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wiiiiiiiiiii fun. wiiiiiiiiii fit.
children of dune - leto 1
seperis
So I've been putting off making my report on the awesome of the Wii so as to be able to give a full report of the sheer awesome (note: I used this word before I got sucked into Chuck, so there).

I would like to report: Awesome.

There is nothing about this I do not like.

1.) Controllers: pretty much exactly what you'd expect of semi-first-generation motion detector--aka, much, much better than I expected, miles to go before I sleep. Sharp movements are bad, but once you get used to it (about thirty minutes) you shouldn't have much trouble at all. However, you will re-adapt every session and every game. Again, much better than I expected it to work and super duper awesome fun where I pointed at the screen and felt like I had indeed entered a brave new world. Awesome.

2.) Controllers, Part 2: Yes, the rumors about people throwing their remotes into the TV are really, really likely. Thank you wrist strap. Also useful during Wii Fit things so you don't have to hold it. This is especially true during boxing and bowling, where you might forget you aren't punching someone and nearly slam a fist into the TV. Not that I did that. Child almost did before we pulled him back.

2.) wii Sports: Golf -blah, but I don't like golf. Baseball - blah, I don't like baseball. Tennis, I don't like tennis but I love playing it here, especially jumping for serves and whipping around the remote. It's pretty accurate. Learning curve in general on all Wii Sports is about ten minutes or one game. Faster if you are playing with someone else. Bowling kicks ass. Me, my mom, my sisters, my aunt, my bil, my son, and my niece competitively bowled for about four hours. Huge fun. Not hard, but oddly challenging to adjust for what the ideal speed and angle according to Wii should be. Boxing is--weird. Child gets it. I can't make it work right. I get knocked out alot. I kick his ass at tennis. It's all good. I'd recommend bowling and tennis on Wii Sports for acclimation. They're fairly accurate on your entire Wii experience and a lot of fun. The training programs are also fun.

3.) Wii Fit.

I cannot count the ways this is awesome.



First--when you get the board, also get the wii fit bundle thing that comes with socks (socks!) yoga mat, charger, a cover for the board to keep it from getting dirty, and a bag for it. You will need these things, especially the charger, since everything runs on AAs, and the sleeve for teh board--really. I do not care how clean your feet are, your board will be smudged looking and icky and that will hurt. Cover is easily washed.

Warning: your Mii will take on your general height and weight. If your Mii looks suddenly chubbier than expected, just go with it. If your sister's looks like a beanpole and yours looks like an apple, go with it. The evaluation is not good for the ego, but it's--not good for the ego. Do it anyway and stare at your apple-shaped Mii and remember the BMI was just readjusted a few years ago to make everyone fatter. Your Mii will apparently get slimmer as you do, since you can do a body test every day to check weight and balance. I know I, for one, am staring at it with dread, yet my Mii will reflect my progress.

You get a stamp on the calendar every day that you do the body test. I'd generally recommend doing the body test first, taking off to do something else if you get too tired, then come back for training. That's two intervals of fifteen minutes which is really doable. I do mine all at once, but I do about an hour at a time right now because I keep forgetting to stop, as okay, let me say this again, this is a whole lot of fun. The Wii will come up every fifteen minutes telling you to stop. Probably if you are me, you will ignore it until you fall off the board and nearly onto the Christmas tree. And then someone else tries to get the Wii, but you still have the remote strapped to your wrist and they will get it off over your dead body.

...I do not care if there are twelve step programs for this. I'm not going.

You get a choice of two irritatingly fit trainers. I chose the girl because her voice was hypnotically soothing. I mean, to really be inspirational, the trainers should take on your general height and weight since you have to look at them the most, but eh.

Yoga and strength exercising are basically standard type, though a premium is placed on balance and breathing. Luckily, onscreen monitors give you breathing imaging and there's a gold monitor telling you about your balance. My balance is not great. You will hate that vicious green monitor telling you that you are using your right leg too much. But you will go with it to beat everyone else's scores because you will be damned if Child and BeanPole sister are going to be first. Which they are not because you are that crazy.

The real fun is in the aerobics. Family crack is the hula hoop (you'd be surprised how tired one's hips can get) and for me, the dance thingie, which is just fun. The balance games are deeply awesome and really disturbingly hard.

Honestly, the yoga is useful and a little painful, since surprisingly easy looking exercises are totes harder when holding for five breathes. That stand-on-one-leg thing isn't happening so well. But I am a master of deep breathing.

For every minute of exercise you get a minute in the bank, and every some amount of minutes, you get new exercises opening up or a new balance game.

The more tired you are, the more your balance is going to be off. Do the yoga and strengthening first, then go to aerobics, since they don't have the balance part and you don't lose points for falling over. Honestly, it's interesting--even when I thought I was doing the exercise correctly, the balance monitor made me fix into it a much more excruciating pose that is like, a quarter of a centimeter from your old one but balanced and hence, more hideous. And also better for you, or so it says.



Child played Simpsons and finished over the weekend. Most games are surprisingly physical even if they really shouldn't be with the motion thing. We're all kind of hypnotized by bowling and Wii Fit.

So. Recommended for anyone who just likes to have fun. It seriously, seriously is.


The Future of Fandom & I were just talking about the Wii today. Is there swordfighting? There should be.

Yep, they have sword attachments for some of the games. I am hoping for a fencing game to come out soon. *crosses fingers*

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Yes, the tennis and bowling are addictive, especially bowling. Love those.

Avoiding Big Beach Sports. I'll need to start looking at the titles; this is the first console in a *long* time that I'm looking forward to seeing what else they come out with. These are just too much fun.

I got a Wii a while ago and they are pretty awesome, though I would like a Wii Fit for mine - none of the local stores have had them in stock since they came out. Also, I only have a couple of games at the moment...

Wii Sports is pretty fun. I like the bowling and the tennis best too. I'm not big on golf, the boxing is alright for a workout, and as to the baseball - well, I love baseball and the Sports version is just too basic for my liking, hence I got a copy of The Bigs.

The controllers are pretty good, however it shows that a lot of game developers are still learning how to develop games for this kind of motion detection system. I've noticed things do sometimes go awry even when you do exactly what you were supposed to. I guess that will get better with time. However, the whole swinging a bat, or pretending you are strangling someone NEVER gets old. (Some first-person game one of my friends brought round, you can pick up ropes and strangle the enemy, or suffocate them with plastic bags...who needs therapy? =P )

Ooh yeah, though I was impressed how often it more or less worked. Though changing games or changing sessions does make you kind of reacclimatize each time.

...oh wow. Really? What game?

(Get the Wii Fit and board when you can. That sucker is crack. I can't wait to play more games associated with it. Wii Ski for one.)

I've been really curious about the Wii and the Wii Fit in particular. I'm not much of a videogame person, but I do love doing workouts from DVDs so it sounds like something that would appeal to me. Can you do me a favor and tell me, exactly, what items I'd need to buy so I can decide if I want to budget for it? Their website isn't clear for a total computer game novice like myself.

To play with the Wii Fit:

1.) The Wii console (Best Buy) $249.99 - Comes with one Wii Remote, Nunchuk, and Wii Sports and two AA batteries.

2.) Wii Fit Plus Balance Board (Best Buy) $89.99 - Comes with Wii Fit game and balance board, and four AA batteries.

3.) Package of extra AA batteries.

The prices are fairly non-negotiable so far as I can tell, so shop around, but expect around that range.

Those are your basics to play and fall in love. As you will, because the Wii Fit is completely worth it. You should be fine with this miniumum, but read below.

Okay, now here was my shopping list. All of these are recommended, though number one I'd shift into "really consider this one soon". So far, the remote that's using batteries and the Wii Fit (on batteries) are still going strong, but I suspect with the amount we play, it's going to get expensive to keep that up. So you could probably split with the major stuff first above, then split the rest over a couple of months. When they go out, I'll make a post to give an idea of their lifespan on just batteries.

1.) Wii Fit Bundle (Amazon) $37.99 - Fitness matt, charger for Balance Board, socks with grips, cover for Balance Board, and bag for balance board. Recommended for the charger and the cover especially. You can shop this one around by price and accessories, but look for those two things. You will want that cover to keep the board clean and to keep on it easily and you will want the charging later if you plan a lot of use (and even if you don't; did I mention addictive?). The matt is useful for some of the exercises so you don't have to be on the floor. You can use your own socks if they have grips. I've done it bare foot and am fine with it, but for issues of keeping it clean, grab a pair of comfy socks.

2.) Wii Charge Station (Amazon) $24.99 - for rechargeable batteries and charger for up to two remotes. Shop this one around, but I didn't see this less expensive anywhere.

3.) Wii Play (Amazon) $44.99 - very optional for the eight games and the extra remote if you plan to play with anyone else. The game are fun, but mostly I was in it for the extra remote. Amazon usually has the best deal, but shop it just in case, especially now with electronics being on sale. Very optional if you aren't playing with anyone anytime soon.

4.) Wii Nunchuk (Amazon) $17.99 - if you get number three, get this, since some games require having both. Especially for boxing on the Wii Sports. Never saw it cheaper than at amazon, but that could change.

Edited at 2008-12-29 01:36 am (UTC)

The wii (and wiifit) are totally making it into my new apartment. Just saying.

Yoga is evil like that. A properly done pose is viciously excruciating, no matter *how good* you get at it. Because there's always room to get better at your balance and get stronger, etc.

I was afraid of that. But it is interesting, and you know good for me.

the dance thingie? You mean the step aerobics-type dance thingy? It is awesome but needs to go on longer. The kickboxing thing is fun too, plus of course the hula hoop. :)

Yes! That! I just got to the second level on that. I do wish it were a bit longer.

...there is kickboxing? Oh my God. *breathes* Must get to that!

Are there weight limits on the Wii Fit? I'd heard there were -- but have not looked at it since.

Sorry, ran to check the manual first. It says the weight limit is 330.

Argh! I've been looking all over for the Wii Fit, and everyplace in town is sold out! However, I was determined to buy something, so I went out today and bought Rock Band. I'll be over here, wailing on the drums until Wii Fit is back in stock. :)

Rock band is addictive. A friend got RB2 for Christmas and we went over just after lunch on Saturday and played until we looked up and it was ten pm. Nine hours of stomping on the drum pedal and I was taking ibuprofen both yesterday and today and I'd happily play again tonight if, you know, we didn't both have day jobs and were responsible adults and all that no-fun stuff.

We got a Wii for Christmas too and it's been so much fun. The four year old is kicking everyone's butt at bowling. She gets strikes on a regular basis.

Hubby bought himself a Star Wars game where he ended up as Darth Vader. Then he figured out how to strangle people with the force. It was awesome.

He bought me a Star Trek: Conquest game and has ended up liking that one more than his Star Wars game.

He bought me a Star Trek: Conquest game and has ended up liking that one more than his Star Wars game.

The Batman Lego for the wii was technically my son's present. As of last night, my save is four times farther along than his.


Controllers, Part 2: Yes, the rumors about people throwing their remotes into the TV are really, really likely. Thank you wrist strap.

*whistles*

Rumors of me having to go to Lensecrafters to adjust my glasses after WHACKING the dog with my controller, knocking it out of my hands, and smacking myself in the face are... disturbingly accurate. *blushes*

To be fair, she walked right in front of me mid-swing for bowling, and thank god for the strap, or rather than my glasses, I would have hit the flatscreen. THAT would have been bad. The glasses are a pout and five minutes of adjusments as they laugh at me for needed to tweak them for the SEVENTY time since I got them.

The tv? I might just be disowned.

Between the Yoga, the dance and the hula hoop. ME WANTS!!!!!!

Wii bowling has already become a big part of family gatherings. My five year old niece kicks everyone's ass.

I desperately want a wii for the wii fit and the bowling. That's all. I'm not a game player *at all*, but the fit sounds like *fun* while being good for me.

Just can't drop the cash right now. :( Tag renewal (well, transfer to the state I'm living in now) on the car next month.

From everything I've heard about the fit, I think I can totally justify the expense. ...One more reason to get my taxes done early. :)

Ahhhh we still can't find Wii Fit anywhere. D:

From the sounds of things, you guys need Wario Ware. It is the best crack! And the more you play the more minigames open up!