At long last, we bought a Nintendo Wii. We’ve actually been in the market for one for quite some time, but we haven’t been willing to pay a premium. Moreover, there’s no way that I’d sleep in a parking lot to get one.
Anyway, we were out TV shopping on Friday night when we had a chance to play Wii Sports on a demo unit at Sam’s Club. After a few minutes of playing tennis we were convinced — it really is as cool as it everyone says! The problem, as always, was availability. I would’ve bought one on the spot if I could’ve, but they’re not exactly easy to come by.
We later learned from a Best Buy employee that they had 21 units that would go up for sale on Sunday morning — as long as I was there an hour or so early, I was told that I’d have no trouble getting one. An hour? That’s nothing. And as Son #1 said, “Dad, we have to get one. Mom doesn’t even like video games, and she wants one.” Who can argue with logic like that?
So on Sunday morning, I scarfed down some breakfast and headed over to Best Buy. I arrived at 9:30 AM with my folding chair and newspaper. I was second in line. Around 10:30, they came out and handed out numbered tickets to everyone in line. When they hit the end of the line, they had three tickets left, although those ended up getting claimed by 10:40. At this point, I was pretty psyched. Our patience had paid off – and I was free to run to the gas station next door use the restroom and grab a drink. At 11:00 they led us to the break room and then brought us out four at a time to pick our our games/accessories and to buy a Wii.
Our purchase: While the Wii is capable of handling up to four players (depending on the game), it only comes with one controller (plus one “nun-chuck” which is necessary for certain games). Since we have such a big family, I decided it would be best to buy some spare controllers as well as an extra nun-chuck. I ended up buying two controllers as well as Wii Play, which is a fun little game pack that comes with a spare controller. I also picked up a copy of Zelda: Twilight Princess. While they’ve priced the Wii well below the XBox 360 and PS3, they definitely make out well with all the accessories.
Our experience: The boys and I have had a blast with it thus far. We still haven’t gotten my lovely and talented wife to play, but she helped us to create a Mii that looks just like her (a Mii is your own personal likeness that you can control in the various sports games). It’s only a matter of time before she and I face off in a boxing match. 😉
One thing that I can say with total confidence is that you’ll get a heck of a lot more exercise playing Wii Sports than you’ve ever dreamed of getting with a video game system. I’m embarrassed to admit that, after several boxing matches and some intense tennis matches, I awoke the next morning with a few sore muscles that I haven’t flexed in years. Son #1 went so far as to put on his headband from soccer since he was working up a sweat battling his brothers.
Oh, and Son #2 (seven years old) is the current boxing champion. He’s all fists, never bothering to bob, weave, or block, and he’s knocked out everyone that he’s faced thus far. Me? I’ve lost to both Son #1 and #2, and I fought Son #3 (five years old) to a draw. Yes, I’m lame. But it’s still a lot of fun.