The Monday before the Super Bowl, a coworker asked when I would have a Wii party. I said since the Super Bowl was coming up, Sunday would be a good day. He said he didn’t care for the game. So I had the epiphany to have a Wii party in conjunction with a Super Bowl Commercials Party. That’s right. A Super Bowl party where people skip the game to watch the commercials (thanks to Tivo).
I invited a bunch of coworkers and was surprised that so many people were like me and only watched the Super Bowl for the commercials. One coworker offered to bring his Wii and second TV.
The same coworker who inspired the premise of the party also dubbed it a Wii-Wii party because there were two Wii’s. Good thing for the second Wii. Even with both systems at maximum capacity with 4 controllers each, there were still more people than controllers.
Wario Ware Smooth Moves has a multiplayer game that accommodates up to 12 people. It only uses one Wiimote that we pass off to each other. It’s kinda challenging for people who haven’t seen nor play it before. But it’s pretty cool to have a game where the whole party could get into it. It’s also a good way for people to learn everybody’s names. Since you have to pass the remote to each other, you quickly learn who’s who.
We didn’t stop to watch the commercials until maybe 3 hours into the game. There weren’t that many spectacular commercials. It seems as if CBS had trouble selling the ad spots or something.
My favorites, in no particular order:
- bunnies trying to use a (live) mouse to order (Blockbuster?) online
- garmin’s gps fights map monster. I love my GPS system so I could relate.
- rock beats paper (rock,paper,scissors game spoof)
I guess the geeky commercials were the ones I liked most.
Another thing that this party could tell the Tivo-adverse media folks is that people don’t mind watching commercials if they are entertaining. We even replayed the good ones.