Nintendo Wii and Nintendo® Selects Classic Games Review (Don’t Forget Dad)

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I will admit that I am a little behind the times when it comes to technological gadgets and gaming systems.  However, I have been trying to catch myself up to speed ever since I have been put on bedrest.  Believe it or not I did not previously own a Wii.  I have played at friends and families houses a handful of times and enjoyed it, but was afraid to introduce my young children to video games.  

I recently had the opportunity to try out Nintendo’s new bundle that includes the Wii System, Mario Kart Wii and the Wii Wheel.  It comes in either white or black.  I was so excited to receive this system AND to get it in black.  Even the accessories match.  It is very sharp looking and blends in with all of my other TV gadgets.  Since I am supposed to be lying down and resting I thought this would be a nice activity for me to enjoy with the kids during the day.  It also gives me something to do while the kids are napping.  I LOVE that I can watch my Netflix movies through the system right on my TV.  Hooking up the Wii to my wireless system was a breeze.  How did I live without this thing before!  I was so worried about introducing my children to gaming systems, but have found that, like anything else, with supervision and monitoring it can be great.  I only let my children play the games intended for younger children, and they only play while I am with them.  It has really worked out great.  Wii also offers parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access.

The setup manual was so easy to follow that I did it myself in under 15 minutes!  ME. By myself!  It really was very simple.  Just plug and play.  The box came with the Mario Kart game, so we played that first.  The wheel is included with this package (along with the nunchuk) so I didn’t need to purchase anything extra to enjoy my game right out of the box.  We had such a fun time playing this game.  Those of you who have played this game before know that you can choose your character, your car and race course.  My 5 year old got the hang of it right away without any problem.

This new bundle retails for a very reasonable $149.99.

In addition, I was able to review a set of 4 Classic Games: 

“Nintendo recently launched the new Nintendo® Selects collection of Wii games, a set of popular games that millions of people have already experienced, at a suggested retail price of $19.99″

  • Wii Sports
  •  “Lets players enjoy hours of sporty summer fun on the golf course, tennis court, boxing ring, baseball diamond or bowling alley”
  •  “FEATURES:
  • Tennis (1-4 players): Grab the Wii Remote like a racquet and swing – the game registers forehands, backhands, volleys, lobs, slices, spin and power depending on how fast you swing and at what angle.
  • Baseball (1-2 players): Grip the Wii Remote like a bat and swat fastballs out of the park, or fire a fastball over the plate with a flick of your wrist. Timing and bat speed will make all the difference between going yard and whiffing, so keep an eye on the ball and swing for the fences.
  • Golf (1-4 players): Step up to the tee, hold the Wii Remote like a golf club and swing naturally to smack the ball onto the green. The harder you swing the club, the farther the ball will fly.
  • Bowling (1-4 players): Raise the Wii Remote in your hand just like a bowling ball, and then swing your arm to roll the ball. The speed of the swing and the angle at which you release the ball affects the ball’s spin, so it will take some practice to master control over the ball and knock down the pins.
  • Boxing (1-2 players): Using the Nunchuk™ controller as one glove and the Wii Remote as the other, you dodge, weave and punch your opponents. Hold your hands high to guard your face or low to block your torso.”  
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • “Whisks you to a mystical land filled with challenge and adventure”
  •  FEATURES:
  • “The Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™ controllers are used for a variety of game activities, including fishing, sword attacks and projectile-weapon aiming.  Players ride into battle against troops of foul creatures and wield a sword and shield with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers, then take on massive bosses that must be seen to be believed.  Many puzzles stand between Link and the fulfillment of his quest, so players must sharpen their wits as they hunt for weapons and items.
  • Besides his trusty sword and shield, Link will use his bow and arrows by aiming with the Wii Remote controller, fight while on horseback and use a wealth of other items, both new and old. Players can use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers to initiate sword swings, spin attacks and shield shoves.” 
  • Mario Super Sluggers

“Grants players admission to a host of wildly imaginative ballparks, all with a Mushroom Kingdom twist”

FEATURES:

  • “Newcomers to gaming or sports titles will be up and running on Mario Super Sluggers in no time. Simply swing the Wii Remote controller to smack a home run, or use a pitching motion to toss the ball over the plate.
  • Two, three or four players* can pick up Wii Remote controllers and challenge one another to a full baseball game or compete in a host of baseball-themed minigames. There’s even a home run hitting contest.
  • Mario Super Sluggers boasts more than 40 playable characters, all Nintendo favorites. The single-player adventure mode allows you to explore Baseball Kingdom, tackle dozens of fun baseball challenges and unlock new characters that can be used in any mode. You can also play with your Mii™ characters in Exhibition, Toy Field and Minigame modes.”
  •  Animal Crossing: City Folk

“You can customize your own colorful universe for a social summer getaway”

FEATURES:

  • Up to four people from your household can live and work together to build the perfect town. Design clothes and patterns, write letters and post messages on the bulletin board for each other, or play online using your broadband Internet connection and invite up to three friends to visit your town using Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection.
  • The heart of Animal Crossing: City Folk is building relationships with the animals in your town as well as with other players. Befriend your animal neighbors by exchanging letters, gifts and favors. Animals can also move from town to town, bringing their memories and stories from their old towns with them.

  My Impressions:

    Wii Sports:  Our family really had a fun time making our Mii’s and seeing them participate in all the games.  It’s really amazing how realistic you can get!  All the of the sports were entertaining and easy to play.  We particularly enjoyed the baseball and the bowling. At the Bargains house, we love the Bowling.  Mr. Bargains spent a good chunk of time trying to master bowling while sitting- silly him!!
    Zelda:  Definitely one for the adults.  Mom and dad had fun playing this one after the kids went to bed.  I found the Wii remote and Nunchuk easy to use.  Sword fights and bows and arrows galore!  If you are into fantasy games this one is for you.  It was a nice change of pace from the games that I usually play.  The Bargains adults thought this was AOK as well- not the normal kind of game we go for but fun nonetheless!!
     Mario Super Sluggers:  My 5 year old is just getting into TBall.  He was actually able to practice his swing during this game and had a blast doing it!  We all got into this game and enjoyed picking our team members.  There is such a large selection of characters to choose from that it never gets boring.   This game was fun for all of the Bargains folks, even the 3.5 year old although harder for him to master.  He’ll love it more as he gets older!
    Animal Crossing:  City Folk:  I’ve never played a game like this before.  How fun to make your own little world!  There are endless activities, such as catching fireflies and going fishing.  There is always something new to do and it is fun to interact with other family members and friends during the game!  We’ve not played this at the Bargains house either- not previously anyway- but Busy B was enthralled and loved the idea of creating a world for herself.  Definitely fun!!
      Overall, I just love the new Wii package and Classic Games.  With an extremely reasonable retail price of $149.99 for the system and $19.99 for the games, it’s an inexpensive and fun getaway for the family this summer.  It’s a great way to spend an hour in the summer, especially when it’s just too hot to play outdoors.  For me, this has been a great tool during my bedrest and I love watching my Netflix shows on  the Wii.  The possibilities are endless.  I highly recommend checking out the new Wii packages to beat the summer doldrums!You can purchase the new Wii package and Classic Games on

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    , Target and Best Buy, as well as many other electronics retailers.  Wii Bargains family folk like to Wii in summer on super rainy days and when its too cold to be outdoors in wintertime.  Nintendo offers so many family friendly games, sure to please everyone!

I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.[ad#glam between posts]

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About the author: I am a sometimes Physical Therapist who is currently staying home with her two little boys (and one more bundle on the way!) I love photography, cloth diapering, cooking, couponing, blogging and playing with my kids!

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  • I love your review! I love the classic games they are great for the kids, especailly the driving ones they are my kids favorite!

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  • My kids would LOVE the Zelda game! Great idea for my son’s birthday this summer!

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  • I would give anything to own a Wii! It would help me lose weight and help with my son’s sensory seeking disorder. He is extremely hyperactive. I also used to have a Super Nintendo when I was in highschool and I was totally addicted to Mario Kart. Completely addicted!!!

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  • The Wii is my family’s newest addiction! I LOVE the Wii Sports Games!

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