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.