Today was the official launch day for the Nintendo Wii, ushering in a whole new generation of video gaming, revolutionizing — if you will — the way we use our living rooms forever. For this newest series of home video game consoles, some may say that the Wii is only true “next-generation” system in that it is the only one that is actually changing the way we play. Sure, the PlayStation 3 (complete with its $3,000 eBay asking price) and Xbox 360 (with its exquisite Gears of War exclusive) may boast more powerful engines and flashier graphics, but the Wii is a different beast altogether, not only targetting the hardcore gamer, but housewives, retired persons, and — as the Nintendo stereotype goes — school-aged children as well.
I, myself, am a self-proclaimed Nintendo fanboy. For each generation of video game system, I have stayed Nintendo loyal, having owned the NES, SNES, N64, and GameCube, as well as the original spinach-green Game Boy, Game Boy Advance SP, and — most recently — the DS Lite. Now that the Wii is here, I’m seriously tempted to get that too. But are you a Nintendo fanboy too? Here are the top ten symptoms, compiled by yours truly:
10. You own at least three articles of 1UP apparel (for reference, I have one: a cap).
9. You introduce yourself to people by saying, “It’s-a-me, Mario!”
8. According to you, the Power Glove was the greatest peripheral of all time.
7. Who needs Resistance: Fall of Man when you’ve got Nintendogs?
6. You’ve re-created the Gordon College live action Mario skit.
4. You get visibly upset whenever anyone says “Nintendo is just for kids.”
3. You bought a Virtual Boy (and you still think that those 3D graphics are OMG-rific). However, you’re willing to destroy it to get a Wii.
2. You’re seriously considering changing your name to Link or Zelda.
1. You can’t wait until all your friends drool all over your shiny new Wii.
– You hated Sonic until he showed up on the DS in Sonic DS.
– You refuse to associate yourself with any PSP owner.
– You scoff at Sony’s attempts to copy Nintendo’s innovations (SIXAXIS vs. Wiimote, analog sticks, etc.)