High Stakes Gaming: The 2012 National Senior League Wii Bowling Championship

While Nintendo's Wii console may have disappointed a lot of the “core” gamers out there, there's one thing it did that no other gaming console has – pulled the whole family into the video game arena, including grandma and grandpa. If you want proof that seniors enjoy the Wii as much as anyone else consider this: the 2012 National Senior League Wii Bowling Championship. Yes, this is really happening... again.

Turns out, the UnbeWiiVables from the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center in Silver Spring, MD, and the Happy Strikers from the Active Life in Lagrange, GA, beat out 241 teams from 30 different states and will be heading to the NSL Championship round during the LeadingAge Annual Meeting at the Colorado Convention October 21–24, 2012.

“Wii bowling is an activity that holds intergenerational appeal; seniors often enjoy playing as much as kids do,” says Larry Minnix, president and CEO of LeadingAge. “We are honored to host the NSL 2012 National Senior Wii Bowling Championship and hope it offers a fun opportunity for participants and audiences to engage with each other.”

Apparently, the same two teams made it to the final round in last year's competition as well, with the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center taking the crown. However, the NSL thinks the Active Life may have the upper hand this year, considering they've got Wii Bowling phenom Vestal Thomas (who's Wii bowled an impressive 36 straight 300 games in NSL competition) on their side. The stakes have never been higher, folks!

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