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I Did Not Get A Wii For Christmas…

And neither did I ask or want one at all. But now that I went to a cousin’s house this week and played the Wii for hours, I am afraid that I have been missing out on what could possibly be the best video game system available for those of us who normally don’t care for video games because we feel we get trapped inside the house playing them all day!

I bowled, I hit baseballs, I played tennis. In the middle of one family Christmas, every one of us under the age of 45 were playing the Wii, sweating profusely in our nice clothes – it made for an interesting day, that’s for sure!

So I think that the wife and I might have to use some of our Christmas money to get one of these things when they become available again. And to anyone I may have scoffed at over the Wii – I apologize. It’s pretty damn cool.

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  1. I am not big on video games either but I agree that the Wii is the most fun that I’ve had since the original Nintendo. The adults played the Wii more than the kids did. My arm is still sore from boxing! I see why they are so hot but I would not pay double for one or wait in line all night for one.

  2. I love my Wii to death, and my boyfriend got it for me in August for my birthday. That was months before the holiday rush, but he still had to go to a few different stores before he found one. Hopefully you’ll have more luck over the next few weeks/months.

    There are a lot of great “storyline” games for Wii that you probably won’t play more than once or twice. These make great fodder for trading with friends who also have Wiis. Also, GameCube games work on Wiis, and you can get these cheaper used.

  3. I played the Wii for the first time x-mas eve at a friend’s. I can see how the system is addictive. Here I am, thinking I’m in shape but I’m sore from playing a video game (not sure if it’s the boxing or baseball that did me in, or was it tennis)! Still, I think my video game days are over. There’s other gadgets I’d rather buy (like a camera). I can see this as really fun if you have the max # of controllers and have company over often.

  4. Mrs. Micah says:

    I probably shouldn’t have one because it’s the first system that I’ve really been able to use. Which would mean that I’d use it and take time away from other things.

    But they’re so awesome! :)

  5. Sam says:

    The Wii isn’t just a game console, it is an internet device as well, I use it to browse the web (works best on LCD screen w/ high resolution).

    You can also use points to buy games online as well as check the weather and do some shopping to name a few things.

    You can also watch YouTube and other video clips from your Wii. You can even watch TV shows from Hulu.com on the Wii for free!

  6. Two Nickels says:

    I played it a few times and wasn’t as impressed as I thought I would be. While entertaining, it’s not as accurate as I hoped and the cartoony nature of Wii Sports was a little over the top. If I wasn’t trying to pay off debt, I’d have an XBox 360.

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  9. Brip Blap says:

    I shake my head over and over whenever someone says how the Wii is a great workout with its baseball or bowling or tennis or whatever simulations. What about actually PLAYING baseball instead of a $600 simulation of it? It is an anti-wealth device. Period!

    Sorry to grumble. Sam’s point drove me nuts. Do you need another device to watch TV from? Isn’t having a computer that plays Hulu or YouTube enough? Where is it going to end? When Nintendo implants chips in our heads so we never have to turn off the beautiful artificial world?

    *grumble*

    :)

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  11. David says:

    Brip Blap – no one says you should stay inside and only play the game! :-) I play tennis twice a week outside…but still, the games on the Wii were pretty fun.

    That all being said, if you kid is going to have a video game, I would rather they have this one than some others because at least you move a little. But nothing beats going outside to play.

    And you are right, it is not a workout – it’s a game! I get tired of that comment as well. :-)

  12. FourPillars says:

    I’m with Brip Blap – I’ve never understood the attraction of playing “sports” video games. Golden Tee, Wii – they just aren’t the real thing.

    For me video games are a way to play something that I can’t physically do – like battle aliens from outer space or evil warlocks or whatever.

    Mike

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  14. dong says:

    I agree with the other comments about it being better to get outside and play the actual sport. That said for many ADULTS it’s hard to find time to get a bunch of friends together and have the weather cooperate well enough to go outside. I think the Wii could fill the niche very nicely especially once they get their online capability up to snuff.

  15. I never understood the hype about the Wii (or any other video game for that matter) till some friends broke down and bought one for the kids. We were visiting today when they fired it up and we had a blast. It’s a great way to burn off all those Christmas calories. I liked it enough to offer to buy extra controllers for the family (no way they can afford it). I had a blast, unlike the usual games Wii is really a group activity. I really had a good time. I won’t buy one myself as I’d never use it but gladly pick up some extra controllers for them as we visit regularly.

  16. Amy says:

    I have to say, as someone who works way too much, I was really happy to receive a Wii for Christmas (though I didn’t ask for one). Now when I’m overworked or stressed out, I can just play a shooting game until I feel better. For me, I find that it’s a better distraction than, say, reading a book, where I could easily let my mind wander back to whatever was stressing me out. And I have to think that the incredible reaction time required by some games (like Guitar Hero) is good for keeping my reflexes sharp. I have always thought that some of the skills required to be good at video games carry over nicely to real life. And yeah, my shoulders were sore after the first few days of playing tennis!

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