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Wii for Christmas - Input?

November 19th, 2009 at 10:29 am

My family is getting a Wii for Christmas. I purchased the console when the price dropped to $199. But...I hear you need additional remotes. And, of course, games!

It comes with Wii Sports (I think). But, any thoughts/advice on which other game or games I should get?

I'm thinking maybe two, maybe just one, additional games initially. Those will give us plenty to play with over the holidays.

I've also heard you can buy games used, as well as rent them from the video store.

I'd love to hear what you think my initial investment should be. We will get the girls a few stocking stuffers, but the Wii is our gift this year.

13 Responses to “Wii for Christmas - Input?”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    We use Blockbuster Online, instead of NEtflix, because we get free game rentals (among other reasons). Not sure it applies to new accounts though.

    My dh buys most games we own, used. At used stores or through Craigslist. Best way to get a bundle of controllers and games is Craigslist.

    We love Mario Kart & Dr. Mario, Guitar Hero/Rockband. The kids are really into Paper Mario, Zelda, Lego Star Wars, etc. Wario shake it is pretty cool (I think we rented it) and I almost forgot - Mario Party is our favorite. My kids are small but they are into way more sophisticated games than I am. Big Grin I like the simple ones!

    Just as a tip - you can play any Gamecube games on the Wii (if by chance, the Gamecube games are cheaper).

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks monkeymama! The Gamecube hint is great to know. I'm nearly clueless when it comes to video games.

  3. Broken Arrow Says:

    I know it may not seem like it, but as far as gaming entertainment goes, the Wii is a good investment.

    Also, consider a Gamestop membership. They will give you I think a 10% discount for all of their used games. If you think you will be buying enough games each year, then the membership might be worth it.

  4. momcents Says:

    My Sims Party is really fun - I took it out from the library and my kids are talking about pooling their next monthly allowance to buy it.

    We also rent them from Family Video and if we like it enough, we buy it.

    My inlaws got it for us for Christmas last year - the wii - and we actually love it. My little guys like the PS2, but us bigger kids like the wii.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    You should probably buy at least one other set of remote and nunchuck, for two-player games.

    My favorite games: Zack & Wiki, where a pair of adventurers fight an evil princess and her minions to gather treasure. Each level of the game is a puzzle; you have to go around and do everything just right in order to reach the prize. (I confess we didn't finish the top couple of levels; the puzzles got too complicated. But the lower levels are worth the price of admission!)

    Cooking Mama Cookoff, in which you have to complete different tasks such as chopping and kneading in order to create dishes. More fun than it sounds!

    And Elebits: a first-person-shooter style game, except instead of shooting people you're aiming at these adorable little electrical creatures that escaped the power grid, in order to get them back in. In higher levels there are these unmanned cannons that can shoot you if you don't disable them, and some of the cute little critters can eventually shoot you with bolts of light, but there's no gore or anything. To get through the levels only one person can play, but once all the levels are opened, two players can team up. Warning--this game will make your eyes water and hurt when you first play it! LOL. No lasting damage though.

  6. momcents Says:

    Totally forgot about Cooking Mama Cookoff - we love that one as well, and DD's best friend had to go out and buy it after playing it at our house!

  7. firstthingsfirst Says:

    DH had a Wii at one time, and the sports game itself is pretty cool. Comes with boxing, bowling, homerun derby, and tennis I think.

    He also had the Harry Potter game, but I wasn't overly impressed with it. My whole family absolutely LOVED Mario Kart and Mario Party on the Nintendo 64 (we still play them occassionally), so I bet they would be a blast on the Wii.

    DH uses Gamestop alot, they let you trade in games for credit (although the trade in value is not what you would get on Craigslist or Ebay). Might be a good place to shop for warrantied used games though.

  8. monkeymama Says:

    If you live in/near a bigger city, there are a billion places better than Gamestop. They are expensive - we don't shop there. Big Grin But we got a few little hole-in-the-wall used game shops around. Better deals if you can seek them out.

  9. D Says:

    We are getting one too. I have discovered combo pack wii games on sale at our Sams club for only $20! They had some nice ones too. So if you live near a Sams be sure and check them out. We also shop at pawn shops for our games. Gamestop is our favorit

  10. jewels3 Says:

    Definitely Toy Story Mania. Even if you've never been to the WDW attraction, this one is a lot of fun.

  11. FrugalFish Says:

    We bought our Wii for the sole purpose of playing Mario Kart. If you like racing games, that one is a lot of fun.

    We don't have very many games, we have Sports, and Wii Play, which is kind of fun- not real intense action, but good games. When we bought Play, it came in a pack with another Wii-mote for a price not much more than just buying another Wii-mote. DD has a Dora game (which I hate because it is a long game without good stopping points), and we also have the Star Wars light saber duel, but I find it too tedious to play because there are moves to learn and I just don't enjoy that. Younger kids who love Star Wars would probably have the energy and patience for that one.

  12. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Definitely worth the investment. My kids love it and play all the time. Mario games are the best. We buy used games all the time.

  13. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks everyone! I appreciate all the insight, opinion and comments.

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