Doctor Stiles?!

December 6th, 2006 . by Josh

Yeah yeah, anyway, Trauma Center was one of the games for the Nintendo DS, that had me hooked to the way the hand held would lend itself to different style games. But when I heard it was coming out for the Nintendo Wii, All I said was, "Well I don't see how it would really work on the Wiimote, shakey hands, you can't sense pressure of your movements" etc.

But they definatly proved me out to be a liar with Trauma Center 2: The Second Opinion, and they seem to have made others realize the same as well.

This brings me to GameTrailers video review of this Wii launch game, albeit a bit late, but it's a game I don't think anyone should over look, It's also my top played game at this moment so their 8.2 score should not push anyone away from trying it out. 

Editorial: My Mini Wii Rant

December 5th, 2006 . by jb

No WiiOnline for Wii Sports is no where to be seen.  One of the reasons Nintendo gave for the name, "Wii", was that it was like "We", as in "We play together."  The "We" in Wii Sports does not exist unless you have someone to play with locally.  Nintendo hyped up their online, and specifically the Wii Channels.  Currently, the News and Forecast channels are not online yet.  Huh?  How am I supposed to know what the weather is doing outside while I'm bowling without the Forecast Channel, Nintendo?!  Another thing that is missing is being able to see the achievements of your Mii friends who have sent you their Mii's.  (Am I the only one who is f-ing hating this naming scheme of Nintendo's?)  I can see Josh's Mii, but not his accomplishments or Mii fitness rating or anything.  That's lame.  Sure it's nice to have your friends' Mii's in your baseball lineup or see them walking around and bowling at the alley, but without any stats or ways to compare accomplishments, it's all rather meaningless.  Sort of like using the Wii to communicate with your friends.  I don't know I have a message waiting for me while the Wii is on unless I actually go to the Wii menu and then to the message area.  If I turn the Wii off (sleep mode) I may see a flashing light on the front, but it's a little damn late to get my attention at that point.  I turned it off because I was DONE!  Not because I want to see if I have a message!  You can forget about watching a movie with that damn blue light flashing on and off the way it does when you have a message!  It's an f-ing distraction, and really the whole messaging aspect is lame.  If you have WiFi in your house, and don't own a computer, you're probably not going to be spending a lot of time sending messages to your friends over the Wii anyway.  I can see using it to leave messages to others in your house, but you still don't need to see a blue light flashing at you while the Wii is in sleep mode.

Whew, I finally got that off my chest.  I feel better. :) 

[Source: Mii]

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New Virtual Console Games

December 4th, 2006 . by Josh

Nintendo WiiToday on the Wii Shop Channel, Nintendo released four new retro titles.

  • Donkey Kong Jr. – 500 Wii points
  • Columns – 800 Wii points
  • Ristar – 800 Wii points
  • Victory Run – 600 Wii points

Obviously, this isn't exactly the list of games that everyone hoped for. Sure alot of people enjoy these games, I'm not doubting that. But with such classic titles as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Mario Kart most people, including myself, would rather have those instead of Donkey Kong Jr.

[Source: Game Informer]

Casual Gamers Are Priceless

December 3rd, 2006 . by jb

The Wii is bringing in the casual gamers…and lucky us: the results are hilarious.

People say that playing the Wii makes you look like a fool.  This, is a video of one of those people.

BONUS: If you close your eyes, it sounds like some confusing bedroom action!

Ten Must-Have Virtual Console Games

December 3rd, 2006 . by jb

Retro ControllerThe folks over at CVG have compiled their short-list of must-have Virtual Console games for the Nintendo Wii.  Here's their list:

  • Super Mario 64
  • Donkey Kong
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Urban Champion
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • F-Zero
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Ecco The Dolphin
  • Bomberman '93

It's not an unreasonable group of games, but reasonable gamers may disagree.  New titles are expected each Monday.  Nintendo has announced that there will be 31 downloadable Virtual Console games available before Xmas.

[Source: CVG

SSX (Wii) Trailer From Last Night

December 2nd, 2006 . by jb

Fran DrescherSpikeTV got their grubby little hands on an exclusive first look at the next SSX game in the line-up.

The preview isn't exactly heart pounding excitement, but it shows a new art direction from their previous "we're so rocker" template.

The controls should make or break this game, and I'm not too sure how they'd want to implement them on the Wii.  Let's just pray that it doesn't involve tilting the controller around like snowboard, as I'm almost positive that would get annoying.  Like Fran Drescher annoying…

Fingers crossed that the game is just as good as all of its predecessors.

Hit the jump for the video.

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Wii Channels Release Dates

December 1st, 2006 . by Josh

Forecast and News Channel information has finally been released from Nintendo today, for the Nintendo Wii. Both were inactive from the consoles at launch, but now a date for activation has been set.

The Forecast Channel has been given the go for December 20th, whereas the News Channel will be launched on January 27th. It's good to see Nintendo is giving information about these two channels, as many people wondered why they were inactive on the console at launch.

[Source: NintendoWiiFanboy]

Wii Accidents Make Yahoo! News

November 30th, 2006 . by jb

Broken Wii StrapQuestion:  Is this story being blown way out of proportion?

Answer:  Probably

As a Wii owner myself, I can't say I haven't witnessed some slips.  But I can also say that I make sure anyone who straps up isn't a complete tard.  I've had roommates, friends, and even cousins slip up with their Wii Sports actions.

Heart Flutters: 3      Broken TVs/Wii-motes: 0

On the one side of the coin, clearly these players are immersing themselves within the games they play.  On the other side…these people were picked last in gym class.  Anyone with decent motor skills can tell you that it isn't difficult to s i m u l a t e motions, without actually doing them.

[Source: GoNintendo

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