We bought a Nintendo Wii a couple of years ago. At first, it was so that my lovely husband could pretend he was Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix (or someone?!) by playing Guitar Hero.
Then it was me, wanting to beat him at Tennis/Bowling/Boxing/Golf
And we then aquired the Wii Fit balance board thingo, for me, in my ongoing attempt to get from drab to fab.
Then, my lovely husband got all clever and installed a new TV, and the Wii stopped working. It died.
Totally. Stopped. Working. Kaput. Much wailing and frustration.
And despite his best attempts to get it all fixed again, it just never happened.
The whole lot, numchucks, remotes, games, controller thingos, they all got chucked into a bag and stashed at the back of the entertainment cabinet, in disgrace.
Fast forward a year...
My son Charlie, at age nearly six, has been asking about "Nintendo Wii" and "Xbox" and "Playstation"...he is at the age where Sonic and Super Mario rule supreme...
So, my husband considers it all, and is just about to go shopping, before I remind him that we actually have all the Wii stuff, redundant, that he has not able, or inclined, to fix.
He is generous.
I am canny.
So I despatch them all outside for a long walk with the dog, whilst I drag out the neglected and dusty Wii instucton manuals, fresh batteries at the ready.
After dragging cords and connections and sensors and power packs and goddess knows what else, I am sweating more than I ever did on the Wii Fit when it actually worked.
I did it.
This family is now, yet again, the proud posessors of a 100% fully functioning Wii gaming system.
All the little Mii's are set up perfectly - I made myself a gorgeous slim brunette, whilst lovely husband got given a porky balding character.
I can now proclaim to be a LEGEND mother - the kids, after a day of gaming on the newly discovered Wii, think that I am an utter hero.
I should point out that my lovely husband is an IT professional.
In theory, he knows his shit. He does not, however, know his Wii...
But, I do.
Tell me, do you have gaming systems? Who is the expert? Are the a ten day wonder? Or are they worthwhile?