Nintendo Wii + Home Theater = Massive Fun

December 1, 2006

Nintendo WiiThis evening we opened up an early Christmas gift, no it doesn’t output HD resolutions or even Dolby digital surround sound for that matter, but it had the both of us enthralled from the moment we hooked it up to our home theater system.

The Nintendo Wii may very well wind up being the most enjoyable addition to our system in years. (Apart from HD DVD of course!) We started off by creating our own “Mii’s”. Mii’s are little graphical representations of yourself for use as a game avatar. You can fine tune your Mii’s hair style, color, facial features, eyewear and just about anything else you can think of. My girlfriends Mii looked so much like her, we cracked up every time there was a close up of it on-screen.

The only game we’ve had a chance to tryout is Wii-Sports (included) but to be honest the game-play is so much fun I doubt we would have had time to get to another game, even with one on hand. Now I realize the Xbox 360 and PS3 offer stunning high-resolution graphics, digital audio and enough action packed first-person shooters to make your head spin, but the Wii is just plain fun.

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92” of big-screen Wii fun! Off-screen to the left: my girlfriend standing up; doing her best impression of Maria Sharapova.

The Wiimote and Nunchuck are really the raison d’être behind the Wii’s appeal in my opinion. So far my favorite Wii-Sports game is golf, grab the Wiimote, take a few practices swings and your ready to drive down the fairway. The intuitive controllers really were a joy to use first hand. I have to say if you’ve been skeptical of the Wii controllers, go out and try them for yourself. They’re a blast.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Commentary


Comments

  • B.Greenway

    Hey Jonathan, everythings right up front, the Wii sits off the side of the equipment rack and the sensor bar is right in front of my center channel, so far so good.

    Will do Kalroy, thanks.

    Haha PhillyRampage, she picked glasses that are the same size, shape and color, she even placed a lil mole right above her left eyebrow, it does look like her but it also bears a striking resemblance to Lucy from peanuts… We’re roughly 13’ feet back from the sensor bar and its working like a champ.

  • chili

    Ok, I have been waiting for someone like you to get their hands on a Wii. I played Excite Truck (on a small LCD kiosk) in a store the other day and you are right, it’s great fun… but what can I expect to see if I hook one of these to my 61″ rear projection HDTV using component? Would it be comparable to my current XBox 1 ? If so, I am not searching in vain for one of these.

  • chili

    Ok, I have been waiting for someone like you to get their hands on a Wii. I played Excite Truck (on a small LCD kiosk) in a store the other day and you are right, it’s great fun… but what can I expect to see if I hook one of these to my 61″ rear projection HDTV using component? Would it be comparable to my current XBox 1 ? If so, I am not searching in vain for one of these.

  • B.Greenway

    Hey Jonathan, everythings right up front, the Wii sits off the side of the equipment rack and the sensor bar is right in front of my center channel, so far so good.

    Will do Kalroy, thanks.

    Haha PhillyRampage, she picked glasses that are the same size, shape and color, she even placed a lil mole right above her left eyebrow, it does look like her but it also bears a striking resemblance to Lucy from peanuts… We’re roughly 13’ feet back from the sensor bar and its working like a champ.

  • PhillyRampage

    She looks like her Mii? Does she not have any ears? lol just kidding.

    How far do you have to stay back from the screen? Did you have to get sensor back closer to you?

  • PhillyRampage

    She looks like her Mii? Does she not have any ears? lol just kidding.

    How far do you have to stay back from the screen? Did you have to get sensor back closer to you?

  • Kalroy

    Be careful and check you lanyard. It seems that more than a couple of Wii lanyards have given way, and when combined with sweaty hands from intense gameplay, have led to the Wiimote flying across the room and smashing windows, HDTV’s.

    It’s actually kind of funny, but I’m sure future versions of the remote will include a lanyard attachment that is thicker than thick thread.

    http://www.wiihaveaproblem.com/

    Kalroy

  • Kalroy

    Be careful and check you lanyard. It seems that more than a couple of Wii lanyards have given way, and when combined with sweaty hands from intense gameplay, have led to the Wiimote flying across the room and smashing windows, HDTV’s.

    It’s actually kind of funny, but I’m sure future versions of the remote will include a lanyard attachment that is thicker than thick thread.

    http://www.wiihaveaproblem.com/

    Kalroy

  • Jonathan Greene

    Where did you connect everything? If you full equipment rig in the front? Just wondering how you are managing the sensor bar placement.

  • Jonathan Greene

    Where did you connect everything? If you full equipment rig in the front? Just wondering how you are managing the sensor bar placement.