Thursday, September 14, 2006
Start your engines, gentlemen.
Finally, the gospels have been spoken.
Wii's will be released in America on November 19th, at the oh-so-affordable price of $249.99. Revisiting the old school days, it will come packed with a launch disc (Wii Sports, which will allow you to play around with the remote a bit right off the bat). Also mentioned were the Wii channels, allowing you to choose from 530 Gamecube titles to download. It will be $5 (500 Wii points) to download NES Games, $8 for SNES and $10 for N64. Do you see large amounts of money being spent at the click of a remote button? Talk about instant gratification....it's worse that the I Tunes Store. Another channel, called the Mii channel, allows you to create your own avatar, save it in the remote, and take it with you to friends' houses so when you play, you can leave your avatar behind on the games you've played. And it's called the Mii! Nintendo, the wit! Oscar Wilde is chuckling in the grave, surely.
I would like to translate this press release into a simple, single statement that will save you the time of reading all the details. It's quite simple, really. GIVE UP YOUR LIFE. You are about to spend all of your free time waving that white wand of wonder, buying and spending your Wii points, and pissing off all of your non gamer friends. Girlfriends? Forget it. They'll break up with you as soon as you download Golden Eye. Getting laid vs Mario Party? Hmm. I have to think about that. That Mario, he's got it going on. Being single on November 19th actually sounds like a pretty good idea.
The word was that The Legend of Zelda:Twilight Princess would launch on this date as well, but then other news pointed in the direction of a December release. Either way, Nintendo is hailing it as "The best gotta have it title since the days of the NES and Super NES." Dear God. Of course, they're only words, but Nintendo's really putting it's shiny white balls up on the chopping block, aren't they? That's a big statement to make to a girl who played The Legend of Zelda for NES for months on end. Replayability is key. How many recent games have been so great that even after you finished them, you wanted to go back and finish them again? Not just because of extra bonuses and exclusive unlockable quests...but because the original game was just that good? I would love to see them come through on this promise. I have to admit, I'm hopeful.
That rant made me want to pull out the GBA. Got to make the wait until November pass by somehow....