Nintendo Wii: First Impressions

I really should give up and add a Wii Category to my blog. It’s right over there on the right hand sidebar (yay WordPress!). I just don’t want to cave; I don’t have a Category for most of my other interests; Mandrina gets her own Category, but I’ve managed to avoid adding even a Cat Category, much less a Glitch category.

Okay, I give up. I added the Category. Wii!

I gave into temptation yesterday. I bought a Nintendo Wii on the day after release (November 20th, 2006). I purchased it at CostCo for about $330 US. I then picked up Red Steel for about $45 (I don’t remember the exact price). After several hours of searching I found a second Wiimote and Wiichuck ($65 US after taxes) at a Walmart in Lynnwood (I think it’s Lynnwood, at least). So all told I dropped over $450 US (taxes, people, taxes) on the cheapest next-generation console. I’m glad I didn’t buy the good more expensive one! The only way I won’t feel bad about it is if it’s just THAT COOL.

Mandrina didn’t know I had bought one; I bought the second Wiimote and Wiichuck on my way home, telling her I needed to “run an errand.” I gave the second controller to her as a present, she laughed and immediately knew why. Makes it hard to surprise the girl, let me tell you.

Now for my Wiiview. (I know, I know, stop with the puns.)

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Where to buy Wiimotes and Wiichucks (Wii controllers)

As previously mentioned (I’m too lazy to add a link to the previous post), I picked up a Wii yesterday in the form of the CostCo Bundle, including The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Excite Truck. In the tradition of gaming consoles of recent memory, the Wii only ships with a single controller. Admittedly, the Wiimote + Nunchuck is decidely cooler than most previous controllers, but it’s still only one simultaneous player. (I like “Wiichuck”, personally — I don’t think I’ve seen it previously, so you heard it here first!)

I, however, have a second person who would want to play; if I wanted a chance to play later, I had to get a second controller. ‘sides, I had purchased some two player games, bring it on!

Short version: The only store that had ANY controllers left when I spent over an hour on the phone yesterday, and the only store that indicated they would be getting more stock: Walmart. I picked up the last Wiimote at the Lynnwood Walmart on 164th just off I5; the Tullalip Walmart 24-Hour Superstore indicated they had a larger quantity when I called. I also was an idiot and asked what time they closed, so… BUT! That’s really your best bet.

Mandrina hates Walmart; I’m not a big fan. However, they get a large supply of items. They also had some of the best phone manners in the deal. But that’s the long version.

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Wii Hunting

Shhh… be vewy vewy quiet. I’m hunting Wiimotes…

It was, admittedly, funnier in my head. Still, you should laugh; I’ll wait.

This post is about how weak I am. How easily I cave. How unable I am to withstand temptation. I admit it up front.

The Nintendo Wii was released on Sunday. Mandrina and I, as previously mentioned, went antiquing all day; I had decided I didn’t want to go Wii-hunting in the AM, despite some rather clever suggestions from Jeremy as to where I should go to look. Antiquing was frustrating and depressing. I elected on our way home to try to find a Wii.

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