Wii: The console for people with lives.
It's been a while since my last post, but that seems to be the rule rather than the exception these days. Anyway, I'd like to talk a bit more about the Wii. I must say that I've been positively surprised. The kids like to play minigames, no surprise there. But on top of that my wife, family, and friends all have enjoyed playing it much more than I anticipated.
Interestingly, perhaps the coolest feature has actually been the Virtual Console. Even though Super Mario Galaxy is definitely among the top 5 games I've ever played the Virtual Console is really something. I've been able to finally play all those games I envied my peers playing when I was a kid, and my wife has been reliving a part of her childhood by playing familiar NES titles. The fact that you can get 5-10 old titles for the price of a single current title doesn't exactly hurt either.
The bottom line is that the Wii truly is a console for the whole family. Gamers have grown up, gotten kids, and matured in general. Nintendo has realized that. The PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 may be more powerful and certainly appeals to the hard core gamer crowd. But for the rest of us, not living in basements and having acquired "a life" complete with spouses, kids, and a lack of abundant free time there really is no better alternative to the Wii for now.