As promised, we had a bit of a party this afternoon / evening.
The most popular games? Wii Sports Bowling, and Boom Blox.
Funniest remark (and also probably one of the most predictable) - "My shoulder is so SORE!" This is the difference between playing a game on the Wii and sitting on the couch getting Gamers' Thumb. Play 4 rounds of bowling and who knows how many Boom Blox "plumbers' puzzles" and you'll get some exercise
AMF Bowling is on my wish list for sometime in the next few months, along with pinball
Lego Star Wars
We played this, as well as all the other games, in two-player mode, It helped, because I don't think it would have occurred to me to "use the force" to move stuff. We managed to complete the first level, which unlocked all the episodes (instead of just the next one - nice touch).
Pros: "It's Star Wars! It's Lego!" So you'll identify with the scenes. Will we find out who shot first? This is a game you can play without first reading the manual (we didn't). Supports using remote + nunchuk.
Cons: You'll need to be careful with your light sabre. It's kind of lame having a droid with only one leg and one arm (pun intended). Also, some practice in single-player mode would be a good idea first (we didn't bother - hence the lame droid).
Verdict: For the price, it's a keeper. Hopefully the Wii Lego Indiana Jones and Wii Lego Batman will come down in price over the next year
One of the less costly games, and I think I'm "missing the point" with it. Sure, you go around crushing buildings and people, which is great if you're into channelling your inner Karl Rove, but not so great if you want to do more than just mach buttons and swing the remote. If you have an angst-riden teenager around, its probably just right.
Pros: Single to 4 players. Loud music, monster noises, and special effects. Many different kinds of actions possible with the remotes. supports wimote+nunchuk
Cons: Many different kinds of actions possible. You have to read the manual and practice a bit.
Verdict: I'm sort of on the fence with this one. We crushed a lot of buildings, without reading the manual, and I can see how, for a lot of people, being a Dinosaur or King Kong version of the Hulkster could be fun, so, while it's not my cup of tea, we didn't pop the disk out after 10 minutes and go "WTF did we just waste 10 minutes of our life on