PC Magazine Editor’s Choice: Nintendo Wii is ‘fun, engaging, wildly innovative’

“Let’s get this out of the way first: the Wii’s graphics look terrible compared with the competition. But within about a half hour of playing games on Nintendo’s revolutionary Wii, you won’t care. This new game console transcends visuals to deliver the most satisfying game play, for a wide range of gamers, than either the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3,” Jim Louderback reports for PC Magazine. (The Nintendo Wii will go on sale starting Sunday, November 19.)

“Using the controllers can be as simple as waving the primary device around like a wand… during the first 20 minutes of testing, as we played Nintendo’s excellent new Twilight Princess game, both my 7-year-old son and I were pining for the old school. But after about a half hour, we were clicking, swinging, pointing, and playing with ease. By mid-day, we were hooked,” Louderback reports.

“Most Wii customers probably won’t start off with the complex Twilight Princess game, however, since Nintendo will include Wii Sports, a cartoony take on baseball, bowling, golf, tennis, and boxing, with every Wii it sells this fall. Wii Sports lets you ease into the new controller and helps current console gamers break old habits. During an extended weekend of testing the new console and the new games, with current console users and those new to gaming, the new controller delivered an immersive and easy-to-use experience,” Louderback reports.

“It remains to be seen whether Nintendo will capture a large number of nongamers, but the Wii will certainly appeal to everyone who owns a GameCube, along with families and other gamers looking for something new. Nintendo expects more than 30 games to be available for the Wii this fall, with more on the way next year. And at $250, the Wii is a much easier purchase, one that will deliver more fun to your home than its pricey competitors. If you can find one.”

Much, much more in the full review here.

MacDailyNews Note: Not Apple-related, but may be interesting to some MDN readers. We’re going to follow the story of Nintendo’s Wii for pretty obvious reasons.

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42 Comments

  1. I’ll probably just stick with the Wii. XBox is made by a monopoly, and PS3 is way too expensive. The Wii looks perfect, aside from it’s lack of a DVD drive. I’ll be buying one! Great price too!

  2. I speculate that when Apple manufacture iTV, it will have games too.

    However, they will be super mainstream titles as per iPod … or maybe even Popcap product.

    These games are not HD, not even very complicated, not on radar of hardcore gamers … but they sell by the boatload. They are cheap to make (no $10MM budgets) and therefore highly profitable.

    So, no, HD graphics do not matter. If they did, my gaming PC with its 2560×1600 HD resolution eats PS3 and 360 for breakfast anyways. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  3. Engadget and others running announcement from Nintendo that “premium Wii” available in 2007 (in Japan and USA only) that includes DVD playback.

    http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/14/nintendo-confirms-dvd-enabled-wii-in-07/

    They will continue to see DVD playback free versions at lower price point, for those who just want gaming fun.

    To me Wii looks like the best of three ‘next gen’ consoles, okay its graphics are bellow PS3 and Xbox 360 but they are better than Xbox and PS2 and the controller is fantastic!

  4. I think the Wii will be the hit of the game consoles as it is more affordable at $250.00. The other two are for the millionares who can afford to put out almost $600.00.
    This is the first time I actually agree with Mr. Louderback.

  5. “Did Cartman ever get his Nintendo Wii or did the atheists kill him first?”

    Cartman got back to his time but the atheists sent him back too early — a full two months before the Wii was to come out rather than 2 weeks before. He froze himself again…

  6. well here it is, the only interesting thing going on in the world of videogames… Nintendo decided to sell FUN. Thank goodness someone gets it. This thng will be the most successful launch for the big N since the SNES.

  7. What a bunch of retards! Hey, “Nannokoshitface“, you need to learn to read, too, dipshit. It’s “Wubba” . . . bubba.

    And Eric, the answer is ‘No’. John Kerry’s a douchebag.

    Like you.

    Buster, you moron, I’m not your hubby. Queer.

    You buncha f-cking assclown f-ckheads can all just suck it.

    Wii rocks.

    Learn it. Live it. Be it.

    Tools.

  8. How can the Wii’s graphics look “TERRIBLE” ?

    The GameCube has some great looking games like Metroid Prime 1&2 and the Wii is supposed to look better than that.

    Sure… Nothing on it is going to look as awesome as Gears of War does on our 360s, but the new Zelda is looking pretty damned good if you ask me!

    I plan to get one before the end of the year to compliment my 360.

  9. I don’t think there’s a “huge” markup, but at least Nintendo makes a profit from the first unit. Xbox still hasn’t made a cent.

    This thing is going to be huge. I like my Gamecube very much and thought it was a nice system… but it wasn’t different enough. This is… I can’t wait to try Zelda with the new controller….

    The DVD playback thing is stupid… I don’t want a game machine that does all this extra stuff, I just want it to play games. I have a DVD player to play DVDs.

  10. So WTF does all this have to do with Apple?

    What next, MDN? Automotive press releases? How about hot new home & garden ideas? Or maybe horoscopes and soap opera news?

    If you’re gonna get completely off topic you might as well do it right. At least non-Apple Microsoft news is relevant because it keeps eyes on the enemy. This other stuff is BS.

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