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2012-09-11 01:16:21 PM  
Ah, the Wii. The Bowflex of gaming consoles. Too bad it wasn't big enough to use for hanging clothes.
 
2012-09-11 01:46:43 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Ah, the Wii. The Bowflex of gaming consoles. Too bad it wasn't big enough to use for hanging clothes.


It works pretty well as a door stopper if you have a light door and there's no breeze.
 
2012-09-11 01:53:40 PM  
Never understood the hate for the Wii.  Its not really a gamers console.  I'm not a gamer... I don't do first person shooters, MMORPG, games with high-intensity action and graphics.
 
Its perfect for me.  Have some friends over for drinks and play bowling, darts, golf, whatever.
 
2012-09-11 01:58:02 PM  

downstairs: Never understood the hate for the Wii.


I don't hate the Wii, I've just never really enjoyed any of their games beyond the one that shipped with the console. My friends and I played bowling for days, but every other game just got a 'meh'.
 
2012-09-11 02:05:42 PM  
Hey, don't kill it yet. I'm having a yard sale this weekend! I need to unload that sucker.
 
2012-09-11 02:22:08 PM  
Guess it wasn't that great for a lot of people, but I'm enjoying Zelda, Last Story, and Xenoblade.
 
2012-09-11 02:23:52 PM  

scottydoesntknow: I don't hate the Wii, I've just never really enjoyed any of their games beyond the one that shipped with the console. My friends and I played bowling for days, but every other game just got a 'meh'.


it always seemed to me to be a great example of not supporting a system post release.
 
2012-09-11 02:24:13 PM  
I still play with my Wii. If I didn't, my Wii would lie dormant and flaccid.
 
2012-09-11 02:27:24 PM  

scottydoesntknow: downstairs: Never understood the hate for the Wii.

I don't hate the Wii, I've just never really enjoyed any of their games beyond the one that shipped with the console. My friends and I played bowling for days, but every other game just got a 'meh'.


It's our Netflix machine. That's about it. Even my 6 and 4 year old would rather play Xbox or PS2. It's fun for the Wii Sports and Resort-type titles, but any platformer/FPS/adventure game on there is going to be clunky and suffer from trying to shoehorn what should be simple controls into an abortion of motion controls that never quite worked correctly.

Great for a group of friends to bowl or swordfight, horrible to sit down and relax and play a game on.

I've been thinking of getting rid of it in favor of another 360 for the living room. That way the boys can play their titles in there and have all the apps an functionality of the 360 too.
 
2012-09-11 02:27:54 PM  
Xenoblade Chronicles was fun if you were able to ignore the horrible voice work or had the tv on mute.
 
2012-09-11 02:30:13 PM  
It really was an excellent emulator and homebrew platform that also ran New Super Mario Bros. and the occaisonal Mario Party, as well as Paper Mario and even some Mario Kart.
 
2012-09-11 02:30:41 PM  
I loved the idea of the Wii, and enjoyed a few of the games. But they just never had enough "must have" titles to keep me playing. Beyond a handful of first-party titles, the precious little time I had to spend playing video games was better spend on my Xbox.
 
2012-09-11 02:31:21 PM  
I haven't touched my Wii in two years.
 
2012-09-11 02:33:18 PM  
Aww man. Time for the Wii to die already? And here I am, still busily searching for all the Gamecube games I never had a chance to play before.
 
2012-09-11 02:34:24 PM  
many great games, console itself never really lived up to promises tho
 
2012-09-11 02:35:14 PM  

scottydoesntknow: downstairs: Never understood the hate for the Wii.

I don't hate the Wii, I've just never really enjoyed any of their games beyond the one that shipped with the console. My friends and I played bowling for days, but every other game just got a 'meh'.


I haven't played any of the sports games in ages. My Wii has become a system for playing all of their older games on.

And that is exactly where Playstation and Microsoft are going all wrong. Portin is okay,but backwards compatibility is where it's at.
 
2012-09-11 02:35:49 PM  
I hacked mine, have all Wii games on an external hardrive, and all 850 SNES games on a SD card that I can play, my Wii is far from being bid farewell.
 
2012-09-11 02:37:33 PM  
I liked Resident Evil ported to the Wii.
 
2012-09-11 02:38:18 PM  
Ah...the Wii.

Drove over an hour to buy my own (only place that said they would have them), i was sitting in a Best Buy parking lot for an hour watching some shiatty movie on my ipod. The lady i talked to on the phone the day before knocked on my car window and asked if i was the guy. I got to see them grab my Wii off the truck - it was a magical experience.

I played the hell out of my Wii legit, especially the Trauma Center games.Some of the best games i ever played were the rail shooters - it was made for these games. All the House of the Dead games, Deadspace Extraction, Resident Evil Darkside / Umbrella Chronicles. So many hours with my buddy blasting baddies.

I eventually i got a 250 gig freeagent go and turned it into a piracy machine, hacking it was simple and easy with the Bannerbomb. I played the crap out of Megaman 9 , Warioware , Mad World and Little KIng's story. Pretty much anything i could get my hands on

As the story goes - the luster eventually fades and i just kept on gaming on other platforms. Eventually sold my hacked machine w/ all my games to a friend who never really played a Wii for $100. Glad it's not gathering dust in a pawn shop.

Have a good life little buddy, we had some good times together. Hope Young is treating you well.
 
2012-09-11 02:39:09 PM  

downstairs: Its perfect for me.  Have some friends over for drinks and play bowling, darts, golf, whatever.


That was my biggest problem with the Wii. Darts, golf, whatever, I can go play those things in real life. The best games offered on the Wii would allow me to play sports with friends. If I want to play golf with some people I'll just go play golf. If I want to play video games with them, I'll go get a ps3 or xbox and blow up aliens with nice graphics.

I just think the game selection for the Wii was really weak. I know the target audience was pretty much everyone except gamers but still.
 
2012-09-11 02:39:11 PM  
Resident Evil 4 got most of my Wii time.
 
2012-09-11 02:40:06 PM  
The Wii to me is: Bowling (the Resort version), Excite Truck, Mario Kart, and the Williams Pinball Collection.

I own probably about 20 others but those are the 4 that I would play right now.

Good little console!
 
2012-09-11 02:41:40 PM  
It just couldn't live up to what it wanted to be. Not precise enough, not powerful enough. It was cheap and unique, which made it sell well. But Nintendo didn't have a long term plan. I don't know anyone interested in the WiiU.
 
2012-09-11 02:44:28 PM  

Girion47: I hacked mine, have all Wii games on an external hardrive, and all 850 SNES games on a SD card that I can play, my Wii is far from being bid farewell.


Things like this reaffirm to me that progress is happening. I still remember zip disks and there's no way the old one would hold any photoshop file I'm doing today.

Little envious, I'd rather play old SNES than anything out there.
 
2012-09-11 02:44:50 PM  
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2012-09-11 02:46:11 PM  

Girion47: I hacked mine, have all Wii games on an external hardrive, and all 850 SNES games on a SD card that I can play, my Wii is far from being bid farewell.


Same, here. In fact, just today, I just sent a hacked unit to my sister for her birthday.
500GB hard drive with 2 partitions
130 Wii games on one and about 600 NES, SNES, N64 and Wii Ware titles on the other
 
2012-09-11 02:48:22 PM  
you know, its sort of interesting point that many of the people already in this thread who are looking fondly on the wii are saying 1 of 2 things- that they hacked theirs, or that they really enjoyed it for playing games from previous systems.
 
2012-09-11 02:49:11 PM  
If I wanted to jump around and swing my arms I would do it. I never thought of this as a selling point for a video game.
I also never played Dance Dance Revolution for similar reasons. Or Guitar Hero. I'm not six years old.
 
2012-09-11 02:50:10 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: downstairs: Its perfect for me.  Have some friends over for drinks and play bowling, darts, golf, whatever.

That was my biggest problem with the Wii. Darts, golf, whatever, I can go play those things in real life. The best games offered on the Wii would allow me to play sports with friends. If I want to play golf with some people I'll just go play golf. If I want to play video games with them, I'll go get a ps3 or xbox and blow up aliens with nice graphics.

I just think the game selection for the Wii was really weak. I know the target audience was pretty much everyone except gamers but still.



Sure, to each their own.  I liked that Wii bowling has some stuff you can't do in real life... 100-pin bowling is my absolute favorite.
 
2012-09-11 02:50:23 PM  
I just got my first Wii used on Craigslist a few months ago. It came with the new Super Mario Bros and a few other games. It's fun. But then Super Mario stopped working. It said it was a disk error. I could fool it into working every 100th time if I messed with it long enough, and every other game worked fine. So I read about all sorts of other people having this problem, with mixed results. I decided that the lens was probably ready to be replaced, so I ordered one and replaced it. Super Mario still wouldn't work bu the other games were still all fine. So I downloaded Dolphin emulator and now have 4 Wii remotes connected to my pc and I can play the new Super Mario Brothers game with my kids now. It works pretty well. And I still sometimes use the Wii to turn on the light bar.

/riveting is the word you're looking for, bro
 
2012-09-11 02:50:44 PM  
The Force Unleashed isn't a bad game.
 
2012-09-11 02:52:57 PM  
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2012-09-11 02:56:11 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: scottydoesntknow: downstairs: Never understood the hate for the Wii.

I don't hate the Wii, I've just never really enjoyed any of their games beyond the one that shipped with the console. My friends and I played bowling for days, but every other game just got a 'meh'.

I haven't played any of the sports games in ages. My Wii has become a system for playing all of their older games on.

And that is exactly where Playstation and Microsoft are going all wrong. Portin is okay,but backwards compatibility is where it's at.


So you currently have you Wii for playing past generation's games. Are you even considering buying a WiiU? It seems pretty much every person here who still uses their Wii hacked it and are playing past games on it, not even focusing on current games, which is how Nintendo actually stays in the market.

I agree that backwards compatability is a good thing, but if all you're gonna use the system for is an emulator for past games, there's absolutely no market for that.
 
2012-09-11 02:59:27 PM  
I liked Battalion Wars, Metroid, Zelda, for the Wii. Xenoblade was the last purchase, and hadn't bought anything in for a while before that other than FF III SNES and the sequel to FF II SNES/Cellphone game on the VC. (Which btw, is awesome, the last dungeon has you fighting bosses spanning FF 1 - 10)

Xenoblade was a bit rough, it felt like an RPG that wanted to be an MMO, and maybe that's OK for me on a PC (Looking at you Skyrim) but I want my open world console RPGs to be a bit more linear and instead of letting you upgrade this and that, craft this and upgrade those, modify bits and pieces - I'd rather a few of those systems done really well then 15 of them giving me a great big 'meh'. Reminded me of the last two Star Oceans that I didn't like.

I dunno, maybe I'm just getting older and don't have the time to invest like I used to. Maybe I just like the classics best. Currently going through Breath of Fire II on my android during my morning commute. It's as unforgiving as I remember. Good times. Just finished Earthbound on it, and I remember Gigyas being much much much tougher when I was 12 years old.
 
2012-09-11 03:03:42 PM  
Still play Super Mario Bros. Wii, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros and Mario Party on a regular basis with my kids. It's a great little console for me.

For playing any "serious" games (FPS, RPG, etc.) I still use the PC.
 
2012-09-11 03:04:39 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Ah, the Wii. The Bowflex of gaming consoles. Too bad it wasn't big enough to use for hanging clothes.


Wow, I'll have to remember that title. Good one!

scottydoesntknow:
I don't hate the Wii, I've just never really enjoyed any of their games beyond the one that shipped with the console. My friends and I played bowling for days, but every other game just got a 'meh'.


But that's... kinda the point of why it's a bad console. Most of Wii buyers got it along with Wii Sports, then never bought anything else for it. And that's... silly. Most people experienced in buying consoles knows you don't buy it unless there's a handful of games you KNOW you want for it. Casuals just bought it because it was popular and 'designed for them', not really knowing what they wanted, and ended up spending $200 for a glorified karaoke machine.

And this is why I think Nintendo might by in trouble with home consoles. I don't see casual gamers making that mistake twice, so the majority of Wii's audience won't buy the Wii U. Nintendo will always dominate the handheld market, but I think they shot themselves in the foot for home consoles.
 
2012-09-11 03:04:57 PM  
I feel obligated to post this.

PanicMan: It just couldn't live up to what it wanted to be. Not precise enough, not powerful enough. It was cheap and unique, which made it sell well


Pretty sure they just wanted it to be cheap and unique. The only people who made more of it were the rabid fanboys screaming about how it was the best thing ever, with nothing but personal opinion and hope to back up their claims.

The initial hype allowed Nintendo to have good sales for a few years before anyone caught on, and i'm sure it's considered a success among Nintendo execs for that.

If you've forgotten, watching this may jog your memory about how delusional the hype machine for the wii was, and how committed the fans were. Why, i can remember many people posting that very clip here as 'evidence' that the wii is the best thing evar.
 
2012-09-11 03:11:02 PM  
Does anyone know if I can keep my virtual console games somehow on whatever the nextgen Nintendo is? Last I checked I could not, which made me very angry.

Although my Wii (one of the very first) makes a horrible noise now it still runs, and I have a ton of virtual console games. When I talked to Nintendo support they said if I purchased a new Wii I would have to re-purchase any virtual console games. Thats BS! Thats why I never bought a replacement Wii. That was like 2 years ago though and maybe it's been changed since then?
 
Ant
2012-09-11 03:11:33 PM  
I especially don't like Wii Fit, and that judgmental little "Oh!" you get when you step on the platform. Fark you! I know I'm fat, dammit!
 
2012-09-11 03:14:10 PM  
I recently got the Metroid Prime Trilogy, having never played any of them before, and that's a great game for the Wii.

There are a lot of great games for the system, and now is probably a good time to get one. They're cheap, you know what games are actually good, and you'll have a lot of fun. I can understand why it didn't appeal to the hardcore gamer, especially anyone who liked the online components, but it was and still is a lot of fun.

I'll probably play it on and off for years to come, as I care less about the newest game and more about what's fun for me to play. It's also why my PS2 is still pretty busy, and why I often use my DS to play GBA games.

So yeah, I liked the Wii.
 
2012-09-11 03:14:39 PM  
My daughters still play Animal Crossing and Mario Kart on a daily basis. Sometimes Epic Mickey.

I enjoyed Resident Evil 4 until I got stuck on the flatbed truck.

I finished The Force Unleashed in an afternoon without ever upgrading my character.
 
2012-09-11 03:19:25 PM  
I, for one, am looking forward to the WiiU, Lego City Stories looks like a blast.

Libertrollian: Does anyone know if I can keep my virtual console games somehow on whatever the nextgen Nintendo is? Last I checked I could not, which made me very angry.


I looked in to this after my Wii's drive died last month; Nintendo was saying that you could transfer VC games from your Wii to the WiiU.

We'll see what they have to say tomorrow, though.

You still can't transfer from Wii to Wii, but they are learning -- you can transfer between 3DSs.

Aside:

For all of you people who have modified your Wii to play (honest!) only legitimate backup copies and homebrew games, please do us all a favour and do NOT sell your cracked Wii to Gamestop. I bought a used replacement for my Wii, got it home, and the chip blocked the system update my daughter's new game needed. (they exchanged it without complaint, and the crying stopped after I got the second used one working)
 
2012-09-11 03:20:28 PM  

scottydoesntknow: The My Little Pony Killer: scottydoesntknow: downstairs: Never understood the hate for the Wii.

I don't hate the Wii, I've just never really enjoyed any of their games beyond the one that shipped with the console. My friends and I played bowling for days, but every other game just got a 'meh'.

I haven't played any of the sports games in ages. My Wii has become a system for playing all of their older games on.

And that is exactly where Playstation and Microsoft are going all wrong. Portin is okay,but backwards compatibility is where it's at.

So you currently have you Wii for playing past generation's games. Are you even considering buying a WiiU? It seems pretty much every person here who still uses their Wii hacked it and are playing past games on it, not even focusing on current games, which is how Nintendo actually stays in the market.

I agree that backwards compatability is a good thing, but if all you're gonna use the system for is an emulator for past games, there's absolutely no market for that.


Isn't the WiiU supposed to be a handheld? I don't do handhelds. If it's actually a system, I might eventually end up with one right about the time that they start making announcements for their next system.

I do play some of the newer Wii games, so it still has value for me in that way. And there is absolutely a market for it if it means not having to own 5 different systems.
 
2012-09-11 03:21:50 PM  
You haven't lived until you've played ExciteBots.

Seriously.

One of the best arcade racers I have ever played.
 
2012-09-11 03:22:56 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Isn't the WiiU supposed to be a handheld? I don't do handhelds. If it's actually a system, I might eventually end up with one right about the time that they start making announcements for their next system.


the wiiU is a new console. one of the controllers will feature a touch screen that allows you to play handheld style games, and also adds in various mini game type experiences to compliment the console games on your screen.

because if you're like me, you want to stop looking at your very expensive large screen to muck around on a tiny touch screen while in a game.
 
2012-09-11 03:24:38 PM  

tlchwi02: The My Little Pony Killer: Isn't the WiiU supposed to be a handheld? I don't do handhelds. If it's actually a system, I might eventually end up with one right about the time that they start making announcements for their next system.

the wiiU is a new console. one of the controllers will feature a touch screen that allows you to play handheld style games, and also adds in various mini game type experiences to compliment the console games on your screen.

because if you're like me, you want to stop looking at your very expensive large screen to muck around on a tiny touch screen while in a game.


Oh gosh, I'll be skipping over that one then. I have two games for my DSi that I absolutely love, but I hate the way it makes my hands cramp up and my eyes hurt.
 
2012-09-11 03:25:26 PM  
I never got tired of the Wii. There was always something cool to play, you just had to know what to get. Okami, Scarface: The World is Yours, Boom Blox, De Blob, Bully: Scholarship Edition, Wii Sports Resort, Cursed Mountain, Dead Space: Extraction, Red Steel 2, the list goes on and on. Heck, I'm still picking up Wii games that I missed when they were first released. The only thing that ever cheesed me off about the Wii was the delayed released of the Wii MotionPlus feature. Other than that, this console was solid. Can't wait for WiiU.
 
2012-09-11 03:26:35 PM  
If it's so great, why did it come out after the 360 and PS3, yet is going away well before them?
 
2012-09-11 03:26:35 PM  
I was really interested in this when it first came out, but months of their intentional scarcity marketing turned me off.

By the time they finally decided to produce enough to keep them on the shelves, I wouldn't have taken one for free.
 
2012-09-11 03:28:31 PM  
I also like GoldenEye, except for the fact that they cast that interloper instead of Pierce Brosnan.
 
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