Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wii: The Saga Begins

I'm saying goodbye to my Wii. I wish I could say that we've had some great years, but we haven't. The thing is...well, let me start at the beginning when things were a bit more optimistic.

It was Thanksgiving night, 2006. I had just destroyed some leftovers when a Toys R Us flyer caught my eye. It was advertising a Black Friday sale on Nintendo Wii, a video game system that was still hot from being released only a couple of weeks earlier. I had no intention of buying a Wii until well after the holidays because I figured that it would be almost impossible to get my hands on one. There was something about the combination of Black Friday sales and binge eating that got me pumped up enough to want to try to get my hands on a Wii.

My brother derryX and I convinced each other that it would be a good idea to go out very early on Black Friday and see if we could get a Wii. We told ourselves that we wouldn't get our hopes up, but that's a straight up lie. We would have been devastated if we came home empty handed.

On Black Friday morning, we woke up at 4AM and drove to Toys R Us. We were unsuccessful. They did not have a single Wii. So we headed over to GameStop. They were closed. However, a few people were lined up outside the door. We decided to wait until the store opened. We were 3rd and 4th in line.

As we stood there in the cold, talking to the two dudes in front of us, we realized that if GameStop had any Wiis in stock, we were sure to get one. We waited and waited, and finally, the doors opened. By now, the line to get into GameStop was further than the eye could see. Everyone in line was talking about buying a Wii. We walked in and quickly found out...they had Wiis. They had six Wiis. We bought the 3rd and 4th Wiis.

I can not describe to you the joy I felt as I purchased that video game system. And I can not convey to you the sense of total fear and paranoia that I had walking out to my car with it. I thought that someone was going to hold us up at gunpoint for our Wiis. It happens!

I got home, hooked it up, and started playing Wii Sports (the game that came with every Wii system). It was new. It was fresh. It was exciting!

Or was it?

The truth is, I was blinded by all of the Black Friday excitement and the fact that I hadn't bought a new video game console in years. I would quickly learn that the Nintendo Wii was not exactly the video game system that it was hyped up to be.

Check back tomorrow to read the conclusion of my Nintendo Wii adventure!


  1. I wrote about this years ago and resurrected the story for my blog the first year I started it. My tale has a few more specifics about the characters that we met that morning.


  2. I know what it's like to be all excited for a new console; waited over five hours in line at Wal-Mart for a Playstation 2 the night it was released. Talk about nervous walking out they only had 30 for the 200 people that showed up (they did however have police escorts if you wanted one).