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Wii Scare, Happy Ending

Last night, the Wii would not come on and even the light was off. We were all, "Aww, man! The Wii isn't even 6 months old!" We had a power outage last night, so we figured that was the culprit. Still, it seemed a bit much to lose the Wii over it.

Even so, I decided to check teh Google for suggestions and similar experiences. On the Nintendo support boards, I found the following post in response to another gamer who'd experienced the same problem.

Did you have any power issues recently in your area?
If so, there might be a problem with the surge protector in your AC adapter.
Unplug it from the Wii and the wall. Also, separate both halves of it. Let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Plug it back in, making sure all connections are correct and strong (plugged in all the way).
Then, try to turn your Wii on.
If that doesn't fix your problem, try again on a different outlet.
If you cannot solve this issue, contact Nintendo for more help from an NOA representitive.
Try calling nintendo's support hotline, toll free:

Or using their online support:

Online support may not have the answer to what you need, in which case it will lead you to a webform E-Mail service to get personal help.

It worked! We were playing Okami an hour later with no data loss. It would suck to lose 30-40 hours of saved game play. I also found posts (on Gamespot, I think) that mention that Nintendo will send you a new AC adapter if need be and that their support line is very helpful. One poster even said that they'll even send you a new Wii in some cases. I'm not sure I believe that one, but the upshot is that Nintendo support obviously has a good rep.



What am I doing lately?

Last week I bought Okami for the Wii. I think the first couple days of any game is frustrating, but once you get the hang of it, yay! That graphic? That gives you an idea of how the game actually looks. The game looks like a Japanese watercolor. It doesn't look like Zelda or Final Fantasy.

You play a GOD. Granted a wolf god with diminished powers, but a GOD! Usually in these RPG's, you are the plucky young boy hero. But in Okami, not only are you a god, but mythical creatures refer to you as "the mother of us all". So, really, you're a GODDESS. But the humans call you Fido, mangy mutt, etc. Maybe the programmers were feminists, 'cause many times you do your mojo while the men are doing useless rituals and think they've made magic when it was you all along!

What a subversive game this is! You go around with a paintbrush renewing the land, but looking like you're making beautiful flowers and feeding woodland animals. I love it. I wonder if 14 yr old boys feel tricked, or whether the battles disguise the feminine touches. Don't get me wrong, I love the battles, but I love the prettiness, too.

Cliff and I are still early in the game, but we're loving it. I bought Wall-E over the weekend and we still haven't seen it because of Okami. I pointed out to Cliff how feminine the game was when you really thought about it. He shrugged with a smile and said, "I'm not just making flowers, but BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS!" Hee!


Weekend: Boyshorts and Wii

I went shopping for underthings over the weekend. I desperately needed bras. I ended up also getting underwear for one of those 5 for $25 deals. I tend to experiment with underwear styles with deals like that. I chose 2 boyshorts as part of my 5.

Boyshorts always looks so sexy and cute when you see them in advertisements. Even just picking them up, they look cute. On my fat ass, they look neither sexy nor cute. However, they seem to eliminate visible panty lines. It struck me that they are like boxers for woman with their lack of elastic around the legs. However, I'm guessing boyshorts have a higher risk of wedgies.

*~(insert witty segue here)~*

So, my sister bought me a Wii as a birthday/x-mas gift. It's lots of fun and we've bought the Zelda game for Wii and Mario Kart. However, it comes with a nifty game: Wii Sports. I had Kim and Lynda over Sunday and I planned lunch and Wii bowling. Lynda doesn't have a computer and doesn't usually play video games, but I felt that Wii bowling was close enough to the real experience that she could take to it.

Lynda beat my high score on her very first game! I battled back to new high, and fun was had by all. Kim bought a Wii (and Wii Fit), so I'm sure we'll check it out when it's her turn to host. Whee!

When I was bowling, Lynda asked me if I had lost weight. I mean extra weight, not the 20+ I already said I did. She tends to remark about my weight loss, even though I've hit a plateau for awhile now. I figured I'd weigh myself at work, since I haven't for about 2-3 weeks. I've lost 1 pound. She did not notice 1 measly pound! I'm convinced that I grow in people's memory.


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