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Old 01-05-2009, 02:18 PM   #1
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My sister's 3 kids just got a Wii for Christmas and I got to play it today while the kids were at school. It was an interesting experience...

I only tried Wii Sports Bowling and Baseball though (and I also made my Mii).

I really enjoyed playing and find the remote much less frustrating than a true controller. (Plus, because it's wireless I can't accidentally yank the whole console off the entertainment stand (which I've done so many times with my original NES).

I found it easier to sit on the floor to play baseball but I found standing to be easiest for bowling.

I played for about 2 hours and am really kind of wiped.

I've had an original NES since 1988 that is still hooked up to my TV in my apartment right now that I play a few games on. I was never very good at it so I never spent the money to upgrade to something better but it's always a fun thing to do. Until today when I think a Wii might turn out to be something I might actually have fun with.

So I was wondering, do any of you (adults or kids with CP) play Wii? If you do how long did it take you to do good? When does it stop making you feel sore?

Do you sit? Do you stand? Both? What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Good game recommendations? Warnings?

What about Wii Fit? (That's what my sister thinks we're doing tomorrow, playing Wii Fit lol)

The one thing I wish were easier was switching hands. Apparently you can't do it (at least on Sports) without effort and game stopping. I want to be able to switch hands for different moves... some things are easier with one hand vs. the other.

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Old 01-06-2009, 04:17 PM   #2
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Re: Wii?

Hey, I love the Wii too; like you I was happy the controller was a lot different than the "typical" one.

As far as sitting/standing, I can't stand on my own so that's really a moot point for me. My favorite is the boxing to work out my arms, although I get tired after one bout and have to take breaks. The training feature is also good too.

I've never tried the Wii fit, although we have one...I guess it couldn't hurt for you to try, and just stop if it's too much. I saw a story on the news yesterday about how lots of people go to the emergency room with "Wii injuries"...tendon strains in their wrists and shoulders. They said to not do it for too long and take frequent breaks. I guess just work up to doing more with it.

If you want to try to work out your hands/wrists and fine motor skills, there is a cooking game that is relatively cheap (comparatively), and it's fun; there's also an operation game that requires a steady hand and wrist movements (which I find hard). I would think it would be hard to switch hands in the midst of something-- but, doing hard moves with a weaker hand would be good exercise to help strengthen it.

Old 01-09-2009, 11:56 AM   #3
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Re: Wii?

Hey Steffers! Thanks for your comments. I'd tried using a popular search engine I just kept getting the same stuff.

Haven't tried Wii Fit either. Ended up having to go to the bank and straighten out some issues which is an all day affair since my bank isn't in my town. I'm really afraid of it... my balance is BAD and I guess that's the whole point...balance.

The cooking game, is it Cooking Mama Cook Off? My niece is good at it, my sister says. Fine motor is definitely something I could improve on. I used to play the piano (badly) and doing so kind of kept my fine motor the best it could be but I haven't played daily in about 7 years. So, my fine motor is pretty much in the toilet.

As for injuries... hehe... my sister is so going to be one of those people. She's totally able bodied but while she was bowling with me she ended up falling on me (thankfully I was sitting on the end of the chaise lounger waiting for my turn so no harm done but had I been standing there, and she knocked me down I'd probably be done with Wii).

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Old 01-09-2009, 08:29 PM   #4
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Re: Wii?

I have right hemi and want to get a Wii......I think it would be good for me as well. A local news station here actually did a story on patients using the Wii as part of their therapy programs. Fittingly, they called it "Wii-habilitation"....


Old 01-10-2009, 11:36 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by KellyCz View Post
I have right hemi and want to get a Wii......I think it would be good for me as well. A local news station here actually did a story on patients using the Wii as part of their therapy programs. Fittingly, they called it "Wii-habilitation"....


Yes, I think I saw something in the Flint Journal (or on MLive) about the Wii used for rehab, too.

Good luck in finding one. My sister and I found the Wii at Aldi (in Flint) as a Special Buy and we saw many more at stores in the area (Genesee and Oakland counties) between then and Christmas but I didn't want to spend the money before I got to try it. Now that I know I want one I can't seem to find one. I did find out though that you can get used ones at GameStop for $199 so I've been calling around the two counties again looking to find one used for less.

Old 04-02-2009, 02:48 PM   #6
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Re: Wii?

4 months later...

I finally tried Wii Fit and it's an interesting experience!

There are definitely things I can't do with it but there are things I can do that I find are quite fun. Granted I should say that if you compared my results to an able bodied person I would suck but the more I use it the better I do so it must be doing something good.

Some activities say I have great balance others say I'm shaky and stiff. And after using it for three days I can say that it's very accurate - I know exactly when I'm doing something well and when I am not. It hasn't gotten it wrong yet.

It's definitely something to check out for those that can. Also, it does tell you before you do certain activities if they require you to lift one foot off the board and if you feel unstable to get support from a person or an object. I know someone asked me that question but now I can't remember where/when that was!

Also if you need to lose weight it's a great motivator. Tracking your progress automatically.

Old 05-17-2010, 04:15 PM   #7
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Re: Wii?

My husband has CP, and we just bought a Wii for Christmas. My DH doesn't enjoy it as much as I do, as he uses a chair all the time, but he really likes the Tennis Pro game (he is much better at tennis than I am). He has also tried baseball, although both of us think it's hard. On the Wii Fit Plus, he got registered, but he can't do much--just the extended arm lifts and the running game (since it's actually measured by how much you swing arms, not how much you're really running). Basically, he can do anything that doesn't require the Balance Board. He also thinks it's much easier than Nintendo when he was a kid.

Old 07-27-2010, 05:28 PM   #8
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Re: Wii?

My 6 yo loves wii!! His fav games on wii sports is the bowling and golf. He is unable to stand to do the movements but the great thing is that you don't have to. At my sons school, the pi unit actually have their own wii! I would recommend it to anyone. It also has improved his hand eye coordination

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