Back With The Wii

Saturday, August 29th, 2015 10:23 pm
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After work yesterday I went round Mum & Dad's to see their new central heating system and shower (nice), and to pick up my Wii. Luckily it was still in the cupboard I last remembered it in, along with my big photo albums, which had hitherto been AWOL as I'd thought they were in my room somewhere.

I got the Wii set up this afternoon, once I figured out which way up to put the discs in, I was away. However, after a gap of almost four years, my performance on the various games is variable.

An assessment )
There are some on the Wii Fit I didn't try - I forgot to try the hula hooping, and I didn't try any of the aerobic ones like the jogging or the step class (which I used to do lots). It's a bank holiday weekend so I might have a go on Monday.


Saturday, May 29th, 2010 03:51 pm
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Day 149 What began as a brief 20 minutes on the Wii turned into rather more of a session, including a try at basketball, which I'm normally rubbish at and therefore don't play much, so I thought I'd commemorate my playing it with today's pic:

Woo Sports Resort Basketball

Yep, that's my Mii. It's difficult to play basketball as the main place to stand is right under the light, so you can't jump there cos you'll wreck the light, consequently it's difficult to get anything in the basket. When Dad came home from Tesco he wanted to play, so he had a few rounds of Frisbee (he likes the little dog) and then archery so I left him firing arrows and he's beaten my all-time high score.


Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 06:21 pm
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I did a bit of studying this morning, feel like I'm being pulled back into Uni work, it's a bit less intellectually demanding than last year's course (ie because I've done last year's course) & there's an assumption that the course is the first OU course for many people. This is all the theoretical stuff about air pressure and changes to air pressure and the results - ie wind and clouds. Next chapter is more in-depth on clouds.

Mother & Father are buying a new car, one that's car-shaped rather than Chelsea Tractor-shaped. Dad says it's got lots of gadgets on that he has no idea what for or will probably not use, such as an MP3 player. Their current car came with a picnic table folded up in the base of the boot, which is not something you need to be a geek for.

They were out at the dealership for much of the afternoon, so I set up the Wii in the lounge on the big TV (disadvantage: it's about half a metre closer to the floor than any other TV in the house, takes some getting used to with the Wii) to play Sports Resort. When they came home, I set up some new Miis for them and Dad had a go at Frisbee, bursting balloons and playing with the dog. Mum had a go at bowling - started out by not being able to control the remote to bowl, I was trying to keep really patient so I said "Watch me first", after that she was fine and has totally blasted my high scores on the 10-pin and 100-pin bowling. I'm planning on getting another Wii remote with motionplus and Nunchuck so we can play more - and so I can beat them at something.

Long Weekend

Sunday, July 5th, 2009 11:36 pm
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I am - shock, horror - using up annual leave by having last Friday and tomorrow off.

My long weekend so far, and a rant about Kingdom )

I have one day's worth of freedom left. Not sure what to do yet. But I won't be getting up early.

Wii Fit

Sunday, June 28th, 2009 03:32 pm
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My Wii Fit and the accessories I'd ordered arrived in the week. They all came to work on the same day, and luckily fit in my car. I ordered the Wii Fit, plus a blue silicone cover for the board (I figured it would be easier to keep clean), a bag for the board, a shoulderbag for the Wii console, and a yoga mat & bag. I am incredibly pleased with all of them.

I tried out the Wii Fit on Wednesday, just to check it was all working etc, and played some of the balance games. Fabulous! Then yesterday I had my first major play, doing some exercises from all four groups. Some are utterly brilliant, some are fun but I'm not very good at them, and some are really fustrating. Mostly I love how these things are set, ie the graphics, the cheering crowds, and so on. Some of it's a bit cheesy but it's always fun.

Yoga I did the breathing exercise, the sun exercise and a balancing exercise. I like yoga cos I got really good results, three or four stars each time. Said I had good balance.

Balance Games I tried the balls-in-the-hole game again, and one one time I got past the S-shape board. Am definitely getting better. Did OK at the football headers, but they come too fast for me. The tightrope walking continues to utterly fustrate me. Maybe if the first level was just about getting across the tightrope in the required time it would be better, having to jump over the chompy thing is my failing every time.

Skiing Managed to get my first penalty-free run of the slalom, my results for this are generally all over the place but it is fun. But I find if you start out lousy, it's difficult to correct it further down.

Ski Jump I love how steep this looks on the introductory graphics, ie so steep you would run away in fear if you saw it in real life. But I love this game, and I got a few jumps of more than 100 metres in.

Hula Hooping I had a hula hoop as a child and I was always good at it, so am well used to the swing-your-hips thing. I love the cheesy dancers in the background, but I can only catch hoops from one of them.

Jogging Well, I completed this one. Not particularly well, it kept criticising my rhythm and my fluctuating speed. But I like the setting of running round the grounds of a big old house. And I'm glad they have a bar at the bottom showing you how far you are, ie half-way round, three-quarters. Wonder how far it actually corresponds to in metres.

Step ZOMG I loved this! I like step, I went through a big step phase at one point. Step is a good workout but you do need stamina to keep up for a whole class. On the Wii, the step (ie the balance board) is smaller than a normal step, and it's just one routine of a few minutes, but it scores you as to how many of the steps you kept up with & how well. It has those foot diagrams - like the old-fashioned floor guides for ballroom dancing - that scroll on the screen, and the setting is a bunch of steppers onstage doing a routine in unison, with the crowd cheering them on. I think I went through this one about six times in a row, gradually getting better, but I kept repeating it because it was so much fun to do and to watch rather than as a concerted attempt to get better at the exercise.

I managed 1 hour 1 minute in the time piggybank (which always looks like a toaster to me), unlocked a few more things, but still have a fair bit left to investigate. My calves are a bit achy today, which is usual for me, my calves need LOTS of stretching before & after and it seems I didn't do quite enough. But am looking forward to getting on the Wii Fit again, hopefully I can do some more before next weekend.

Wow Wii!

Saturday, June 6th, 2009 08:18 pm
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About three-quarters of the way through my course, I decided a treat for finishing the whole thing would be in order, and with my lack of gym activity I decided I'd treat myself to a Wii console and a Wii Fit. A few weeks ago, I heard my sister was selling hers, so I managed to buy the console for £100 - a good price considering she only bought it herself at Christmas. Only downside (it's not that much of a downside really) is that I have to set it up in the extension because that's the only place with a TV and enough room to play the game. And, I had to wait until the new roof over the extension was finished and the room was put back into place.

So, even though I bought the Wii a couple of weeks ago, today was my first real go at using it. And I loved it! It just has the Wii Sports games, a disc with five sports - Tennis, Golf, Baseball, Bowling, and Boxing - but I had so much fun, but varying success:

  • Tennis - really enjoyed this but not particularly good at it yet, however am making progress

  • Golf - OK, not very good at it because I can't co-ordinate the controller

  • Baseball - rather rubbish at this but then I was rubbish at rounders at school; but this one is fun to watch the little Wii people tootling round the pitch

  • Bowling - I can do this rather well on both hands

  • Boxing - my favourite! Good for working up a sweat (literally), managed a few KOs, including an opponent who looked like a younger Bruce Forsyth.

I'm going to get a Wii Fit game & board from Amazon, but I'm wondering how necessary the accessories are that they sell. I think I should get a yoga mat, given that the floor in the extension is carpet tiles on concrete, and I want to get a bag to store everything is because I'm sure it's more convenient than trying to get everything back in the original storage box. But I'm wondering about the other things they have, like a silicone cover for the board for example. If anyone can offer any guidance, I'd be grateful to hear what you've bought and whether it lived up to expectations, any specific storage bags recommended for example.

I'm also looking at the other games - I'm only interested in the exercise/activity stuff, and there's a game called Sports Resort that's due for release at the end of next month available to pre-order on Amazon which looks very good - stuff on a water scooter, bicycle, archery, some kind of fencing game - all with a bright tropical blue backdrop. Maybe I'll go for that too.