Tuesday, 2 July 2013

It's Not Me, It's Him

Wii U Miis

Up until Easter we haven't used our Nintendo Wii for more than a year. And then everything changed.
During Easter I found Kmart had the first Skylanders game on sale, but with a caveat: the sale price only applied for the Wii. Given we already had a Wii and we didn't know what to do with it I figured "what the hell" and bought it, even though previously I had it in mind to get this game that my son coveted so badly for our very much alive PS3. The rest, as they say, is history: The Wii became my son's favorite toy, far surpassing the PS3, and all my son's other toys are now gathering dust; between "his" iPad and his Wii, nothing else matters.
The Skylanders fad seems to have came and went. By now we are stuck with dozens of characters my son doesn't care much for anymore (although in my eyes they are pretty cool, especially the giants). Once on the Wii, his attention turned to Nintendo's most famous characters: he is now firmly in Mario land. Standard definition? Poor graphics? He couldn't care less.
Can't blame him, really. These games are ever so delightful, and obviously so appealing to the innocent child that he is. I should have see it coming! The only unknown in this equation, though, is how long will this craze last. History says: not that long. Definitly not long enough to justify further expense.
Yet further expense is where I went: the Wii that has rarely been touched for more than a year has now been stashed away, soon to be sold on eBay, in favor of its younger sibling - the Wii U. Not the best console ever, and currently featuring a very limited games catalog, the Wii U does have one important card up its sleeve: it is the current ticket for getting new Mario games. Oh, and it's also high definition. But more to the point, from my point of view there is no better way to get my son into gaming than this. The Wii U's games are tailored for his age, an age where he can hardly even read; there is no need to ensure he doesn't go astray on a PC; and the games themselves are of the fairly innocent nature that no one can claim to contaminate his mind. If anything, they're an open ticket to set his imagination loose with.
So there we go: we have a new games console at home, but it's not mine. Oh, and if you're after a relatively unused Wii (sans controllers; these are fully compatible with the Wii U, so we're keeping them), let me know. $40 + postage, a special price just for you.

Image: a family portrait made out of Wii U Miis.

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