Okay bloggers, this is that thing called “old news”, but this old news will soon be the new “trendy” thing to do again, just give it another few months to a year and everyone will be back on this bandwagon. How many of you remember when the Wii introduced itself and how eager your children were to own one. Let’s not forget it was competing against two other systems at the same time, but with its kid friendly games and family fun commercials, it was a must have. I love video games, I have always been a Xbox fan and enjoyed RPG games, but growing up, Mario was my brother and I’s go to video game on our Nintendo 64 system, talk about “old”. I remember when I first heard of this Wii system, I was 14 and probably waiting for my parents to purchase one for me, but of course.. that never happened, but we got another game system in place of, not complaining. Skip to a more recent time period, when I was working retail at BestBuy (worked for them for about 4.5 years) and we had families asking about the system and comparing it to other game systems, I remember always mentioning the kid friendly gaming and the easy controls. Typically the Wii always came with a bundle (a new game and extra controller or a special edition bonus) and people love those deals. Fast forwarding to the time it released fitness friendly video games that parents and children both could enjoy, it was a phenomenal idea I thought, I mean I wasn’t into fitness/health in same way as I am now but it still struck me as a great idea, considering other gaming systems were more of a sit on your behind and watch the TV screen kind of thing.
The “Just Dance” games were popular, people would show off their moves inside the stores, at their house, friend’s house, anywhere the music was playing and the Wii was sitting, it made for a great time. Then let’s not forget the Wii sports games, the various choices in sports and still maintaining that you stand while playing vs sitting. If that wasn’t your cup of tea, you could use the Wii Fit Trainer and workout using yoga, strength training, balancing, aerobics, etc. Don’t get me started on Zumba, that was another popular game choice among older adults looking to keep in shape. All of these games proved to be trendy, fun, family/friend oriented, and got you up and moving, but for some reason it only lasted for so long before people were looking to sell their Wii’s/ Wii games, what happened?
If we were to consider all the possibilities it gave us as adults and children alike, then there should be no reason to sell it, right? I mean it did exactly what the world is trending on now: being fit and healthy, big muscles, abs, Zumba, etc. It provided a way for your child and yourself to exercise without having to leave your house, it gave you a chance to bond with friends and family, to compete, to practice your skills, and something to talk about at dinners. I often wonder why it no longer is as popular as it was, I mean granted new games and new systems were released, kids grow up and families split up, finances sometimes get in the way, and somewhere along the road you decide your job is more important than your health, we all know life happens. I could see the pros and cons of the Wii, I am not saying it was perfect and everyone should use it in place of going to the gym or eating healthier, or going out to a fitness event, but it was something you could do on your downtime, rest days, lonely nights, sleepovers, etc. Sure, at some point we just need to get outside and be among other people, but there are still some people who enjoy the comforts of their home vs going to a gym and those same people would have benefited from something like this, the same way they could benefit from workout videos if they wanted to, I know people have their likes and dislikes, video games aren’t everyone’s thing, but I just wonder with the way the world is now with promoting big muscles, nice abs, and nice butts, would the Wii still stand a chance in getting people motivated and moving, or should we leave it where it is now, in the past.
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