Collecting a Wii Bit of Dust

Nintendo WiiI was initially planning on sitting this generation of gaming consoles out, but late last November (2008), I broke down and bought a Nintendo Wii. Although not impressed with the system itself or the direction Nintendo has taken in recent years, I just had to play Resident Evil 4 with the Wii remote’s aim-and-shoot capabilities. I also decided to have at Metroid Prime 3 after having played through the first two on my GameCube.

I bought a Wii (Sports Edition), an extra controller (with nunchuck), Resident Evil 4, Metroid Prime 3, and Wii Play. The extra controller was for my wife. I hoped to get her into some of the Wii Sports and Wii Play games. She’s not really into gaming, but we’ve enjoyed some old school games together in the past.

Mrs. H. bowling danceWii Sports. I heard so many good things about this, I had to see what all the hoopla was about. It didn’t take long for me to get bored with it though. My wife and I enjoyed some quality bowling together over a couple of weekends, but even so, very little time was spent playing Wii Sports.

I’m glad we only bowled at home, by the way. Mrs. H. gets just a little bit excited when she scores a strike or spare. The kind of excitement that the neighbors way down at the end of the street can hear, I’m sure. Yeah – I don’t think I’ll ask if she wants to go to a real bowling alley any time soon. She’s a trip to watch, but a little hard on the ears. Check out her STRIKE victory dance! lol Sorry about the poor video quality.

Resident Evil 4 on the Wii was, as I expected, even more enjoyable than it was on the GameCube. Having precise aim via the Wii remote’s motion tracking abilities really added to the fun of the horror adventure. I played through the game a couple of times. Being a crossdresser, it was a blast playing as Ada Wong in the bonus Separate Ways game and repeatedly in The Mercenaries sub-game. She’s one sexy, dangerous babe with a gun!

Metroid Prime 3. There was such a good buzz about this game that I expected to quickly find myself addicted to it. That did not happen. After just a handful of hours spent in the game, I had my fill. The whole game is one giant puzzle wrapped up in a Metroid package. While puzzles have always been a part of Metroid games, this was too much. Unlike most of the gaming population, I just don’t like puzzle games. This will be the first Metroid (TV console) game I’ll never finish. I really didn’t enjoy it at all and lost the desire to ever play it again.

Wii Play. Well, that one is still in the wrapper. It came bundled with another controller which my wife used for our brief bowling run, but the container holding the disc itself still has the shrink wrap on it.

What happened? Did I make a Wii bit of a mistake in deciding upon Nintendo’s console over the others? It sure failed to hold my interest. Of all the games currently available for it, I’m only somewhat interested in two zombie shooter games. That’s it. Obviously I haven’t been interested enough to buy them as of yet.

Over the weekend, I powered-up my Wii for the first time since January 10th. I know this because I looked at the last activity shown in the Wii’s calendar. That’s more than 3 months of dust-collecting with its circuits cold and lifeless. My total active period on this gaming console was just under a month and a half.

Now my Wii is nothing more than an expensive dust collector. I actually put a dust cover on it months ago so that it would not accumulate too much dust. I’d probably dip in to those zombie shooter games if I had more time on my hands. Spread thin as I am, the Wii offers nothing appealing enough for me to shelf something else in my life to spend time on it.

Ironic that the most expensive gaming console I’ve owned to date, would be the least enjoyed. My $40 Atari Flashback 2 saw more action and over a much longer active-use period.

Do you still enjoy gaming on your Wii? Did you buy a Wii and regret that decision later wishing you had invested your money in one of the other current systems? If you’re a multi-console owner, does your Wii still appear on the active gaming duty roster? Am I out of my mind for not enjoying my own Wii more than I did? Do you still think “Wii” is a dumb name for a console? I honestly had to reword a few areas because it sounded naughty otherwise. lol

5 thoughts on “Collecting a Wii Bit of Dust”

  1. Yes! I still enjoy gaming on the Wii. I play Smash Bros, Animal Crossing, Mario & Sonic at the Olympics, Mario Kart, House of the Dead 2 & 3, Wii Fit, Dr. Mario, etc. I also have a PS3 and several older consoles. Honestly, I never liked the Wii name but it’s not that big of a deal as long as we get great games to play.

  2. I love my Wii. Wii fit and now Wii Fit Plus, Mario Kart, Super Mario Galaxy, Rayman Raving Rabbids (don’t bother playing this on any other system), Mario & Sonic at the Olympic games, Wii Sports, Lego Batman (I spend a lot of time as Batgirl, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and to a lesser degree Poison Ivy), and Wii Play. The family loves Cooking Mama, Mario Party 8, and Mario Power Tennis, and Tetris Party.

    Personally I am more of a computer gamer. But not much interest me these days. Spore had me for a bit until that stupid expansion. After years I have lain off Guild Wars. Battlefield 2142 is still a winner with me. Time is a factor for the MMOs and MOOs. The Wii is the only thing really new and inventive I think. power and graphics wise nothing compares to a power PC, and I think 360 and PS3 went the wrong direction in that respect.

    1. I can see your Wii certainly isn’t a dust-collector, Creative Dreams! :) Thanks for sharing your gaming interests. Mario Kart and Super Mario Galaxy are on my might-wanna-get game list. Both look like a lot of fun.

      My Wii isn’t as much of a dust-collector these days, actually. I’ll probably never touch Metroid Prime 3 again, but I’ve been enjoying Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles on and off. I love loading zombies full of digital lead! lol I’ve also enjoyed some of the virtual console games in recent months – Super Mario 64 (N64), Metroid (NES), Donkey Kong (NES), and most recently, Wave Race 64 (N64). Unfortunately I never owned Mario or Wave Race for my N64. I can’t believe I didn’t add those to my collection back in the day – both have been rather enjoyable. Wave Race was incredibly addictive for a couple of weeks.

      Time is, unfortunately, not on my side. As much as I love gaming… there isn’t much time for it these days. :( I’m lucky to squeeze in an hour or so of gaming on weekends. I wish there was a Wii Time Machine. I could sure use a few more hours of time in my days!

  3. Oh I understand hon. We have 3 kids all fairly young so we have too little free time and have to limit time for the kids. It seems that Wii Fit and now Wii Fit Plus gets most of the action. Neither of us are prone to join a gym or a club to work out in so it is great for us. The added bonus is occasionally when my wife has the kids or later at night I get to work out en femme =)

    If you have a good high speed connection the online of Mario Kart is excellent IMHO.

    And I can’t believe you never had Wave Race and Super Mario 64. I think 64 was the best of the Mario Games. Galaxy for me comes a close second. Wave Race 64 is better than the Cube wave race IMO, and one of my favorite titles. i need to get those on the VC, still have the 64 in the kids room and both of those titles. I wish they would do Tetrispherea 64 game on the VC well.

    And I am not much into Zombie Shooter games but I did here that Umbrella Chronicles is supposed to be among the best of the genre. I’m glad you found something you enjoy.

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