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What's so great with Nintendo Wii?

Last week, me and my teammates played Nintendo Wii at one of my tea mate’s house. It was my first time to play the game. And I was hooked!

It’s been quite a while since I touched anything related to computer games. I still remember when I was still a kid. I would hang out at my friends house a lot, playing games on Nintendo Entertainment System, commonly known as family computer.   I loved playing super mario, spartan x, 1942, and more!  At that time, it was the coolest thing on earth!  Even though I did not own one, I was addicted to family computer games.  I was almost always at my friend’s house.

When I went to College and got my own personal computer, I got hooked playing StarCraft, a PC game of aliens, humans and funny looking planktons called zoids (was that the term, I can’t remember)?  Anyway, I would play the game the whole night until the sunshine comes out. Then I’d sleep the whole day.  Don’t tell my parents but I actually missed my class a few times because I was busy sleeping. 🙂

Now, let’s go back to Wii.

The Game for Everyone

The Wii is a game meant to be enjoyed by everyone: kids, teens, adults, grannies, etc.  It doesn’t take long to learn how to play the game.  The first game I played was tennis.  I already saw the game while watching an episode of One Tree Hill, where the little kid was playing with his uncle Skiles (not sure if I spelled that out correctly).  They were obviously having fun.

Now, it’s my turn to play Wii tennis!  I grabbed the controller, which looked more like a pair of dumbles than a gamepad, then swung my way to the tennis ball.   I felt a vibration in the controller which seemed like a ball hitting a tennis racket.  The ball came back.  I swung a again…but it was too late.  The ball went off the sidelines.  I couldn’t believe it.  This is so cool!

Don’t Play the Game Alone

The greatest thing about this game is that it is meant to be enjoyed with other people.  I certainly had fun, laughing at myself when I tried to roll the bowling ball but released it too early, hence, went to my back instead.  So all those watching from behind, had to jump their feet off to avoid the bowling ball from hitting them.  Good thing it’s only a computer game.  Otherwise, no one would play with me anymore.  I don’t recommend doing the same thing with a “real” bowling ball.  You might hit someone in real life. 🙂

My wife and I was enjoying ourselves with our friends.  I could not imagine having to play this game alone.  It would be too depressing.  Who would laugh?  Only me?

Easy to Learn

The next thing we played was boxing.  At first, I really didn’t know how to play it.   But I tried it on anyway.  I was suprised to know that it was very easy to learn.  I only needed to hold the two controllers with both of my hands and throw a punch as if I am a boxer.  I didn’t need to learn any game mechanics like when you do puzzles.  I threw punches to my hearts desire and I scored a knockout.  I enjoyed it so much I was so thirsty after our game.

We also played a racing game.  But this time, we rode cattles.  It was amazing just flipping the controller and the cow would  jump so high it looked like it could touch the sky.  When I turned the controller downwards, the cow went into turbo mode and ran like hell it could easily be running against an F1 car.  The great thing about this is that I didn’t need to learn a thing to start enjoying the game.  I learned everything along the way.  Isn’t that the way we humans learn?

It’s fun

At the end of the day, I really had lots of fun playing Wii.  I was laughing my hearts out.  I was jumping, throwing my hands all over the place.  It was fantastic!  I thought of buying one for myself. However, I realized that it would not be fun if I play the game alone.  I’d rather have fun losing with other people, making all sorts of mistakes than winning by myself.  The fun is meant to be shared.

Now it’s your turn!  Go have fun playing Wii with your family and friends!