Wednesday, May 17, 2006

And, wheeeeee~~~!

Um, I mean, Wii. And by that, I mean Nintendo's Wii. Man, if that was spoken out loud, it would sound pretty weird right now.

"Wii" is Nintendo's upcoming, next generation gaming system. Originally codenamed "Nintendo Revolution," it is set to compete with Microsoft's X-Box 360 and Sony's Playstation 3. The big thing about Wii is not so much the gaming system, but its new, remote-like controller.

It is important to note that, according to Tycho of Penny Arcade (and as I have already suspected), who got to test-play the Wii-mote at E3, you do not need to move so dramatically and with such fervor to use the controller. Or, in his words:
"every video of people playing this system shows them utilizing gross motor movements and generally behaving like spazmoids, and you have a scenario where their own promotional materials have taught every person to play it wrong."
Most of the gameplay look very interesting, and I would love to get some hands-on experience to see how it works. However...

"Orchestra conductor" game? That's quite possibly the most boring game ever conceived.