Batteries… included?

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Mar 10, 2010 in Randomness | Subscribe

Hey everybody!  Sorry for the absence last night, I was actually up until 2am playing video games for the first time since law school started.  I finally broke down and bought a Nintendo Wii then spent hours learning how to use the thing :beatup:

They even named a movie because of it...

My heart almost went into cardiac arrest when I paid for everything, but I rationalized spending money I probably shouldn’t be spending by (1) remembering I’ve wanted one since they came out 4 years ago and (2) telling myself it will be one more piece of my regimen to get in shape ;)

After the initial “oh, this is cool!”1, I spent an inordinate amount of time working up a sweat between Swordplay and Boxing :D

And then after putting everything away to finally go to bed, I noticed I didn’t need any batteries — the Wii actually came with a pair in the box! So did the extra WiiMote I got in case I ever had a competitor stop by.

When did companies start including batteries with their products? :surprised:

Don’t get me wrong, I greatly appreciate the gesture. I actually wondered back when I was a kid why a toy manufacturer would make you go through the extra hassle of buying batteries on the side.

But my childish curiosity aside, it was standard practice that batteries weren’t included — begetting untold number of late night punchlines and other references.

Until some time between then and now.

Anyone out there able to pinpoint when included batteries became the norm?  Inquiring minds (ok really just me) want to know :beatup:

  1. Followed by the initial “My @#$%ing hand is @#$%ing shaking too @#$%ing much to control this @#$%ing thing precisely enough to @#$%ing enter my @#$%ing network password!!! :mad:” []

5 Comments

Becky
Mar 11, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Man, I love that movie. I should own that.

The first things I remember that came with batteries were the things that had abnormal batteries, like my Hello Kitty landline phone and my digital camera. I don’t have any data, but it seems like things started switching to batteries-included when it became less certain what kind of batteries a thing would use. When I got my Wii, I had assumed the wiimotes would have special non-standard batteries, so I also assumed they would come with them. It’s an interesting question…


 
TDot
Mar 12, 2010 at 1:42 AM

It’s definitely an awesome movie, I found it in the $4.99 bin at Best Buy a few weeks ago and promptly snatched it up :D

Good point re the non-standard batteries. I was actually surprised they were powered by standard AAs, and even a wireless sensor bar I got uses AAAs. No weird battery packs or stuff like that.

I’ll keep pondering :) On a related note, since you’re a fellow Wii owner — any suggestions on Wii games or accessories I should get? :angel: (when I get a job over the summer and corresponding $$ of course :beatup: )


 
Lotta
Mar 14, 2010 at 1:28 AM

I noticed that batteries started to come with some toys just a few years ago, and more and more so recently. They may be cheapy batteries that don’t last long, but at least they allow you (or the kid) to play with the new toy right away. I just bought remote control toys for my boys for Christmas, and they came with not only the rechargable battery (which was not ready to go, but I felt SO smart because I snuck them out of the boxes and charged for 24 hours before hand), but also a regular disposable battery that was required for the remote.


 
TDot
Mar 14, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Maybe it’s a sign of my aging brain, but when I first read your post Lotta I interpreted it as you sneaking the batteries out of the box after the boxes were wrapped — I was like “whoa, howtf did you manage *that* without anyone noticing?” :beatup:


 
Becky
Mar 15, 2010 at 2:19 PM

I’m going to be unoriginal and a bad influence and say that I ADORE the band/guitar/karaoke games. I like Lego Rock Band better than Rock Band itself, though I do like being able to buy additional songs of my choosing (can’t do it with Lego, only with RB). I am not as familiar with the songs on RB as I am with Band Hero, but Band Hero kind of sucks. I love the American Idol Karaoke Revolution thing, but now you can only get it on eBay and the like. If you do end up with drums/guitar stuff, don’t get the ones that require you to put a wiimote inside the instrument. That just means you have to have extra wiimotes, after having bought the instruments. I am also a big fan of Wii Sports (Tennis and Bowling) and Raving Rabbids (though for this, each player has to have a wiimote and a nunchuck, which is annoying). I want to get the Trivial Pursuit, and I freely admit to being quite good at Scene It – Twilight. I want a good flight sim game, and am trying to decide what to get. Let me know if you end up with any games you would recommend!


 

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