Product Type: Nintendo game controllers
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Nintendo Wii Fit Balance Board
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Nintendo Wii Fit Balance Board
Date: 08/10/08, updated on 08/10/08 (331 review reads)
Advantages: A Fantastic Idea!
Disadvantages: Current software is lacking,
The Wii Fit Balance Board is basically a set of interactive bluetooth weighing-scales which are designed to work with Nintendo's 'Wii Fit' software.
Comparable in size to a DVD player, the board itself is an extremely well put together, minimalist construction which can be safely used by people weighing no more than 330lbs without being crushed! Actually, in Japan, Nintendo claim the device will only support people of up to 300lbs - even though it's the same product which is sold in all regions. If you're finding all this talk of lbs to be a little confusing, 300lbs equates to roughly 21 and a bit stone.
The board works by using pressure pads which are located under the surface of the white plastic shell, detecting the movement placed on them by users standing on the device.
The unit takes four AA batteries which last a very long time - i've used the same ones (cheap alkali's) since I got the product a couple of months ago, and i've played with it quite a bit without them running out. The claim from Nintendo is 60 hrs of battery time, which would be very impressive indeed.
To operate the product effectively, you need your room to be fitted with either a hard floor or a very thin carpet. Thicker carpet will cause the device to act strangely - although you can get a specialist set of 'thick carpet feet' for around £10, which will allow the device to work better in these rugged conditions.
Costing £69.99, the Wii Balance Board's price is reasonable for a technology which would have been impossible to mass produce only a few years back. Packaged with the device is the 'Wii Fit' game which allows you to undertake a series of fitness based activities.
Wii Fit's main problem is that the featured games can quickly become repetative. Although there is variation amongst the activities, which include: Balance, Muscle, Yoga & Aerobic workouts, there isn't much to keep the average player entertained for more than a week or so.
That's not to say I don't enjoy Wii Fit, with the highlights for me including the Ski Slalom and strangely enough - the Jogging exercise (which doesn't actually require the balance board).
I believe that as a fitness tool, Wii Fit can be used as invaluable equipment to bring activity to people who assume strenuous excercise involves reaching for the TV remote from across the sofa. However, for someone who is used to regular exercise, it won't beat the feeling you get from doing exercise at the gym, or the elation you can achieve from team based sports.
That said, the Wii Balance Board isn't just about Wii Fit - other games are being developed which also utilise the board as the main control method. One such game is 'Family Ski' (known as 'We Ski' to the rest of the world) which I previously reviewed, and didn't find to be that great.
All in all, the Wii Balance Board is an excellent product - it just needs to be supported by a better range of software to accompany it.
...I hope that's helped explain what all the fuss has been about...!
Summary: The gym in your home.