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omg! So i'm very lucky to have played the Wii, and just by coincidence! If you guys didn't know, today is the first day Nintendo World Store in Manhattan has playable Wiis. So here's a detailed account of my visit: (i'll try to be detailed as possible)
-Will add my pictures later, so tired right now but i have a ton, check out this post tommorrow to see my pictures!!
I woke up at 4:30 with my family to go to New York (4 hour drive, a very long 4 hour drive) from Boston. And boy, did it feel so long. Today was the day i was going to visit the Nintendo World Store for the first time because I never knew there was one until i saw it on IGN. My plan was to stop by there, run around crazy, and grab some Nintendo gear and head out and walk around some more around Rockafeller (is that how you spell it?) Plaza. I get to the place, find a place to park and head out to walk around at around 9am. New york is an awesome place but i have never in my life heard so many beeping horns.
There was at least one horn honked every 5 seconds, and i mean at least 1 every 5 seconds. It was crazy. So at around 11:30 I glimpse Nintendo world store! omg! I run and run and then stop.... a line. I said to myself: WTF a Fing line. Why?!? omfg. wtf. why. swearing under my breath. But then i look. What do i see? I see something very familiar: A tennis court on a screen. OMG! The Wii! I run to the end of the line, which didnt' seem to far but it was just so dam far away from the Wiis So i stand in line with my parents and sister. So we're waiting and waiting. And boy did Nintendo do a good job attracting people of all ages and types. It was so wierd. I saw little kiddies and even old people. Yes, old people. I also have never seen so many nintendo fanbois. It was crazy, i heard lots of new stuff like rumors and how the Wii was like at the fusion tour. Too many things too name though, especially right now i'm very tired. It was quite funny too, there was this one person who played the Wii and came out, running down the line and screaming: "OMG! I PLAYED THE WII! IT WAS AMAZING! OMG!". And people cheered and stuff, it was so funny. I would also like to thank the 'Soupman' restaurant for keeping me warm while in line. The line covered the door to it and I was freezing. btw, it was 41 degrees F. I got a warm Seafod brisque and the wii on my mind to keep me warm When i got close enough, i got to see their display of Wii boxes and stuff. The TVs that they had were SHARP hdtvs. It would have been very ironic for it to have Sony tvs but they didn't Nintendo did a very good job on every little detail
The line took soooo long. I got there at 11:30 and finally go in at 1:30 only to realize that there were more lines to get into and you got a raffle ticket. They held a ticket drawing every hour and the winner recieved a bag of Nintendo goodies. I didn't win anything though The chances were around 1 in 1000. The winners got a DS game and an assortment of Nintendo gear, from hats to tshirts to sweatshirts and every single one recieved a Wii shirt. They like let 2 people into the store every few minutes. But at least i got in and these lines were to specific games. The Wii games they had were Wii sports (all 5 games), Rayman, excite truck, monkeyball, and zelda. Zelda of course had the longest line and it was just too long. They had two lines to play any of the Wii Sports games except boxing. You could play one round of bowling, 2 rounds of baseball (pitch+bat), 2 rounds tennis, and 1 hole of golf. Another line was made specifically for Boxing because it required the Nunchuck. The last line went upstairs and split into smaller lines to play the other games. me and my sis got into the boxing line while my parents got into the other wii sports line. The zelda line was just too long but i think it would have been worth it. You get to play the whole beginning mission that you see in the videos, the one where you shoot dummies and kill these monsters and you stop at this giant door/vault thingy. I was in this line for about 45 minutes but it was worth it. So i finally was given the most precious thing in the world: a Wiimote+nunchuck. Wow! I was so amazed. The Wiimote isn't that small and is 'heavy' just like what IGN described it as. It's not like a brick but it's heavy enough that you notice that you are moving an object in your hand, instead of air. The nunchuck also fit in my hand perfectly. I was worried that it would be quite small and i was wrong, a good thing. The buttons on the nunchuck weren't too small either, quite the right size imo. The motion sensitivity was amazing. You can do jabs and punches and uppercuts and stuff. you can punch forward, punch down, punch high, etc. You block buy holding the Wiimote up like what real boxers do to cover their face. It was so amazing! You could bend to the left or right to get avoid the other guys punches and reminded me of the matrix when the guy missed me when i went to the right. it was just simply amazing! So it ended in 3 rounds and i won. knocked him out
While in line, for 45 minutes i watched other people play Wii sports and noticed quite a few things. First, i saw the menu! it's a nice light blue and the sports are on the left side with these bubbly buttons that you press. Also, for leftys you can adjust the settings. You can choose which hand you use for each individual game. I have a pic of that that i'll post as an edit later. If you didn't know already, the bat in baseball is 1:1 meaning that where ever the Wiimote moves, the bat moves. so you can swirl it around before you hit or just keep it still. The only gripe I have about it is that only the batter and pitcher has legs. After you make a hit and show the screen with the bases, all of the Miis legs disappear and the little Mii batter hops along to the bases. imo, it looked like a fast forwarded bunny hopping Mii kinda funny but unexpected. Wii tennis looked great too. The crowd though was quite empty and seemed to only consist of the other Miis stored on the Wii. My parents said it was really sensitive and accurate. When you sliced with the wiimote, the tennis ball was sliced across the court. you could also accurately aim the ball. If you didn't wave the wiimote fast enough, your ball would hit the net. You don't have to wave it too fast but it takes a little more effort. I don't really have much to say about golf, seemed fairly simple and the old guy that i talked about early almost got a hole in one
After i finished playing the the Wii, i took a picture with Pikachu! I went upstairs to get some gear. Aside from the regular cool Nintendo clothing featuring Zelda and mario, there was a Wii shirt. I could have gotten it but it just didn't look that cool. I'm not saying it's bad but i personally didn't like it. It was a white shirt with a wiimote and nunchuck on it and 11.19.06 on the back. I got a picture of it i'll show later. I did however get a red sweatshirt with Nintendo on it and a green shirt with "*green mushroom* = Life". Love it! I also took pictures of the history of Nintendo that had things from Famicom to gameboys. I also saw people play zelda, rayman, excite truck, dbz. (might have forgotten a few). Zelda btw looks amazing!
So my trip to Nintendo World Store has finally ended. Our plan didn't include waiting in line for so many hours so we had to go home. On our way out, we saw the people who were just behind us in the zelda line. They were halfway and it was 3pm already. They went behind us at around 11:45 so they had been waiting for like 3:15 hours lol! But i think it was well worth it. So i get home and now here i am describing my trip. After thinking about it, it means that had been standing and walking from 9am to 3pm. So i never sat down for 6 hours straight, wow.
If you have any questions or anything about what i saw or learned just ask.
-I would also like to point out: The Nintendo guy there said that the Wii graphics have been upgraded a little so that's good news
-EDIT: just remembered! A few more tidbits of info:
Along waiting in line, the Wii does attract many kinds of people, both non gamers and gamers. I saw single people and even couples waiting in line talking about the Wii. Really cool to see. I didnt' see just one couple, i saw lots of them dotted throughout the line. Not married people, like young 20-25 year olds.
Also when my parents played Wii tennis, they caught on really really quickly. And i mean really really quickly. Since we do play tennis in the spring my mom and dad caught on like instantly. My dad was pwning the computer with his slices and spins.
MORE PICS ON NEXT POST!
Also for left handed folks: My dad is left handed and he had no problem playing Wii Tennis Good news
Ok, my first batch of pics. My favorite ones and ones of interest along with my comments and description:
-Note: sry for the quality. i guess if you change the size of the pic to about 1 inch high, you get a really detailed pic lol
Omfg... the freaking long line. You can see the door a little further down with the window walls
A very tall man and another vew of the line:
My first glimps of a real life Wii box at their display window
My glimpse of inside the store: more lines Lucky bastards though
The door inside. So close!!!
The line to Zelda and other games. It starts on the bottom of the stairs and takes forever
Wii sports Tennis!
Wii sports warning sign lol!
Some wierd guy playing Wii boxing. Jk jk, it's me.
My Nintendo Wii guide who supported me throughout the boxing match lol. btw, of course all Wii units were manned
This lucky dude won the raffle. See the nintendo guy with the mic holding the gift bag?
A better view of the Wii in ll it's glory
A great picture of the Wii sports menu
After you pick the sport, you get to pick your Mii
After you pick your Mii, you confirm it
Left Handed Folks, even Nintendo is thinking of you Here's the menu where you get to choose which hand you use
Because the Wii thinks it's the same person playing the Wii for 5 hours: at least they have safety first
Some Wii Baseball!! THe versus screen;
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