Wii Fit To Be Tied

Category: By Christian
From the beginning, Wii Fit sounded like a dumb idea to me. Perhaps the worst video game ever. Who wants a video game that's sole purpose is exercises? No conquering, no dominance, no victory. Exercise.

As it turns out, my wife wanted that video game. Pretty badly, too. This is no small feat on the part of Nintendo, as I don't believe my wife has ever wanted a video game before in her life. One of the big concessions of our marriage is that I get to have a video game system. Apparently, my blasting Tie Fighters and leading the Royals to virtual glory while sitting on an exercises ball isn't all that sexy. But she has tolerated FIFA Street, Madden and the like for the past 5 years, and has done so quite gracefully. Marko Kart and Guitar Hero ushered in an era where we played video games together. And then the Wii Fit came along. She wanted it bad. So if the lady actually wants a video game, then a video game she gets because that is quite the development.

Well slap me silly and call me Susan. Upon further review, Wii Fit is pretty fun. Certainly not a perfect game, but I'm sure the kinks will get worked out with future incarnations. But what it does signify is a huge coup for Nintendo. It has taken people who wouldn't otherwise turn on a console with their own finger, and encourages them to play the Wii on a regular basis. Stacy uses it like 5 times each week. I never thought I'd live to see the day. Yoga, balance games, push ups, running. She does the whole gamete. And it's way cheaper than a gym membership.

But here's the kicker...it's become whole family entertainment. One day Stacy was doing Wii Fit while Elli was bopping around the house. So of course, Elli wanted to do "ecasizez" with Mommy. Always the resourceful one, Stacy pulled out the scale from the bathroom and viola! Elli has her own balance board. Now she will "play" with Stacy, and she even has her own cute little Mii.

But the serious stunner came last week when Stacy's parents were in town. The only person in the world less likely to be enthusiastic about a video game than Stacy would be her dad. Just not his thing.

Until he encountered Wii Fit, that is.

Not only did Stacy get him to play it, but he was good at it and had fun.

The world could have very well been ending. I would have put it right up there with the signs of the apocalypse detailed in Ghostbusters. "Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!...Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes... The dead rising from the grave!... Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!"

Alas, Jesus didn't come back. Nintendo just hit a home run. Good for them.

2 comments so far.

  1. marko 1:21 AM
    "marko cart"! i might have to pick that one up!!
  2. Jennifer 10:25 PM
    hmmm...maybe i should cave in again and let aaron get a wii. oh wait, last time i did that he kept it for 2 yrs. and then GAVE IT AWAY! maybe i'll just get myself a wii and get in shape! haha i have to say, i've played bowling before and it's pretty stinkin' fun.

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