Nintendo Wii in the house!

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We got a Wii earlier this week. Oh man - is that a lot of fun or what?!

To start: the bundled (in the US) Sports game is BRILLIANT FUN. All the hype about the controller is completely true. I've had sore muscles in my arms all week just from playing half an hour of boxing a few times (ok, every day).

Friday we got a component cable for better picture quality (get it, get it, so worth it!) and Excite Truck. It's beautiful. I'm usually a picture quality snob, but the games look plenty great. Anyway, Excite Truck was super fun. If you every played the original Wipeout games on the Playstation then you'll have an idea how fast the action in Excite Truck is. But that's not all. The steering interface in Excite Truck is fantastic. You use three buttons (gas, brake, turbo) on the "remote" (that's what they call the standardcontroller) and then steer by tilting it left and right and forwards and backwards (when you are in the air). I tried playing sitting down, but as the tracks got faster and faster I had to stand to better be able to tilt and turn. So fun.

Only disappointment: The online integration is beautifully seamless in the menus and such - but there's a distinct lack of online games. Both the sports games and Excite Truck are just begging for online play. Oh well, I hear online games will start coming out later in the year.

If you have a Wii then send me your "Wii code" (whatever it's called, the 16 digit number) so I can add you to our system and see your Miis (and play online games when that time comes). Jabber: or email

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I'll be holding off on a Wii myself until Ninetendo demonstrates cluefulness about online play. It's a pity they didn't embrace the notion better from the start.

But, probably prudent to focus innovation in one area at a time.

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