The Wii - what do I need?


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repairmanjack
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Decided we're going to get a Wii for the little one (and the missus) for Christmas. To be honest I didn't expect we'd be picking one up, and so I'm largely ignorant of what you need to get "fully" kitted out.

Obviously we'd like a couple of controllers - and we're not too fussed about downloading games at the moment. So, what do you get in the box these days? Does the nunchuck attachment come with the console? What's the cheapest way to pick up that extra controller?

I guess there won't be many decent bundles with the apparent shortages, so we're looking at buying one sometime this week to put away. The missus wants the sports package, probably wii-play as well, and I've already preordered the High School Musical singathon (shudder).

Any killer titles that Dad might be interested in?
#1 at 12:20:25 - 21/10/2007
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You get one nunchuck in the box. You need a second nunchuck if you want to play Wii Sports boxing with two players, but I think that's the only time I've used my second one.

Wii Play is worth getting for the extra controller if your family are going to be playing as well. My wife spent a load of time on Play. Some of Play's games are pretty good fun for a bit, but not likely to keep you engrossed for that long.

I like Excite Truck and Wario, the best game for me is Wii Sport's which comes in the box over there I think.
#2 at 12:30:09 - 21/10/2007
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Tiger Woods is worth getting though if you've played and got used to the 360 version it might feel like a step backwards no matter how much more intuitive the controls are.
#3 at 12:35:59 - 21/10/2007
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I wouldn't bother with a second nunchuck - boxing isn't good enough to warrant it.

Mario Galaxy has a 2 player(ish) element that should be good to try out too but Excite Truck, Sports and Tiger Woods should be good for them.
#4 at 13:48:22 - 21/10/2007
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You'll definitely need a miracle to find one.
#5 at 13:53:34 - 21/10/2007
repairmanjack
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Mr J said:You'll definitely need a miracle to find one.


Yep. Just been around all the websites and made a few phone calls. None to be had.

What kind of Mickey Mouse outfit still has shortages a year after launch?

Also, can't find a single game on the system that appeals to me. That's a first, right there. :(
#6 at 14:54:23 - 21/10/2007
Mr J
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apparently the various retail outlets have had word form Nintendo not to expect any before Christmas

linky

not the most reliable link i'll grant you ;)
#7 at 15:29:56 - 21/10/2007
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Exact same position as me jack, thinking of picking up one for my stepdad (I was going to get one myself, but like you I honestly cant find a single game I'd buy other than to try Tiger Woods).

Despite Mr J's link I'd be gobstruck if theres none in the UK before Xmas though. I'd suggest pre-ordering in every highstreet outlet who will take them. Its still early enough that I think you might get one.

Nintendo would be utter fuckwits if they blow the momentum they have going at the moment by not having any instock at Xmas.
#8 at 16:19:18 - 21/10/2007
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Been told by one local branch of Game to ring each morning. If they get one or two in - and that's the kind of drip-feed they've been seeing through the weeks - they'll shove one aside for me.
#9 at 16:44:32 - 21/10/2007
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Mr J said:You'll definitely need a miracle to find one.

I was in Argos the other night and they got 15 out of a box and put them on display. Half wish I'd bought one to sell on ;)
#10 at 21:12:15 - 21/10/2007
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We have a Wii!

Rang Game first thing, one of the three branches had one and put it aside. Got down there to be told: "Just pick the bundle you'd like and you can have it."

C*nts. Can't believe they're still doing this bundle or nothing bullshit. Got the cheapest bundle (with Monkey Ball). The three or four games and accessories I would have bought from them will now be purchased elsewhere out of protest. Going to test it out tomorrow when daughter is out of the way.

Seriously though: is Red Steel worth 20? Figure I should show some interest in the thing, and that's the only game that half-appeals to me.

Anyone played anything they'd particularly recommend?
#11 at 16:14:53 - 22/10/2007
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First off:

Furbs said:Nintendo would be utter fuckwits if they blow the momentum they have going at the moment by not having any instock at Xmas.


They already did this. Doing it two years in a row is nowhere near beyond their capacity for idioticae Sonicus.

Second: Red Steel is barely worth 20, in my estimation. Someone who is used to a decent FPS will not be happy. Resident Evil? Um... um... Paper Mario? Um... nope, that's it. Though Metroid is out this week, isn't it?

FUCK YOU UBISOFT
#12 at 16:32:28 - 22/10/2007
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Can't find Wii-play for love nor money...

Should I assume that any game in stock for the Wii isn't worth buying? Situation seems daft.
#13 at 16:40:17 - 22/10/2007
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Warioware and Resident Evil are the only two must buy games for me.

The only other decent game you get for free.
#14 at 16:49:03 - 22/10/2007
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Played Res4 to death on the GC. Bought the missus GC Zelda last year... and she didn't really like it. Tried one iteration of warioware - and our daughter couldn't get on with it.

Bah.

The Mario/Sonic Olympic thing is intriguing the missus. We've "had" to buy Monkey ball. High School Musical is pre-ordered.

...

Fuck it, anyone want to buy a Wii?
#15 at 16:53:09 - 22/10/2007
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I'm pinning my hopes on SMG for the thing. The thought of Metroid actually leaves me cold at the moment, I'm just not feeling it for that game atm.

The missus will buy Smash Bros. which has a chance of not sucking.
#16 at 16:58:35 - 22/10/2007
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Need to get this out tonight and make sure everything works before it goes off to Santa.

Quick question, as I'm still fairly in the dark with this console: what's the region compatibility situation? And how do I find out what's region locked and what isn't?
#17 at 15:25:24 - 26/10/2007
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It's not region free. And no US / JAP stuff will work on it if it's a PAL unit.

Peej
#18 at 15:34:46 - 26/10/2007
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peej said:It's not region free. And no US / JAP stuff will work on it if it's a PAL unit.

Peej


What?

Bloody hell, what century is this?
#19 at 18:06:06 - 26/10/2007
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Can I look after it until Christmas? I'd quite like to check out Metroid Corruption.
#20 at 18:14:27 - 26/10/2007
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I thought you had one...?
#21 at 19:52:09 - 26/10/2007
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When it comes out, I'm going to risk it and buy Umbrella Chronicles. What do you all think about it?

To me it could either be a big hit or a complete disaster.
#22 at 20:02:54 - 26/10/2007
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repairmanjack said:I thought you had one...?

Metroid isn't coming out in Japan until next year.

Funkyd said:When it comes out, I'm going to risk it and buy Umbrella Chronicles. What do you all think about it?

To me it could either be a big hit or a complete disaster.

I'm looking forward to it from the point of view of someone who likes the Umbrella side of the Resi storyline, but the game itself could be anything from decent to even worse than Gun Survivor.
#23 at 01:08:12 - 27/10/2007
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Well, I really should get this damn thing out of the box to make sure it works before it gets whisked off to Santa.

Just a heads-up: Wii Play is now in stock at play.com - at last. Also bought a copy of Endless Blue for 20 from Game just now. Something else that would have slipped under the radar if it hadn't been for the good word of mouth...

Still on the fence with Red Steel. Seeing it for sub-20 now. SMG really holds no interest for me, and I'm still not convinced by MP3.
#24 at 01:50:51 - 13/11/2007
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...oh, and Zack and Wiki. What do people think?

(I really should read up on this machine.)
#25 at 01:54:20 - 13/11/2007
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Metroid Prime 3 is a fucking fantastic game. I highly recommend it. Easily a 9/10 game...
#26 at 01:54:36 - 13/11/2007
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repairmanjack said:...oh, and Zack and Wiki. What do people think?

Yes!

Unfortunately it's not out until next year. Oddly enough the Wii release schedule looks better for Jan/Feb than it does for Christmas. :/

I'll do my usual thing and highly recommend The Godfather for it as well, especially if you can get it cheap. Though obviously it's not really one for the little 'un (if he's actually little that is) it's great fun in an average-ish game. Really I should have got off my lazy arse at the time and written a review or something as no one ever seems to believe me for some odd reason.
#27 at 02:03:48 - 13/11/2007
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repairmanjack said:...oh, and Zack and Wiki. What do people think?

(I really should read up on this machine.)

I think it's going to be ('is', if only I had my machine) one of the most deserving of purchase games of the current gen so far.
#28 at 02:43:59 - 13/11/2007
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Zack and Wiki looks tops, it's a Japanese version problem (I can't understand it all) that has me put off slightly.
#29 at 02:55:18 - 13/11/2007
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I wish I could answer that problem for you. :(

I'd like to think that it will be so 'hands on' that there wouldn't be any language barrier - hot damn do I love things like turning the remote around in your hand if you need to hook something with the other end of an object you're carrying, it just seems so natural - but I wouldn't like to say for sure.
#30 at 02:57:09 - 13/11/2007

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