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smokehouse
09-27-2007, 05:33 PM
I’ve been putting off buying a Wii for some time now (trying to get all of the love out of my Game Cube). When Super Paper Mario came out I was SO tempted to get a Wii…hell, even my wife has been begging for mr to get one (she loves the damn thing more than I do). I put it off and from time to time I saw one here or there in stock in various stores.

When it had only been out for a few weeks, I landed up getting one for my buddy (found one in a K-Mart when I was out of town) but a for me, I still put it off…

Not too long ago, my buddy got Super Paper Mario and even though I played it and loved it…I just kept thinking Wii + extra controller + Paper Mario = $$$$...

Fast forward to today.

I went into a local pawn shop to look for some games. After thumbing through 100 different SNES, Genesis and N64 EA Sport titles I happened to come across a pile of Wii games. Just like it was my destiny, there sat Super Paper Mario and for $25! I thought to myself, “Gee, I bet the game is scratched all to hell or something.” I picked it up and it was perfect. As you can guess, I gladly shelled out the $25.

Driving home I kept looking down at the game wanting to play it, but then I just kept thinking about that $300 I’d have to shell out for the system and controller (Yes, the controller is necessary, my wife would MURDER me if I showed up without one for her!).

In the hour it took for me to get home, I succumbed to the pressure and decided what the hell, you only live once! I stopped by a local K-Mart and found they had zero consoles...not a huge surprise. As a matter of fact, the lady informed me that they wouldn’t be getting any until November for some reason (Not so sure about this, anyone else heard this?). I left empty handed and decided to go by a GameStop…

Same story…zero consoles. :(

I finally had to stop by Wal Mart to get a few things and decided that even though they had no Wii’s on Tuesday, the last time I was there (yes, I look often, I enjoy torturing myself…) I'd give it a try anyway.

I get a few things and when I went to the rear of the store…..I WAS SHOCKED…there sat 2 Wii’s! Needless to say I GLADLY bought one. Funny enough, the $25 I saved on SPM landed up costing me an extra $300 just a few hours later...and you know what, I couldn't be happier. What perfect timing.

I’m going to trick my wife when she gets home and surprise her with it. I'll show here the deal I got on the game and play up the fact that I “wish I could play the game I just bought.” When she makes a “I told you to get one when you had the chance!” comment….I pull it out form behind the couch.







Anyway, kinda lame story but I hope you enjoy it.

RickHarrisMaine
09-27-2007, 05:38 PM
Lucky....If I brought home something I paid $300 for without checking first, my wife would have my nuts!

ZiLL
09-27-2007, 05:46 PM
Lucky....If I brought home something I paid $300 for without checking first, my wife would have my nuts!

Sounds like she already does!! ;)

rbudrick
09-27-2007, 05:48 PM
Sounds like she already has 'em! ;)

EDIT: D'oh! Some sumbitch beat me to it. lol.

-Rob

Carey85
09-27-2007, 05:48 PM
Heh, that's why bachelorhood is the best way. Sure, you get so lonely that you drink yourself to sleep, but at least you get to buy the toys you want :D

smokehouse
09-27-2007, 05:54 PM
Hey, if my wife has my nuts and it equates to her nagging me to buy game consoles…I’m all for it! :)

neuropolitique
09-27-2007, 05:55 PM
That's great, but, fuckin Nintendo will get you. You already dropped $300, but is that enough for them? No! Wanna play some VC games? Add another $20 for the classic controller, two if your wife plays! Want some friends over to play? Another $120 for controllers for them. Now you need rechargable battery packs for those controllers, $70. Don't forget the Wii component cable, $35. Yer also gonna need some space for all those VC games, 2GB SD $50. Finally, yer gonna get sick of Paper Mario eventually, add in $50 for another game. Grand Total = $665!

Damn Nintendo!

cyberfluxor
09-27-2007, 06:15 PM
That's great, but, fuckin Nintendo will get you. You already dropped $300, but is that enough for them? No! Wanna play some VC games? Add another $20 for the classic controller, two if your wife plays! Want some friends over to play? Another $120 for controllers for them. Now you need rechargable battery packs for those controllers, $70. Don't forget the Wii component cable, $35. Yer also gonna need some space for all those VC games, 2GB SD $50. Finally, yer gonna get sick of Paper Mario eventually, add in $50 for another game. Grand Total = $665!

Damn Nintendo!
I was just waiting for one of these responses, didn't even bother reading the OP as responses are what it's all about.

smokehouse
09-27-2007, 06:24 PM
I was just waiting for one of these responses, didn't even bother reading the OP as responses are what it's all about.

You really should read the “OP”…

geneshifter
09-27-2007, 06:35 PM
That's great, but, fuckin Nintendo will get you. You already dropped $300, but is that enough for them? No! Wanna play some VC games? Add another $20 for the classic controller, two if your wife plays! Want some friends over to play? Another $120 for controllers for them. Now you need rechargable battery packs for those controllers, $70. Don't forget the Wii component cable, $35. Yer also gonna need some space for all those VC games, 2GB SD $50. Finally, yer gonna get sick of Paper Mario eventually, add in $50 for another game. Grand Total = $665!

Damn Nintendo!

HAHAHA. You know, the VC is, to me, one of the best things about the system. When I had a Wii, I played the VC just as much as the Wii games.

All this Wii talk has made me realize that I have to go out and get a Wii again. I want to play with the Wiiblaster and Mario Galaxy and Metroid.

8-bitNesMan
09-27-2007, 07:07 PM
That's great, but, fuckin Nintendo will get you. You already dropped $300, but is that enough for them? No! Wanna play some VC games? Add another $20 for the classic controller, two if your wife plays! Want some friends over to play? Another $120 for controllers for them. Now you need rechargable battery packs for those controllers, $70. Don't forget the Wii component cable, $35. Yer also gonna need some space for all those VC games, 2GB SD $50. Finally, yer gonna get sick of Paper Mario eventually, add in $50 for another game. Grand Total = $665!

Damn Nintendo!

You really love razzing this guy don't ya?

otaku
09-27-2007, 07:10 PM
women love the wii which is why I had to buy one-bought mine used though with component cables and a classic controller thing was mint also had wario game with it-280 shipped! Anyway you guys will have fun with it, I'm sure she'll love it.

As for the kmart thing I run the electronics department and we're having an event/sale thing in november so we're hoarding all the wii's we get until then. Its been a month since we started this, I have one in my stockroom!

smokehouse
09-27-2007, 07:18 PM
Well, I surprised my wife with it…she was like a kid on Christmas morning!

I had it hidden and after making a comment or two (or three) about not having one and how I actually tried to get one but failed, I said the cat might have smacked his toy behind the couch (he was acting strange for some reason...I just ran with it) and for he to look behind it. She looked over the couch and after a second or two exclaimed “A WII!!!!!”….what a smile on her face.




As for the kmart thing I run the electronics department and we're having an event/sale thing in november so we're hoarding all the wii's we get until then. Its been a month since we started this, I have one in my stockroom!

Wow, why would they do that? Are they coming up with some package deal or something?

Sailorneorune
09-27-2007, 07:19 PM
The Wii is a great console, and I hope you two have a blast with it. I recommend Wii Play and Mortal Kombat Armageddon (but only if she has a strong stomach and likes fighting games) for more goodness to tide you over until Smash Bros. comes out.

And yes, the Virtual Console. It beats the hell out of searching for systems and carts on ebay that may or may not work. It also frees up my carts to lend to non-Wii-owning friends.

And now, my "how I got a Wii" story...

I was saving up the cash to get one (had $200 stashed at the time), and had one of my friends from another trading site fly in for a little R&R. It was late, so I was about to bathe and turn in.

After a refreshing shower, I came back to my bedroom, prepared to turn in. There he was, sitting in my desk chair, with a sneaky smirk on his face. I looked at my setup, and saw a Wii connected. I said, "oh, I see you brought your Wii". He replied, "That's not MY Wii..."

I went straight into deer-in-headlights mode, and the next day, made sure to go to the post office and turn in my Paypal for a money order (he doesn't take PP).

So I got a Wii for $200, some apple cinnamon Pop Tarts, and a little Southern Hospitality (tm).

Wii: bringing people together, one friend code at a time.

PapaStu
09-27-2007, 08:16 PM
Wow, why would they do that? Are they coming up with some package deal or something?

No, it sounds like they are saving them for Black Friday.

cyberfluxor
09-27-2007, 08:37 PM
You really should read the “OP”…
I just did and well, the responses were a bit better. Sorry bro, it just seems your beginning posts are dry and the responses you get are flavorful. Good analogy? Maybe not but I knew neurophlitique would make some smart ass remark. ;)

UniHamachi
09-27-2007, 08:39 PM
Smokehouse, can you post a picture of all the Wii stuff you bought laid out on the floor?

Just kidding dude, no hard feelings.

I myself picked up a Wii in July while visiting my sister's family in Michigan. As we were leaving the foodcourt in the mall, I happened to see an EB. I walked in out of habit, but since I stopped gaming a few months after I got a Gamecube, it was just reflex -- I really had no reason to take a peek. Just for shits and giggles, I asked the clerk if he had any Wii's in stock. "Actually, we just got five -- but they'll be gone within the hour. Want one?"

I ran out and consulted with my wife. Luckily, I had bought her jewelry the day before. She's really cool about buying expensive guy stuff anyway, but a pair of earrings and a necklace totally greased the wheels. So she said, "It's up to you -- what do you think?" I sort of made up a pros and cons list, paused for a second, and then motored back to the store. I hadn't been so excited about a VG purchse since I got an N64 on launch day.

BTW, my wife LOVES Wii Tennis. She also watched me play Zelda TP for 30 of the 60 hours it took me to finish.

smokehouse
09-27-2007, 08:40 PM
I just did and well, the responses were a bit better. Sorry bro, it just seems your beginning posts are dry and the responses you get are flavorful. Good analogy? Maybe not but I knew neurophlitique would make some smart ass remark. ;)

Why is my original post dry? Because I’m not belittling someone?

smokehouse
09-27-2007, 08:43 PM
I hadn't been so excited about a VG purchse since I got an N64 on launch day.

You know, I got the feeling today....I haven't had that in quite some time. Kind of made me feel like a kid again....walking to the rear of the store all nervous about whether or not they had one in stock...then finding out they had one...man was I excited for some reason.

GhostDog
09-27-2007, 08:47 PM
So much for waiting until a system dies to buy one. :P Well, you bought a Wii at a great time I suppose. I'm not a fan of the Wii but with Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros. Brawl coming out it's a decent purchase.

smokehouse
09-27-2007, 09:11 PM
So much for waiting until a system dies to buy one. :P Well, you bought a Wii at a great time I suppose. I'm not a fan of the Wii but with Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros. Brawl coming out it's a decent purchase.

I like the Wii sports games (good for parties) and there's also Super Paper Mario (I love the PM series).

cyberfluxor
09-27-2007, 10:59 PM
Why is my original post dry? Because I’m not belittling someone?

This threads OP wasn't as bad but your previous threads were and attracted some flammers that were quite funny, although disrepectful. They're just pulling your chain though, I don't think anyone is gunning for you.

Congrats on the Wii though. Just as a suggestion, posting another thread with money and dollar signs in your topic won't be the best choice.

smokehouse
09-27-2007, 11:02 PM
This threads OP wasn't as bad but your previous threads were and attracted some flammers that were quite funny, although disrepectful. They're just pulling your chain though, I don't think anyone is gunning for you.

Congrats on the Wii though. Just as a suggestion, posting another thread with money and dollar signs in your topic won't be the best choice.

Meh, they just happened to be in the same week…

I did have no plan to buy a Wii this week due to playing my way through Resident Evil 4 but like the OP, this opportunity came up.

UniHamachi
09-28-2007, 02:33 AM
You could probably sell off your GC at this point. Aside from games that required modem/broadband adapters or the gameboy player, the Wii is 100% compatible with all other games (even most peripherals including the GBA cable and all controllers). Because of its native GC controller and memory card ports, everything works perfectly.

I think that the Wii boots up with the GC OS -- when you start playing a GC game, none of the Wii controllers respond, and the only way to turn off the console is to walk up to it and turn it off. If so, it's not really emulation so much as a dual boot system.

Sorry if I'm talkin' shit with the speculation, but the first part is definitely true.

smokehouse
09-28-2007, 07:04 AM
You could probably sell off your GC at this point. Aside from games that required modem/broadband adapters or the gameboy player, the Wii is 100% compatible with all other games (even most peripherals including the GBA cable and all controllers). Because of its native GC controller and memory card ports, everything works perfectly.

I think that the Wii boots up with the GC OS -- when you start playing a GC game, none of the Wii controllers respond, and the only way to turn off the console is to walk up to it and turn it off. If so, it's not really emulation so much as a dual boot system.

Sorry if I'm talkin' shit with the speculation, but the first part is definitely true.

You’re right. I did try it out with Resident Evil and it works fine. I just need to get some controller extension cables through, the Wii is too far from my couch (never bought a Wavebird…like a dumbass…). I will probably keep my hands on the GC simply because I hate selling old systems and I’d probably get crap for it figuring t hat you can currently buy one new for $99 AND the fact that the Wii if 100% backwards compatible.

I do have a GBA player as well and that in itself makes it worth holding onto.

Apollo
09-28-2007, 07:27 AM
That's great, but, fuckin Nintendo will get you. You already dropped $300, but is that enough for them? No! Wanna play some VC games? Add another $20 for the classic controller, two if your wife plays! Want some friends over to play? Another $120 for controllers for them. Now you need rechargable battery packs for those controllers, $70. Don't forget the Wii component cable, $35. Yer also gonna need some space for all those VC games, 2GB SD $50. Finally, yer gonna get sick of Paper Mario eventually, add in $50 for another game. Grand Total = $665!

Damn Nintendo!

Here we go...

1. The OP stated that he has a Gamecube. Gamecube controllers work for all Virtual Console games.

-$40

2. Why would the OP feel like buying 3 more controllers, when it seems like all he needs is one for him and his wife?

-$80

3. You don't need rechargable battery packs, but if you get one, Nyko has a set of two and a charger stand for $30.

-$40

4. Most people aren't going to need to buy a component cable. Don't add that shit in.

-$35

5. Heres where things get tricky. Not only are SD cards pretty cheap, but it would take a few years of getting every VC game to fill up both the Wii's internal memory and a 2GB SD card. I've seen 2GB cards go as cheap as $20, but usually around $30, so I'll list the price as that.

-$20

6. Of course people get tired of playing the same game over and over. I assume you have more than one game? Stop trying to make it seem like Nintendo, or any other company, is some evil monster.

-$0

Total Real Cost = $450

Not bad for buying a new console and fully decking it out. And it's still cheaper than a 360 Elite and a PS3.

chrisbid
09-28-2007, 07:33 AM
virtual console = friggin cheap TG16 games

geneshifter
09-28-2007, 09:23 AM
Sorry but I just had to add this. Fry's is still selling the GC for $99. That's insane.

Back to topic, as someone said earlier, it is cheaper to get this console and add ons than a PS3 or 360. I know that by the time I got my accessories, extra controllers and LIVE with my Elite, I was looking at ~$700 total. It's quite expensive and it's OK. I'm a PC gamer, too, and I have a really great computer so I ended up just playing the 360 games available for PC since I can run them in higher resolutions. Now, I'm waiting for Gears on the PC :) I love all the new consoles honestly.

PS. Donations can be sent to me directly. Thank you for your patronage.

UniHamachi
09-28-2007, 01:07 PM
neuropolitique is hoist by his own petard!

All I can say, Apollo, is that you had to be there.

Let me add that anyone with any console should get at least an S-Video cable. The composite video is teh suck.

And don't waste your money on the official cables -- I got some 3rd party Wii component cable off of Ebay for $7 shipped. Trust me, there is no difference.

Hep038
09-28-2007, 07:59 PM
That's great, but, fuckin Nintendo will get you. You already dropped $300, but is that enough for them? No! Wanna play some VC games? Add another $20 for the classic controller, two if your wife plays! Want some friends over to play? Another $120 for controllers for them. Now you need rechargable battery packs for those controllers, $70. Don't forget the Wii component cable, $35. Yer also gonna need some space for all those VC games, 2GB SD $50. Finally, yer gonna get sick of Paper Mario eventually, add in $50 for another game. Grand Total = $665!

Damn Nintendo!


Troll post if I have even seen one.