Nintendo’s Wii achieved something truly epic six years ago: my mum recognised what it was.
The Wii in my lounge was acknowledged as ‘that bowling thing’.
Gaming had hit the mainstream so far as i used to be concerned.
Fast forward six years and bowling has gone back to the shopping centres whence it came, Britain’s Wiis are being inspected by spiders in our attics – and Nintendo has pop out with the inevitable, almost unpronounceable Wii U.
Nintendo has finally caught up with the remainder of the arena: the Wii U offers HD graphics, and games look reminiscent of PS3 games, just in time for Sony to ditch that and convey out a brand new console next year
Wii U already has hardcore gamer appeal – the eerie horror ZombiU (£40) is superb. But before forking out on a brand new console, it’s worth taking into account that for the cost you can buy six new Xbox games instead…
But anyone putting on two-tone shoes in anticipation of hi-def bowling can be disappointed.
Wii U is all about making you watch two screens immediately, with games being displayed both in your TV and a screen in the course of an object I hesitate to name a joypad.
The giant, plastic… thing… is like an iPad with actual, literal knobs on.
Oddly, you just get ONE screen-controller – so in multiplayer games some persons are stuck using old-style Wii controllers, which causes inevitable bickering
The 6.2in screen isn’t as HD as top-end tablets, but you are able to watch Lovefilm and Netflix on it – although Nintendo’s ‘child-safe’ approach means there is no ‘proper’ internet
The controller has motion controls, a stylus and about 100 buttons – but additionally works as a 6in TV.
The children can play Wii U games – or at the least considered one of them can – while the family watches.
Or, in my household, the husband can play Mario while the woman of the home watches and the kid chews a ball thoughtfully – in itself, enough to permit Wii U an area inside the lounge.
But so far, there isn’t any party game so that it will make tipsy aunts ‘have a go’ at Christmas, destroying pot plants and lampshades as they go.
The mini-games involve scribbling on screen, waving the joypad about and many squinting from one screen to a different.
Some involve people waving Wii controllers (the old ones) as one person plays at the pad – and might be as incomprehensible as Morris dancing.
This is a superb, fun gizmo, delivered with Nintendo’s trademark sunny presentation – however hasn’t reached its ‘bowling thing’ moment yet.
For a contented Christmas… Just press ‘send’
Nothing says, ‘I vaguely such as you but I’ve forgotten all about you until far, far too late this year’ like a Christmas e-card.
But the Touchnote: Christmas Edition app offers a good-ish ‘midway point’ for people who can’t quite face the horrors of the stationer’s.
Touchnote: Christmas Edition app permits you to design an e-card using your individual photos, add suitably festive messages then post the end result as a genuine-world card
It allows you to design an e-card using your individual photos, add suitably festive messages (this is often done using a half-hearted choice of ‘pre-made’ messages for folk you genuinely loathe) then post the outcome as a true-world card.
These cards cost £1.49 apiece and you’ve got until Thursday to send them
A simple ‘design process’ enables you to festoon your photo with snowmen, holly and so forth – but you will get during the entire process in about eight thumb-stabs, and send the lot as a circular in under a minute.
Close kinfolk usually are purse-lipped on the Christmas table if they’re fobbed off along with your name signed by a working laptop or computer in a scribbly font under a message inside the same font saying ‘Seasons Greetings!’
But these cards cost £1.49 apiece and you’ve got until Thursday to send them.
You may also up the thrill levels (and lower your individual effort levels) via Facebook to locate addresses for you.
Note: this system just isn’t recommended for old aunts, eccentric cousins or in fact a lot of people you’ve left it this late to send a card to…