I'm feeling a little sad today. Nintendo on Monday officially consigned the Wii to the gaming console history bin, to join its brethren like the NES and Nintendo 64. The company is halting production to focus fully on the Wii's replacement, the Wii U. I understand that time and technology march onward, but I'm not quite ready to kiss my Wii goodbye.
I still remember hunting for my Wii. It was released in 2006 and the demand almost immediately caused shortages nearly on par with the great Cabbage Patch Doll scare of 1983. I trolled sites that tracked in-stock Wii consoles before finally lucking upon my own Wii from Sears in early 2007.
I was mostly a computer gamer up to that point, though I had played on borrowed consoles at friends' houses. I suppose I got caught up in the frenzy surrounding the Wii interface. It just looked like so much more fun than a static, button-masher of a controller.
Metroid Prime: This is what I'm currently playing on the Wii. (Click to enlarge.)
When I first met the Wii, it was a curiosity. I... [Read more]