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Advice sought

It's rather trivial but I need some advice on a couple of issues.

I've saved all my Xmas and bonus money to blow on a Wii. They are now back in stock with a bewildering array of offers. Given that we'd like to play games together, what's the minimum we need by way of accessories and what's the best game? I'm thinking two sets of controllers and probably Sports and Mario Party 8. We like cute Japanese platform games like Spyro, Tombi and Ape Escape.

We've decided to join a DVD club. Amazon and Lovefilm are both £3.99, Tesco at £4.47 per month for 2 DVDs. All we really require is that the DVD fit through the letterbox. We don't want to sign for it. And enough choice which I imagine they all offer. Does anyone have any experience of this in the UK that means we should go with one rather than the other?

It's a hard life. I think the next thing we should consider is a cleaner, to take up the slack because we'll be spending all our free time playing on the Wii and watching DVDs.

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mytholder
Feb. 20th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
Super Mario Galaxy.
bar_sinister
Feb. 20th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Seconded.
kit_hartford
Feb. 20th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Sports should be included. I'd say one of the Marios, Sonic, Nights and maybe Zelda.
nuclear_powered
Feb. 20th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Minimum accessories for 2 is really 2 controllers and 2 nun chucks (sp?). Other than that there are no real essential accessories, although when they bring out the lightsabre one that might change ^_^ .

As for games, Twilight Princess is awesome although single player. Wii Sports is really good fun multi-player so that's a good pick. Super Monkey Ball or Wario Ware Smooth Moves have a lot of nifty mini-games if that's something you're into. Red Steel has a lame plot but you get to hit stuff with a sword and shoot things so it's good fun. Paper Mario is supposed to be excellent and really quite challenging. And of course you can't go wrong with Super Mario Galaxy.
pond823
Feb. 20th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
You'll need an extra controller and nuncha, for double games.

See if you can pick up Rampage Total Destruction cheap. It's mindless violence, city destroying giant monster style.

Super Mario Paper is good as a traditional platformer with twists. Zelda is lovely. Resident Evil 4 is shooty. Wario Smooth Moves is mad (lots and lots of weird 3 second games)
amanofhats
Feb. 20th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
The best games are Zelda: Twilight Princess (but it's not a multiplayer game) and Super Mario Galaxy (which has limited multiplayer).

Decent multiplayer games (forgive if they're not available in the UK, but I believe they should be):

Rayman Raving Rabbids (Decent, frustrating, but worth it if you can get it cheap).

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Trauma Center: New Blood (Fun and challenging surgical sim, with co-op! And a defibrillator!)

Zack & Wiki: The Quest for Barbaros' Treasure (Not a multiplayer game but an absolutely fantastic adventure/puzzle game that's as cute as they come).

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Play all six films in Lego style. Include co-op.)
heliograph
Feb. 20th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Rabbids 2 is a vast improvement!
nuclear_powered
Feb. 20th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Sadly Brawl isn't out here yet. I think its been pushed back to the end of bloody April now, which is a crime!

Oh yeah, Steve, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption should be on your list and I've heard good things about Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games which is multi-player but I haven't played it myself.
heliograph
Feb. 20th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
If you have friends, you want to get a total of four controllers and four nunchucks. Depending on your setup you may want to get a wireless sensor bar.

I've enjoyed Wii Sports, Wii Play (a bunch of simple sample games), and Lego Star Wars. I'm down on Zelda only because I think it is boring to have three people sitting there watching one person play, but it is very popular with the kids.

But I honestly believe the game that really shows the strength of the Wii is Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (the sequel). It is essentially a collection of mini party games, but each uses the controllers in different and interesting ways. It includes a Rock Band-like game, a shooter (where you shoot plungers at various Rabbid creatures), various memory and skill games, all featuring a really warped sense of humor.
jadeent
Feb. 20th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
We rent our DVDs from Amazon. £7 a month for four DVDs, two at a time. We've had no problems with them. They come through the letter box and no signing is involved.
If you want a comparison between Amazon, Lovefilm and others then speak to Sandra & Tony as they've been experimenting with a number of suppliers.
kruku
Feb. 21st, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
I know I never stop harping on about this but if you can get a deal with a projector I think do so.
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