I consider myself fairly content. All of my basic needs are met, and there are very few things that I really want. I am a recovering techno-gadget guy who around the turn of the century enjoyed acquiring the latest toys such as a Walkabout pager, a Palm Pilot, and a laptop computer for home and travel use. The only one I even remotely used was the laptop, but even it eventually wound up on an eBay auction to pay for a couple semesters worth of textbooks.
Guitar Hero III and Wii Sports Finally Convinced Me
I remember when the Nintendo Wii first came out. It was billed as an interactive video game complete with flying remotes and Wii Nunchucks, I’m still not sure what those are for. At the time I was happy with my plain old XBox game system and exactly one game, NCAA Football 2007. Besides, with a full time job, a part time job, and two kids I found little time to play much of anything. And so the Xbox sits, collecting dust and becoming more and more obsolete each day.
As the Wii grew in popularity so did those who said it could be the next “family entertainment” device. Yeah right, I thought. They will never get kids and parents (and even grandparents) all playing the same machine. I was wrong. Today the Nintendo Wii is the center-piece of many family’s in-home entertainment. I have heard friends mention participating in Wii family bowling tournaments, burning calories punching some air with Wii boxing gloves and now you can even pluck away at a guitar playing Guitar Hero III. Nintendo Wii’s latest product offering is Wii Fit, which features a balance board and several body measuring metrics used to track your weight, BMI, etc. Playing Wii Fit games burns calories and helps to lower those statistics. Does this thing wash our cars, too?
Paralysis by Analysis
Over the next several months I read product reviews, customer ratings and played demo models of the Wii in Sam’s Club a few times (OK, more than a few times). After resisting the marketing hype for months I must now confess I am generally smitten with the Nintendo Wii, and I think our kids would have a great time with it. Perhaps we could even work it into our frugal family fun nights. A reader told me her family has Wii game nights instead of going out for food and movies and her family’s entertainment budget has dropped significantly. After all, it only takes a few visits to restaurants and movie theaters to pay for a Wii.
So Why Wait?
Worldwide shortage of Nintendo Wii units notwithstanding, I just don’t believe in rushing out and buying anything on first impulse. My grandfather has always given the advice to walk away from stores, car lots, etc. and sleep on it. Trent advocates a ten-second rule. Well, I’ve been sleeping on it for several months now.