A Wii, finally

Posted in games at 8:37 am by wingerz


Jen and I came down to NYC for the Thanksgiving holiday. We’re staying at Ellen’s new place, and Jen’s parents flew over as well. It’s been great spending time with them.

Ok, onto the real story. After hearing that all of the big retailers were saving their Wii stock for Black Friday, I was a little wary of heading out to compete against other Black Friday shoppers (I heard that people started lining up at one of the nearby Best Buys last night at 10), especially because I was worried that the Liaos would think I was completely insane and obsessed with video games. But I figured that as long as I was back in time to hang out with them, they’d be fine with it.

I had heard that Toys ‘R’ Us in Times Square was opening at 5am and that they would have 1900 Wiis. Other line waiters had heard the same, but neither turned out to be true (6am, 0 Wiis). I got there at 445am and left emptyhanded at 610am. I decided to stop by the Herald Square GameStop on the way home. I was 9th in line (worrisome, because the GameStop minimum was rumored to be 8). Fortunately, two of the people were together and one wasn’t getting a Wii, so I got the 7th of 8! I used up an old gift card (thanks, Wilson for both the gift card and talking to me on the phone) to get a Wii, two controllers (their last two, but getting one more shouldn’t be hard), and Zelda.

Ellen’s new place doesn’t have a TV yet, but fortunately I planned ahead and got a GameBridge last week. It’s a device that let’s you run composite or S-video input through USB to be displayed on a laptop (or desktop) screen. I tested it with the GameCube and it works reasonably well – I even recorded some video of myself playing Baby Park. Played a few rounds of Wii Sports Tennis. I need to get some rest so that the in-laws don’t think I’m completely out of it today.

Part of the reason I went out this morning was for all of my friends who have been constantly asking me about the Wii over the past few months (and especially this past week). I felt like I owed them my best effort to get one this morning, despite losing sleep, dealing with crazed Black Friday shoppers, paying some extra sales tax, and alienating my in-laws (just kidding, hopefully they’ll still love me). This also explains why I am blogging instead of sleeping right now. So, friends, feel free to stop by to give it a try whenever you want.

(By the way, isn’t it cool that the camera picks up the Wii sensor bar signals?)
(Lee’s PS3 shipped – amazing!)
(The power adapter is 360-esque – huge.)


  1. Cy said,

    November 24, 2006 at 3:29 pm

    Congratulations on finally finding one! I can’t wait to check it out sometime.

  2. jess said,

    November 24, 2006 at 4:38 pm

    yay! congrats! can’t wait to see it (and you guys, too!)

  3. brandon said,

    November 24, 2006 at 11:17 pm


    unfortunately, our wal-mart didn’t get anymore (checked last night… of course the guy i asked could have been lying), and I was too lazy to check the gamestop that’s across the street from wal-mart (since they weren’t open yesterday)…

  4. nimes said,

    November 25, 2006 at 4:53 pm


  5. David said,

    December 12, 2006 at 3:53 pm

    So does the Gamebridge actually work with the Wii console? Cos ive been trying to research this for a while now and finding no helpful information but you say that you didnt have a TV at the time but managed to play Wii sports on your laptop? If so, does it actually run well? Would really like to know if it can cos then I will definitely buy a Gamebridge! Much appreciated. Thanks

  6. wingerz said,

    December 12, 2006 at 4:11 pm

    Yup, it worked. It runs reasonably well, but depending on your laptop screen it may be hard to see (playing split screen tennis on a 14″ laptop screen was almost impossible). There is a good deal of compression, so it doesn’t look sharp. I played about an hour of Zelda on it and got used to it pretty quickly. You should be able to pick one up from Outpost/Fry’s.

  7. David said,

    December 14, 2006 at 11:52 am

    Excellent mate! Definitely will purchase one then and then once i get some some quick buck the Wii i will get afterwards. Cheers dude. That saved me lot of time. Btw, ive got 15.4″ screen so its gd enuff for zelda i spose. Cant hav everythin eh? Not too bothered abt graphics, just the fact whether i can play it on laptop and you say you can so thats great news. Cheers again mate!

  8. ~wingerz » Back to gaming said,

    November 3, 2007 at 9:19 am

    […] the past year, our Wii didn’t see nearly enough action to justify the 430am Black Friday trek that I made to acquire it. After beating Zelda there wasn’t a whole lot to get excited about. […]

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