Wii Virtual Console – Zelda

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.

Wii 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?

Nintendo Wii

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.