Nintendo Wii changes the rules of video gaming

Lifestyles

For years now, because children and teenagers are becoming more and more overweight, people have been giving their favorite pastime a bad rep; Nintendo has created a new system that seems to have solved that problem.

One of the many new features that come with purchasing the Nintendo Wii, which debuted to unbelievably long lines on Nov. 19, is the interactiveremote control and nunchuk.

Both are wireless and control the actions on the screen by the movement of the user’s arms and body.

“There’s not too much interaction in the mid to lower body because you can do most of the activities sitting down,” freshman computer information systems management major Brett Weese said.

However, users such as senior psychology and pre-med major Paul Cox have also said that sometimes it is hard to remain seated when they get into the game.

“While it is true that the games can be played while sitting, it is more fun to get off the sofa and move your whole body along with the game,” Cox said. “People really get crazy with it, and it is fun for everyone.”

Cox also said that he believes that because of the constant movement that games like the Wii Sports (which comes with every console) could reduce the child obesity problem going on in the United States today.

“The boxing game alone made my arms burn the next day,” Cox said. “It is a great cardiovascular workout as well. I think kids are more apt to do things when they’re having a good time, and I think Nintendo has accomplished this.”

The Wii Sports bundle pack includes bowling, baseball, tennis, boxing and golf — all of which have been an instant hit, not just to teenagers and college students, but to adults as well.

Missouri Western alum John Grogan said the tennis and baseball games in the Wii Sports bundle really caused him to work up a sweat.

“I love the interactive controller,” he said. “It’s the most fun I’ve had with a game system since the original NES. I’ve had a [Playstation 2] since they came out about five or six years ago, and mostly it has collected dust or functioned as a DVD player. I was hooked on the Wii Sports for about a week solid. The tennis game is a blast, as is golf.”

Since its debut, Nintendo has sold over 600,000 Wii consoles in the United States. Each unit goes for about $250, which is half of the price of the PS3.

“I waited in line for about three hours at Circuit City for my Wii,” Grogan said. “[It is a day] that I will always remember as the day I sacrificed my dignity to stand in line out in the cold so that I could indulge in one of the displays of consumerism that has plagued this country for years.”

The only downfall of the Wii is its lack of graphic standards that other gaming systems like the Sony Playstation 3 (released just a few days before the Wii) and the Xbox 360 have recently mastered.

“So many game manufacturers and software companies focus on nothing but graphics,” Grogan said. “Nintendo is being innovative by looking into the past.”

Grogan speaks of the Nintendo Power Pad, a mat that is laid on the floor and can be used for such games as World Class Track Meet, Dance Aerobics, Street Cop and Super Team Games — all for the original Nintendo Entertainment System which was released in the early 80s.

“Thankfully, we now know with the emergence of the Wii, the motion-sensing technology Nintendo pioneered over 15 years ago wasn’t wasted on the Power Glove,” Grogan said. “They got it right this time, though!”

Nintendo Wii’s most wanted list
  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Excite Truck
  • Red Steel
  • Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam
  • Rayman Raving Rabbits
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
  • Need for Speed Carbon
  • Call of Duty 3
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz

Source: nintendo.com

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