So I lined up for a Nintendo Wii this morning. I arrived at the Best Buy on Laird Dr in Toronto at 4:45 am. Ended up being 25 out of 74 (I admit, I sort of cheated, as my brother Gary and his friend Benny 'saved' a spot in line for me since midnight). Store opened at 8:00 am, and we were back home by around 8:45 am or so.
There definitely was a need to line up early, as many people who came later did not go home with a console. Even as we left, we still saw people lining up down the street at Future Shop, which was slated to open much later (10:00am).
The base unit, priced at $279 CDN, came with the following items:
- Wii Console
- Wii Console Stand
- Wii Remote
- Sensor Bar
- Wii AC Adapter
- Wii AV Cable
- Wii Sports Disc
Also picked up an additional Remote for $44.95 and Nunchuk for $24.99 and a couple of games.
Perhaps the most innovative aspect of the Nintendo Wii is its unique controller. The Wii Remote is both wireless and motion-sensitive and it offers an intuitive, natural way to play games. The ergonomic controller plays into the conventional motions you might make everyday. On other consoles, if you wanted to hit a drum, swing a tennis racket or swing a bat, you would use your thumbs on a controller to perform the movement. With the Wii Remote, you can use regular motions to help make you the center of the game. For example, when you hit the ball while playing tennis or baseball, you actually simulate a swinging motion to hit the ball, or to punch someone in boxing, you perform a punching movement.
The Nunchuk controller plugs into Remote and expands the amount of things you can do. Two examples given include first-person shooters and a football game. In first-person shooters, the controller carries the burden of movement, freeing you to aim and fire using a more natural motion with the Wii Remote. In a football game, you can make your quarterback elusive with the Nunchuk controller while you look for an open receiver to throw to using the Wii Remote.
Here are some pictures.....
Picture of the Nintendo Wii
Nanchuk and Remote
Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 HD DVD Player, Microsoft Xbox 360 (unfortunately, I don't think a Sony Playstation 3 is in the cards anytime soon, if ever)
Both systems going at the same time (Wii Sports: Bowling vs. Gears of War)
Nintendo, Technology, Wii, American Express, Best Buy