Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I Heart Wii

We recently purchased a Nintendo Wii for our youth room at The Well. So far, it's been a great addition to the room, especially in building community. (For those still waiting for pictures of our new room, I'll post them once the stage is finished, which should be in about 2 1/2 weeks!). Here is why Wii is awesome.

Active: The Wii has controllers with wireless sensors that mimic your actual movements. So for the bowling game, you really have to bowl...kinda. It's the opposite of passive, which is like playing Halo for 17 hours straight without having to move an inch (except for bathroom breaks).

Communal: The Wii lives up to its name, as it is a video game console that builds community instead of isolates (a "we" instead of "I" console). In our youth room, we'll have two people playing a game for about 2-4 minutes, which usually draws a crowd. It's much more fun and interactive to watch your friends play each other in baseball or tennis than passively shoot things. Plus, the game rounds can be pretty quick, so there's no one hogging the Wii.

Content: At this point, we have zero questionable games for Wii, yet each game is still fun. It's a family friendly sort of thing too, where parents don't have to wonder what their children are being exposed to, and can even join in and play a round of golf with their children.

Cost: The Wii costs $250 and comes with a game (Wii sports, which is like 5 games in one). This is an unbeatable price compared to XBox 360 and Playstation 3 ($300-$400).

I love the Wii! Now I just have to convince my wife for us to get one....


  1. So, you need to get the Wii and then buy Mario Kart Wii so we can race each other online. It is most excellent.

  2. We can play each other online?! The last video game system I was really invested in was Nintendo. Like, old school Mario. So this "online" thing is new to me.

  3. Heh, yeah. There's only a few games out for the Wii that have online capability. It's not as smooth or easy to use as Xbox Live, but it's still better than nothing. Smash Bros. Brawl has online play, but it lags really bad, so it's not worth it. Mario Kart is the first game that online play is really smooth and actually fun. I love playing against people in France, if not just for the joy of defeating them while they scream "Sacre bleu!"