Children’s titles from THQ, but Wii is for grown-ups too

This video has been out since October, and THQ‘s press people are redistributing it as the “new” Avatar gameplay video. Either there was a mistake or THQ is just trying to amp up the hype – using the same old video. THQ games for the Wii featured in this video are Cars (it’s got them using the Wii remote like the steering wheel in Excite Truck), Barnyard, Sponge Bob, and Avatar (OMG! *runs around* *does a happy dance*).

So now we move on to the analysification.

THQ. THQ has made a name for itself making kid-friendly and kid-centered games. Uh, the name THQ meant Toy Headquarters – although all they make now is video games like Destroy All Humans and a bunch of Pixar, Nickelodeon, and WWE titles. A few of the games are ESRB-rated M, but most are E for Everyone.

Kids and the Wii. The Wii is the perfect home for THQ’s kid-friendly games because of the price and the Wii controller. If you have little kids, you might not trust them with a PS3 or an Xbox 360, but at the Wii’s comparatively affordable price, it looks like the better platform. And its low power consumption and silent running mean less headaches for parents. The Wii controller is perfect for hyperactive kids.

Adults and the Wii. Don’t think that this video showing THQ’s kid-friendly games will limit the Wii to child’s play stuff. We’re currently of the opinion that a lot of the games we’ll see for the Wii will be for younger people, but this opinion will change when we see more titles.

There are already enough games that should interest older folks like Red Steel, Madden 2007 (which has features that aren’t found in other versions for other platforms), Metroid Prime 3, Project H.A.M.M.E.R., and a title from a franchise that anybody claiming to be a “hardcore gamer” should treat with respect, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (which seems to keep adults interested).

This video has been out since October, and THQ‘s press people are redistributing it as the “new” Avatar gameplay video. Either there was a mistake or THQ is just trying to amp up the hype – using the same old video. THQ games for the Wii featured in this video are Cars (it’s got them using the Wii remote like the steering wheel in Excite Truck), Barnyard, Sponge Bob, and Avatar (OMG! *runs around* *does a happy dance*).

So now we move on to the analysification.

THQ. THQ has made a name for itself making kid-friendly and kid-centered games. Uh, the name THQ meant Toy Headquarters – although all they make now is video games like Destroy All Humans and a bunch of Pixar, Nickelodeon, and WWE titles. A few of the games are ESRB-rated M, but most are E for Everyone.

Kids and the Wii. The Wii is the perfect home for THQ’s kid-friendly games because of the price and the Wii controller. If you have little kids, you might not trust them with a PS3 or an Xbox 360, but at the Wii’s comparatively affordable price, it looks like the better platform. And its low power consumption and silent running mean less headaches for parents. The Wii controller is perfect for hyperactive kids.

Adults and the Wii. Don’t think that this video showing THQ’s kid-friendly games will limit the Wii to child’s play stuff. We’re currently of the opinion that a lot of the games we’ll see for the Wii will be for younger people, but this opinion will change when we see more titles.

There are already enough games that should interest older folks like Red Steel, Madden 2007 (which has features that aren’t found in other versions for other platforms), Metroid Prime 3, Project H.A.M.M.E.R., and a title from a franchise that anybody claiming to be a “hardcore gamer” should treat with respect, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (which seems to keep adults interested).

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