Wii Turns Thrii

Wii Turns Thrii

Three years ago, Nintendo launched the Wii.  Granted, the console didn’t launch universally on that day, but November 19, 2006 will always be the day that the Nintendo Wii was first made available to the public.  Many people camped out at their local Best Buy and GameStop stores, eagerly awaiting a midnight launch.  I did no such thing.  I had preordered my Wii at the now-defunct GameCrazy near my house six months in advance.  I wouldn’t be getting my Wii at midnight, but I’d be getting it on launch day nonetheless, and I didn’t have to stand in line and endure harsh weather conditions.  Anyway, the Wii has been around for three years now, and it has been surrounded by both praise and controversy.  Let us celebrate the third anniversary of the Wii’s launch.

Not only one of the greatest Zelda games ever created, but also one of the greatest launch titles for a Nintendo console.

Not only one of the greatest Zelda games ever created, but also one of the greatest launch titles for a Nintendo console.

The Wii managed to get off to a strong start, and for what seemed like a year and a half, people were having trouble getting their hands on Nintendo’s shiny white console.  Many bought the game system because of its innovative controller, others purchased it after hearing it was a console for the whole family, and some bought it for the Nintendo exclusives.

Super Mario Galaxy pushed the Wii to its graphical limits and provided one of the best gameplay experiences of 2007.

Super Mario Galaxy pushed the Wii to its graphical limits and provided one of the best gameplay experiences of 2007.

Fast forward to 2009, and gamers have been able to play some great games on the Wii as well as some very bad ones.  But just like how you wouldn’t bring up an argument you had with your girlfriend of three years on her birthday, we shall not speak of the Wii’s shortcomings.  Throughout the Wii’s three years on the market, we’ve been able to play great games such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Super Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Wario Land: Shake It!, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.  On the third-party side of things, titles such as No More Heroes, Zack & Wiki, MadWorld, and Sonic Unleashed have all been able to provide hours of fun for Wii owners.

It may not be exclusive to the Wii anymore, but No More Heroes managed to bring mature content to the Wii owners who craved it.

It may not be exclusive to the Wii anymore, but No More Heroes managed to bring mature content to the Wii owners who craved it.

In addition to all the games available at your local video game retailer, the Wii also offers digital distribution of both classic games and original titles.  The Virtual Console is the link between the past and the present, and old-school gamers have a chance to relive those memories that Nintendo first brought upon them back in the ‘80s.  Games such as Super Mario Bros., Star Fox 64, and even Sonic the Hedgehog are downloadable through the Wii Shop Channel, and while all hope of Earthbound arriving on the console is lost, it’s nice to know so many titles from gaming’s past are once again available to the masses.

It's hard to imagine anyone passing up an opportunity to play through Super Mario Bros. 3 all over again.

It's hard to imagine anyone passing up an opportunity to play through Super Mario Bros. 3 all over again.

The Wii may not be for every gamer, but I can almost assure you that if you’re a gamer, you’ll find something you enjoy on the Wii.  The controls have proven to be highly gimmicky at times, but there are also instances where the motion functionality just works exceptionally well.  (The Wii Remote functionality in Zelda, for example, was simple, yet worked great and provided an alternative to button presses.)  For the last three years, the Wii has seen its fair share of successes as well as failures.  But more importantly, for the last three years, the Wii has managed to keep millions of gamers entertained.


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