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The State of The Wii Address….

I think today we’ll mix it up a little bit tonight. I’ll give you my editorial flavored skittles. Get ready to taste the rainbow.

As you are all well aware, it’s October. In fact, by the time I get this posted, it’ll probably be Oct. 24, that’s one week from Halloween. I don’t know how to feel about Halloween this year. Typically I hate it, it’s just annoying. It’s the old people who dress up and try to hold on to a shred of youth that bugs the hell out of me, kinda sad and pathetic. Oh, and now that I own a house we are clueless about what to do. Are kids gonna come expecting candy? What kind do we give them? My plan is to keep the door chained and when they knock on it I’ll open and throw M&M’s at them. Yeah, we’ll buy one of those mega bags of M&M’s, open it up and poor them in a bowl. Save ‘em the trouble of opening a package. Plus, that way they’ll learn they need to bounce off my yard! Yes, I am ranting, there’s a point here though. The closer to Halloween we get, the closer to Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Christmas. That means exciting times for gamers, producers, developers, and especially retailers. The Wii has had an absolute stranglehold on the market the past two X-mas’, and the recent price drop to $199 will ensure they don’t plan on letting go. In my opinion, the price drop was barely necessary. People, especially kids, still want a Wii, and parents would still buy the system for little Susie and Jakey. (Side note: I don’t know any kids named Susie or Jakey, but I’m sure there are siblings with those names and they are probably the two most obnoxious kids ever. They’re probably also gingers.) There have been rumors about Netflix coming to the Wii, and I think this would be a massive coup. Even if I’d much prefer it come to the PS3 first. Maybe Nintendo thinks the Black Wii package will be just as good, you know, since it’s the same color as a PS3. Oh wait, that system has not been announced for a US release date yet, all we get is a Wiimote & nunchuck combo. It’ll be like waggling with a black & white cookie. Man, I love black and white cookies. They’re so delicious.

So, what does all this mean? To you and I, probably not much. To Nintendo, it means a lot. It means that they saw the competitors catching up with them with their own price drops. It means that Netflix wants to rule the world and the Big N will be able to join the craze of labeling a videogame system a “Home Entertainment Center”. And for some reason Ninty is not bring the thundersex Black Wii overseas. Don’t ask me, I just don’t know. What I do know is the Wii’s not going anywhere. It’ll get better, as will the games. If nothing else, we’ve still got No More Heroes 2, Red Steel 2, and Super Mario Bros. NES-Style w/Waggle!! I’m guessing at least two of those games will be absolutely amazing. Does that mean I think one will not be amazing or underwhelm? Oh god, but they all look awesome. Don’t sleep though, I haven’t played them and they could all be a bit too meh. Let’s cross our fingers and hope not. In closing, I’m going to leave you today with a trailer for Need for Speed:Nitro. I’m not going to pretend to know anything about this game, I don’t. There’s cars and you race. I’m pretty sure that’s all you need to know. Enjoy, and stay thirsty my friends.