The headline says it all, really. Nintendo’s Wii console launches here in the UK on December 8th, with a price of £179. And I for one cannot wait, having slapped my pre-order in as soon as the games retailers started taking orders. But if you’re still unsure, or don’t have a clue what all the fuss around Wii is about, here’s ten videos from YouTube that should have you reaching for your wallet.
1. The Official Trailer (Pt. 1)
A decent introduction to what Wii is all about, courtesy of Nintendo. See Japanese families sharing the fun of virtual conducting! Fall head over heels in love with the Wario game! Marvel at why the grungey guy isn’t out playing a gig rather than staying in playing first-person shooters! This is the video to watch if you’re completely new to Wii, or need to convince a non-gaming husband/wife/parent of its charms.
2. See why it’s called Wii
Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto explains why exactly the console is called Wii, as thousands of British viewers collapse in mirth at the thought of the urine-related punning to be had once they’ve got one sitting in their living room.
3. Wii drumming
As someone unable to see a pair of chopsticks without recreating the solo from Led Zep’s ‘Moby Dick’, the Wii Drumming game has got me PROPERLY excited. It’s like SingStar on PS2, except for those of us who can’t hold a tune, and like hitting things! In time or not.
4. Underwear attack
Okay, so Wii is being pitched as a break from console industry norms. But one thing remains the same – there’s nothing like a woman in hotpants and a skimpy bra to get gamers hot under the collar about a new product. I don’t know if Nintendo had anything to do with this cheeky Wii v PS3 parody of Apple’s Mac v PC ads, but if they didn’t think it up, they should have.
5. The overview
This one’s another good video to show Wii virgins, as it provides an overview of the console feature by feature. By the end of it, you’ll be as HELL YEAH enthusiastic as they are…
6. At last! Realistic fishing in video games
Okay, apart from Sega Bass Fishing on the Dreamcast. But in The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess you can fish by casting your Wiimote. Don’t let your dad play on this, otherwise he’ll monopolise it for hours and never let you get any further in the game. And that’d mean you miss the horseback bits…
7. Men in black show you how to play Zelda
More Zelda, which looks like being one of the most dribble-worthy launch titles for Wii (i.e. the one you’ll choose if a retailer forces you to buy a ‘Wii + 1 game’ bundle). And who better to show you how this flagship game works than some blokes dressed in black looking sharp?
Bollywood Dancers love it
Check this video out. It appears to be a dubbed
Bollywood-style video singing Wii’s praises in typically over-the-top style. Who knows if the subtitles have just been slapped onto an old movie where they’re singing about something completely different. Like PlayStation 3. EDIT – Thanks commenters for alerting me to the fact that this isn’t a Bollywood video at all, it’s actually a Tamil video. I’d still like to think they’re singing about Wii though.
9. Geeks love it
This video’s good too. It shows the stampede at this year’s E3 conference when the doors opened, and hundreds of sweating mad-eyed gamers ran for the Wii stand. Don’t be offended, by the way. In my household, being called a sweaty mad-eyed geek is the highest praise. And I did run for the stand one morning at E3…
10. Wii Tennis
Genius. Even when played by the people who created it on a big-screen, which is a bit embarrassing for all concerned.