Entries in nintendoenthused (3)

The Wii Fit U Challenge Begins Tomorrow

I'm a Nintendo Brand Ambassador. It's pretty sweet. Because I'm a gamer with a deep, unwavering love for Yoshi, Nintendo sends me stuff on occasion so that I can immerse myself in a world of cute chirps and golden coins.

They recently sent me a Wii U console and a challenge - team up with my fellow ambassadors to get craaaaazy fit. After some soul searching, during which I found a bottle opener I'd been looking for, I agreed and was promptly added to the Green Team, aka Team "On Like Donkey Kong."

Basically I'm going to be playing a game called Wii Fit U and - most importantly - sporting a piece of wearable technology that Nintendo has released called the FitMeter. It tracks my steps and missteps in the real world whoaaaaaa.

I've so far resisted buying one of these things (whether it's a Nike Fuelband, Fitbit or Jawbone Up), so I'm pumped to finally see what it's like to track my calories, footsteps and moonwalk-to-cabbage patch ratio.

I have convinced my lovely fiancée to join me, so there should be twice the hilarity. Thanks for your support.

Disclosure: Nintendo has provided me with all the hardware and software referenced in this post. I was neither asked nor compensated to write this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

P.S. Thanks to Erini for the Green Team graphic!

Geeking Out w/ Nintendo 3DS

I love you, Nintendo. You just made my night.

I was just sent a shiny red Nintendo 3DS, and I'm totally losing my mind over it.

I haven't owned a dedicated, portable gaming system since I had the original Game Boy when I was a kid. A big rush of old, old memories flew at me as I set it up, and I'm truly amazed by how far portables have come. It's bright, very quick and almost as sleek as my hair. 

I don't have any wicked games yet, but I played this built-in game called Argames that uses Augmented Reality and special cards to allow you to shoot dragons. I'm very familiar with AR, but I was truly smitten with Nintendo's play on it. As a dedicated World of Warcraft player (Be nice!), I'm always up for a chance to battle a dragon.

Anyway, I'm about to head to South by Southwest for a week, and the Nintendo 3DS is coming with me to keep me company at the airport and on the plane. Perfect timing. If you've got one, feel free to recommend a game or two.

Disclosure: I'm one of Nintendo's delightful brand ambassadors and was provided the item described in this post by the company. I also gave it a little smooch.

#NintendoEnthused Party at the Pug Pad

I hosted a charming little Nintendo Ice Cream Social at my place as part of the #NintendoEnthused program (whereby rad folks get to play rad games and blog/tweet/meow about it). I invited some good peeps over to play Wii Play: Motion, a collection of mini-games for the Wii that were significantly more whimsical than the Wii Sports stuff I expected from the title.

There were sweets, so much sweets!

There were also giggles, so much giggles:

The ice cream game (I think it's called Cone Zone) was especially challenging. I had long prided myself on my Cone Zone skills. Even as a small child, I knew I was destined for Cone Zone greatness. Alas, I was crushed by my peers and will have to seek my fortune elsewhere.

A huge thank you to Nintendo for making my apartment the site of much mirth. Hugely awesome evening, and I got to eat gummi bears.