After nine glorious years of gaming awesomeness and backwards compatibility, my Nintendo Wii has taken its final bow.
Actually, it proved it wasn’t working anymore by spitting out discs and making angry sounds, but here nor there, folks.
I have been planning gameplay videos, some for Retroist, some for funsies because they were not-so-retro, but if I plan to do any of that, it will not be with my Nintendo Wii helping.
I will preface everything I’m about to say by letting people know that I’m not in the market for a gently used Wii or Game Cube. I’m not looking for replacement systems or where to find them. Like any good nostalgia writer, I’m more content to know that my system gave its all for my videogame playing while it lasted. I’m also ready to move up in the world – er, back – and give emulators the “old” college try. For nine years, it got me dancing, I bowled the only perfect game I will ever bowl, it taught me how to play golf, and I even played Tetris with a balance board.
I’ll miss this system!
I was going through some files on my Passport drive earlier this week, and found some “test footage” I made when I first got my Hauppauge HD PVR. I was testing everything I owned on it – Nintendo, VCR, DVR cable box – all of it. And I was happy that one of the “test subjects,” was none other than one of my absolute favorite games that isn’t of the 8-bit era.
I bought Super Smash Bros. Melee in 2005, right after I had gotten my Game Cube. I’m aware that I was a little late to the party when I got this system, being a year and a half away from the Wii’s release, but I wanted it, and well, I wanted this game. I had played the original on the Nintendo 64 some years earlier, and loved it despite its weird polygonal graphics. I always loved Mortal Kombat games, so the idea of Nintendo characters beating each other up just seemed like a crazy (and awesome) concept. And of course, who doesn’t love a good sequel, especially when the sequel is superior to the original?
Or maybe it was this introduction…
OMG, I don’t think one can ever be quite [Get Ready] enough!
And because one great game deserves yet another sequel, it was only natural that I buy Super Smash Bros. Brawl right after I got my Nintendo Wii in 2008.
This one also has an epic theme to accompany that epic title screen…
This sequel not only got the band of the previous two games back together, but also brought in some new faces. Some of those choices were quite eclectic in nature, but were important parts of Nintendo’s history. And Sonic the Hedgehog and Snake from Metal Gear Solid were there too, because why not?
And speaking of eclectic characters, this is where the “test footage” from my PVR was shot from. What I got was 55 minutes worth of me playing as two characters I normally never used.
I’d love to know if anyone ever played as these charaters.
Mr. Game and Watch actually became a part of a previous post (ironically, written after shooting this footage), mostly because of the surprise that he was really a viable character in the world of Super Smash Bros. I also like his perpetual “WHAAAAT?!” expression.
Even better, it turns out R.O.B. The Robot was also an effective contender in the cutthroat world of Nintendo smashing and brawling. He may look like a cross between Johnny 5 and Wall-E, but he was a fighting and killing machine.
It also helps that R.O.B. was a machine. Here nor there.
I also loved these “Congratulations” screens when you cleared classic mode!
Congratulations on getting blasted out of a burning building, Mr. Game and Watch!
Without any further ado, some of that fun video gaming action, culled from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and filmed sometime in the spring of 2016. I only just watched it for the first time preparing this article, so it is as new to me as it is for you. I’ve also divided it up into two parts, one for Mr. Game and Watch, and one for R.O.B., just to give each of these newcomers to the Smash Bros. world their equal due.
Nintendo Wii, “Wii” knew ye for nine wonderful years of gameplay, some of it retro, some of it not, but all of it fun. Thanks for the memories…and for teaching me more than a few dance steps I took to my Hip Hop class. It was all worth it, if only to compare your dog to video game characters you saw in one of the games.
In my world, that comparison will never get old.