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So the first leg of nintendo's promo tour for the Wii came to Dublin today and I went on down to have a look the see what was going on.
They had the stall divided into four each one done up to look like a bedroom or living room. With the tv sitting in the corner and the Wii in a glass box underneath. The sensor bar what stuck to bhe bottom of the tv. The choice of games was between Zelda, Wii Sports (tennis), Excitetruck and Rayman. I only had a go at Zelda and Wii Sports.
I went straight to Zelda and only had to wait for two guys to finish up before I had a go. While I was waiting a Wii guy came over and let me have a go at Starfox, which seemed quite good. He had about three DS's tied to his body with steel wire! No one was getting away with one
Anyway onto Zelda, and like previously mentioned, it was the E3 demo and you could choose between the dungeon we have all seen or the fishing demo. I went straight into the dungeon and straight away begin trying out the Wiimote. After quickly realising that to draw your sword all you had to do is make a quick motion with the Wiimote (this felt particularly good!) I thought the scarecrow a leason he won't forget in a while. Onwards onto the several moblins with flaming arrows, and you draw your bow.
This is amazingly simple. You had three options mapped to your d-pad. The up-direction calls up Midna for tips and advice, the right direction held your hookshot, the left your bomerang and down your metal boots. The B button was atomatically set to your bow. To draw the bow hold down the B button, and as has been pointed out the aiming was very sensitive. I found when I aimed the bow when I hit the B button to fire it would automatically cause me to rise the wiimote slightly and make me miss the shot. This is something which reduced sensitivity or more steady hands will fix no problem. To change to your hookshot, all you have to do is hit the right d-pad and the hookshot and bow switch places. Very simple and easy to use.
The sword fighting is great and you really start to get into it very quickly. It really does give you a great sense of immersion. A quick shake to the nuchuck to do a spin attack, a quick flick of the wiimote to swing the sword, it all feels very natural and you always feel in control. It has certainly gotten me more excited than ever.
I then had a quick 4-somes game of Wii Tennis, I was teamed up with a ten year old kid and we played against a booth babe and a teenage kid. I have to admit I am was not too excited about this game. But if you have three friends with wiimotes this game is going to be great fun. In the best of three match, I served first and after three aces, and a fun rally we had the first game. I was surprised how quickly you really get into this game, even though my young doubles partner seemed to be having trouble with getting his head around the motionsensing. Getting tips from his parents behind him. We ended up loosing the game 2-1. This game had the biggest crowd around it and watching people play it, everybody had huge smiles and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
I didn't get a chance to have a look at Rayman or excitetruck but the peeps who were playing them seemed to be having a great time, it seemed like only one track was available in Excitetruck and one or two mini games in Rayman.
Overall a great experience, the wiimote felt nice and heavy in my hands, but seemed to disappear during play. The Wii itself was as small as expected and the disc drive glowed blue the whole time during play. During wiisports I was made use the wristband, but not during zelda.
Well thats everything I can currently remember.........roll on Dec 8th
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