I resent my Wii. The feeling has been growing for some time and it is now fair to say that I have nothing but contempt for my Wii Sports player that is cluttering up my television stand.
If you had asked me a year ago what I thought of Nintendo’s new-gen experience I would have done nothing but heap praise and love upon it. Wii Sports was still a roaring success whilst Zelda and the Rabbids complimented it nicely. What happened in the intervening year was basically a barren spell of uninspiring games and copious amounts of shovelware.
At first I just put it down to the tentative steps of a new system and gladly dabbled with Kororinpa and Elebits when they were released, in the same ways King Kong and Call of Duty saw me through 360’s launch window. Since then, however, the third parties have produced little of note and Nintendo themselves are pulling the same old franchises from their sleeves that they have done countless times before.
The 3D sections were not enough to inspire me to play through yet another Mario RPG; I’ve done Resident Evil on their previous platform; let’s not even mention that Tony Hawks debacle; and even if you could turn door handles a new Metroid launched at the same time as Halo 3 could never have drawn my attention.
Whilst I cannot deny that I am really enjoying Mario Galaxy, I just don’t think about turning my Wii on when I sit down to play games and so have barely got more than a handful of stars. What is keeping it off is my Xbox; it has been good to me these past twelve months. With Bioshock, Halo 3, Portal, Overlord, Colin MacRae, Pro Evo, Assassins Creed and a host of XBLA games, the Wii has nothing to rival the depth. Nothing.
Not only that, but when I’m on it I feel detached as I am so used to having my Xbox Live blade there waiting in the wings to swoop out and tell me who’s around and what they’re up to. As much as the Wii is a social console I feel very isolated when I have my Wii-mote in hand as Friend Codes are an utter joke.
I really don’t want to be down on this revolutionary console as I do remember a time when it was the love of my life but it’s just driving me mad that there is no consistent lure to get me to play it. For me, Mario is too little, too late.
Does anyone else feel like this? Is it just me who feels that the Wii is for when your friends who don’t really play games but have heard about this “Wee” come round of an evening? Please, reassure me.