Dracil’s BlogJournal

May 24, 2008

Wii Fit makes $60m on Day 1

Filed under: games, News — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — dracil @ 7:15 am

VGChartz Article

Pretty cool, except after Day 1, it will probably hit a huge sales cliff.  It may not even hit 1 million units sold by week 1. After all, you can’t sell what you don’t have. :P


May 23, 2008

Acquiring Wii Fit

Continuing from my last entry on Wii Fit. After camping the ToysRUs site for that one Wii Fit they were selling every hour yesterday, I finally managed to get one. After a brief celebration, they emailed me several hours later and said it was backordered. WTF. Then why the hell were you playing that stupid stupid 1-Wii Fit-every-hour game and wasting people’s time? Urgh. That’s just false advertisement/scamming. And I had already opened my copy up ’cause I thought it was finally settled.

Well, this morning, while checking the Wii Fit tracker I noticed that Amazon had it for sale. Ordered one immediately then called my friend who then ordered one. Canceled mine after that (as well as the stupid ToysRUs order) once I got confirmation from my friend. It’s actually cheaper than ToysRUs and doesn’t seem to have that stupid 2-3 day processing time too. Though it looks like the one sold on Amazon is actually being sold by Target, which is also selling a Wii+Wii Fit+Wii Wheel+Sports Pack+rechargeable batteries bundle for $400, which is kinda decent, except for the Sports Pack (and the wheel’s useless if you don’t get Mario Kart).

My friend ended up getting Wii Fit through Craigslist this morning after making the order though. Craigslist prices actually aren’t that bad either. The lack of shipping and sales tax makes the lower-end prices comparable to ordering it online. Gamestop/EB Games preorders should also be released pretty soon if people are still looking for it.

Anyway, since the Amazon/Target deal couldn’t be canceled, my friend will have an extra copy, which you may find for relatively cheap next week on Craigslist. :P

May 21, 2008

Wii Fit

Filed under: games, personal — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — dracil @ 9:55 pm

Well that was a disappointment.

Today’s the release date. By 10:30, Circuit City and Best Buy in the city was sold out. By 12, pretty much the entire bay area was done. I even went back and borrowed a Costco card to hoping they might have some left (their website never got updated), nope, it was “sold out quickly.”

I actually got one though (which is sitting on a chair in the living room, mocking me, taunting me), since I preordered from EB Games, and though mine was the second shipment, they actually received it today. But that one will probably be going to a friend, who needs it semi-urgently. *sigh* The things I do…

The thing about Wii Fit is that, although the makers themselves actually claimed it’s not meant to make you fit (then why are you marketing it that way?!), it does seem to work. On the other hand, it seems to be about on par as Wii Sports, so unless you just want a fresh experience, it’s not strictly necessary. Of course, jogging outside or going to a gym is probably more effective, though not nearly as convenient, safe, or cheap (for gym memberships), which is probably why it’s selling so well (too well unfortunately). The only really unique thing it kinda has is the balance training, which most people don’t really get to do in their normal exercise routines. Watch the video for examples.

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