Here Wii Go Again

It was six years ago when Nintendo revolutionized the video game console with the Wii, the first video game system to allow control by body movement versus the traditional limitation of the handheld controller.

I first saw one at a buddy’s house and I have to admit it was pretty slick.  At the time, it was the only system to incorporate the full body motion, so it had an edge, even though it was lacking in other areas such as resolution, HD compatibility, and overall game play (the graphics were still geared more toward ‘Mario’ and not your hi-resolution games).

Because Nintendo had a hold on this segment of the market, they controlled it and it showed, with the product constantly being back ordered for years.  Yes, multiple holiday seasons came and went with Nintendo Wii nowhere to be found.

I refused to give into any of the hype, waiting until it finally became available, which I think was in 2009!

Since then, the other video game manufacturers have stepped into the realm, most notably the Xbox 360 Kinect, which made it so you didn’t even have to hold a controller (a requirement of the Wii) to detect motion, instead relying on UV sensors.

Nintendo took six years but is finally releasing the followup console, the Wii U.  This will, as expected, take their gaming to HD compatibility.  They also upped the ante by including a screen on the controller itself, allowing for even more flexibility in game play.

As expected, the hype is huge.  I just wonder if the Wii U is going to be as popular and will be as scarce as its predecessor.

The original Wii was a great boon for eBay, as units were constantly bought up and re-sold at a higher price than the sticker value.  Nintendo refused to increase production, preferring instead to limit the output based on their capabilities, not wanting excess capacity once sales leveled off.  It was an interesting strategy, but they likely lost the interest of a lot of customers, or at least delayed the interest as many (like me) simply waited.

We likely would have used our Wii had it been more available and had we been able to get one prior to 2009.  As it was, by that time we had started our family, and the time to play games simply wasn’t there as it might have been in 2006 or 2007. As it stands today, there is even less time (with the addition of a second child), so even if the Wii U were made available without delays (unlikely from what I’ve been seeing), we wouldn’t be in the market.

Are you planning on getting a Wii U?  If you have an original Wii, share your experience on how you got it and when.

15 thoughts on “Here Wii Go Again”

  1. My friend gave me his wii when he grew tired of it then I gave it to another friend when I grew tired of it. Since it wasn’t a gaming machine, I found the novelty wore off quickly.

    I am out of my video game phase and do not plan to purchase any further modern console. I currently have a Game Cube that I purchased for $100 (?) in 2004. Considering that it still works and I play it with friends sometimes, that has really held it’s value.

  2. We bought a wii about two years ago. I was a bit disappointed with it, but my wife likes it. She does all of those yoga things on it. If I were to buy another system I would go with an X-box kinect. Xbox seems to know what people want. Wii is a little more cartoony and the games aren’t quite as in depth as I like.

    • To their defense, Nintendo has always been the more ‘cartoon’ based system. They’ve filled that niche for decades.

      • I love a great number of their game series. Zelda, the early Final Fantasy and who can forget about Mario. I just don’t think they capitalize on opportunities like they could.

  3. My husband got a Wii free through a wellness benefit he had a work. It was OK, but I hated the Avatars who would tell you that you were too shaky or off balance on the board. I started talking back to them. We got tired of it and sold it for a really good price on ebay. So it was a win. I would not buy another one. We just don’t have time for video games now or in the near future.

  4. We received one as a wedding gift, a few weeks after we got it we set it up and played with some friends while having a few drinks. After boxing into the early hours all our arms were killing us the next day/week.

    After the first experience I have played it occasionally, I like the casual/social aspect of it.

    • I like playing the tennis game that was in the bundle we got. You’re right, you can get winded and feel it in your arms afterward.

  5. Before I became a blogger I used to play video games fairly regularly but I never owned a Wii. I was mostly into games like Tetris and the old school Dr. Mario. It’s crazy how advanced the gaming systems are now though. If I was a teenager with today’s technology I can’t imagine how many distractions I’d have from doing homework!

    • I remember getting wow’d by some of the stuff on the original PlayStation. Yes, the stuff today is just wild.

  6. I probably won’t get a Wii U. I love a lot of the nintendo games, but I just never got into the newer systems. Plus new consoles are so expensive!

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