First: Sweet in game video and music:
This game looks like it is going to be a lot of fun – Especially for all those people who grew up with mario and side scrollers. It’s coming out soon too: April 9th!
Next: Two explanatory tutorial videos
Finally: First level
Like all new consul systems – the Nintendo Wii has it’s own interface (OS I guess you could call it) that is always running behind anything else you may be doing. This is nice because it allows you to quit a game at any time without restarting the system.
I like how they have put together their menus and such. The basic concept is that you have channels that you can view – as if the Wii just adds channels to your TV. Each channel is a small module that is either a program/feature (such as the forecast channel and the disc channel) or a virtual consul channel (a old game that you have purchased and downloaded). You can arrange the channels however you want (with the exception of the disc channel) simply by using what I would call a “pinch” by holding both the A and B buttons and then dragging. Simple.
I really like Nintendo’s audio choices for their interface as well. It may not appeal to everyone, but to me, the menu has some very peaceful tones to it that sort of rise and fade gradually. The music is noticable yet minimal and non-intrusive. The sound effects when you interact with items also are very pleasing. You will hear some of the sounds in the clip below.
Another very nice feature of the navigation system is that the Wiimote gives small buzzez when you pass over interactive items. This is great as the tactile sensation helps you feel the navigation as well as see it.
In the great clip below from IGN, you will get a chance to see the navigation in action as well as hear some of the sound effects included.
In the future I will go into more depth about some of the features of the Wii Interface such as the messaging system and the memory slots. Stay tuned.
Now – this gift was not cool just because it was a game system – even being the first one I have every owned. It was cool because she knew that I wanted it more than I was letting on. There were plenty of other sensible things I had mentioned or talked about wanting. She knew though – because she knows me so well. Also, she did such a great job of subtly getting me excited about getting one “some day” in the future. Not to mention: I had been researching getting one a bit and I had thought that they were nearly impossible to get. It turns out that she called a store in Portland that had just happened to get a few in. My mother in law (who lives in Portland) actually left work early to run and pick it up for me. HA! How totally rad of them.
The story doesn’t end there though… The Fetching Mrs. Colclough then got her sister (the female Jack Bauer) in on a clever covert operation to get the device inside our house without me detecting it. I had no clue. It was so cool!
Anyway, I have been fooling around with the Wii a little bit and am very impressed so far. They certainly went out of their way to make a great product (As Nintendo is known to do). The best part – The Fetching Mrs. Colclough can have fun with it too as we can download all the great old games too.
Stay tuned for some in-depth reviews of the Wii’s features and other fun stuff – brought to you by – the one and only: What The Crap?. Just look under Wii Crap. ;)