Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wii for Me

In a few minutes, I'm heading out to buy a Wii at Costco.

While I realize I'm behind the curve on this, at least the price has come down and I can get one for less than $200 now. Being cheap, er, tightfisted, I mean frugal and wise, this works for me--and I can't wait.

Once the Wii's installed, I'm going to play tennis, golf, bowl, and box (well, maybe not), and whatever other junk is on there. I'm going to become super-fit! ...

If you don't hear from me ever again, call the cops. I've had a stroke and can be found in a coma on the office floor.


Blogger Zed said...

I'm back. I got it.

It doesn't work. Grrr. Have to buy component video cables. Would have been nice if they told me that at Costco. Please. They don't even give shopping bags at Costco--as if they'd give me advice.

Cranky. Very cranky ...

Oct 27, 2010, 5:45:00 PM  
Blogger Sushiboy said...

Bummer... I think you'll enjoy it once it is up and going. I really like the Wii. But a tennis match or round of golf is way easier on the Wii than in RL.

Oct 27, 2010, 10:36:00 PM  
Blogger Zed said...

Hi Sushiboy,
Here are my top-ten reasons for why I prefer the Wii to RL tennis:

1. I don't need a tennis court, an overpriced Serena Williams tennis outfit, tennis balls, or a tennis racket--or even an opponent. Works for me.
2. The Wii gets my heart rate going and my legs moving without ever having to leave my office.
3. No one will talk about my bizarre playing habits.
4. If I'm really lazy, I can play tennis as I rest or semi-nap on my couch.
5. My tennis playing doesn't hinge on the weather.
6. My cats Frankie and Johnnie can watch me and cheer me on. Rah-rah.
7. When I'm done playing, the refrigerator is only a room away.
8. I don't have to put up with my opponent's antics, craziness, off-court shots, competitiveness, or mile-over-my-head shots.
9. If I don't like how the Wii is playing, there is the OFF button.
10. If I don't like how the Wii is playing, I can make an obscene gesture at it and it will never know.

Wii. The only way to play tennis.

Oct 27, 2010, 11:20:00 PM  
Anonymous teri said...

they NEVER tell you that you have to buy all the accessories for the damn thing to work. You basically have to have the salesperson help you through the whole process to figure that out.

I want one but I don't want to pay over $100 for it, so I keep waiting.

Oct 28, 2010, 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger Zed said...

teri, I woke up mumbling this morning at the sheer nonsense of manufacturers not supplying all necessary parts to make their product work. How much more would it have cost them to include the video cables? About $5? Now I have to spend 2 hours and $30 (with markup) to buy the cables because Wii won't work without them.

It's going to be quite a while before you can find one for under $100. Even the used ones I found were about $160-$180. Sorry ...

Oct 28, 2010, 11:32:00 AM  
Blogger joe said...

So what's a wii. i know you're thinking i'm joking, but i'm not. I'm sure I'm seriously embarrassing myself here.

Oct 28, 2010, 3:48:00 PM  
Anonymous teri said...

here you go, Joe.

Oct 28, 2010, 4:35:00 PM  
Blogger Zed said...

teri, the Wii now works--just not in color. I'm trying to convince myself that black & white is nice too.

I think today calls for a waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

Oct 28, 2010, 7:16:00 PM  
Blogger Sans Pantaloons said...

You may have to tell the TV that the input on Line X is component video. There will be a menu selection for it somewhere on the TV setup.
X being the input you are using.
There must be a YouTube tutorial for it.

Oct 28, 2010, 7:30:00 PM  
Blogger Zed said...

Thanks, Sans. I "told" the TV that it should get input from the component, and the Wii plays. But it just doesn't know it should be playing the games in color. (I put 5 wires in 5 different color input ports and Wii still doesn't get it.) I hit every button imaginable on my TV's and my Wii's remotes, still no color.

Good idea about YouTube. I'm heading over there. Thank you, Sans!!

Oct 28, 2010, 7:47:00 PM  
Blogger Zed said...

Well, I was right. Nintendo says you can only use THEIR CVC cables--for $30+.

Good news: I just bowled in b&w and though my score was only 110, I got a bit of a workout. This thing make you move. I like it. I'd like it better in color though.

Oct 28, 2010, 8:41:00 PM  
Blogger Sushiboy said...

I found component cables for our Wii... they work well. I'll post a link when I can get home and get a part number.

Oct 29, 2010, 5:31:00 PM  
Blogger Zed said...

Hi Sushiboy,

Nintendo said the part # is RVL011, but would that be the same other suppliers use (such as Monster Cables?). I think I'll just shut up and wait for the link. :)

Oct 29, 2010, 9:24:00 PM  
Blogger Zed said...

I have no patience, that's a given. Unfortunately, you've all known this about me for years.

So, impatiently, I went downriver to Target and found Monster Cable's component video cable "engineered for the Wii"--came home, plugged them in, and everything works! Nintendo lied, but the good news is I've got color!

Sushiboy, don't spend one more second on this. It's all good now. Thank you anyway!

Oct 30, 2010, 11:34:00 AM  
Blogger Sans Pantaloons said...

Yay Color!
We'll probably hear from you again when you get Wii-knackered..

Oct 30, 2010, 9:28:00 PM  
Blogger Sushiboy said...

Doh... sorry. I got home and the homework monster swallowed my evening. :P I feel terrible about not getting you that link. Glad you are playing in color now though.

Nov 3, 2010, 6:23:00 PM  
Blogger Zed said...

No problem. I'm loving the color and had a 169 at bowling yesterday (and I'm a semi-pro at tennis).

AND my Wii Fitness Age is ten years younger than I am. Got to love it.

Nov 4, 2010, 12:27:00 AM  

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