Last Friday I bought Mario Strikers Charged Football for my Wii, on the day of its release. So far as I have played its fun in single player mode. I cannot judge multiplayer yet as no one could be acquired to play with me until now but I'll find someone as soon as possible.
I also tried to play online with a random player but just succeeded once so far to get online because the game servers seem to be overloaded all the time. There have also been rumours of a hacker on the net.
Nevertheless, my Wii and friend codes for my Wii online presence are following:
Last weekend another journey found its end. On Saturday I finally finished Zelda: Twilight Princess. Yes, I know that it's been almost four months since I started to play it but the 72 hours of puzzling I needed to complete mean almost 45 minutes per day.
Final thoughts after the game are that in the whole it was a quite enjoyable experience and that it was worth every single second. Brought back sweet memories from my times with Zelda on the NES, SNES and GameBoy.
Now I'll take my last savepoint and try to solve the remaining mini-quests and puzzles which are still lying around all over Hyrule.
For a Zelda veteran most of the fights and puzzles were not too hard although some of them have kept me quite busy for some time.
In the Forest Temple, quite at the beginning it took me some time to find out that I have to throw the "living bombs" to blow up a rock which blocked the entry to a necessary room. Dunno why I didn't get the grasp of how to throw the bomb instantly...
Ganondorfs second form (the monster) was easy at first but then I didn't get Midnas hint to morph into wolf-shape and beat him down through grabbing him like goats or Gorons.
The hard-to-see switch crystal at the bottom of the right wing in the City In The Sky escaped my eyes very well...
These are the only hard obstacles which kept in my mind till the end.
And just for my personal reference, if I ever think I can read it without spoiling much:
A few days ago I acquired another small gem: a pack of 8 eneloop NiMH rechargeables.
The cool attribute of those nice little white energy-sticks (AA/Mignon size, 2000mAh) is their extremely low self-discarging rate. SANYO claims that its eneloop rechargeables still hold 85% of their charge after one year and 70% after two years.
This makes it possible to use rechargeables in places where they sit for a long time without recharging like flashlights, remotes and radios.
I bought my pack to have a reliable and reusable energy source for my Wiimotes which is also more enviroment-friendly than regular batteries or rechargeables. What's even a bit surprising and nice is that the eneloops were even cheaper than most of the rechargeables which were available at the store I bought them (conrad.at).
Ah, tomorrow I'll be back at action again. Yesterday I visited my doc again and asked for his comment and he gave me permission to work starting from Thursday. So in just a few hours from now I'll be working on more than a weeks backlog of work.
Lying around in bed for the last week was quite boring for most of the time until I gathered myself together and reconnected my Wii to the TV. From that time until today I've played surely a few hours of Zelda - Twilight Princess.
Starting last week I thought that I'd completed the game about short before two thirds. Now I've played about twice the way I'd played until last week and i still think that I'm at 2/3 of the game :) It's really a huge world but I really like that warping concept which makes it possible to reach most of the already visited spots in the game within a few minutes.
Today the holiday is over and I'm back at work. Everything is as I have left it and I could seamlessly step back into productive-mode. Christmas brought another Wii-game, "Rayman Ravin' Rabbids". Fun. Fun. Fun.
And our storage room has been equipped, thanks to all supporters :)
Sylvester was a not-so-easy decision because we had invitations to three locations where we had to choose one to be on that evening. And all locations were equally promising, so it almost boiled down to roll a dice. I hope that we didn't disappoint the other two hosts too much when we had to reject their invitation...
In the first week of January my sweetheart and I also celebrated or 5th anniversary and we had another invitation to a small birthday party. All in all in that week I attended to three fondues and on every single one I surprised all others by being the last one to stop eating. Next time they'll not underestimate my appetite again :) I think I have heard the suggestion to "eat more to gain weight" from them the last time.
On other news, our TV died and I organized a used one as replacement but it has some drawbacks. We're currently thinking of buying a completely new one, a bigger and more modern one but not LCD or plasma. Too expensive and energy-hungry for me.
But we still have to think on that...
Ok, it's Monday and I had a few hours on the weekend to play around with the Wii and Zelda. Currently I'm having sore muscles around my neck and shoulders from playing tennis, bowling and boxing in the Wii Sports bundle but it's been worth it so far.
Zelda has been also quite satisfying until now and there has been just one downturn. About 15 minutes after the beginning where you get your horse and have to roundup the goats. After bringing in the goats there is a chance to practice showjumping where you can finish the practice by jumping over the exit doors. During practicing I saved the game and then left the room with the game inside a menu. When I came back the Wiimote has turned itself off because of inactivity and the game said that it has lost connection to the controller. I reactivated the Wiimote and the game found it again but the button to continue playing stayed disabled. No problem so far I thought, resetted and reloaded my savegame. Surprisingly I again got the duty to roundup the goats but they refused to enter their stable. And also the fence of the area was opened opposed to it's state when I saved the game so I couldn't leap over it with my horse.
In the end I was completely unable to finish this quest and had to dump this savegame. It wasn't a large drawback because I just needed 10 minutes to reach this spot again but I hope such errors don't pop up later in the gameplay again.
In the future I'll have to look out not to be inside an active quest while saving.
Picked up my Wii yesterday, added a bit of Zelda: Twilight Princess and placed it in the place between TV and shelf. At first the controllers were smaller than I expected but then I found it unbelievable how easy its usage is.
Previously when you had to enter a name in a game you had to tinker around for minutes using up and down on your limited controllers but now it's just point and click on the screen and you're done within seconds.
Today I went to the city to visit some toy stores and in the end I paid a pre-order for a Wii package. Super Mario Galaxy and Zelda Twilight Princess are quite likely to follow when I'm about to pick this small gem up next week. Although, I'm not personally picking it up because on that day, despite being a holiday, I'm attending a Java training at my workplace.
Yeah, finally I'm jumping into Java full-scale. 5-day training lessons. Hopefully it'll have some effect on my current position or unintentional "project affinity" at work. Some new challenges would really be nice.
it's rumoured that it'll ship at around 250$. See the interview with Iwata ("...price won't be significantly higher than Nintendo's prices have been historically...") and a price roundup in a comment at Kontaku. Also there had been an article stating that price on Revolution Report but that site has been replaced (by Nintendo to cover the price?). Perhaps you're lucky and still can find a cached version on Googles cache.
I read somewhere that it'll connect wirelessly with the Gamecube and Nintendo DS, but was unable to dig up that link immediately
Wow. I've been really thinking about pre-ordering the Wii, as soon as it's possible.
Another thing I've been thinking of: The controller of the Wii will connect via Bluetooth. Would it be possible to connect it with a standard PC on Windows or Linux using a bluetooth receiver? Could that be possible? Someone to take that idea? Playing Oblivion with the Wii-controller would be incredible.
A nice-looking news-site for the Wii seems to be Nintendo Wii News. And this Wii Montage on Google Video pretty much sums up all the fun.