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The DS, the Wii, and a Good Spanking

Recently, I needed to pick up a Nintendo DS Lite for a project I’m working on. It’s a great little machine. The PSP dominates it graphically, but the DS touch screen makes for a fun, innovative interface.

On a similar note, I embarked on a hunt for the Nintendo Wii. After a few days of searching, my pal Jason Blair tipped me off to a page on the Target website that gives in-stock information for stores near you. Using this, I found stock in Rockford, Illinois, only a half-hour drive from my house. Unfortunately, when I called to check on this, the people at the store denied they had any Wiis around.

I little more surfing found a comment that revealed that Target likes to hold on to its Wednesday stock until the evening. I called the same place on Thursday morning and discovered they had 15 units. After taking Patrick to the doctor for a previously scheduled appointment, he and I raced down and picked up one of the last three.

So far, we only have Wii Sports and Wii Play, but the kids just love it. The motion-sensing controllers are every bit as amazing as you might hope. Unfortunately, one of the controllers stopped sensing swings, which made playing baseball a bit one sided.

Fortunately, a Google search saved the day. It turns out the solution for dealing with an obstinate Wii controller is to turn it over and spank it with a sharp smack.

I wondered if this might be a gag to get people to break their remotes, but since ours was already broken, I figured I’d give it a shot. The first time I was too gentle, it seems, so I took a deep breath and whacked it good.

Viola! It worked!

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  1. Weird stuff. havent had to spank my wiimote yet. Perhaps I need to ensure that teh batteries are not really dead…

  2. Weird stuff. havent had to spank my wiimote yet. Perhaps I need to ensure that teh batteries are not really dead…

  3. I love my DS. Playing Pheonix Wright on long plane trips makes for easy traveling. Who knew I’d like a logic based, narrative, attorney-fu game? OBJECTION!

    As for the PSP, I think it is one of the most underrated devices out there. Not only is a very good hand held gaming system, can’t wait for D&D tactics this May, but I love its wireless functionality.

  4. I love my DS. Playing Pheonix Wright on long plane trips makes for easy traveling. Who knew I’d like a logic based, narrative, attorney-fu game? OBJECTION!

    As for the PSP, I think it is one of the most underrated devices out there. Not only is a very good hand held gaming system, can’t wait for D&D tactics this May, but I love its wireless functionality.

  5. I dig Phoenix Wright too. I’m most of the way through the final case of the first game at the moment. Sometimes it can be unclear how you’re supposed to proceed, but it has a great story.

    The PSP is a superior system in most ways, but it doesn’t have many of the cool games the DS has. Sony tends to aim for the hard-core audience, while Nintendo has conquered the wider market.

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    I dig Phoenix Wright too. I’m most of the way through the final case of the first game at the moment. Sometimes it can be unclear how you’re supposed to proceed, but it has a great story.

    The PSP is a superior system in most ways, but it doesn’t have many of the cool games the DS has. Sony tends to aim for the hard-core audience, while Nintendo has conquered the wider market.

  7. I almost forgot about the game my son Marty plays a lot of on the PSP: Snoopy and the Red Baron. This is a fun little combat flight sim pitched at exactly his level, and I’m enjoying it too.

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    I almost forgot about the game my son Marty plays a lot of on the PSP: Snoopy and the Red Baron. This is a fun little combat flight sim pitched at exactly his level, and I’m enjoying it too.

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