Shannon Stacey

A wii little question

(I’m counting on my younger sisters, especially the youngest (and you know who you are), to be able to keep a secret. Keep in mind the bag of horrible tricks a girl can play on her younger siblings is never empty and has no age limit.)

So we’re getting a Wii for Christmas. :boogie:

It perplexes me, so I throw myself on the mercy of Wii owners…

We’re getting the console with Wii Sports and Mario Kart. What peripheral crap do I need? Mario Kart comes with one wheel. So I need one additional. If I got two additional, can my husband and both boys race at the same time? (I doubt I’d race. I get car sick.)

And the sports. :gaah:

Can you do all of them with the regular controller, or do you HAVE to get accessories right off the bat? I know I’ll need a second regular controller because all game systems come with one. Those do the bowling, right? And the baseball? What about tennis rackets? If I had four, can we play doubles?

Or am I better off having four regular controllers?

And for the boxing, I heard you use the nunchucks. Those are different than the regular controllers? So I need two of those?


What do I need for a family of four to have fun with the Wii, Wii Sports and Mario Kart? I’m making a shopping list.

21 comments to “A wii little question”

  1. Rhonda
      · October 22nd, 2009 at 11:01 am · Link

    We have a total of four regular controllers and two nunchucks, which works great for the four of us. We can all play baseball, bowl, doubles tennis which we like. And two people can box by having two nunchucks. We don’t have Mario Kart for the Wii because we have it for the game cub, which the oldest keeps in her room.

    I did buy a case, which includes a battery pack and charges two of the controllers -it holds four and fooled me when I bought it – thinking it would charge four controllers. Don’t waste your money is my opinon on that – good batteries work much better than the battery pack, imo. The youngest and myself are huge fans of the Wii Fit. but dh and the oldest have no interest.

  2. Jaci Burton
      · October 22nd, 2009 at 11:03 am · Link

    You need the Wii Balance Board so you can do the Wii Fit. And Nunchucks for the boxing.

    Honestly you can all take turns if you want and just get 2 of everything. The regular controllers work for bowling and tennis and golf and baseball except for boxing. And if you’re playing with 4 you can rotate in and out. And only one person bowls at one time anyway. But 4 would be fine too that way you don’t have to unwrap your controllers from your wrists when it’s someone else’s turn.

    We don’t own the wheel so someone else will have to chime in on games for that.

    You guys are going to love the Wii.

  3. Natasha A.
      · October 22nd, 2009 at 11:09 am · Link

    I find it easier to drive without the wheel. But hubby likes the wheel. You don’t NEED it.

    We found we were going through batteries like crazy. So we bought a rechargeable thing that you put in the remote instead of batteries. It didn’t stay charged for very long…and then you would have to wait around while it charged.

    SO, what we did, is we bought a 15 minute charger (Energizer I think?) and 2 packs of batteries. That way we always have charged batteries. It cost a fair bit up front….$60 for the charger I think, BUT in the long run we are saving a ton!

    The Wii Fit is soooo fun, like Jaci said.

    We have 4 remotes and 2 nunchucks. This way we can have friends over (or if you are more than a family of 2), and everyone can play. We did this gradually. Eventually we will get 2 more nunchuks.

    Have fun with it! It is sooo much fun :D

  4. Shannon
      · October 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm · Link

    Okay…I think I want to get four controllers and two nunchucks. And two additional wheels (besides the one that comes with Mario Kart).

    That should hold us for a while

    And I use the Energizer e2 lithium or whatever they are—the silver and blue ones. Well, the rechargeables are silver and green, I think. But they’re awesome and outlive everything else.

    Thanks for the help!

  5. Shannon
      · October 23rd, 2009 at 9:48 am · Link

    Bought the console this morning. (They had half the amount they did yesterday. Weird. A Wii spree!)

    Will collect peripherals between now and Christmas. :boogie:

  6. Jean
      · October 23rd, 2009 at 10:44 am · Link

    You don’t NEED any of the accessories — bats, wheels, etc are all nice to have. The basic Wii comes with all you need for one player to play any of the standard games. You can use up to four controllers at once, so since you have a family of four and want it for a family activity, I highly recommend four controllers. I’d go with the two nunchucks as recommended and add more if desired (if all of you can box at the same time and want to, then you’ll want four nunchucks).

    I’ll second the recommendation for the Wii Fit Balance Board as well as EA Sports Active (compatible with Balance Board but does not require it).

    I got an accessory kit with rechargeable batteries, and it works fine for me. It came with a wireless sensor and upgraded cables, but I don’t use and didn’t need either of those, so that was a waste of money except for the rechargers. The rechargers work fine for me, but I’m not a heavy user. I’m the only person who plays in my house — hubby has no interest, so it’s hard for me to say what multiple users might need.

  7. HelenKay Dimon
      · October 23rd, 2009 at 1:23 pm · Link

    Also think about getting Wii Resort. It includes a bunch of additional sports, including swordplay which is just about the best game ever. You battle each other and can battle hordes of attacking Mii’s. You get water sports, archery and others. The only problem is that the games require this extra piece that gets attached to the end of your controller (it’s to make it more sensitive). One piece comes in the box with the disc. You’ll need to buy three extras.

  8. Shannon
      · October 23rd, 2009 at 1:30 pm · Link


    We are SO there. Adding it & the extra pieces to list! (I’m going to end up spending more on peripherals than on the console.)

    And I have no doubt if SK gets the SW: Battlefront game he wants, I’ll end up buying some kind of Wii guns.


    As for the fitness, I was thinking about getting the Biggest Loser workout “game”. I really need something that starts at “couch potato” level and lets me work up.

    The EA Sports Active was recommended to me by somebody else, as well. I’ll be pondering those for a while.

  9. Rhonda
      · October 23rd, 2009 at 1:36 pm · Link

    Don’t get the Jillian Micheals workout! It is very hard to UNDERSTAND if you are doing it correctly or not! If I had read reviews before I got it I wouldn’t have, though I’ve read they are susposed to be coming out with another version.

    I’m not sure about E A Sports, but I’ve seen it mentioned so I want to check into it.

    And… Wii fit seriously starts @ couch potato level – promise – yeah it’ll taunt you if don’t use it for awhile but I really love it and highly recommend it. I don’t know the release date for Wii Fit Plus but I plan to get that too, not sure what all it includes.

  10. Shannon
      · October 23rd, 2009 at 1:41 pm · Link

    Thanks! I’d looked at the Jillian ones because I love her on TBL, but Jaci said she doesn’t scream and swear at you on the Wii, which is the whole point of Jillian lost. And if it’s not clear if I’m doing it right, I’ll probably pull something. I’m…less than exercise-savvy.


    When I get some time I’m going to read up on Wii Fit vs the EA and see what’s what.

  11. Rhonda
      · October 23rd, 2009 at 1:49 pm · Link

    And you must share what you find out ~ Please!

  12. Natasha A.
      · October 23rd, 2009 at 2:54 pm · Link

    Rhonda – Wii Fit Plus is already out!! I enjoy it because now you can create routines rather than having to done one exercise, select the next, etc.

  13. Jean
      · October 23rd, 2009 at 8:42 pm · Link

    I got the EA to augment Wii Fit. If you’re not exercise savvy, start with the Wii Fit and wait on the EA.

    I’d forgotten about the Resort game. I don’t have it, but it does look intriguing. If you’re into swordplay, that would be a good one to go with.

  14. Jean
      · October 23rd, 2009 at 8:43 pm · Link

    Oh, yes. Very bad reviews on the Jillian Michaels release. The folks at SparkPeople panned it big time, and these are folks of varying experience levels.

  15. Aja
      · October 24th, 2009 at 11:20 pm · Link

    I don’t kno about controllers and crap, Shan, but u should def get a Wii Fit. It is seriously the most hilarious thing to watch people do. :lol:

  16. Shannon
      · October 25th, 2009 at 8:06 am · Link

    I see a family tournament in our future! Our TV is bigger, but your living room is bigger. And you’ve got the Wee Baby Sister to step on. Hmm…will have to dwell on logistics for a while.


  17. Jean
      · October 26th, 2009 at 3:26 pm · Link

    The current version of Wii Fit is Wii Fit Plus — that will get you the latest software with more stuff to keep you entranced. I really like the feedback it gives you on your yoga poses — except for the deep breathing one. That feedback is just annoying — no matter how long you’ve been playing the game, it gives you beginner feedback.

  18. Casee
      · October 26th, 2009 at 4:38 pm · Link

    My advice would be not to waste your $ on the steering wheel. Even I have a hard time using it.

    We have four nunchucks. One for each of us. :)

  19. Natalie J. Damschroder
      · October 26th, 2009 at 9:59 pm · Link

    I second the Wii Sports Resort recommendation! We have two of the Wii Plus add-ons and switch off. Wakeboarding, Basketball, and the Sword Showdown thing are our favorites–I’ll fight those freakin’ Miis for hours! I can’t get past level 17! Grrrr!

  20. Shannon
      · October 27th, 2009 at 10:30 am · Link

    I want to swordfight!

    This is going to be most excruciating wait since the Christmas I knew the little jewelry box under the tree held my engagement ring!

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