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Wii Love: A Review

By A Bore in Media
Fri Apr 25, 2008 at 06:56:02 PM EST
Tags: wii, gaming, love, Nintendo (all tags)

Nintendo redefined the relationship between man and games console with the creation of the Wiimote, and continued to riff on that successful theme. Ever since the Wii came out, Wii crossbows, guns, wheels, golf clubs, baseball bats, tennis rackets and balance boards have all appeared. In their latest release, Nintendo continues to push the limits of a games console with the release of Wii Love. For the uninitiated, Wii Love isn't really a game, but rather a lifestyle accessory. Similar to Wii Fit, Nintendo have co-opted a boring and mundane everyday activity and made it fun and engaging.

I managed to get my hands on a (second hand) early preview box from a corporate client, so I thought I'd give you a quick look at the technology that wowed the crowd at the Nintendo stand at the last E3 conference, and has taken Japan by storm, shifting over 2,000,000 units in the first three months.

First impressions

The initial feel of the new Wii peripherals is surprisingly good. As ever, Nintendo's design philosophy has resulted in a solid, quality build that combines the requisite lightness with an impression of durability. Nintendo has had to increase the Wii Love peripherals capacity to compensate for the larger European consumer. The male peripheral ("Miimote") is comfortably designed, with the Wiimote fitting snugly into the top of the unit, and the female peripheral ("Fiimote") seems similarly well thought out. Both 'motes have an expansion port for the nunchuck for dual wielding, but this is recommended only for the advanced user, as the analogue stick is awkwardly placed.

After attachment and adjustment, the true beauty of the Wii Love package becomes evident. Softly easing the disk into the machine, you are greeted by the chirpy ambient music and pastel shades we have come to expect from Nintendo. A short introduction guides you through calibrating the Miimote, with a few questions to help the device work better. The use of Mii characters is slightly off-putting, though it does help tie this peripheral in with the "family" of Nintendo titles, and would help new users familiarise themselves with the capabilities of their new kit.

Users are introduced to the Miimote (or Fiimote) through a series of gentle exercises, tightening muscles on command and swaying. The sensitivity and softness of the device is really quite startling, and one of the highlights of the package.

After Setup

The main activities are where Wii Love really shines. The male orientated ones include entertaining subgames such as "Catch the Donut", "Poke the Penguin" and my favourite, "Holes of Glory". These are quite simple on early levels, becoming increasingly difficult as the game progresses, with pictures of Margaret Thatcher or your mother flashing up to reduce blood flow, and thus your ability to catch, prod or poke the requisite item or animal. The male games can be played alongside the female ones, thus allowing couples to play together, swapping scores and competing up against each other.

The game also includes a full position trainer, where you (and a partner if desired) try to follow on screen instructions and assume the same position as the Mii's on screen, with the Mii/Fiimotes monitoring your success. This was a lot of fun, and very educational, although the Japanese version has several seemingly impossible positions that you would have to train and practise to achieve, aiding longevity, which is the holy grail of these kinds of games.

The main usage of this package however has to be through the specially created Wii Love channel, where people all over the world of various shapes and sizes can meet, chat and use their Wiis together. This functionality was inaccessible to me, using a japanese import, but the little I could see, I liked. In the full European release high definition video transfer and headset compatibility should make this section one of the most popular of the package. Similarly, the tracking of basic physical attributes, volumes and scores online on the leaderboards is a lot of fun.

One clever feature that caught my eye is a continuance and elaboration of the "age" scale from Brain Training and Wii Fit. The Wii Love package estimates your "slag age" (which cannot be below 18 here; 13 in Japan) and encourages you to increase it by the available exercises or random encounters.

To those concerned that the Wii Love will be a "one-night-stand" to be discarded once the novelty has worn off, I can confidently assert that this is not the case. The addictiveness in improving scores, unlocking further minigames, items, locations and partners should not be underestimated. Although fully featured out of the box, these unlockables add a lot of replay value, and you will find yourself coming back in them again and again. A European-culture themed package is badly needed however - some of the Japanese objects and activities were bizarre and distasteful to my personal palate, making parts of the game slightly nauseating. Nintendo have assured gamers this is well in hand.

Final thoughts

Overall, the Wii Love package is probably worth the 69.99/$80 price tag. The Mii/Fiimotes are well designed and easy to clean, and the new nunchuck controller coming out should solve the issues regarding the original's girth and shape, which only make it suitable for a handful of people. The new 'motes are comfortable and non-chafing even with constant use; it is easy to forget you are wearing one, which can be embaressing. Nintendo continue to forge new territory, making a "games machine" less about simple, preprogrammed activities and more of a "lifestyle machine". This fun and engaging package rightly belongs up there in Nintendo's Pantheon with Wii Fit, and just increases my eagerness to see Miyamoto's rumoured Wii Dump prototype, previewing early next year.


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Wii Love: A Review | 30 comments (19 topical, 11 editorial, 0 hidden)
pr0nfest was last week (3.00 / 6) (#1)
by GrubbyBeardedHermit on Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 08:20:57 AM EST


Not only that but (3.00 / 4) (#2)
by Vampire Zombie Abu Musab al Zarqawi on Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 10:12:30 AM EST

so last week.

[ Parent ]
by EMOTIVE GUY on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 04:34:40 PM EST

They told me to go easy on cock for a few days, but I didn't listen
- MotorMachineMercenary

[ Parent ]
Thatcher was kinda hot back in the day (3.00 / 4) (#8)
by nailgun on Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 02:35:40 PM EST

You are Ronald Reagan (none / 0) (#16)
by it certainly is on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 11:03:48 AM EST

and I claim my five pounds.

kur0shin.org -- it certainly is

Godwin's law [...] is impossible to violate except with an infinitely long thread that doesn't mention nazis.
[ Parent ]

TELEDILDONICS (3.00 / 5) (#11)
by circletimessquare on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 01:14:49 AM EST


The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

i read a book with a chapter about this in jail.. (1.50 / 2) (#25)
by wastedyears on Sun Apr 27, 2008 at 01:26:07 PM EST

if we can network the wee's..

WWW.ROFLKING.COM The King of wierd pictures.
[ Parent ]

wii is for wee-sized men? (3.00 / 2) (#12)
by Ezra Loomis Pound on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 01:52:32 AM EST

to hook up w/teenaged girls? was that the point? if so, +1FP!!

:::"Let me tell ya, if she wasn't cut out to handle some fake boy online, well sister, life only gets more difficult, and you only get more emo as you age." --balsamic vinigga :::#_#:::
a simple twist of fate (3.00 / 6) (#13)
by sye on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 05:02:01 AM EST

People tell me its a sin
To know and feel too much within.
I still believe she was my twin, but I lost the ring.
She was born in spring, but I was born too late
Blame it on a simple twist of fate.

Yours truly

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[3] encourage, lesbianism .nt (2.00 / 2) (#24)
by nostalgiphile on Sat Apr 26, 2008 at 12:00:28 AM EST

"Depending on your perspective you are an optimist or a pessimist[,] and a hopeless one too." --trhurler
[ Parent ]
-1 (none / 0) (#15)
by sasseriansection on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 09:54:41 AM EST

More interesting drivel on gamefaqs.  

Besides that, why buy an adapter when the wiimote would fit up the author's ass perfectly as designed?
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its a shame this is voting already (3.00 / 4) (#17)
by circletimessquare on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 11:30:51 AM EST

because, played a little more cool, and this joke would be entirely believable by some. but things like "The male orientated ones include entertaining subgames such as "with pictures of Margaret Thatcher or your mother flashing up to reduce blood flow, and thus your ability to catch, prod or poke the requisite item or animal" are obviously sophomoric in execution

a little more subtle, and you would have the basis for a solid internet rumor. but as it is, anyone past the 10th grade will just roll their eyes

A+ for basic idea

C- fir execution

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

Despit the previous bad reviews... (none / 0) (#20)
by Calalily on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 02:49:56 PM EST

I found it very entertaining : )

"So, what does this have to do with autoerotic asphyxiation? Or did your time machine break down?" b
+1FP this is terrible (none / 0) (#23)
by Phssthpok on Fri Apr 25, 2008 at 06:56:56 PM EST


affective flattening has caused me to kill 11,357 people

the thin line between satire (none / 1) (#26)
by jolt rush soon on Mon Apr 28, 2008 at 12:41:31 PM EST

and fact
Subosc — free electronic music.
This is absolutely (none / 1) (#27)
by yellow shark on Tue Apr 29, 2008 at 12:18:29 AM EST

the bottom of the heap.

This is FP? (none / 0) (#28)
by slice2 on Tue Apr 29, 2008 at 10:09:12 AM EST

wow k5 really has degenerated

K5 REBOUND (none / 0) (#29)
by kbudha on Fri May 02, 2008 at 10:47:40 AM EST

This is soooo much bettar than racist humor.

Vibrate? (none / 1) (#30)
by Raindoll on Fri May 02, 2008 at 03:19:28 PM EST

The article is sorely lacking. It is clear that it was written by a male who tested only the male attachment, and never the Fiimote that I am interested in.
Does it vibrate? And where are the vibration points?

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