Sunday, March 28, 2010

Netflix Wii Get

It's the little things that cheer me up sometimes, especially when I'm sick at home with a sick Cassie. In this case, it was receiving a Netflix disc in the mail when I already had one here on my one at a time plan. Confused, I opened it, revealing the Wii Netflix streaming disc I forgot I had ordered. Now, I've had the streaming for the 360 for awhile now and have used it a lot, but the problem with where my system is located is that my daughter can turn it on and off at will, which she does frequently as she likes the green light. This makes it hard to watch a Netflix movie with her online. Fortunately, the Wii is well out of her reach so now I can watch movies with her and she won't try to turn them off.

I watched a ton with it last night to test it and it works pretty well. In a lot of ways, I like it better than the xbox version, save for the fact you have to have the disc in to use it, as opposed to the dashboard item that lets you have a game in as well on the 360. The interface is clean and mapped well to the Wiimote, giving you all of the options and categories you have on other systems as far as I can tell. You navigate with the buttons, using A to select and B to cancel. Playback is smooth and looks good and the Wii benefits from using the pointer on screen, as you can pause it by selecting a self-hiding overlay and fast forward and reverse the same way. I like it and plan on using it plenty today as well, as we're working our way through Fraggle Rock Season 1.

Another plus, the hand pointer lets you interact with the onscreen images in hilarious ways, like stroking Ryan Reynolds hair as he sleeps in the Proposal, allowing you to have some MST3K-like fun. Like I said, it's the little things.

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