Nintendo Wii, Was It Successful?

Nintendo Wii Is Not A Traditional Game Console
Nintendo Wii Is Not A Traditional Game Console

The Nintendo Wii is a video game console that was developed and released by Nintendo. It was the seventh console in Nintendo’s library, and was made to compete alongside Microsoft’s Xbox 360, and Sony’s Playstation 3. With Nintendo finishing last of the three in the previous generation of consoles, and not faring well with the N64, would Nintendo and the Wii fare better than the Gamecube?

What is the Nintendo Wii?

The Nintendo Wii was a completely different idea than your traditional console. What differentiated it from the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360 was the Wii Remote. Instead of having two joysticks and normal face buttons, it was just in the shape of a regular TV remote. However, it also acted as a pointing device that could detect in three dimensions. When the console launched, it came with a game called Wii Sports. What this was, was essentially a demo disc of different mini games that allowed you to be able to test the different capabilities of the Wii. From golf, bowling, tennis, and baseball, you were able to pretend that you were actually doing these sports. Swinging the controller like you would swing a baseball bat or a golf club, the Wii was able to give you a different type of immersion not seen in video games before. While the console wasn’t able to give you the graphical prowess of the Playstation 3 or the Xbox 360, what it lacked in power, it made up the difference with the types of games and innovation that the others could not provide. Due to this innovation, Nintendo also was targeting a different type of audience with its games other than just the hardcore gamers. Nintendo was looking to target the whole family, and getting everyone to play their games.

How Successful Was It?

Enjoy Playing Sports Or Interactive Games
Enjoy Playing Sports Or Some Interactive Game

When the console was first announced back in 2006, it received mixed reviews. Many people gave it numerous awards that year, including best in show, most innovative product, and best hardware. However, many companies that produce games didn’t think this way. They thought that it was an innovative product, but perhaps too innovative at the time. Due to the fact that it was such a drastic change in hardware, it wouldn’t be easy to incorporate those ideas into games that would have to be released on all three major consoles. With the lack of graphical power, as well as a completely different controller, it would be difficult, time consuming, and expensive to develop games on the Wii rather than the Playstation 3 or the Xbox 360. Like in the previous console generation, Nintendo would have to rely on their first party titles such as Mario, Zelda, and Metroid to create great games, boost sales, and gain popularity with the “core” gamers in order to get other third party developers to jump on the Wii. With such popular titles such as Super Mario Sunshine, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and the ever popular Super Smash Brothers Brawl, other developers began to take notice the rising popularity of the Nintendo Wii and started developing games for it. With popular titles such as the No More Heroes franchise, Disney’s Epic Mickey, and The Red Steel Franchise coming out, the system began to sell, and began to sell quickly.

Nintendo Wii Sales

Wii Is A Huge Success
Wii Is A Huge Success

Since June 2014, the Nintendo Wii has sold over 100 million consoles worldwide. To put that in perspective, the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 both sold 80 million each. The Wii sold more units in the United States than the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 combined in the first half of 2007, and nearly six times as much in the Japanese market. This is including the shortage of stock that Nintendo had when it was first launched. With a lower price point, and targeting a different demographic than what Microsoft and Sony were doing, it is easy to say that Nintendo Wii surpassed in leaps and bounds what they thought that they were going to sell. To date, it is the most popular and best-selling console that Nintendo has ever put out, and it seems as though that no one will beat 100 million units sold any time soon.

3 Kitchen Tips to save Money That Have Nothing to Do with Your Food Budget

Your House Budget Is Mistakenly Centered On The Kitchen
Your House Budget Is Mistakenly Centered On The Kitchen
A lot of the household budget is centered on the kitchen, and not just in the ways that you’d think. While it’s true that grocery shopping takes up a huge amount of time and money, and cooking takes up even more, you know that you’re not going to be able to cut your food budget past a certain point. You need to eat, and you need to feed your family. That doesn’t mean that your time saving money in the kitchen is over. Here are three important tips that will cut your cooking costs without slashing into your already tight food budget.

Unplug Everything That You’re Not Using

Finished Using The Microwave? Unplug It!
Finished Using The Microwave? Unplug It!
Your microwave can be a clock, but these days everyone has a cellphone. You don’t have to rely on that digital display to let you know what time it is anymore. You don’t need it to set a timer to tell you when you should check the roast, either. You can use your cellphone for that too. There’s no reason for a microwave, a toaster, or a blender to be plugged in when you’re not using them. Even if all they’re doing is draw enough current to flash their light, tell you the time, or remind you that they’re in power saver mode (which would save even more power if it stopped telling you about it) they’re still running up your electricity bill. Pull the cords when you’re done with them, and just plug them back in to use. This simple habit is good to have everywhere in the house, but the kitchen (with all of its gadgets) is the best place to start. Once it’s second nature in the kitchen it can spread to the rest of your house.

Use Small Burners for Small Pots

Your stove doesn’t have two different sized burners because the bigger ones cook things fast and the smaller ones look them slower. A lot of people think that if they put a small pot on a large burner it’s going to heat up that much faster. That’s not true at all, but what is true is that you’re wasting energy. Every flicker of strange around the edges of your pot is just money going to waste. Sometimes you can’t help that; your pots are the size that they are and your burners are the size that they are. Believe it or not, however, it’s better to have a larger pot over a smaller burner than it is to have a smaller pot on a larger burner. At least the second way you get every bit of energy that you could.

This Is Not Where You Spend More Of Your Money
This Is Not Where You Spend More Of Your Money
It also helps to find those lids you put away last year and never got out again. Sure, not all foods can be cooked with a lid, but when you can you should cover that pot up. That will trap heat, meaning you can cook food more quickly and more completely all while using less energy.

Don’t Open the Oven Very Much

This is a good reason to clean your oven door. Just take a peek through the glass and you could check on your food less often by poking it. Opening the oven door means your oven has to spend a lot of time bringing the temperature all the way back up.

Mental Health and Why It Matters

Take Care Of Your Mental Health
Take Care Of Your Mental Health
It’s important to look after yourself, but chances are that you only ever really focus on your physical weight and health. That’s all well and good, but you should really be focusing on your mental health, as well. Maybe you’ve never considered the importance of mental health, but it really is a huge aspect of your life. You can be as fit as an ox and still feel terrible if your mental health is suffering. The worst part is that nobody can see a mental illness like they can see a physical injury, leading to a lot of stigmatization of mental illness and a lot of discrimination. You should be concerned about your mental health, since it plays such a huge role in our lives. If you’ve never considered it before, you have a lot to learn, and here’s some of what you need to know:

The Importance of Mental Health

Your Mental Health Impacts Every Area Of Your Life
Your Mental Health Impacts Every Area Of Your Life
Mental health really plays a part in every part of your life. If you’re depressed, you’re going to feel unwell and it is going to become much more difficult to get anything done. If you’re anxious, it becomes difficult to face everyday life without breaking down. You can feel these ways even if you don’t have a specific mental illness – everyone deals with these sorts of things at least once or twice in their lifetime. That is why it is so important to understand your mental health and how it can affect your life. It really does matter, and you really do need to keep on top of your mental health so that you can become the best “you” that you can be!

What Can Go Wrong?

There are many mental health illnesses that can come about, and even without an actual mental illness you can still suffer with bad mental health. You can become overly stressed out and become anxious about work. You can be in a bad situation and feel depressed. Everyone deals with these sorts of issues. If you allow things to continue and worsen and don’t focus on improving your mental health, you could develop anxiety or depression that will persist much longer than what is normal for most people. It’s important to take care of your mind as well as your body, because if you’re not feeling well mentally, it affects every other aspect of life.

What You Should Do to Improve Mental Health

Reach Out... Ask For Help
Reach Out… Ask For Help
If you’re feeling particularly stressed out, take a break from work and try to get away for a weekend. Find someone to talk to if you need to vent your anger or your issues. Do something that makes you happy, whatever that may be. You need to stay on top of your mental health and do what’s right for you. You won’t be any use in your daily life if you’re too stressed out to function, so make sure to keep that in mind. Take a mental health day and relax if you’re beginning to feel the stresses of daily life hitting you hard. Most everybody will understand! After all, they’ve probably been there too.

Soliciting Customer Feedback to Grow Your Business

Keep Your Customers Happy
Keep Your Customers Happy
Being a small-business owner means staying on top of things. Whether that’s continually evaluating your business strategy or how your business is being run in the day-to-day, it is necessary in order to maintain that edge that keeps customers returning and your cashflow positive. The saying may be "if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it," but knowing how you’re doing and avoiding stagnation is essential for growth. So how can you figure out what’s working and what isn’t? The answer doesn’t always come from your accountant. Customer feedback is an essential part of any business, and it’s especially important for small local businesses where word of mouth can mean the difference between a great month and going into the red.

The Importance of Online Reviews

Take Online Reviews Into Consideration
Take Online Reviews Into Consideration
Like it or not, the prevalence of online review sites such as Yelp, as well as Google’s push to display user ratings alongside search results, means that they’re an essential part of how a business is perceived out in the world. If someone searches for your business and see that Google’s collected reviews only give you two stars out of five, that could be the deciding factor as to whether or not a potential customer even considers your business worth looking at. Similarly, a low Yelp rating can drastically impact your business. Therefore, it is in your best interest to cultivate positive word of mouth with your customers. A positive image online leads to a positive perception of your business in the real world, which will get more feet through your front door. The best place to start with improving your online review image is through customers who are already pleased with your business.

Encourage Satisfied Customers to Leave Reviews

The Customer's Perception Of Your Business Is Important
The Customer’s Perception Of Your Business Is Important
Most people won’t go out of their way to make a review about a positive experience unless it was extraordinary, but when people are unhappy, they are more likely than ever to leave a negative review about you as a way to vent their own frustrations. It is in your best interest to make sure each customer interaction is a positive one. Incentivize your customers to leave positive reviews for your business online, but don’t beat them over the head with it. Store loyalty cards, even if they are just of the hole-punch variety, are a great way to not only encourage repeat business and spread good word-of-mouth, but they are an unobtrusive way to get your message across. For example, the back of the card might explain what it does (buy ten items and get the eleventh free, etc) while also saying "If you had a great experience, tell us about it on our Yelp! page." By linking a positive experience (getting one’s loyalty card punched) with the encouragement to leave a review, you make it much more likely that your customer will remember that when they get home.

You can also hang a sign in your business that encourages customers to review you online, but don’t go overboard and push them into doing it. That will increase the chances that you get negative reviews, instead, which is the opposite of what you want to happen. Respect your customers and their right to not be badgered, and instead look for ways to improve their experience so much that they’ll be happy to tell others about it.

Use Negative Reviews As Learning Tools

Use Negative Reviews As Learning Tools
Use Negative Reviews As Learning Tools
It’s easy to look at a negative review and dismiss it out of hand, especially if it is written anonymously and with a demeaning tone. However, dismissing negative reviews out of hand prevents you from having the chance to examine what could be a set of legitimate criticisms. Carefully read each bad review you get, and instead of responding in anger, ask yourself, "What led to this customer having such a bad experience?" and "How can I prevent someone else from feeling the same way?" You might not always be able to discern the answer, and such reviews will not always be helpful. However, they can provide a window of insight into how your employees are treating your customers when you aren’t around, or even show you that you aren’t running an area of your business in the most efficient way possible. Take reviews with a grain of salt, but recognize that they can have immense value for you as a business.

Getting Started with Interracial Dating

Interracial Dating
Interracial Dating
When you decide to start dating interracial, it can be both an exciting and nervous experience for you. Many men want to date women of other races, but they aren’t sure of how to go about it. If you’re not careful, you can end up offending the women that you’re interested in. If you want to make sure that you successfully start dating a woman of another race, you have to be certain to make her feel that you’re dating her because she’s a great woman, and not because of her race.

Don’t Make Her Feel Like You’re Only Interested in Her Because of Her Race

Do Not Mention Race As the Reason Why You Like Her
Do Not Mention Race As the Reason Why You Like Her
One of the biggest mistakes that some men make when it comes to dating interracially is that they make it known that they’re only interested dating a woman because of her race. Saying things like, “I love Asian woman,” or “I’ve always been more attracted to Hispanic women,” is a huge mistake when you want to attract women of another race. Once you say these types of things, she will automatically know that you’re more interested in her because of the color of her skin, rather than because she is as a person.

The best way to get a woman of another race to be attracted to you is by not mentioning her race at all. If she asks if you about anything dealing with race, tell her that you something like race does not play an important role in your decision to date someone. You should also tell her that you don’t care what other people think as long as the two of you are happy and enjoying yourselves.

Don’t Make Her Feel Like a Stereotype

Focus On Her Personality... Don't Make Her Feel Like A Stereotype
Focus On Her Personality… Don’t Make Her Feel Like A Stereotype
You should also avoid making the woman that you’re dating feel like she’s a stereotype. Don’t ever say anything like, “I like black women because of how sassy they are,” or “Indian women are great because of their complexion and their accents.” It is okay to admire women for various reasons, but sometimes you should avoid actually telling them these things. Sometimes women can take what we’re saying the wrong way, and will make our compliments seem like they are more of insults. When you’re complimenting her, it’s best not to bring up anything that you often relate to her race.

It’s easy to accidentally bring up stereotypes when you are dealing with people of other races. To avoid mentioning any, try to exclude mentioning her race and instead focus on her personality. Most women don’t appreciate being treated like fetishes, so never let her know that you like her for anything other than her uniqueness.

Try to plan out the things you want to say to her to make sure that they won’t offend her. If you’re unsure if she will find something offense or not, you can ask others for input online or even your friends or family members. If she ever calls you out on anything that she finds offensive, quickly apologize for it, and then ask her to explain why it’s offensive, so that you can remember never to say it again.