Hurrah. Jane and I now have our Nintendo Wii pre-ordered. It’s no guarantee we’ll get one on the launch date of December 8, but if the many reports of console supplies are true, there’ll be every chance we will.
As well as the console, we’ve put in a pre-order for an extra controller for some 2-player Wii Sports (no rude jokes, please) action, and a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
Wii Sports is a collection of simple sports-based games designed to demonstrate the potential of the Wii’s motion sensitive controller, and comes bundled with each Wii console.
Twilight Princess is the latest in a long line of Zelda adventure games by Nintendo. The N64 incarnation of The Legend of Zelda, Ocarina of Time, was the title that got me back in to gaming, and taught developers how 3D games should be made. The Gameboy version, Link’s Awakening, won Jane over and convinced her to save up and buy her very own system with its mixture of adventuring and puzzling (and its TV ad with Rik Mayall).
Twilight Princess was originally designed for Nintendo’s Gamecube, with production beginning several years ago. The motion-sensitive Wii controls are a relatively recent addition, and as such there’s been a fair bit of negative talk about how well they will work. I trust Nintendo not to bodge this up, though—from previous experience, if something’s not perfect, they just don’t bring it out until it is. Can’t wait!