These retro controller adapters for Wii will let you use old NES and SNES controllers on the Wii, for a more authentic experience on virtual console games.
CNet has a bit on must-have Wii accessories. They probably have a point about rechargeable batteries being a “must-have”.
It looks like some new games were released for Virtual Console yesterday. I read somewhere that they’d be releasing VC games every Monday until the end of the year. I’m not sure if that’s true, but yesterday was Monday, so maybe it is.
I just noticed that 2000-point Wii cards seem to be selling for $25 instead of $20. (See Walmart and Amazon for examples.) That’s pretty weird, when you can just add 2000 points directly on the Wii for $20 with a credit card. I guess there needs to be room for retailer profit? Still weird. Why would anyone pay that extra five bucks?
Well, I went ahead and bought the virtual console version of Legend of Zelda for the Wii. It’s relatively painless to buy and download games from the Wii store, and it’s pretty easy to bring them up and play them. One thing that would be nice: a PDF version of the manual, so I could print it out and have it handy while I’m playing. I think the VC games will largely be interesting as novelties, rather than games that I’d really want to spend a lot of time playing. Some of those old games are pretty cool, though some of the best ones aren’t up at the store yet.
Meanwhile, I’ve been playing a lot of Wii Sports tennis. I’ll probably get tired of it at some point, but for now, it’s a lot of fun. I wouldn’t really call it a workout, but it’s definitely more physical work than the average video game.
I bought 2000 Wii points today (aka $20) to use on “virtual console” games. I’ve got this strange desire to try out the original Legend of Zelda. And maybe a couple of Mario-related games.
Well, I’ve spent a few minutes playing Cars and Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz on the Wii. Cars is kind of disappointing. The only use it really makes of the Wii remote is for steering, and it doesn’t seem to work real well for that. I’ll have to give it some more time and see if I get any better at it. SMB, on the other hand, makes pretty good use of the remote. And any game where you’re controlling a monkey in a plastic bubble has got to be good, right?
I bought a Wii yesterday. I wasn’t really planning to get one, but I was Christmas shopping at the Times Square Toys R Us, and they had a bunch of them, so I just picked one up. I figured that if I didn’t like it, it’d be easy enough to get rid of, either on eBay or to someone at work. I’ve only had a chance to play with it a bit today, but so far, I like it. The controller is pretty easy to use and intuitive under Wii Sports. I haven’t tried any other games yet.
This page at ComputerWorld has a good round-up of opinions on the Wii from around the web.