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Wii Love It! [Wii Fit Balance Board]
Nintendo Wii Fit Balance Board
Member Name: MonsoonBaby
Nintendo Wii Fit Balance Board
Date: 30/06/09, updated on 07/02/10 (46 review reads)
Advantages: More active game play, incentive to keep fit, easy to use and install,
Disadvantages: Batteries die quick unless you have rechargables, quite heavy to transport around
PLEASE NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS ALSO FEATURED ON CIAO, UNDER MY USERNAME "MONSOONBABY88".
The release of the Wii saw people of all ages getting into gaming, making the Wii a hugely successful family console. One of the sole aims of the Wii, apart from making it appeal to any age group, was to make people active whilst playing games, instead of sitting in front of the TV like previous consoles have intended.
This is where the Wii Fit balance board comes in. Designed first and foremost in conjunction with Wii Fit, the balance board allows a different approach to gaming.
The balance board acts like a set of bathroom scales. The player stands on the board, and their weight determines their actions. Wii Fit allows the player to monitor their weight and BMI meerly by weighing themselves on this balance board. A lot of the exercises on Wii Fit are greatly enhanced by the use of the balance board. For instance, in the Yoga exercises, the balance board acts as a guide to improving your posture. The balance bar at the side of the screen indicates how good your posture is, and any movements on the balance board alters this bar. It is wrong to assume that Wii Fit is just normal exercise. With the balance board, the player is able to see a significant difference in fitness if they use it reguarly. Posture greatly improves also, and players are able to genuinely enjoy exercising due to being able to encorporate console gaming into it.
It is not just Wii Fit that the balance board is used for, however. Since the huge success in sales of the balance board, Nintendo have since gone on to create games that encorporate the use of the balance board in order to enhance gameplay and carry on this idea of getting their gamers active. For instance, the hugely addictive [and rather crazy] game "Raving Rabbids: TV Party" is a collection of mini-games that rely on the players body weight and balancing in order to complete each mini-game and unlock in-game extras.
The Balance Board uses normal AA batteries to power itself, but if the balance board is used regularly, these batteries quickly die. Therefore, it is reccomended that a balance board battery charger is purchased. This charges the batteries via one of the USB ports situated on the back of the Wii console, and saves money on buying new batteries constantly. The balance board is also quite heavy, so some people may find it difficult to transport from one place to another easily. However, it does come with a handled cardboard box to make transporting easier for those who need to move it.
Overall, the Wii Fit balance board is an essential item for any owner of a Wii console. It gives a large incentive to keep fit, due to it's ease of use, and countless opportunities to use it, due to the ever expanding balance board encorporated titles that Nintendo are releasing. The balance board is so simple to use that it can be used by any member of the family.
Summary: The balances board adds a new dimension to Wii game play and helps encourage fitness.
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