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My dad, who turns 68 next month, bought himself a Wii over the holidays and has yet to advance beyond Wii Sports/Resort. He's reluctant to buy any more games as I think he's concerned they'll be too complicated. (He actually spends more time playing free solitaire and puzzle games, like Bejewled, on the Internet than he does playing on the Wii).

I'd like to get him a couple of games for his birthday, but because I'm not sure how well he'll take to them, I don't want to spend a lot of money, so I'm looking for older and used games I can get for around $15.

He is a big sports fan (especially football, golf, tennis) and was into cars in his younger years. So I was thinking one game might be a racing game (like an older NFS title).

Are there any other good, easy to pick up sports games available. How hard is Madden on the Wii? (I play it on the PS3, and I know those controls would be way too much for him.) Or maybe a collection of classic puzzle/card games. I don't know that he would go for the Mario-type platformers.

Other considerations: he does have a component cable, so a 16 x 9, 420p game would be nice; and I'd like to get him something that he can do seated in his recliner, and something we could play together.

Thanks in advance for your help!
post #2 of 12
This may seem goofy, but what about Animal Crossing: City Folk? Yes, it's a kid's game, but I've been doing it for about a year over the internet with my grandson in Chicago, and it has some of what you're looking for.

Easy gameplay
Chair-sitting compatible
Old-timer hobbies like fishing, visiting museums, collecting seashells, bugs, plants, odd stuff
Conversation with weird-oh animal neighbors
Visiting other folks' houses and villages
Shopping
Easy to make money by doing tasks, trading things, selling things

I'm only 60, but find myself visiting the village even when my grandson isn't available.
post #3 of 12
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He is a big sports fan (especially football, golf, tennis) and was into cars in his younger years. So I was thinking one game might be a racing game (like an older NFS title).

I'm thinking Excite Truck over NFS. Although NFS Nitro was decent, I feel like that series is geared more towards the younger set: speed, bosses, lots of customization... whereas ET is just a great game you can pick up and play for fun without a whole lot of attention necessary. Great controls to boot.



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Are there any other good, easy to pick up sports games available. How hard is Madden on the Wii? (I play it on the PS3, and I know those controls would be way too much for him.)

Madden isn't too frustrating for me (I have 11), but if you're a new player I'd recommend the "All Play" '09 version. I don't know how comfortable he'd be with the game picking his plays, but it certainly makes it easy- and the 5 on 5 was pretty fun by itself, not as fast paced and easier to just play for fun.


All of the Tiger Woods are solid, '10 and '11 are amazing with WM+, but you can't really sit and play them.


Game Party 2 is a lot of fun (but repetitive, you use the same toss/throw actions for most of the games), and is dirt cheap.



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Or maybe a collection of classic puzzle/card games. I don't know that he would go for the Mario-type platformers. Other considerations: he does have a component cable, so a 16 x 9, 420p game would be nice; and I'd like to get him something that he can do seated in his recliner, and something we could play together.

Gonna sound kiddie, but:

Kirby's Epic Yarn is a good platformer, no deaths, engaging, easy on the eyes.


A Boy and his Blob is also a platformer, but really fun and pretty to boot. Wiimote + nunchuck might be a tough sell to a 68 y/o, though.



World of Goo (WiiWare download). I love this game. Love maybe isn't strong enough...it's the best download game I have on my Wii, even the kids love just watching it. The music, the feeling as the seasons change, so good.



Just to list a few more:
Boom Blox


Any of the Raving Rabbids
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the great suggestions everyone. Boom Blox, Raving Rabbids, and Goo look like good possibilities. (I forgot to mention, my dad would also enjoy games that have an element of humor.)

I actually jumped on a good price for NFS: Nitro on eBay yesterday, but Extreme Trucks looks like a lot of fun too.

I'm still shopping so please keep the suggestions coming.
post #5 of 12
If your looking for a racing game you cannot go wrong with Mario Kart Wii. I dont think I know anyone who has played that game that hasnt enjoyed it.
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If your looking for a racing game you cannot go wrong with Mario Kart Wii. I dont think I know anyone who has played that game that hasnt enjoyed it.

That would defnitely be high on my list, but a bit more than I wanted spend before I know how much he'll really get into playing games on the Wii. (I would pick up the new $150 bundle for myself if I didn't have such a backlog of PS3 games I still want to play.)
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mario kart


420p smoke weed every day
post #8 of 12
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420p smoke weed every day

I knew it was only a matter of time before someone in this forum caught my 420p mistake, though I don't quite get the reference.
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I knew it was only a matter of time before someone in this forum caught my 420p mistake, though I don't quite get the reference.

moothemagiccow thinks you were stoned when you made the post .. and this coming from a guy by the name of moothemagiccow
post #10 of 12
yeah right magic dragon, that's not a drug reference at all

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/420_(cannabis_culture)
post #11 of 12
Ah, the sticky icky and Ninty go waaaay back. "Paper" Mario? C'mon... Miyamoto's holdin'.



post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
The irony of all this is that my dad probably would know the 4:20 reference.
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