> On the 29th it was my birthday, and my gf got me a Wii. I've been willing to buy
> one for some time, so I'm quite happy because:
> 1) the girl cares
> 2) I have it now
> Question: I tried the PAL-60 (60Hz 480i) video mode, as it's said to be better
> than the 50Hz 576i, but it looks very blurred and way worse than plain PAL-50,
> at least with the video cable bundled with the console (ugly composite). So I'm
> wondering if going component or Scart-RGB and enable EDTV/HDTV would make a
> difference. I'm pretty sure my LCD TV can show 480p, but I understand this video
> mode is supported only for component or HDMI input. Or not?
> Anyway, I spotted the Wii component cable in different flavours: Nintendo,
> Atomic and others. Since the Nintendo one costs at least twice the other ones, I
> was wondering if there really is a difference, or it's just because of the
> brand. Any experiences you'd like to share?
> Speaking about games, at the moment I have:
> - Wii Sports (I guess it's always sold with the console)
> - Cooking Mama (Very fun in multiplayer, a lot less charming alone)
> - Mario Kart Wii (Good rehash of a great game, also nice for multi)
> As soon as I get it connected to the Internet, I'll try to connect to Marv and
> anybody else who wants to share a Mario Kart game on the net :)
> I'm planning to get No More Heroes and Metroid Prime 3 for single player love,
> but I'll wait for the price to shrink a bit: buying the second Wiimote+Nunchuck,
> and MarioKart+Wheel drained me down...
And Happy Birthday!
I don't have a HDTV (I have a cheapish widescreen CRT), but I did find that Scart-RGB made a big difference on my TV. I have friends with CRTs and component cables, and it is slightly better than my Scart-RGB, but not much ... however, the fact that it's on an LCD may mean that a Scart-RGB will look rubbish compared to 480p.
I bought a 3rd-party cable and it's fine (branded GAME - they're a UK retailer, don't know if they exist in the US). From what I've read, there's very little difference between the official video cables and the unofficial ones ... just make sure you check reviews before you buy.
There are a decent number of games out for the Wii now, IMO. Metroid Prime 3 has just dipped below £19 in the UK at one retailer (shopto.net), so I guess it will come down in price in the US soon too.
If you haven't played Resident Evil 4 on PS2/Gamecube, then buy it for the Wii. Amazing single-player game...