The Wii is unlike any other gaming system out there: it features motion sensing controllers, which were recently enhanced to increase accuracy and speed, multiplayer games that encourage playing with your friends, and many games lacking the depth of story that it’s counterparts the PS3 and XBOX360 both have. I’ve complained about the games in the past, but I’m starting to see that a Wii and it’s games can find a place in any household and can complement the other systems.
You won’t find Uncharted, Assassin’s Creed, Fable 2, or Metal Gear on the Wii, much less a game that has made headlines on its own. With the Wii, you’ll find Fast Food Panic, Mario Kart, and Animal Crossing, games that don’t have much in the way of storyline, but are easy to pick up and play and put down. The games are clearly secondary to the system, most people can name Wii Fitness or Wii Sports, both of which have the system in the name of the game but it seems like Nintendo is more focused on the Wii name as opposed to any one game, and the attention is soley on the system.
Most games on the Wii are not going to grab you by the collar and refuse to let you go until the end credits like many games on the 360 and PS3 will do. Wii games are meant to be played in quick bursts, where you can play a level in Mario before school or work, or shoot a couple deer in the Big Game Hunter before you turn off the system. The difference of game style between the other systems and the Wii can be a good thing, however, especially in this day and age where the next generation of gamers is overweight and slothful; a game that is played in stages doesn’t necessarily instill that desire to keep playing for hours at a time. So after playing, for instance, you may want to check first your stats tracker for Fortnite or any games you play.
This approach to gaming reminds me of the arcades that have unfortunately all but vanished from the modern day gaming scene. I remember going to the arcade as a kid and while I would spend a couple hours there, I would play many different machines instead of sticking to just one; and that’s what was fun about arcades, you could hop around and try out every game there. The Wii attempts to accomplish this by breaking down games into much smaller time frames. For example, the Wii sports resort game allows the gamer to select which level they want to play which doesn’t take more than a few minutes to beat. This allows the player to get in a little game time but still go about their everyday life without a large time commitment.
The Wii just lowered its price again, so now it’s even more tempting to pick up the system. Even if you were like me and didn’t think the Wii has much to offer you in terms of it’s games, you may be surprised at how enjoyable it can be.