I'm thinking of getting a Wii, does anyone here have one?

@dragon54u (31605)
United States
May 20, 2008 8:35am CST
My mom would really benefit from it, she's 83 and doesn't get out as much as she should so is a bit unsteady. I think the Wii would help her move around while having some fun and we could do it together. I saw last night on the news that they have put out a personal training game, too. I could use that! I can't run or jog but could sit in a chair and move my feet, it looks like fun. My inlaws got a Wii and the bowling was fun! Do you love your Wii or was it a waste of money?
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13 responses
• Malaysia
25 May 08
I don't have a Wii yet, but my husband and I are thinking about buying one. At first, I thought it was another game console like PS2 or XBox (my husband has a PS2) so I wasn't very interested on spending more money on gaming when we already have one. But then, a couple of weeks ago, I saw this new "gadget" they have launched, they call it Balance Board and the game is called Wii Fit. Has a lot of very interesting features and sets apart the Wii from other consoles (it's my opinion!). Now you can actually benefit of the time you spend playing. First you have to set up your character and your specs, like weight and height, and the program even tells you if you are ok or if you need to gain or loose some weight. You can set an objective or a goal, for example, you can set it up to loose 5 pounds in 2 weeks, and you can check how good/bad you are doing agains your goal and the other players. With the Wii Fit you cuold have a personal trainer, do some yoga, do some jogging, improve your posture, tone your body and so on. You were saying that your mum doesn't go out as much as she should, with this Wii Fit I think she would have a lot of fun, keep in shape and even maybe invite some friends to play.
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
25 May 08
Yes, I think it would do her a lot of good and me, too. I need to lose some weight but due to a bad back I can't walk very far at one time. It sounds as if the Wii Fit would do me some good! And have you seen what personal trainers charge?! The Wii would pay for itself in a month with prices like that. I have to do some more research, like what kind of tv I need. I refuse to buy a huge tv for it!
• Malaysia
26 May 08
I think with a regular TV is ok. Also you are standin a couple feets away of the TV so its ok.
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@wisconsin26 (3859)
• United States
23 May 08
Yes I have a Wii system and I really like it, when I get the chance to play it that is... There are alot of games for it I really like the bowling one though, they do have a tennis one as well... I am not sure though if a 83 year old should be really playing games like those, there is alot of movement in them, but hey if she really wants to try I say go for it.. They now have a Wii Fit system, I am trying to see how many people the system and the fit program, yeah time to for me to get in fit... **Giggles** Over all though the system was made for all ages which is great!
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
23 May 08
Can you play it on a small tv?
• United States
24 May 08
Yes you should be able to play it on any size tv... I have a normal 32" tv I use to play mine on and it works great... I did see that someone said a friend told them they needed a flat screen tv and that's not true... So yes more than likely it will work on a smaller tv as well...
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@hcpoirot (1562)
• Indonesia
22 May 08
My sister are saving money to buy a Wii. we had a playstation 2 and have a blast with it. I do think you should buy Wii. It will be good for your mom and you to had fun together. They do had many games of family oriented. I do not think it a waste of money. PS: If you do buy Wii, beware that you spend more time on yout TV screen than here in myLot.
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
22 May 08
Thanks for telling me who I can contact! I'm very disciplined regarding the tv. There are so many other things to do! And since I'd be getting the Wii to help with our fitness so that we can be healthier, I'll certainly watch how much time we spend in front of the tv!
21 Jun 08
I have a wii but im squat an games. the only games that i have are zelda twilght princess and wii sports. The online is good and its compatible to download deoms to the ds. One of the good parts are the wii shopping channel. you can download any retro game that u've enjoyed over the past. I want to get mario kart which is a good game. The online mode will rock!!
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
22 Jun 08
I never really liked Mario Cart but I loved the old Nintendo Mario games. I didn't know you could play them on the Wii! How is the Wii sports, which sports do you play and are they a lot of fun?
@lucasio (43)
• United States
19 Jun 08
OMG the WII IS NOT A TOTAL WATER OF MONEY!!! it's soooooo awsome i reccomend it! i think it's great for people of all ages...my mom is handdicapped she has to walk with a cane and she played bowling while holding my arm and she WON! she had a blast! i totally reccomend it!
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I will get it if the price is right. Our economy is so bad right now that I'm afraid to spend anything. But I need the exercise and so does my mother and it would be fun! I'll think about it some more, probably until the price comes down.
@Fishmomma (11504)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Dragon Thank you for asking this question. I was planning to ask about the television set size, as wanted to make sure my television is big enough. It sounds like its fine. If you do get it, then let me know what you think of it for helping to lose weight. There are certain activities I enjoy like bowling and not headed to the bowling places, as haven't played in years. Some of the games do sound very entertaining.
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I'll do that, if I get it. My mind has changed quite a few times recently but the bottom line is with all the financial instability I'm rethinking any purchases other than bare necessities. I'd love to get the wii fit and tennis, I used to love tennis but I now I'm only good for a few minutes at a time. If I do get it, I'll certainly post my experience!
@jsmith12 (438)
• Canada
17 Jun 08
My brother got one resently off a friend, for 50$. And the games on it he has are great. Granted you need to watch WHICH games you get as some are more complicated then others, but overall I love it. Even got my grandmother into playing Bowling.
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
19 Jun 08
If I could get one for that price, I wouldn't hesitate! What a great shopper your brother is!
• United States
24 May 08
We have a Wii and it is awesome. At Christmas my mom and dad(they are 63) were over here and we finally got them to try the Wii. They loved it. Of course many moons ago they used to bowl in a league so they loved the bowling. My mom got diamonds for Christmas and she took back the diamonds and went and bought a Wii the next day. We now have the Wii Fit and it is awesome!
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
25 May 08
It will certainly be healthier for her than the diamonds!! Does it need a big tv? I have a small one and won't buy a big one just to play it.
• United States
22 May 08
My family enjoys the Wii a lot. We especially have fun with the Olympic games. You definately can get quite a workout. I picked up my Wii Fit today, it was just released today, and that looks like it will be a great way to start my day. I also like the mental exercise games like BrainAge and My Word Coach. HTH
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
22 May 08
Thanks for the comment, I didn't know about the Olympic games. Please let me know how you like the Wii Fit! That will be the main reason I would buy one--if I don't have to have a large tv for it.
• United States
21 May 08
I own a Wii! It's very family oriented and fun! i reccommand it for anyone!!
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
21 May 08
Do you have to have a big screen tv or will it work on my 21"?
@GreenMoo (11842)
21 May 08
Do you know, I had never considered a Wii as being anything but a kid's plaything! My son and his friends spend hours playing on it when allowed, but I didn't realised that there were games available that might interest a more adult audience. I guess I'm just not interested enough to have ever investigated, but I think it's a really good idea if your Mum would enjoy it. And sitting on your bum playing a game sounds so much more funt han actually going out and jogging LoL
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
21 May 08
My in-laws (ex) got one and we played the bowling game when I saw them a few months ago, it was a lot of fun! I'd much rather go outside and jog, believe me, but my back can't take it, I'm lucky to be able to get through grocery shopping without some agony. So I thought a Wii might be a good way to exercise and make it interesting! But someone said I need a large tv for it and if that's so, I'll have to forego it cos I'm not buying a bigscreen tv!!
@aplaza (631)
• Netherlands
20 May 08
A friend of mine was interested in getting one. When I asked about it she told me she'd decided not to get one because you need to have a widescreen tv to be able to use it. I never investigated it but it seems really weird that wii is such a hype and nobody ever talks about the special tv set you'd need!
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
20 May 08
Well then, forget it! I have just a small tv, I rarely watch it and can't see getting a big one just to play a game. I never understood America's love affair with huge screens. I'll have to look into this, thanks for the heads up!
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
20 May 08
i don't have a wii but i have played one. it was really fun. i think it would be great for your mom if she likes to play games. maybe they'll come out with a bingo one lol. (ok bad joke about old ladies liking to play bingo) So, from what i've played I really enjoyed it and so did my husband. i would love to get one but we can't afford it right now. i haven't heard anything bad about it. aside from the people getting hurt playing it because they got too wild lol.
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
20 May 08
Ha!! Thanks for that, I literally laughed out loud! I looked into membership at the local YMCA and it was $400 a year! Fitness clubs are about the same and if the Wii goes down in price I think it would be a bargain. Not being fit will cost a lot more than a Wii, that's how I'm thinking of it since I'm 54 and need to concentrate on improving my health so I'm not a burden to my children later on. I loved the Wii bowling!