Monday, March 26, 2007

Whee! Wii Wiikend

To buy or not to buy? That was the dilemma I faced. My sister was on her last day in Hong Kong, and though I had told her not to bother, she texted me anyway. "Last chance," she said.

Oh, what the heck, I finally decided. "Buy it!" I texted her back.

And so last week, my brand new Wii arrived.

Coming in at around P18,000 for the base unit, it's P7,000 cheaper than the local equivalent selling at Toy Kingdom. Even after two additional games, an extra controller, and a 220V adaptor, it just barely hit the local selling price. A good buy, I'd like to think.

Setting it up was a breeze, with nary a glance at the manual. There's no mistaking the jacks to their sockets. Nintendo gets top points for user interface design.

For a moment, though, I was befuddled. Just where was I supposed to plug in the controller into the unit again? And then it hit me: I didn't need to. D'oh! Talk about sideswiped in a paradigm shift.

I've held off playing with the Wii until the weekend. The wait served to heighten the anticipation. Would you believe this is the first console I've bought in over five years? I skipped over the Playstation 2, X-Box, GameCube, and X-Box 360.

But the wait has certainly been worthwhile: the Wii is miles and miles ahead of other gaming platforms with its innovative use of wireless motion sensing controls. And even minus the games themselves, I still had fun setting up my Mii avatar and viewing photos from my digital camera memory card. How's that for an entertainment console?

Okay, must catch a few more rounds of boxing. Laterz.