Nintendo Wii: Kikizo's Definitive Review
Two months on, Kikizo brings together Nintendo's number one fans to deliver this comprehensive, unbiased review of Wii - and we're not shy about saying what we mean.
Propping up the Bar
You're not playing until you install and configure the sensor bar.
Carl: The sensor bar and its ten-foot cord weren't built for every home entertainment configuration, but it's perfect for most of them, mine included. I think more powerful wireless alternatives should have been available from day one for those with more extreme game rooms, but at least those options exist now.
"Maybe it's just me but I dislike the senor bar for one reason: the response time."
Marwan: Maybe it's just me but I dislike the senor bar for one reason: the response time. If I'm not sitting a certain distance away from my TV and sensor bar, I'm not going to have an accurate point on the screen, and if I'm quite close to the TV and happen to get a Wii-Mail, I have to go back 3ft just so i'm able to point at the screen without having any problems. The sensor bar doesn't pick up my Wiimote very well when I'm relatively close to it and I'm finding this a nuisance.
Sharan: At first the sensor bar was awkward to position. The position can make quite a massive difference to the experience. With the top of the TV being curved the sensor bar wouldn't sit still at all and therefore had to be placed below. After piling up other consoles and DVD players I was able to position it perfectly just under the TV. While casual gamers may just leave it and let it be, the hardcore gamers are going to be particularly careful on where they place the bar for optimum play.
Nintendo says the console was created to appeal to the masses, and although the machine is not intimidating, the sensor bar may put off some potential gamers.
Adam: The good news is that this bar is invisible on modern TVs. The front is black and the top is silver, like most HDTVs. Unfortunately, for me it works better below the screen than above, so my bar is clumsily hanging about at the base.
They're still in short supply. But which accessories do you need to pick up with Wii when you get one? And what cool add-ons are coming up?
Carl: The gun slip-on for the remote will be fantastic! And how about component cables available at all retail locations?
"The vital MUST HAVE accessory for the Wii isn't even sold by Nintendo! It is in fact, batteries."
If you're interested in the Virtual Console, a Classic or GameCube controller is definitely required. Future games such as Super Smash Brothers Brawl and Fire Emblem are rumoured to not even work with the Wii remote and Nunchuk, instead requiring one of the traditional pads. For the price Nintendo charges for the console, one of these could easily be included.
With the Wii being a console to bring people together, a second (or third, or fourth) remote is definitely required. These remotes retail for around £30. What is a bargain though is that a second controller can be bought WITH Wii Play, for only a fiver more. And like Adam said Wii Play is worth a look.