Once again, another masterstroke from Nintendo. Just when you thought thecouldn’t get any better, they come up with Wii Fit.
When the Wii was first announced with the Wii Remote, a lot of people were sceptical about how good the Wii Remote would actually be. The same thoughts applied to the Wii Balance Board.
It’s technological brilliance!
I unboxed my copy and got myself ready for a good workout. When you first start up, you get to find out what your BMI (body mass index) is, and if you’re the ‘ideal’ weight or if you’re overweight. I was just in the ‘ideal’ weight category (he says smugly).
After you’ve found out your BMI, you do a couple of balance tests to find out your Fitness Age. Wii Fit says that the ideal BMI is 22, so should you be over, like me, (just under 25) it sets you targets from 2 weeks upwards to try to get your BMI to the ‘ideal’ weight.
After doing this, that’s when the fun starts!
There are 4 categories to choose from:
- Muscle Workouts
- Aerobic Exercises
- Balance Games
I found (and still do to some extent) the yoga exercises to be quite tricky, but fun all the same and the muscle workouts really pushed me to be a crumpled mess on the floor.
The aerobic exercises and balance games are more fun games, which include things such as hula-hoops, jogging (you have to put your Nintendo Wii remote in your pocket and jog on the spot for this one), step aerobics, skiing, snowboarding and many more. Each exercise that you do will tell you what area of your body it’s working, or if it will burn fat/calories.
You’re advised to do at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, and every time you finish an exercise, your ‘fitpiggy’ keeps track of how long you’ve been doing your exercises for. Should you like your fitness and do things such as walking or football, you can add the amount of time you’ve done your exercise to your fitness graph, which is a neat little feature.
I know that £70 is a lot of money to pay for the Wii Fit with Wii Balance Board, but I’ve found it to be worth every penny, and if you don’t have a Wii, then this game is worth getting yourself involved in the Wiivolution!!!
I’m hoping that Nintendo brings out downloadable content for Wii Fit, as I’m loving every second of standing on my Wii Balance Board, and would welcome more fun games to play to keep me fit.
4 out of 5
Danny ‘Ender’ Martin has been part of the Zath team from pretty much the very beginning since he met Zath himself at Leeds Met University whilst studying Business IT. He’s an avid gamer and a big film buff. Danny graduated from the University of Bradford with a degree in Computer Animation and SFX and now currently works at one of the biggest UK games developers, which will hopefully see some of his ideas hit the gaming world.