Picked up my Wii preorder yesterday.
I had the Zellers preorder with Excite Truck and Rayman.
I also bought (preordered from EBGames) 2 extra wiimotes, 1 extra nunchuk (still need one... I found it odd zellers had 10 extra wiimotes and no nunchucks), 1 virtual controller (still need one more). 4000 points, Super Monkey Ball, and of course Zelda (yes... the so called 'cheap' system has already run me close to $800!!!)
I ordered the component cables for my 37" Aquos LCD last week from Nintendo. Says they were to ship today (fingers crossed). (and as they are in Richmond, and I’m in Nanaimo, I hope they are quick!)
Setup was simple, and the sensor bar attached to the top of my TV without trouble. It is quite discreet, and looks fine.
I was very scared of how the PQ would fare. When I plugged my gamecube into my LCD last year, it looked so terrible that I just left it on my 27" Hitachi CRT instead.
I am pleased to say (although I can’t reason why) that the Wii looks MUCH better than the gamecube did. It actually looks good (much to my amazement... I really expected to be disappointed). Now I really can't wait to get the component cables and get rocking in 480p widescreen. (I have it set as 480i widescreen now).
I had the WiFi USB connector from my DS (I don’t have a wireless router). I am happy to say connecting the Wii to the internet was a breeze. It took 2 separate updates which took about 2 minutes each to download. I bought SuperMario64 and FZero from the Store. Worked like a charm. I even made a Mii for me and my Wife.
Generally I like the background sounds and such.
I found the Wiimote was MUCH improved by setting the sensitivity to the highest level (I also have a wireless keyboard/mouse in the room, and a 5.4GHZ phone... not sure if they make a difference). It worked at the default, but when making small fine control movements it had a tendency to jitter about. It seems to work great once I adjusted the sensitivity.
As this is my Christmas present, which my Kids are going to give me this year, I had to wait ALL DAY LONG until they went to bed to be able to try it out. Then my wife wanted to watch Amazing Race. But come 10pm, I was all about the Wii. lol.
The only games I tried were Wii Sports, and Monkey Ball (I want to wait till I get component cables to play Zelda and Rayman... off topic... one web review said rayman didn’t do 480p, even though the manual said it would. Anyone experience this for themselves?).
Wii Sports was quite fun. Me and my wife played a bunch of Tennis and Bowling. Were a little unimpressed with Golf (too simple), and I didn’t yet try Boxing or Baseball (need the wife to love it, so I’m basically gonna play whatever she wants for now
I really loved in bowling how you add spin to the ball... very addictive.
Tennis was awesome too.. once we got some good back and forth volleying going. Wii Sports obviously lacks depth, but I am sold on the new control scheme.
Monkey Ball was fun-ish. We beat the first 8 levels. Haven’t yet tried the mini games. The control system is incredibly clever, however I found the graphics to be pretty sub par (and this is someone who is content, but not impressed, that the Wii is not HDTV capable). I really want the component cables!
I cant wait to spend more time with the Wii, but so far so good. Holding the Wiimote and pointing at the screen was totally natural and satisfying.
Bottom line: The Wii is poised to be the best system in the history of gaming... IF IF IF the developers can make really good games, which go beyond the gimmick of the Wiimote. I have high hopes, and am sure they won't disappoint. I think this system will really come into its own after a year or two when the game devs really unlock the potential (look at the slow start the DS was off too.. now the games just keep getting better and better).
btw ... EBgames and Zellers sell the points card for $25