Does anyone still care about the Wii?

Chris Brooker
June 2, 2009

Hey all!


Now before I go and defend my bold statement I’d like to share with you my experience with the Nintendo Wii. November 19, 2006 I woke up at 5am got dressed and headed to my local Futureshop. It was freezing and I didn’t really dress for the occasion. I wasn’t expecting to wait long. There were rumours that stores would be opening at 6am that morning and many did, just not the Futureshop I went to. I stood in line from 6am until 11am, when the store finally opened, then waited another hour outside to get in and make my purchase. Woohoo, I thought I got a Wii and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on the release day and if I don’t like it, I can just sell it for profit. WIN!

I get home and warm up. I then carefully open the Wii box and remove each piece from their plastic bags and place the bags back in the box where they came from. This way I could easily repackage it if i need to. Hook it up and plug it in. Went though all the settings and configurations. The Wiimote is kewl and surprisingly accurate and the finger turns as you turn the Wiimote, sweet. I threw in Wii Sports and played Tennis and bowling and boxing, etc. Fun times. Then I played Zelda. Lots of reading, no movies, no speech, no talking like we’re used to in most games. Very old school. Wagging the Wiimote to swing the sword just seemed unnecessary but it was part of the fun, right?

I played often those first few days. Getting to the level limit in tennis over 1000 and getting far in Zelda. I downloaded the new Opera browser that came out and it was slow. I grabbed all the new channels as they came out. The Weather channel, the Wii Shop channel, etc. The weather was very kewl. But it took too long to boot up the system and load the channel for it to really be useful in planning the day.

Then I bought an Xbox 360 and I didn’t turn the Wii on for over a year. After it sat there collecting dust, I sold it to a friend. I don’t miss it what-so-ever.

Wii fit came out and I played it at a friends. If you expect to get “fit” on it you’re an idiot. Anyone who lives a sedentary lifestyle and suddenly starts moving will initially lose weight. That’s not WiiFit that’s any exercise. Then versions of Guitar Hero and Rock Band came out with less songs and terrible SD graphics.

Today a new peripheral was announced. The Wii Vitality Sensor. A clip for your finger that that measures your pulse. What? why? this is useless.

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So my question is, does anyone still care about the Wii?

It’s a novelty, I learned that in 2006 and with this addition is laughably confirmed.

What do you think?

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