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Nostalgia Sunday: The Wii

the Nintendo Wii

If you're the same age as me (or thereabouts), you'll possibly remember what it was like when the Nintendo Wii first came out and the excitement that came with it. We got ours when I was seven and I can quite honestly say it is one of the best things I have ever received. There were quite a few Wii games that I absolutely loved to play with, and I'm sure you did too, which is probably why you are reading this post in the first place. I am here today to take you on a trip down memory lane, to relive your childhood, and to take a look at what Nintendo Wii games we were playing back in the late noughties and early 2010s...

Just Dance

Just Dance Wii game

I know this says 2019, but Just Dance was quite possibly the best Wii game there was going. I personally had Just Dance two, three and four (I have no idea why I didn't have the first one, but there you go). Some of my favourite songs to dance to on these games were Tik Tok (the song, not the app), Big Girl (You Are Beautiful), Call Me, California Gurls, Price Tag, and Lollipop. This game either made you feel like you were the best dancer in the world or the worst. For me, it was mostly the latter. Can you remember dancing to any of the songs from Just Dance when you were younger?

Mario Kart

Mario Kart Wii game

I think it's safe to say that the most exciting part of getting this game was the white plastic steering wheel that came with it. Some of my greatest childhood memories stem from my brother and I playing against each other on this game (I almost always won - although I did have age on my side there, I don't win a lot of things in life so I'm taking it). I used to love being Princess Peach in this game, but I would pretty much go for any character as for some reason I felt guilty for not choosing them, even though they're just cartoon characters in a computer game. Who was your favourite character to be in this game?

Wii Sports

Wii Sports game

This is the game that everyone who owned a Wii had. How do I know this? Well, because it was the game that came with the console. This game had it all: tennis; baseball; bowling; golf; and boxing. Okay, it didn't quite have it all, per se, but who cares? I even had the tennis racket that you could buy separately to use with your Wii remote and it may be my imagination getting away from me here, but I felt like a tennis pro using that racket. I think my favourite game to play on this varied every time, but I would say the ultimate game had to be Wii bowling (and I say that mostly because it was the one I won almost every time, but it's not all about winning). Which was your favourite game to play?

Rayman Raving Rabbids

Rayman Raving Rabbids Wii game

This game was absolutely mental. I won't lie, I can't actually remember a whole lot from it. What I can remember from it though, however, is one of the games on it where the Rabbids essentially formed a band and you got to be one of the members of that band, whether that was the singer, drummer guitarist, etc. I'm not entirely sure if a lot of people had this game, but if you did, please let me know and tell me what you remember most from it.

New Super Mario Bros

New Super Mario Bros Wii game

I'm fairly sure that I mentioned this in my Nostalgia Sunday: Nintendo DS post, but if not then this was another firm favourite game of mine that I used to play with my brother a lot. I did play with this mostly on my Nintendo DS, however, sometimes it was nice to be able to play it on a larger screen and to also be able to play it with other people, rather than just playing with it alone. Did anyone else use to get frustrated if they missed picking up a coin whilst playing this game? Or get frustrated when there was a level that you just couldn't complete? That was me and was often the reason why there would be periods where I wouldn't play it because I would just get too frustrated at the game and at myself (I'm not sure why I'm making it out like I was this massive gamer, because believe me, I wasn't then and I'm still not now). Was there anything else about this game that also frustrated you?

Wii Fit

Wii Fit game

I'm not sure why, but as a child, I loved this game so much. I think my favourite part of it was the balance board, and again, I'm not sure why exactly that was. I do think, however, this game was, in some ways, relatively toxic as, if I remember correctly, it used to weigh you and give you your BMI and I get that this game wasn't really aimed at children, but I still think, regardless of age, a game that tells you you're fat and isn't guaranteed to be accurate, amongst other things, isn't entirely the best game you could spend your time playing. It did introduce me to yoga and if I'm honest, I did enjoy yoga then but now not so much. For some reason, we had two disks of this game and I'm not sure if this happened to anyone else but I can remember at one point putting the disk into the Wii and for some reason, the Wii wouldn't work properly. The hand pointer would appear but it would flicker and wouldn't let you click in the top left-hand corner of the screen to play the game, and this happened on both disks. What do you think about this game - toxic or good fun?

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Wii game

When I see this game, it reminds me of the scene in Outnumbered where Pete is playing against Jake and everyone is questioning why he keeps moving his feet. This was 100% one of my go-to Wii games when I was younger and if I remember correctly my favourite sports to play on here was table tennis and any of the athletic ones. This game made me believe I could genuinely compete in the Olympics, which is definitely never going to happen unless it was for a joke.

I definitely had way more games than this, but I either can't really remember them or I can remember having the game but not what the game involved. Please let me know in the comments below if you can remember any of the games I have mentioned or if there are any other games you can remember that I have forgotten. Also, please let me know if there are any other topics that you would like me to discuss in this Nostalgia Sunday series that I have not yet already mentioned.

Which Wii games do you remember most from your childhood?

Love Beth xx

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