Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Wii Mii

We have a Wii! The best part is that I did not have to stand in line for 2 hours in the cold outside BigBoxOfElectronics™ like one of my coworkers. I had connections. My wife’s brother works for a computer game company, which in my son’s eyes, makes him the coolest uncle in the world. My brother-in-law used a connection at Nintendo to get Wii’s for himself, us, and two of his coworkers. No eBay auctioning for them. People want the Wii for themselves.

I am not a gamer, but my son is. Over the years he has owned the Nintendo64, Dreamcast, Gamecube, PlayStation 2, Gameboy Advanced, GameboyDS, Sony PSP, and now the Wii. We hypothetically asked him if he wanted a PlayStation3, and he said “meh”. Which is good, because those are not available at any price for anybody. My b-i-l says that he knows people that work for Sony that can’t even get one.

The killer app for the Wii is The Legend Of Zelda: Link Runs Around Some More. All I know is that my son can play it for hours. The other night I forced him off so I could play Bowling and try out the very cool Wii-mote. This TV remote looking device has a motion detector in it that makes it a little un-nerving at first. You just point it at the screen and the cursor moves around. No need to get carpal tunnel thumbing a little joystick.

To bowl, you swing your arm just like in real bowling. The difference is that you just have a little remote in your hand instead of a sixteen pound ball. In my first game, I lost to my son 117-108, which is about what I would bowl in real life.

The most fun was building my Mii, the little avatar that represents me. I know all the cool games come with infinitely configurable characters nowadays, but I liked building a little stick-like guy to represent me. I made sure to get the hairpart right and add glasses. I guess if I were vainer, I would make him a little cooler, but that’s not how I roll.

At less than half the price of a PS3, the Wii is plenty of game system for me. Get one of your own, and you too will go wii-wii-wii all the way home.

Blatant Comment Whoring™: Did I make my Mii-guy dorky looking enough?


Jeff and Charli Lee said...

Hey, that's a good idea. All of us "dorky dads of kids who own Wiis" should create new Mii avatars and use them on our blogs.

Or not.

Here's my kid's Wii story and my Mii-guy too.

Once they finish the browser you and I can get online and play some tennis or golf. I'd play you in boxing but I was taught to never hit a guy with glasses.

Anonymous said...

It should replace your profile picture. I especially like his/your smug smirk.

yellojkt said...


I don't know how I missed your story or I would have linked to it. Standing in line in the Midwest cold is a lot more hardcore than calling a brother-in-law.

Anonymous said...

Random thoughts:
It does rather look like your picture inthe sidebar, though the smirk may be just a little too Sally Forth.

Since my wife and I are translators with a major focus on electronic games, what the Wii mostly means to us is another §&$&ing terminology set.

Watch out when you're bowling. There are several anecdotal accounts of the wriststrap breaking and people flinging their Wii-motes into their televisions.

And nice Who reference in the title.

Anonymous said...

i made a identiy for my step dad and he loves it

Anonymous said...

i mean mii

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