Remember when the Nintendo Wii first came out and everybody had so much fun playing the virtual games and sports? The Wii popularity seemed to die down with the rise of Play Station 3 and the XBox 360, shifting the role of millenium video games from physical activity immersion to strategy building and problem solving. I still use my Wii to watch Netflix but hardly play my Wii Sports or Wii Fit games anymore. My roommates and I decided to play some Wii boxing and bowling against each other before going out this weekend. I was so absorbed in my first boxing match that one round turned into about 15. I was uppercutting, jabbing, throwing right hooks and ducking from my opponent with as much force as I would have exerted in a real fight.
The next morning I woke so sore and weak that I could barely lift my cellphone off my nightstand to silence my alarm clock. I felt every muscle in my back, neck, shoulders, arms and abs sore and throbbing from my boxing match. The Wii Fit games are actually targeted to weight loss and physical activity goals; you can choose a personal trainer to instruct you as you perform yoga, balance, running, etc moves on your Wii Fit board. Wii Fit weighs you at the start of your personalized program and helps you plan your activity and weight loss each week over the course of a month or however long you expect to shed the weight.
The Wii console, unlike the PS3 or XBox games that use headsets to keep the players connected during online play, requires that players be in the same room with each other using their own remotes to compete against each other on the same TV. Playing together in person creates actual bonding time between players who are usually close friends or acquaintances in real life. Do you even know who your closest comrade ‘Commander Eagle Eye’ is in actuality when you play Call of Duty with him on PS3 or what he looks like? I suppose it’s all preference but I think the Wii makes for a more entertaining and personal video game experience.