Product Type: Nintendo game controllers
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The Wii Board, a nifty piece of technology!
Nintendo Wii Fit Balance Board
Author Name: WackoStepho
Nintendo Wii Fit Balance Board
Advantages: Sturdy and can be used on a range of surfaces, encourages you to exercise and is fun to use.
Disadvantages: Quite heavy so not really portable.
There's already 95 reviews on this but hey, let's make it 96! I'd wanted a Wii for a really long time so in order to get one I decided to trek down to my local game shop and trade in basically my entire DS game collection. Luckily I had quite a lot I could trade in and the shop was doing an offer, I got my second hand Wii with Wii Fit Plus and Balance Board.
For months now I've been on a healthy eating/diet/lifestyle change and I thought this would be perfect to get me fit and in to shape! The Wii Fit Balance Board is a sturdy old thing with a good weight to it, it's shaped like a traditional set of bathroom scales. It's simple to turn on with a button at the front, above the button is the word "power" and a downwards arrow. A blue light will indicate when the board has been switched on. A nifty feature of the board is that it will automatically switch itself off after a certain amount of time or when the actual Wii console is off.
As I've already mentioned, the board is very sturdy and this means it can take a weight of up to 330 pounds (150 Kg) This is great as almost anyone can use it without any problems - there's not excuse not to get into shape! :)
The surface of the board is bumpy which is added grip so no slipping about when you're using it, there are two rectangles for your feet to go on and a line separating them down the middle (as show on the pic) this ensures you are placing your feet correctly. I have found that the board is great on a range of surfaces, it grips wonderfully to carpet as well as laminate flooring so no complaints on that.
The board takes four AA batteries which are easy to insert and replace when needed, I've had my Wii for well over 4 months and my batteries are still working fine. Obviously the board connects to the Wii and your TV wirelessly, the actual board is very sensitive and can detect your slightest movement or change in weight. I've found my BMI readings to be very accurate.
Most of the games and exercises on the Wii Fit/Wii Fit Plus make very good use of the board, one of my favourite games on there is hoola-hooping! Which involves swivelling your hips round in circles and then reaching sideways to catch more hoops that are thrown at you. The board is used for many of the games, even golf! Since getting my Wii I've lost over half a stone, doesn't sound like much but it's helped me maintain my weight and actually enjoy exercising, I'm fitter now than I've ever been!
The games are fun and can be enjoyed by the whole family. The only downside to this board is as it's heavy you can't really take it out and about, other than that I think it's perfect.
Summary: A Wii must, you should try it!
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