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We still don't know when it'll be released, but we can't wait.

Word of mouth is a powerful tool and one that Nintendo is intent on leveraging to its full potential in the coming months, culminating with the launch of its next generation console - the Wii. Not content with 3rd place in the last round of the console wars, Japan's finest are working hard to build on the success of its DS launch last year, which has performed exceedingly well despite some stiff competition from Sony's PSP.

The dual screened machine dubbed 'ugly' by critics is currently outselling the PSP worldwide, thanks mainly to quality titles that attempt to change the way games are played; titles that break from the norm and open up an entirely new market and, as a result, an entirely new audience. The Wii is no stranger to this approach, with its single-handed controller, less than next-gen graphics, and innovations that we never expected. Pro-G had the chance to get some hands-on time with a few of the more unique titles in development, and it was no hardship to step up for the job.

As I tentatively walked in to the demo room, the style and focus of the Wii was incredibly apparent. Wii is a consumer electronics device, not a console; it's going to be marketed at everyone and is styled appropriately. Those of you who picked up on the shift to Lifestyle marketing for the Xbox 360 launch will be at home with Nintendo's offering. From the Logo, the case design and even the colour scheme, this isn't a kid's toy. Sure, it can play games designed for the younger element of society, but with its simple and elegant design, appealing to the masses is something Nintendo is very focussed on; after all, if everyone who owns a PS3 or 360 bought the Wii as a second console, Nintendo would end up in first place.

This is only half the market Nintendo are aiming for, though, and nowhere is this more evident than in the software and, more so, how it uses the hardware to make gaming more sociable than ever before. The way in which this is achieved, isn't through a hefty online system, nor by gimmicks, but by way of simple fun. The only way to describe it would be the first time you play Mario Party, or Mario Kart. It's the way it's designed to make things enjoyable, such as interacting with friends and letting your inhibitions go. Personally, I'm not really a social gamer with other people around, because I'm competitive to the extent that I annoy the other players, but with the Wii, I'm normal. I'm enjoying myself. This begs the question: do you need a Killer App when the hardware does half the job for you?

Wii Sports Tennis

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Scenes like this might be exaggerated, but it's not far from the truth.

Standing a few feet away from the screen, adopting a 'tennis ready' pose, the first thing evident about one of the confirmed launch titles is the amount of energy you're going to use compared to normal gaming. Swishing your remote from left to right, up and over, gives you a sense of freedom, allowing you to play the game at your own pace, with sweeping forehands or with gentle backhand gestures. The choice in playing style is something that most gamers won't have witnessed, and more importantly, it's the most accessible way of playing games to date.

Twisting the remote whilst playing shots can add spin, making the game as involving or as simple as the player would like, with the AI adjusting accordingly. Set in the style of Mario tennis, with the same cartoon-esque graphics, Tennis will be a sure-fire hit with Nintendo fans, and easy on the eyes for most.

One concern at this stage would be the lack of information on the game modes. As with most of the hands-on session, we only got the cut down, one-game E3 demo with slightly updated graphics (nicer grass in particular), but the fun to be had was a sure sign of the usual Nintendo magic we're accustomed to. However, we'll have to wait until the preview stage sometime in September before we can get wrapped up in the whole game - and the other games that make up the Wii Sports package.

Wii Music

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Who knew this would be so entertaining

I don't know how they did it, but Nintendo have done something amazing with Wii Music. I only had a play with the orchestra, but it's fantastic. Due to the early nature of the build, there were only two songs to play with, but my word it's fun. Once you're past the 'Do I look stupid doing this?' stage, you really get into the action. Keeping time with the music can sometimes be hard, but familiarity with the scores of various Nintendo franchises, such as Zelda and Mario, will make things easier. You also have complete control over the tempo of the music with the remote, moving up and down in time with the music, making the game easier than it initially seems.

With ratings at the end of each piece detailing how close to the original score you've conducted, and a serious sense of fun, the only thing missing from this part of the title is the ability to control specific sections of the orchestra. Imagine asking only the string section to play the lead-in for the Zelda theme tune, then backing that up with a strong brass section and percussion to match. The limits are endless and the fun levels distinctly high.

Not on show this time was the much vaunted Drumming mode which allows you to play the drums with two remotes, hitting different drums by hitting invisible snares and hi hats. I was desperate to get my hands on this feature, but alas, it seems the hands-on event came too early. Maybe next time I'll get the chance to lay down a wicked four on the floor, and the orchestra can pitch in for a Super Mario Remix? Still, here's hoping this makes it past the concept stage and into a fully fledged title.

Wii like

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It might still be the worst name ever used for a console, but we don't care.

Critics may ask how the Wii can be called next-gen without fancy particle effects, self shadowing or per pixel motion blur, but next-gen isn't all about graphics. The essence of the Wii is that anyone can pick up a controller and have fun. Its ease of use, backed up by next generation software will be the drivers for the machine. A lack of top quality titles won't kill off the Wii, nor will identical conversions of PS3 or Xbox 360 titles be missed. Custom written software such as the likes on offer from Nintendo, and currently being worked on titles such as Red Steel, Rayman and Call of Duty, are games to set alight the imagination of gamers across the world. Driven by the imagination of Nintendo's hardware development team, alongside the ideas created by third-party developers, the Wii has every chance of being a success.

The scale of that success won't depend on any other machine but the Wii itself and we intend to get one as soon as humanly possible. It's that good a machine that we've even come up with our own ideas for future Wii titles, but that's another feature entirely.

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Bobbylank@ mike_mgoblue

I'm all in on the Wii. Nintendo have always produced titles which are pure and simply fun to play and the Wii looks set to continue that. My last console was the Xbox but only really because it had a DVD player and given that the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray battle will be rageing for a while I think I'll stay out of it. The Wii will take me back to the Super NES days and I can't wait!
Posted 12:44 on 30 October 2006
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Shadow Stalker@ mike_mgoblue

The Wii is the best way to go. I think Wii is going to bring back the way games used to be, purely for fun.Which was fun, because the old games were easy to get into right away. The PS3 is great but they are focusing to much on grafics and not on the games. I mean they are coming out with amasing games, but the system is to pricy. Mainly because the Blue Ray. Which was a very bad idea. Most people who played the PS2 aren't going to continue playing the games they love to play. Now the Xbox360. First off they didn't wait for the Xbox to shine, they have very few games worth playing, and it's not FULLY backwards comepatible, and for the ppeople who don't know what that means. IT HAS NEARLY NO XBOX GAMES TO PLAY ON XBOX360, but now back to the Wii. The Wii is the cheapest next-genaration game console, it has the nunchuck controler style(which is a split apart controler), it's motion sensured, and they know that it's not all about the grafics, it's all about the fun of playing the game. Which is what I love about Nintendo.
Posted 16:49 on 07 October 2006
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valen@ mike_mgoblue

wii is for kids :|
Posted 00:55 on 22 September 2006
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evolutional@ mike_mgoblue

above post:)
Posted 18:03 on 28 August 2006
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Anonymous@ mike_mgoblue

wii and the 360 together will be in the same price range as the ps3 on its own and i think the wii will be good for what it is a cheat fun family consol which is great...not out to challenge sony or microsoft directly but to tap into a market which wants something diffrent ...and if they want a beter consol graphicly they can get a ps3 or a 360 to join there wii...problem is sonys high price...i would say if people thought it out sony should fall but they wont because people follow the masses and sony has a huge percentage odf the gameing world at the moment!
Posted 18:01 on 28 August 2006
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Igknight@ mike_mgoblue

"Obviously the Wii would be number one. And if everyone who had an Xbox 360 or Wii bought a PS3 then the Sony would be in first."

The whole idea, mate, is that Wii is MUCH cheaper than PS3 or Xbox 360. Your average Joe Blo can't afford to buy a PS3 AND Xbox 360, unless they're willing to doll out alot of their hard earned cash.
Posted 09:00 on 15 August 2006
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xboxer@ mike_mgoblue

i think nintendo are on to a good thing, keep up the good work guys.
I am getting one to go with my 360
Posted 14:03 on 10 August 2006
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Wolfgang@ mike_mgoblue

the Wii is a stupid name but there is nothing wii can do. i think they should have kept it as the revolution but i guess they thought it was not a good name. i think it was the perfect name because of all it has to offer.
Posted 06:07 on 04 August 2006
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Stainboy@ mike_mgoblue

Man, if the Wii brings back the simple fun of gaming like the DS has been for me recently then it's going to be amazing. And I can't see how it won't, not with the sound of Music and Tennis. I even like the name, Revolution was a dull buzz-word that didn't fit the spirit of the console at all. Wii goes against what everyone expected and stirred everything up. Perfect.
Posted 19:16 on 28 July 2006
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Wolfgang@ mike_mgoblue

"...after all, if everyone who owns a PS3 or 360 bought the Wii as a second console, Nintendo would end up in first place."

Obviously the Wii would be number one. And if everyone who had an Xbox 360 or Wii bought a PS3 then the Sony would be in first. But i have not decided on which system i am going to get between the Wii and Playstation 3. I am leaning a little tword the PS3 because of is power and some of the games you can't get on the other system.
Posted 04:51 on 28 July 2006
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Wolfgang@ mike_mgoblue

My computor was runnung slow and it did not refresh soon enough and i thought i deleted my post. that is why i have 2.
Posted 04:45 on 28 July 2006
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Actually, let me put my oar in here. The Wii IS technically more powerful than the Xbox. The graphics chip is slightly more advanced, as is the amount of memory available to the developers. So, add a better GFX chip and over 5 times the memory and you're definatly going to have better looking Wii games than Xbox.

Resolution is also a feature on how good things look. But with the greatest respect to Mike, you can have the most powerful machine in the world, but if the software sucks, you're going nowhere. What thhe Wii does, is give you more tools to develop different games with. Remember, it doesn't just do motion sensing. It has a normal controller too.
Posted 12:36 on 21 July 2006
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As Far as the Wii goes: Nintendo announced that it is only 2-3 times as powerful as the Gamecube. This means that the original Xbox is technically more powerful than the Wii.

How is this even remotely accurate?
Posted 12:11 on 21 July 2006
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Ever since the 2006 E3 when people realized that the Playstation 3 was an over promising and under delivering disappointment due to the lies that Sony told at the 2005 E3, people have been calling the Sony Playstation 3 the Fony Plagiarization 3DO. I agree with this because the Playstation 3 is over priced, under performing, and it copies ideas from Microsoft and Nintendo in a very watered down way.

Sony Playstation 3 = Fony Plagiarization 3DO

As Far as the Wii goes: Nintendo announced that it is only 2-3 times as powerful as the Gamecube. This means that the original Xbox is technically more powerful than the Wii. This is confirmed when you consider that the Wii doesn't even have true 5.1 sound like the five year old original Xbox does! The Wii doesn't display graphics in high-definition in order to reduce costs, but not being able to use the 5.1 sound format is unforgiveable. Using the Wii controller to play a tennis game with large-headed characters will get old FAST!!!
Posted 18:59 on 20 July 2006

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