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Wii Wonderful Wii

2007-03-11 14:38:17.925263+00 by meuon 2 comments

Bought a Wii and the Cars game at [Big Box] yesterday. Hadn't played with state of the art digital toys in a few generations, and I have to admit. I'm impressed. For about $300 total, it's quite a package, and the star is that wireless remote, with the overall interface and design of everything being a co-star. It's wifi-worked out of the box, downloaded a very good Opera based web browser, and even surfed some web sites very well. The games, Wii Sports as well as Cars, aren't aiming for full on virtual reality simulation. They aim for -fun-, as in frivolous, frolicking and funky. Mii's (the virtual self in the games) are hilarious. I was suprised how well the Wii remote works as a steering wheel. No, it's not a force feedback accuracte steering wheel, but the games (so far) don't require that level of finesse either. Kudos, Nintendo. Well done.

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-03-12 04:19:10.775159+00 by: topspin

Curious. Does the remote mouse in the browser? If so, I have an idea for an app for the wii to stream music/video/photos.

Using a "gyromouse" to select stuff that's similar and presented in a graphical "universe" (james taylor is more like richard shindell than rob zombie)..... one could make a "polygon genre" playlist.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-03-12 08:19:30.55981+00 by: meuon

The remote is an incredibly accurate mouse, and blows my expensive Gyromouse on my MythTV away. It seems to have two modes, the more accurate one using IR and seems to be very accurate. It has a photo viewer in it, but I have not played with it yet. Reads off of SD cards. I haven't read much about the Wii yet, it was an impulse purchase, but it seems to have a lot of untapped potential. I just figured out it'll also play older Nintendo games as well..