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  • Jamie C,

    well fancy that:

    http://wiiwantcricket.com/

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • tim kong,

    I got a chance to play on the 360 over the holidays - but very keen on the Wii.

    The 360 is cool - but you really need an HDTV to take advantage of the amazing graphics....

    And what appeals to me about the Wii is the fact that the games are designed to play. Sure they maybe somewhat cheesy on the graphics front, but it strikes me as the first console in a long time to get more than just one person involved.

    There's a couple of games on the PS2 that do that - DDR, Buzz and Singstar - but you have to be somewhat of an anorak to really get those.

    Where to buy one?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 153 posts Report Reply

  • tim kong,

    I did enjoy the chuckles from these Wii videos as well.

    http://uk.wii.com/exp/

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 153 posts Report Reply

  • nige,

    The Wii is great fun and think what it could do for obese youth! See the experiment at
    http://wiinintendo.net/2007/01/15/wii-sports-experiment-results/ Just the other day -despite a bit of a war going on- presidential hopeful Ms H Clinton was still raving on about evil video consoles and banning video games. Can someone give her a Wii to shut her up?!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • tim kong,

    Inspired in part by postings here, and also the fact that it was my birthday - wandered down to Warehouse and got one Wii - with extra controller.

    That was Friday night about 8pm - and after 20 minutes setting up - we played till 1am.

    The big bit is the WE - my wife hates consoles, never plays computer games and can't understand why I spend so much time obsessing over tech.

    But she was the one playing golf - and talking to the TV at 12:30am!

    Had friends round for dinner - and it was an instant hit, with all having a crack at the bowling, tennis and boxing.

    Excellent fun - although the light fitting has been hit twice during tennis matches - and we have had to re-arrange the furniture in the lounge.

    Building a mii is very amusing and have a mate in Oz who's already sent me several. Is slightly disconcerting to see the Hitler mii cheer you on at the tennis! Terrance and Phillip do look much like the originals though.

    It's the first console I've bought in 10 years - and it's brilliant.
    Q. Can anyone get the Shop channel to work?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 153 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    my wife hates consoles, never plays computer games and can't understand why I spend so much time obsessing over tech. But she was the one playing golf

    I've never owned a console before I got my Wii. It's the first one that makes sense to me. It's not just about pushing buttons, it's about moving and thinking in different ways.

    Q. Can anyone get the Shop channel to work?

    I have it working. You need to have Wii connected to your wireless interweb before the shop will operate.

    As well as classic games, the shop has a Wii interwebs browser (based on Opera and free to download). It allows you to browse the net on your TV, but it's is more painful than browsing on a PDA and not really worth it.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • tim kong,

    I can get my Wii online - via wireless router, and it's updated the firmware twice. I've managed to connect twice - got through the legals, and saw the shopfronts. But it's very slow and intermittent.

    I'm only on 256k down/128k up. that could be part of the problem.

    the weather channel works very smoothly once it's loaded.

    would like to get opera at least before they start charging for it.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 153 posts Report Reply

  • Devlin,

    Well the Wii certainly looks cool, i guess my only concern is how long the love lasts. Are those of you who were in early with purchasing a Wii still playing Wii Sports today?

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Scott Common,

    Well the Wii certainly looks cool, i guess my only concern is how long the love lasts. Are those of you who were in early with purchasing a Wii still playing Wii Sports today?

    Yeap - pre ordered and got on the release date - still playing it pretty much daily (mostly Wii sports). Waiting for some other titles to come out before I put more in - but as I said earlier it's going to be a console where a fair percentage of the games are average to below average (Red Steel for eg) in the first generation, it's the 2nd and 3rd gen games that will make it shine (ie once the developers are more at ease with the controls).

    But yes, still playing, had it for ages.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 62 posts Report Reply

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