I can’t wait to get my hands on a Nintendo Wii. I’ve owned every Nintendo console since the 8-bit. Nintendo’s console sales have been low since the SNES, so it’s great to see that the crowds at the E3 show are praising their latest offering as the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Nintendo Co. Ltd.’s new Wii video game console, considered the underdog in the console wars because it lacks the high-definition graphics and multimedia features of its rivals, is stealing the show at this week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show.
The wait to try out the Wii at E3 pushed past four hours on Thursday afternoon, while the wait for hands-on time with Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 3 was barely 30 minutes. Both consoles will hit the market later this year, though the Wii is expected to cost much less than rival consoles.
“It’s basically a whole different thing from anything I’ve seen before,” said Josef Faulkner, who had been waiting in line for three hours to get his hands on Wii. He still had an hour to go. “This is definitely the biggest thing here.”
The enduring image of the show might end up being the enormous line, which snakes completely around Nintendo’s floor space. A security guard estimated that 1,500 to 2,000 people have been in the line at any given time.
Matt Rogers and Steve Bollinger said they waited almost three hours to get their hands on Wii, even though they lined up as soon as the convention center doors opened. After exiting the booth, they said the wait was definitely worth it.
“Nintendo really nailed it,” said Rogers.
“They really worked hard to put fun games in this booth,” said Bollinger. “Now I know the next thing I’m getting.”