Wii Mario Party 8 for a party of eight

Morte and Wang Wang just bought a plasma TV so we all invited ourselves over to play Wii on their lovely new TV.

Nanny Wen made dumplings for our dinner. (Even though the Dumpling Festival is already over.) You can count on Nanny Wen to do stuff like that.

Quite appropriately, she wore her Little Miss Late t-shirt.

In reponse, I wore my Emily t-shirt.

We decided that it was damn cool, so we camwhored a good while before leaving for Morte’s place.

When we got there, the boys played Bleach on the Wii while the girls heated the dumplings.

The fruits of Nanny Wen’s 4.5-hour labour!

Wang Wang dug out her stylo teapot for us.

Nanny Wen’s dumplings rock! Yum! And then, it was time for Wii!

Mario Party 8 is currently THE best party game because up to eight players can play at one time. Provided, of course, that you actually have eight wiimotes.

We only have four wiimotes collectively, so we had to take turns.

[Edit: I got mixed up with another game. MP8 can only accomodate 4 players at a time. Thanks to Mince Pye for the correction!]

It’s a cute game!

But I’m not going to talk about it because I’ve put it on video.

We spent like three hours playing it because it’s a progressive competitive game that takes quite a while to get to the end, plus we had to do it twice so everyone got a chance to play. But it was so fun I wouldn’t have minded playing again.

But the boys wanted to play Project Gotham Racing 3 on the Xbox 360.

How could that be???

Super zzz.

After MP8, PGR3 is like watching water boil.

Wii English translation for Japanese systems

We have a Japanese Wii. We can read some Japanese but it’s annoying to navigate through all the menu items with our lousy Japanese.

So, the Goonfather got fed up and started taking screenshots of all the menus and went searching through the Nintendo manual for the English versions to compare with. And the result of his labour is this 28-page pdf document with translations and a guide on customising all sorts of settings!

Download the Wii English-to-Japanese translation now.

And if it helps you, thank the Goonfather!

Can’t find my heart

Was at the gym today using an elliptical trainer. These machines, like treadmills, have sensor bars on the handles, meant to detect your heart rate and chart your progress.

Well, doesn’t work for me.

I used to work out at California Fitness. I tried all the different machines but none could ever detect my heart rate. I don’t think I was holding the handles wrong. How many ways are there to hold a handle, anyway? I’d always get “Unable to detect heart rate. Switching to manual mode”.

Very, very annoying.

Today, I went to a Singapore Sports Council gym. Very cheap, pay per use is $2.50, so much more affordable than paying $70 a month for upmarket gyms and going only once or twice a week.

Anyway, the elliptical trainer at the SSC gym couldn’t detect my heart rate, either.

Maybe I don’t have a heart or it’s broken, or something. If you put your hand on my chest, you can’t feel my heartbeat. You have to wait till I do 20 minutes of cardio and then you might be able to feel a faint thumping, kinda like a butterfly wings thumping against a padded glass jar.

Wen called me heartless.

But that’s nonsense because I am possibly the most sympathetic, emotional person you could ever know.

I was playing a game on the Wii called Trauma Center, in which you play a surgeon cutting up patients and treating their diseases. In between operations, you follow the storylines of your patients. There was this story that was so touching that I started crying while playing.

It’s a great game.

So, I know my heart is there. But why can’t the stupid machines find it?

Whee! We got a Wii!

Today is show and tell day. It’s going to be lots of show and little tell because…

Iiiiiiiiiiit’s a Wii…..!

Ahem!

*big smile*

Apparently, the Goonfather had planned to buy me a Wii long ago. He was just being evil by buying his PS3 first. But who cares, I got my Wii! Wheee!

Look how cute it is!

He said it’s my birthday present, even though my birthday is almost three months away. Which is not fair, because then I won’t get anything on my birthday, will I?

Well, we’ll see about it when my birthday arrives. Hah.

Wii gloves!

It’s supposed to say “Wii” on the back of the gloves when you put ’em together, but you have to flip the photo around for it to work. Otherwise it’ll say “iiW”, instead.


[flipped photo]

Pink gloves! OMG OMG OMG. I have white and pink Wii gloves! Wii is soooooo cool I can’t get over it!

See how the gloves says “iiW” when you don’t flip the photo around?

But that smiley thing is cute, anyway.

Here’s me holding the Wii remote (called the Wiimote) and the Nunchuk, pretending to play.

Lastly, irrelevant random picture. The Goonfather bought me some pink candyfloss. I don’t know what for, since I don’t really eat that stuff. He’s weird.

Okay, and now I’m going to hibernate with my Wii until the year 2017. See ya!

Kidding. Probably gonna hibernate until 2008 only, the most.

We want Wii! Sell your PS3!

First of all, repeat after me: Nintendo Wii is cool! And fun! And very cool!

Next, absorb this: Sony PlayStation 3 is kinda cool, too, I’ll give you that, but PlayStation is also passé.

So what do you do when your goon partner (affectionately known as The Goonfather) goes and buys a PS3 instead of a Wii?

You protest, that’s what.

So, I made a video protest.

I had fun making my first video, and I figure I need to work on the old “video presence”. That first video didn’t seem to have made much of an impression on the people I was trying to impress. No calls.

No biggie.

I just try again. That’s what I do best. Try try try until I die, but, like, I make slow progress. This new video doesn’t seem to have any more charisma than the last one did.

But, never mind, this is a video protest and I’m not, like, sending it for competitions.

You know, you should get a Wii, too, even if you’re not a gamer, because the Wii is revolutionising the gaming world. Everyone, from very young people to very old people, is enjoying it. Not only is it fun and games, it also doubles as a gym workout machine. Yeah, cool, huh?

I don’t know what the Goonfather was thinking, getting a PS3. He is such a Sony fanboi. He already has a PS1, a PS2 and a PSP. What does he need a PS3 for? Pffft.

Okay, enough of ranting. Go watch my video and petition in my comments for dear Goonfather to pawn his PS3 and buy a Wii! Now!