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Posted on Dec 29th 2008 at 02:00:07 AM by (TraderJake)
Posted under Modern Gaming, Wii, Christmas

In Cincinnati, Cornhole has an entirely different meaning than the one you are probably thinking of. See, in Cincinnati Cornhole is the name of Bean Bag Toss, a game where you throw bean bags towards a slanted board with a hole in top center. This game is great with friends and alcohol, and on Cincinnati's West Side where they watch grass grow to pass time this game is certainly a fun diversion. Some people say the game was created in the West Side, while others claim it came to be elsewhere. Either way, the game is stupidly popular, almost as popular as the mom and pop sports bars that dot the White Oak neighborhood in Cincinnati.

Well, knowing how stupidly popular the game is in Cincinnati and surrounding areas, some shovelware developer created Target Toss Pro, a game that was certain to get a few sales in the metro area. The game can be found in sports bars around Cincinnati, and, if you so desire, you can buy it off of the Wii Shop Channel, and that's where things get precious.

See, my Aunt and Uncle have a Wii, and prior to Christmas Eve had an impressive tie-in ratio of two. The question though is since Wii Sports is bundled with the Wii does that go into the Tie-In ratio? Anyways, I digress. During December, it generally is too cold to really enjoy playing Cornhole outside, and lots of Cincinnatians enjoy that activity, so they'd love to have some comparable activity to keep them occupied during the warm months.

Well, luckily for them, some shovelware developer released Target Toss Pro: Bags for the Wii, which means that they can play a really shitty game during the cold months. Clearly Cincinnatians are an intelligent bunch and wouldn't waste their money on a shoddy game? Right? RIGHT? Well, Christmas Eve has shown me otherwise. My Aunt and Uncle are proud owners of the WiiWare Version of Target Toss Pro: Bags, courtesy of a relative.

Congratulations Incredible Technologies, you've hit a localized gold mine. Thank god the production value of the game is about nil, you might have lost money otherwise. What obscure game that only appeals to a single city will they release next? Chunkin': Pumpkins? Whatever it is, I am sure it will be wonderful.




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Comments
 
That's so hilarious... laugh
 
Cornhole!? I love cornholes!
 
I didn't realize Cornhole wasn't more popular, it's quite big around here too. There are more than a couple bars that have tournaments, and it's essentially become the go to game for family gatherings.
 
Next thing they gotta make is Wii Rock/Paper/Scissors (which would signal the end of civilization as we know it).


 
@phoenix1967: I'd buy it.
 
That is too funny. But really at bars? Carnival sure but a bar? What happened to pool and darts?
 
Cornhole is really just a version of horseshoes that everyone can play.  That having been said, it's one of the easiest games to learn and play.  Why play a video game of something you can do right in your own backyard?  Half the fun of the game is drinking beer and chatting it up with the other players.
 
I have never ever heard of this. Must be an American thing.
 
@AndyC: I'm American and it's the first I've heard of it as well.
 
@Tynstar: I used to go up to a bar every Monday night and play cornhole. They eventually started having cornhole tournaments which I won a few hundred dollars in. Cornhole is really really big here in Cincinnati. Or at least it was. Not sure how much it is any more.
 
@St0rmTK421:

You don't drink though. Tongue
 
What?
 
Moral of the story:

Just keep making enough shovelware and eventually, someone somewhere will buy it.
 

Cornhole has become very popular around my hometown(Steubenville, OH) in the past few years. You can find a ton of Cornhole tournaments at bars during the summer months. In the Pittsburgh area it's called "tailgate toss". I first played it this summer when a friend of mine was having a house warming/get drunk party at his new house. A coworker of his from Cincinnati apparently keeps a Cornhole game set in the trunk of his car. We played for about  three hours, before moving on to beer pong. I think it's a fun game, but I don't think I will be buying a Wii version.
 
@phoenix1967: I'd imagine there's a console version of RPS in Japan, they're bonkers for the game over there.

Me and my family have successfully spread the sport to Atlanta, GA where a family and their group of friends have built their own sets.
 
We've played beanbags here in Minnesota for as long as I can remember. My dad is a crack shot - he's won many tournaments.

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