OK, we actually got ours in today!
FYI, this was the first post in the "Got our Wii", though technically at the time it was only ordered:
So this is the Post-post Shipping note: C's free shipping was via Pony Express...very...slow...
I just wanted to ramble on with some observations, thoughts, etc., from our first day of ownership (even though we've had the BIL come over pretty frequently with his [and his PS3]).
Our current gear:
Extra Remote + Chuck
Component Cable (no name brand)
2GB PQI SD Card
Nyko charger system
My thoughts in no particular order:
We fired it up in ~10 minutes since I had the controller charged, the cable ready! Immediately connected over to the wireless router and downloaded the current firmware/updates.
We are hooked up to a Sony 50" LCD widescreen - configured the Wii for 480P and wide format, looks terrific.
We had a silly amount of fun making our Wii's
I was a little sad that the browser is a "pay" item now - $5 isn't really much, just thought it's a great selling point as a free function.
The free pack-in game(s) are really fun - we still have a blast with bowling and golf even after playing them dozens of times.
Played a full game of MP8 - team mode we and the wifey vs. the computer. We won (we put them on easy, hehehe). The simple graphics combined with the interactive experience is more fun than any photo realistic game I've played on competitive platforms
Opened but have not fired up Zelda yet, we will later tonight!
The Nyko charger seems like a winner - works great so far, charges while you wait your turn, looks good, doesn't need to be at "USB length" (has it's own PS). The rubberized grips are a nice bonus.
The photo viewer is excellent - it may wind up being deprecated in favor of a new HTPC, but it's quick and easy for now.
I downloaded a streaming media server that's supposed to be compatible with the WII (though you have to have the browser). Sounds neat, I'll report more on this as I have time to experiment.
I popped in Metroid 2 (Gamecube) just to see it fire up - looked great! This was neat: plugged the wavebird receiver into port one on the side, picked it right up. Plugged our old GC memory card into the correct slot, picked up our old save game. I didn't realize that (or so it seems) you have to use a GC controller on GC games - I wasn't expecting "motion emulation" but I thought they'd just do a simple control mapping (I guess you'd need a 'chuck for the analog emulation?).
More to come later!