Much earlier than I expected, I received a replacement sensor bar in the mail early this week. Which pleased me to no end. I'll give Nintendo credit, I had a good customer experience that only reinforced my warm fuzzy feelings about owning a Nintendo console.
Not only that, but EBGames was able to get some more hardware in stock, and Justin was nice enough to give me a lift down there to pick up two more Remotes, as well as Super Monkey Ball, and Elebits, a delightful showcase of the Wii technology.
Shatton commented on, and he's definitely right, that the mini-games in Super Monkey Ball really are hit or miss. There's a lot of crap in there, but there's a few gems as well. It's tough to keep digging through there to find some of the good ones. It's not really so much that the bad ones are bad ideas, (though there are some of those too,) its just that the way that the interface was implemented for some of the games makes control so difficult that it's exceedingly impossible to enjoy the experience. The single player controls seem quite natural though, and easy enough for anyone to pick up.
Elebits though, is a surprising delight. If you make it pass the awful voice acting in the intro, you'll find a hunt and seek style game where you can manipulate every object in your environment, shaking them, turning on electrical toys and appliances, lifting and throwing things aside to discover tiny electrical creatures, slowly gaining power, and thus able to throw around bigger and bigger objects, a la Katamari Damacy. The controls take a bit longer to pick up, but once you make it through the (somewhat over-long) tutorial, you'll be tossing things around like a pro. Plus, the overwhelming cuteness of the tiny elebits scurrying around when you uncover them are a wonderful treat.
The holidays are fast approaching, and I'm still well behind in my shopping. My plans to visit Dare over Christmas fell through which is unfortunate. She's having a rough time, and she's just not in a position where she can accommodate visitors right now. I hope things get resolved soon. I miss her terribly.
But on the plus side, I'll be bringing my Wii to London. My brother-in-law has been keen to check it out apparently. And I'm interested in seeing how the rest of my family makes with it as well.
Still a week to get through before that happens though. Things will be busy with work, and with getting ready for the holidays.