When the Nintendo Wii first came out, both Trillian and I didn't get the big hoopla surrounding it. We're not big game players and make do with our now-ancient Playstation 2--which, in fact, serves mostly as a DVD player for Scooter's videos.
I have read accounts by several friends (blog-wise and otherwise) about the fun they had playing various games on Wii. It piqued my interest, but was still not enough for me to consider forking out a few hundred for a console. Or, more commonly as the news stories reported, dealing with the difficulty of finding one in stock.
Then I read about Wii Fit. And so did Trillian. And we both admitted that we were intrigued. Trillian did a little searching online, just to see if she could locate a console. Pretty much everybody was sold out, or asking a couple hundred over the list price.
A couple days ago, we had to make an extra trip to Capital City. Trillian and I took the opportunity to slip into a Best Buy. Our primary purpose was to look at cell phones, as we've just about decided to get a second one. (Still haven't; Trillian's still debating bells and whistles vs. the monthly bill.) Then we walked around a bit (tech porn for geeks, really).
We ducked into the video game section, but only saw games and accessories. At that very moment, a sales associate walked by and asked the standard question about possibly being some help.
"You wouldn't happen to have any Wii consoles?" Trillian asked, expecting to be told they were sold out.
The surprise answer: "We just set up a display table towards the front."
Seems that their stock had been replenished, in conjunction with the release of Wii Fit.
So guess what's sitting in our living room now?
The first thing that had to be done, of course, was to create our Miis, the little avatars that look vaguely like us. Though I will be secretly tweaking Scooter's, since the glasses--both frames and tinting--he chose for himself make him look a bit like a skeevy 70s lounge lizard.
Both Trillian and I put in 30 minutes plus on Wii Fit. I'm partial to the Yoga, she prefers the Strength Training. But both of us have dabbled in Aerobics and Balance too. We'll see how long and consistently we use this, but I'm fairly optimistic. In the guise of games, I found myself eagerly tackling exercises I wouldn't otherwise do.
(Of course, Scooter had trouble doing the few things he tried, so he was very upset it wasn't really for him. I think we may be picking up a game for him.)