I'm a 30 year old gamer who has owned every single system under the sun and all of a sudden the Wii has snuck up and become the first system I've been really jazzed about in quite awhile. I still haven't bought the 360 even after having the box in my hands a few times. The graphics look GREAT, but there just aren't any titles out there that I'm dying to play. Maybe Forza will do it. Something where realism and immersion really make a difference.
Some people might take this the wrong way, but a big part of my excitement is because I really think my 5 year old daughter is going to be able to play and enjoy some of these games with me. I've tried to get her involved in what I thought were some simple games before and the controller esp the need to memorize the button layout has been a huge hurdle. I think many current designers..... and players, seem to equate complexity with quality. The Wii controller just looks like it's going to be so intuitive and simple.
Then throw on top of that the number of launch and early release titles that look like something we both could enjoy together. Elebits hide 'n' seek and manipulation looks absolutely perfect. Mini games are great so you've got Wii Sports, Rayman, Monkey Ball (she's excited about after I showed her the trailer), Smooth Moves, Wii Play, and Mario Party. Quite a few children's titles coming out too, but might not turn out that any are actually playable by anyone as young as five and probably more taking turns type games instead of something we'd be using the system to interact with each other like the above titles.
That's 7 titles!!! I don't see one single title other than Rayman in a list three times as long from the PS3, and the lack of the Wiimote would knock it off my list even though it's the same game.
Which brings me to the other reason I'm jazzed about the Wii. I have played every single game coming out on the PS3 and 360 a hundred times before. The industry is stagnant. If nothing else giving designers a slightly different means of interacting with the system should mean some creative new games to play.
So I think it might be, compared to the competition, more a system geared towards (or maybe allowing them to be involved is a better way of saying it) younger players, but is that a bad thing?