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Playing with my Wii

Seeing a mere $250 price tag on a Nintendo Wii that included Wii Sports and the Nunchuck controller, I decided to splurge and bring it into my home. Apparently it's still rare up in Seattle, as my sister and her hubby asked that we purchase them one and ship it up there. At least it's finally reached the point where you're unlikely to get robbed at gunpoint over it - aren't the holidays grand?

The actual unit is tiny, not much bigger than a DVD-ROM drive, and that's hardly surprising considering they didn't focus on graphical firepower. No, Nintendo was wise enough to realize that gaming consoles look good enough already, it's time to focus on what they can do. This tiny little box was easily configured to connect to my home's wireless network (secure with WEP key) and is now able browse the net, view some news, see a weather report, and download old games for a mere $5-$10 (500-1000 Wii points) each. It's the ultimate little home entertainment center - very nice. Complete reverse compatibility with Gamecube games was also a major selling point for me.

The included game of Wii Sports capitalizes entirely on using the motion sensing controller, and is a pretty good workout for a layabout like myself. In addition to the five games, there was a fitness mode that puts you through all the games and gives you an age rating depending on how you do. I managed 54 years old. I'm not surprised, what with me having just sent several weeks chugging around Paragon City on my ass.

Given the Wii's Internet functionality, I could even read this Blog on the TV now. Instead, I pointed my browser over to homestarrunner and enjoyed that much more. However, my arm was getting tired of playing with my wii all afternoon, so I decided to take a break, write up this entry, and probably go back to Paragon City and the same old alt-a-holicism drama. (Will I abandon my new Broadsword/Invulnerability Scrapper now that I respecced my Spines/Dark Armor Scrapper?! Tune in next week for the exciting conclusion... not!) At least I've something else to do this vacation now, and I'm feeling that was $250 well spent. Every time I feel a little headachy from sitting around too much down here, I've now a cure that doesn't involve running on a treadmill for half an hour.


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