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post #61 of 323
Camped in fromt of target from 9 PM sat nite till 8 AM sunday for this damn thing. I must say, it was worth it!! This thing is great. Playing with someone elsi is great. And when i gave the controller to my 6 year old and gave him no instruction on bowling, he got it right away and was kicking my ass! Thats when i realized that i made a great purchase. The remote is killer and made me forget about the last gen graphics. I bought Rayman and it is alot of fun. Golf is my favorite on the sports. I cant wait till they get a tiger woods on this thing. If you have kids or lots of friends I highly reccomend this!
post #62 of 323
Alright so
WEP,
WPA-PSK (TKIP)
WPA-PSK (AES) and
WPA2-PSK are supported!

Setting up was very easy.
post #63 of 323
Got one after FREEZING in line at a Target for about 5 hours... O.K., it only got to about 36 degrees up here in northern Indiana that night, but I couldn't feel my toes for awhile.

So far all is good. My kids love Wii Sports; now my 5 year old can take out her punching fits on those Mii characters. My 10 year old loves bowling, as do I, but Baseball seems useless so far. All you do is pitch and bat (at least that's how my first game went).

I refuse to play Zelda until I get component cables, but I did watch the intro and caught a few glimpses of the kids wandering around. I didn't mind the blurriness, but maybe it's because I was running it thru my Optoma HD70.
Speaking of projectors, I haven't had any issues yet with the sensor bar, but I'll be watching closely. And also speaking of component cables, some guy ahead of me claimed to have some. He said he picked them up at Meijer and some guy behind him bought FOUR component cables. He was not a newbie so I took him at his word, but a follow up search at 3 local Meijer's showed no signs of them. I'll keep trying.
post #64 of 323
I am happy to report that I received my component cables (and refund due to a shipping error on Nintendo's part) today. The cables seem to be of good quality and only disappoint due to the fact that the audio cables are closely tied to the video cables.

The difference between composite and component is night and day. I was literally unable to play Zelda because it was so blurry. The component cables cleared things up greatly with the expected effect of pronouncing jaggies. This is more than OK to me because it was unplayable otherwise. Even Wii Sports look leaps and bounds better.

I definitely recommend anyone with a HD display, especially a fixed pixel display, to give these a try. It really made my experience that much better.
post #65 of 323
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Originally Posted by MastaMind View Post

I am happy to report that I received my component cables (and refund due to a shipping error on Nintendo's part) today. The cables seem to be of good quality and only disappoint due to the fact that the audio cables are closely tied to the video cables.

The difference between composite and component is night and day. I was literally unable to play Zelda because it was so blurry. The component cables cleared things up greatly with the expected effect of pronouncing jaggies. This is more than OK to me because it was unplayable otherwise. Even Wii Sports look leaps and bounds better.

I definitely recommend anyone with a HD display, especially a fixed pixel display, to give these a try. It really made my experience that much better.

how much was the componet cables.. also what kind of display do you use? i want to get one of those 42" olevia lcds on BF.. i got the wii on sunday and played zelda and wii sports all afternoon.. i am a video game collector.. ive got just about every system.. i went from playing gears of war on 360 on saturday to wii on sunday.. true the graphics are not next gen at all.. but its nintendo and zelda.. and i am here to say they have not let me down.. this is no power glove.. it takes a lil bit to get used to the controls.. but once you play with wii sports for a bit.. you learn quickly.. in fact for awhile there i was playing bowling and tennis.. standing in the middle of the living room.. having probably the most fun i have had with a new gaming system in years.. truely enjoyable.. if you haven't tried a wii yet.. go try one.. if you calibrate it as in zelda.. (options.. hit + then calibrate) it works great.. but anyways back to my question

what display are you guys using?

how is it on a lcd?

anyone with a 542i olevia?

thanks in advance

Dave
BRPC
post #66 of 323
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Originally Posted by kmh71 View Post

Is anyone else getting thin pillarbox lines on some games? Wii sports and Zelda are fine, Excite Truck and Raymond are both slightly pillarboxed.

I noticed pillarboxing on the left and right side of Rayman with my Wii set for 16x9 through the composites on my Sony A10. According to the Rayman manual, it is supposed to be 16x9 compatible. I don't get the pillarbox lines on Legend of Zelda which also supports 16x9.

Interesting thing I noticed...

According to the Rayman manual, there is an "Options" selection (There is even a screen capture of it) and you are supposed to be able to set the display to 4x3 or 16x9 under the "Video" settings but in the actual game it shows "Audio Options" only. They also omitted the "Commands" setting under the "Options" selection. which according to the Rayman manual, was supposed to allow you to toggle the wii remote rumble feature.

I think this is because Nintendo changed it so that you set your display via the Wii and the Wii is supposed to automatically output the correct aspect ratio instead of adjusting it in-game. The Wii remote is also adjusted via the "home" button in any game where you can toggle the rumble.

Anyway, is anyone else getting the pillarbox lines or does anyone know what may be causing it?
post #67 of 323
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Originally Posted by brpc View Post

how much was the componet cables.. also what kind of display do you use? i want to get one of those 42" olevia lcds on BF.. i got the wii on sunday and played zelda and wii sports all afternoon.. i am a video game collector.. ive got just about every system.. i went from playing gears of war on 360 on saturday to wii on sunday.. true the graphics are not next gen at all.. but its nintendo and zelda.. and i am here to say they have not let me down.. this is no power glove.. it takes a lil bit to get used to the controls.. but once you play with wii sports for a bit.. you learn quickly.. in fact for awhile there i was playing bowling and tennis.. standing in the middle of the living room.. having probably the most fun i have had with a new gaming system in years.. truely enjoyable.. if you haven't tried a wii yet.. go try one.. if you calibrate it as in zelda.. (options.. hit + then calibrate) it works great.. but anyways back to my question

what display are you guys using?

how is it on a lcd?

anyone with a 542i olevia?

thanks in advance

Dave
BRPC

I have the Wii hooked up to my Westinghouse 32w1 LCD (1366x768 native resolution) and it looks good. Let's be honest, it's not Gears of War, but graphics aren't the intent of the system. No issues on an LCD besides the fact that composite was near unplayable. Get the component cables from Nintendo and you're set.
post #68 of 323
Saturday, around 11am I was driving around to see how the lines were at the walmarts... and already there were lines of over 12 people at all 5 walmarts within 15miles of my house.

So I picked the one in the "nicer" area of town, and figured I'd get there at about 6. But I talked to an employee in the electronics department over the phone and he said I'd be crazy to come then, because at that time (on the phone it was about 2pm) he said there was nearly 20+ now and they were only getting 30 units! So I made it there around 3:30pm and ended up being #27 in line.

So 8.5 hours of sitting playing the DS and my newly purchased Children of Mana passed and I finally had a Wii in my hands... After getting the system I went to the Gamestop that I preordered Zelda at and picked that up at 12:30am too. I was a very happy wii-ite.

Apparently every single store that sold the wii sold out where I live. The closest best buy had 80+ people waiting, 2 targets were full, 5 walmarts, circuit city, and gamestops didn't have any in addition to the preorders. The guy behind me had waited 24 hours for a ps3 and didnt get one, so he was hoping to get a wii.

got home ~12:45 hooked it up to my optoma dv10 and 92" screen, and we started taking turns hitting tennis balls, punching faces in, etc. It was a blast! that was nearly till 4am haha.

I decided to not get any extra controls or games etc, figuring I could easily get them at best buy and put them on my best buy CC on sunday... but I got there and they had no nunchucks and only wii-motes. So that sucked. I got a wii-mote and debated what other game... decided on super monkey ball. Afterwards I stopped at blockbuster and started a gamepass (keep 1 game as long as you can, and exchange it whenever you want) - they already had over a dozen games and said they'd be getting more, so I'll see how that works.
post #69 of 323
Damn I really need to find one of these, it looks so much fun.
post #70 of 323
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Originally Posted by BoostGeek View Post

Damn I really need to find one of these, it looks so much fun.

I agree the Wii looks extremely fun to play and navigate the controller ^^
post #71 of 323
I just got a Wii from Best Buy! (Brea, CA). My wife, who I've always known is the best wife in the world, has been calling a list of 10 different stores every couple of hours. My ears perked up when I heard her say "Can you hold it for me?" (They wouldn't.) So I drove to Best Buy as fast as I could without getting stopped by the police, because that would really suck -- getting a ticket and being delayed so long they sold out again. Can you imagine?

My first impression is, the box and packaging look nice. I'm about to hook it up, but I had to come here and check a few things, and I couldn't resist posting. It's the closest thing to opening the door and shouting that I'm willing to do.

I'll post some impressions after hooking it up, assuming I decide to take a break from Zelda!

-Dan (beaming )
post #72 of 323
My Wii little story:

I learned on Sunday that my Costco would get a pallret 24) in on Monday and they would sell them on Tuesday. I arrived at 9:20 and was the first person to buy one. Those things were flying off the "shelf".

First impressions:
This thing is bad ass. Can I say that? I've been gaming since the 2600 and have gamed on everything from consoles to PCs. What the Wii lacks in graphical power (which, I feel, isn't that much) it makes up in overall game play. Nobody comes close.

The Wii-mote is small enough that you don't "feel" it. Even with the nun-chuck attached it is very, very light. I like the fact that your hands are separated. I can relax as much as I need to.

Everyone loves it. gaming has gone from me playing a game as entertainment for everyone else to games we can all play together. Although, my wife and daughter still love the Zelda stories so I play for their benefit :wink:wink:

We all played bowling last night and had a great time. My wife won. I mean... I went easy on everyone as not to make it uber-competitive. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Much like everyone else, I'm waiting on component cables. It's the only reason I'm not playing Zelda right now.
post #73 of 323
Well, I've played with my new Wii for a few hours, and here's my impressions: It's everything I hoped for.

I've got it hooked up using the composite cable into my Denon amp, which is connected to my SP4805 projector via component cables. My current screen size is about 80". The graphics in Zelda look amazingly good. (I'm not comparing it to the PS3 or 360 because I don't have either one of those.) I expected it to look really crappy, after reading some of the other posts, but it's really pretty good. Of course I'll get component cables when they're available, but this works fine.

The controllers work great, and there's no problem using the sensor bar with my PJ. I can lean back on my sofa, rest the controllers on my legs, and play just like I would with a normal controller (except of course when I'm waving them around, but so far with Zelda that isn't a constant thing, especially since there's a lot of reading).

So, I'm happy as a clam (are clams really happy?) Back to the game.

-Dan
post #74 of 323
2 questions:

Can the remote be used in the "traditional way" as well for legacy games?

Are the previous nintendo system games free to download and play via the emulatore?

Thanks!
post #75 of 323
Loving it!
Except that the non-Nintendo games are underscanned with black bars on the side just like GameCube games.
That's not fun when you have a new Panny.
post #76 of 323
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Originally Posted by FoolintheRain View Post

2 questions:

Can the remote be used in the "traditional way" as well for legacy games?

Are the previous nintendo system games free to download and play via the emulatore?

Thanks!

The remote can be used with NES games yes. Other than that, you need either a classic or gamecube remote for the other systems

Nothing is free on the virtual console that I've seen. I think NES games are ~$5 or so . I know that Mario 64 that I got was 1000 points... 2000 points was $20 so $10. But now I legally own it I dunno. Hopefully they'll adjust the prices better later on, because they seem slightly too much.
post #77 of 323
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Originally Posted by CieJe View Post

The remote can be used with NES games yes. Other than that, you need either a classic or gamecube remote for the other systems

Nothing is free on the virtual console that I've seen. I think NES games are ~$5 or so . I know that Mario 64 that I got was 1000 points... 2000 points was $20 so $10. But now I legally own it I dunno. Hopefully they'll adjust the prices better later on, because they seem slightly too much.


You could always play emulated games on your PC. I play alot (on the handheld like below) and the games work good on that or a PC. The VC seems to be kind of a rip off especially if your unit breaks and you need it replaced, what happens to all of your old VC games?
post #78 of 323
got one!!!

so stoked!!!!
post #79 of 323
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Originally Posted by DaveC19 View Post

You could always play emulated games on your PC. I play alot (on the handheld like below) and the games work good on that or a PC. The VC seems to be kind of a rip off especially if your unit breaks and you need it replaced, what happens to all of your old VC games?

Nintendo has said that a) it will allow redownloading of new games if they get deleted and b) if your console gets bricked, they'll allow you to transfer your rights for the games to your new console.
post #80 of 323
i just wanted to post again. this thing is AMAZING!!!!!!

no regrets. playing on a 92" diagonal screen off of my IN72. my pioneer 84 is upscaling the 480i to 1080i and the picture is actually pretty darn sweet!!!!

this was a smart move. my wife and i had an absolute BLAST last night after putting the little one's to bed.

they hit a home run with this thing for sure.

take care everybody.
post #81 of 323
My order from CC (pre-order 11/17) arrived in two pieces -- Friday for the extra controller and today for the console. Timing is fine because they are a present for my kids. I just feel better knowing I have them safe and sound in my house. I can't wait to give this to my two boys (7 and 10) and can't wait to play too. The reviews are almost uniformly positive. The only negatives I've read seem to be from gaming purists. NY times review yesterday was absolutely glowing.

Only problem with CC shipping was the way the console was packed. It was placed diagonally in the box with the plastic airbag package things only on one side. There was some wiggle room for the box. It should have been placed in a larger box with the airbags or peanuts all around it so it was tight inside the packing material. It should not move at all when the packing box moves. I'm not taking any chances. I am calling CC tomorrow and demand that they overnight me a new console with a prepaid return packing slip to send back the original. I have never received any electronic good so poorly packed. Even my surge protectors are packed better than this. If need be I will elevate this up the corporate ladder until I get satisfaction. The last thing I need is to have the kids unwrap their present and have it not work. Am I being unreasonable?
post #82 of 323
The Wii has definitely exceeded my expectations. Any I concerns I had about the controls were put to rest the moment I got my hands on it. On top of the awesome, awesome pack-in game, the launch games are generally very good so far (of course, Zelda is in a league of its own). Everything from the quality of the slot loading drive to the interface to the fantastic retro-game compatability screams quality. Hell, the photo channel beats any photo viewer I have ever used, hands down. And the entire Mii concept is pure genius. Making Miis and seeing other peoples' Miis is just plain fun.

Being among the first owners is also great since you get to show people how amazing it is and watch their expressions. The system appears magical to them, and I'm starting to believe it actually is . Well done Nintendo.
post #83 of 323
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Originally Posted by ShawnPeters View Post

The Wii has definitely exceeded my expectations. Any I concerns I had about the controls were put to rest the moment I got my hands on it. On top of the awesome, awesome pack-in game, the launch games are generally very good so far (of course, Zelda is in a league of its own). Everything from the quality of the slot loading drive to the interface to the fantastic retro-game compatability screams quality. Hell, the photo channel beats any photo viewer I have ever used, hands down. And the entire Mii concept is pure genius. Making Miis and seeing other peoples' Miis is just plain fun.

Being among the first owners is also great since you get to show people how amazing it is and watch their expressions. The system appears magical to them, and I'm starting to believe it actually is . Well done Nintendo.

I agree 100%. One thing I like about the controllers, which I haven't really seen addressed anywhere else, is that fact that in a lot of respects, it's like they took a normal controller and split it in two, so you don' have to keep your hands together. For me, this puts less strain on my wrists, and allows me to play longer.

-Dan
post #84 of 323
Finally got mine at BB this morning. I got in line at 8:30, but I got lucky and was still only #24 in line.

I was very surprised by the quality on my plasma even with the composite cable. It's definintely a bit blurry, and I'm looking forward to getting the component cable, but it's not nearly as bad as some posters have said. Same goes for the graphics quality of zelda, too. I dont' dispute that it doesn't compare well to the PS3 or 360, but I have neither, and didn't have a PS2 either. Lowered expectations, I guess, but I'm happy with the graphics.
post #85 of 323
Absolutely awesome. I don't care if it's not PS3 quality graphics. The controller is simply amazing.

I've been playing nothing but the Sports game it comes with. Baseball, Tennis, Golf, and Bowling are hugely fun.

And, honestly, I like the graphics just fine. And yes I've seen PS3/360, and I've been playing with better graphics on PC, but I don't care. The grass fields in Golf and Tennis and Baseball should be more than visually pleasing to anyone.
post #86 of 323
For front PJ users, is there an extension/long cable for the sensor. My equip is at the wall behind the seats and 15ft from screen? Can't go to nintendo website where I am now.

Thanks.

Found this with search of fp:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...1&highlight=fp

oddly, pj and projector had 0 results.
post #87 of 323
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Originally Posted by govschmo View Post

For front PJ users, is there an extension/long cable for the sensor. My equip is at the wall behind the seats and 15ft from screen? Can't go to nintendo website where I am now.

There are some do-it-yourself solutions if you have some basic electrical skills. Basically the cord is just carrying 5v of power (2 wires, 5v and ground), so you can just extend the cable yourself, or hook it up to an alternate power source.
post #88 of 323
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Originally Posted by krimson View Post

There are some do-it-yourself solutions if you have some basic electrical skills. Basically the cord is just carrying 5v of power (2 wires, 5v and ground), so you can just extend the cable yourself, or hook it up to an alternate power source.

It measured 7.8V with a voltmeter, the guy who modded it said it still worked fine with a 7.5V power source.
post #89 of 323
Received my Wii from an auction sale yesterday. Felt glad that I paid only $40 over retail value of the items (console, Zelda, extra Wiimote) and that I was spared the aggravation of waiting in line at a brick/mortar store. To put my thoughts in perspective, I'm also a "grown up dad" who has played games since high school, but I'm far from a "gamer." To put this in perspective, my wife and I loved to play Super Monkey Ball with friends (mostly the party games like Monkey Race and Fight). I find that I rarely have the skill (or time) for games with lots of levels and roleplaying

First, I hooked it up to a 720 FP Samsung on a 110" screen. Front row of seating is at ~10 feet, so there was room to maneuver without too much "Wii-wacking." I ordered a second sensor bar from Nintendo (only $10) and failed in my attempt to solder it to an old switchable universal power supply (set at 7.5V). I'll give it another shot. So far, we're using the stock cables (component on backorder from Nintendo). Since nunchucks are also backordered, we played Sports (tennis, golf, bowling), I played with Zelda for a bit, and then we played some Monkey Balls party games.

In a nutshell, we had an awesome time. This clearly is a revolutionary way to play games, and while I would have been happy with better graphics, I do agree that the change in the experience more than outweighs the lack of detail. Some favorites were WiiSports Tennis and Bowling, and Monkey Race. I think our favorite so far was the Snowboarding game on Monkey Balls--my wife particularly loved it and it nicely shows off what the controller can do. Also downloaded Donkey Kong on the virtual console--sent me back to 10th grade when I wasted many quarters on the real thing.

Some random thoughts:
--Black borders around many of the games are annoying. I could have gotten rid of these with the PJ by changing the zoom, but it's not worth the hassle each time. Not sure why this is needed.
--The controls were generally excellent, though a couple of Monkey party games were very difficult to control (Monkey frisbee golf is a good example--we were both frustrated).
--Picture quality at 110" even with composite was fine. No one will be unhappy playing on a decent FP system, and the whole thing was immersive and incredibly fun. It reminded me of playing the bowling simulators at Sony's Metreon in San Francisco when it opened--it seemed amazing at the time, and now we basically have the same thing at home 10 years later.

Update: Using JaremyP's post as an inspiration, I've successfully hacked my sensor bar to accept a 9V battery. It's now wireless, and this is great for my front projection theater, since I can now keep the Wii in the dedicated media rack which is quite a distance from the screen. See my post here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=759093

I can't wait to see how developers utilize this control system. All I can say is for a while, I will have a hard time getting work done at home evenings when the kids are asleep.
post #90 of 323
I got lucky and picked one up the day before Thanksgiving. I was in BB buying my new Sharp LC46d62u set when my friend who works there held up the box. I jokingly asked when more would be in stock--it seemed a woman was returning hers unopened as her husband had also been able to purchase one in the line he stood in across town. Picked it up right there.

First impressions: I honestly couldn't stop laughing when playing with the Wiimote for the first time--it was just so crazy and cool. I'll save judgment of Wii Sports here. My simple take on it is that its fun to play with, but its clear that its more meant as an "box-in demo" for the console. And that's fine. As everyone has said, the bowling is great. I brought it to my parents house for Thanksgiving and we all took turns playing the various games--everyone had a blast with it.

The video looks "good enough" through composite--I'm not about to spend the $100 or so that the component cables are going for on ebay right now. I'll pick those up after the holidays if I have to.

No other games yet--but I'll say this. For my $250, the entertainment value for my family and my girlfriend sitting around on that Wednesday and Thursday playing with those games--it's already been a completely worthwhile purchase.
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