We admit it. We’ve been cheering for the Wii’s success. But we do have some gripes with the system so far.
1. The most serious problem: Lack of depth in games
Unless you’re still playing Zelda, you know what I’m talking about. The Wii lineup is pretty meager at this point, and the problem is compounded by the fact that most games are too simple. Sure, that was one of Nintendo’s strategies, but has anyone played Wii Play yet? I hate it. Seriously. I know everyone is giving Wii Play a “pass” because its only $10 over the cost of the packed in controller. But the games are just mind numbingly shallow.
The good news is that this problem is correctable.
2. No online play?
WTF? I thought Nintendo had set their infrastructure in place with the DS and wireless online play. So why not launch with an online compatible game? Or for that matter, why not at least have an online game ready for Q1 2007? Nintendo needs to recapture their momentum, and now would be a perfect time to unveil online gaming…but I’m willing to bet it doesn’t come for quite a while.
3. The wire between the Wiimote and the Nunchuk
Anyone else getting thoroughly pissed off at the wire connecting the two controllers? When I’m boxing in Wii Sports, the wire sometimes literally causes me to lose the freakin match. Not only is it a distraction, but it can also throw off your movement sometimes.
4. Medicore control
Give me more fluid control. I hate how the occassional uppercut comes out as a jab, or even the very rare situation where a swing with the left hand gets made with the right. How about the utter lack of real directional control in Wii tennis? Instead of being able to push force in a certain direction, you literally have to control the direction by your timing, which is not completely realistic.
This is probably my biggest concern at this point because I’m not sure that it’s correctable. I’ve yet to see a Wii game with brilliant, nuanced, fluid control. Let’s hope that this isn’t a limitation of the technology, but rather a limitation of coding that will be solved in the coming year.