Nintendo’s latest game
system,Wii, (pronounced “we”) creatively emphasizes
that the console is indeed for everyone, regardless of age.
Wii also gives Nintendo fans the chance to finally get physical
rather than just press buttons.
It’s so easy to learn and it gathers all my friends to
play,” said HPU student Allan Agustin, 19.
He also believes that the Wii was well worth its cost. With its
wireless controller, the Wii Remote, and the WiiConnect24, which
receives messages and updates over the Internet, the entire package
is being sold for no more than $250.
The Wii Remote, which serves as a handheld pointing device that
can detect motion and rotation, is quite easy to use. Unlike
other Nintendo controllers that may seem a little complicated
for the average non-Nintendo user, the Wii Remote is in most
It’s the easiest game I can play because of the remote,” said
Ray Sales, 43, of Waipahu, who can finally join his kids in playing
video games. “It’s so simple compared to those other
Not only is Wii fun and easy to learn, but it gives players a
good workout as well. Wii Sports, one of Wii’s most popular
feature, has got people playing a range of invigorating sports
from baseball to boxing in their very own living room.
It sure gets my heart rate going,” said Agustin, who plays
with his Wii nearly every day.
It just so happens that playing Wii Sports on a daily basis even
without any change in eating habits can lead to great results.
Just ask Mickey DeLorenzo, 25, a computer programmer of Philadelphia
who conducted a six-week weight loss experiment by playing Wii.
His experiment, which involved 30-minute workout sessions of
Wii tennis, bowling, boxing, and baseball, was recorded daily
on his blog at WiiNintendo.Net.
While also keeping his lifestyle unchanged, DeLorenzo’s
weight fell from 181 pounds to 172 a total of 9 pounds. His experiment
quickly received the attention of Nintendo fans and the media.
Video games can and are a great way to have exercise and not
even know you are burning calories,” said DeLorenzo.
However, results primarily depend on the level of aggression
one puts into playing these games. Wii Players who constantly
move their feet, swing both arms, and use full-body motion are
expected to see much better results compared to those who might
just “stand there and make small moves.”
According to some Wii players such as Agustin, Wii can also get
a bit dangerous. “Accidental swings” at the face
of a bystander are likely to occur during competitive games like
tennis and baseball.
Regarding danger to the equipment, the Wii remote has been known
to fly and hit furniture when not properly attached to one’s
wrist. Therefore it is highly recommended to be aware of surroundings
and to secure equipment before playing any Wii game.