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My Family Learns How to Play the Wii

Who Learned the Wii Faster, My 81-Year-Old Grandmother or My 3-Year-Old Niece?

Over the Christmas holiday, we had a truly groundbreaking event in my house. For about two hours, the entire family came together without fighting, stress, or family drama. The reason? A brand-new Nintendo Wii. I'm telling you, that thing is a peacemaker.

This side of my family isn't particularly into video games like the other side is (it obviously took them long enough to jump on the Wii bandwagon!), so I decided to start off simply, teaching them Wii Bowling. My grandmother has been bowling maybe twice in her entire life, but she knows how the game works. I figured it wouldn't be too hard to teach her the motions since it requires pushing only two buttons and a nice, easy arm movement. I was right! After a 30-second lesson, Grandma was bowling strike after strike, and finished with an impressive 153 — ahead of both me and my tech-savvy sister.

The rest of the family got in on the sports action, too, including my 3-year-old niece. While she didn't quite understand bowling (though it was easier once we let her stand on the couch to get a better view of the TV), she was a whiz kid at MarioKart, which is coincidentally one of our favorite games from growing up.


I'm not sure who I'd say learned how to play faster, though Grandma totally impressed us all with how quickly she picked it up . . . and now my niece won't put it down! I guess we know what everyone else in the family is getting next year.

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LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 7 years
mario kart on wii = best game ever
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 7 years
that's so funny. i had a similar experience. i made videos of my nephew and his two cousins playing wii bowling with each other. they're all five and had me cracking up playing each other. sadly, they wouldn't let their girl cousin, she's also 3, get in on the action.
cherrypie61 cherrypie61 7 years
Gotta say your niece is super cute!
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 7 years
I've never had any grandparents, but my parents got us (me and my sis) a Wii for Christmas and we are having such a blast with it. We got Mario Kart, Mario Party 8, Mario Galaxy, Super Mario, it's so much fun. My dad is very tech savvy and plays video games so he was used to it, we are trying to get my mom to play with us, but idk if she ever will haha. I got a hole in one on the Wii Golf game :D
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