Crucially though, this does actually play a decent game of chess. This is to be expected considering it’s running the Loop chess engine, which is ranked third in the world, but what’s especially impressive is how balanced the difficulty curve is.
At the lower level, the Wii takes pawns with reckless abandon, but remains savvy enough to require thought and planning to beat. Meanwhile, the top-end difficulty can flatten experienced players in just a few minutes. However, despite being fundamentally solid, there aren’t enough features here to make Wii Chess a viable buy. There’s no verve or flair, no style or pizazz. It’s a basic, rudimentary game, and we’re pretty sure that if it wasn’t by Nintendo, few would give it a second look. Stick with the real chess board for now.
Jan 22, 2008