering the purchase of Scarface Wii, which scored a decent 8.5, but there appears to be no other game that even comes remotely close to being considered a real gem, except for the child-oriented Super Paper Mario, and Rayman Raving Rabbids, which looks interesting. (Sorry, but the sight of Wario just makes me feel like a moron for interacting with such a weird twit).
I mean, let's face it. What is so dam exciting about the Wii? Am I just missing something here? Aside from Zelda: TP, I browse the Wii rentals at Blockbuster and just shake my head in disgust. I eventually rented Dragonball Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (a third of the games were ports from old consoles), and the Wii controls were very clunky and unnatural, so I ended up switching to a GC controller. I tell you, the Wii library is extremely crappy right now, making me feel as if I should have just held off on video games, with a PC game here or there, (Starcraft 2 anyone?).
I try to make the best use of my Wii. I read WiiNews headlines and voted multiple times on the Everybody Votes channel. But it was obvious I was trying to get more out of what the system was really giving me. I have a laptop with a keyboard & mouse, with a much faster internet and interface for that kind of crap. I downloaded 3 VC titles which breathed a few more days of life into the dam thing (Link to the Past is pretty awesome, but Gradius III and Gunstar Heroes were a waste).
But right now, my Wii is slowly, but surely dusting away on a table in my family room, just waiting... waiting... for some decent games to arrive... preferably with online play capabilities... I figure there are just two games announced that can save me from whacking myself on the head for purchasing this pretty-lookin', under-performin' console....
Super Smash Bros. Brawl.