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So Nintendo has offered something strange -- and it might actually work. So far, feedback on its wireless controller and directional "nunchuk" has ben overwhelmingly positive. The controller feels comfortable in almost any hand and can be turned sideways as a more traditional controller, the rectangle in your grip harking back to Nintendo's old-school 8-bit days.

While there's a learning curve to its use, the Wii's controller has an intuitive feel to it. Swing a virtual racket in a tennis game and the force of the on-screen swing feels realistic, the player neither over- or undercompensating for the controller. Sensitivity, which is of course relative, has been commented on and players seem to want some on-screen adjustment controls -- an understandable criterion that Nintendo will almost certainly provide.

Wii pricing has been rumored on the Internet to be be $175 to $250 and would almost certainly win the price war if they could work within the constraint, as they've historically done in the past.

Still, there's riffing galore about the name, which comes with the territory. People on the street have been seen sporting homemade t-shirts showing the likes of Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie, Richard Simmons and Ellen DeGeneres with the slogan: "Even Wii think Wii is gay!"

No offense to Nintendo, but this was bound to happen ...

By Bob Greiner  |  May 11, 2006; 12:49 PM ET  | Category:  E3: Off Screen
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"People on the street have been seen sporting homemade t-shirts showing the likes of Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie, Richard Simmons and Ellen DeGeneres with the slogan: "Even Wii think Wii is gay!"

No offense to Nintendo, but this was bound to happen."

Of course no offense to Nintendo, only to the ENTIRE GAY COMMUNITY. Please grow up and learn that our sexuality is NOT A PERJORITIVE TERM.

Posted by: NYCer | May 11, 2006 2:58 PM

Thank you, NYCer. Couldn't have said it better myself.

Posted by: Chicagoan | May 11, 2006 4:17 PM

Geez, Chris. Thanks for throwing us in front of the bus to make a point.

Posted by: Jeff | May 17, 2006 10:50 AM

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