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Wii Fit (Wii)
What Is A Wii Fit? A Wii Fit is sort of like a fitness game which is used in conjunction with the Wii Games Console. There is the usual disc which you insert into the Wii console and also a 'Balance Board' which is just like a set of weighing scales. You need to stand on the balance board for the various exercises and games that you ... will take part in. The balance board is slightly different from a normal set of weighing scales because as well as being able to measure you weight, it can also judge how much weight you place on each foot and where you centre of gravity (COG) is. From all this information, it is able to tell you how you can improve your posture.
Setting Up The Wii Fit
Setting up the Wii Fit is really easy as you can literally take it straight from the box and get going. All you need to do is put the batteries into the back of it (batteries are included in kit) and press the Power button and you can begin your fun and games.
Setting Up A Mii
Each person who uses the Wii Fit can set up a Mii, which is basically a user file which is stored on the Wii. For this you need to input various details such as height, date of birth etc. Then, every time you use the Wii Fit, you click on your own personal Mii and all your user data will be stored here so you are easily able to keep track of any weight loss/gain and the various exercises you have taken part in. If you would like to keep your user information such as your weight a secret, then you can actually password protect your Mii which I thought was quite a good option!
The Body Test - Wii Fit Age
In this section you can have your Body Mass Index (BMI) checked, take part on a Body Test and afterwards you will be presented with a 'Wii Fit Age' which is basically the Wii console guessing your age based on how well you have done in the Body Test. When you select the body test, you need to stand still on the balance board while it takes your various measurements and judges how much weight you place on each leg. Afterwards, you are told about your centre of gravity (COG), how equally balanced you are, your current weight and what your current BMI is. You are then told if you have gained or lost weight since the last time you took a Body Test. From here, you can set goals, choosing how much you want to lose/gain or stay and the time period you would like to achieve this in.
After you have had your BMI calculated, you can choose to end the Body Test here, or continue with the Body Test and be given a Wii Fit Age. To judge your Wii Fit age you are given 2 tests and these can vary each time you do a Body Test. There are only a few options for the tests and you do not get to choose which test you do as they are selected randomly by the Wii. The various options are:
The Walking Test
For the Walking Test you will be asked to walk on the spot (on the balance board) for 20 paces. At the end of the test you are told how much weight you place on each leg as you walk. The idea is to get the balance as near to 50% for each leg as you can.
The Stillness Test
For the Stillness Test you are required to stay as still as you possibly can for one minute. At the end of the test you will be shown exactly how much you moved around on the balance board during the test.
One Leg Test
This is where you stand on one leg and need to stay as still as possible throughout the test. At the end of the test you are shown a trace of how much you moved about during the test. Personally, I am rubbish at this one because my balance is fairly poor and I find it really difficult to keep still when I am trying to balance!
This is where you need to adjust the balance between your leg to hit various targets that appear on the screen, as the time progresses, the targets appear in more difficult areas. The idea is to hit as many targets as you can in the time you are given.
This is similar to the Hitting Targets tests in the sense the you need to adjust your balance between your legs but in this test you just need to balance a specific amount of weight i.e. 30% on your right leg and 70% on your left leg. You are given various weights to follow and the idea is to hit the targets you are given as quickly as you can.
Once you have taken part in two of the above tests, you are then presented with a Wii Fit Age based on how well you did in the tests. When I first started using the Wii, my age was round the 45 mark which was rather embarrassing as I am actually 24. Now when I use the Wii, I can regularly get my age down to 21 which is much more satisfying. My partner is 34 and has managed to get his age down to 29 (which had him smiling for days!)
Nearly every time you use the Wii, you are informed that you should do a body test every day even if you don't have time to do any of the other games and exercises..
Once you have done the Body Test, you can then choose between the various exercises. When you first begin to use the Wii, only a selection of the exercises are available but as you use to Wii more, the other exercises become unlocked. We used to Wii quite a lot in the first month or so and had most of the exercises unlocked within 10 days. The exercises are split into four sections.
This section is designed to give you a cardio workout and believe me they really get your heart pumping!!. There are nine different sections although some of them are just different variations of a previous section, which is just more difficult and challenging.
This is the first game that I took part in on the Wii and I found it such good fun, even if I did look rather silly doing it! The idea is that you need to move you hips in a circular motion with the intention of keeping a hula hoop spinning around your hips. There is a character on the screen (your Mii) and you can see how well you are doing and how fast the hoop is spinning around. This is a sure fire way to get everyone in the room laughing as you look so silly when you are doing it but boy does it make you ache the next day if you do the exercise several times!
At first, I really really struggled with this exercise! For this, you are expected to step on and off the balance board in time to the music and along with the other Mii's that are on the screen in front of you. Because I found this so hard, I avoided doing it for a while and then decided to give it another go and have since found out that I am not actually as bad as I thought I was. Now I actually quite enjoy doing this and again, this is another exercise that gets your heart pumping.
As I mentioned earlier, the Aerobic Exercise has 9 sections to it but most of the exercises are just different variations of the basic three. There are also two other Step exercises in this section as well as this one. The other two are advanced versions of this where the you have to step faster and the routines get more tricky. One of the other step routines is where you are required to step on and off the balance board for ten minutes. For this exercise, you have the option to listen to your music or watch TV while you are exercising and you don't necessarily need to watch the screen for the Wii for the entire 10 minutes as your progress is given to you through the Wii remote. I quite like this idea as it means you can exercise while watching Eastenders!
For this one, you don't actually use the balance board. Instead you put the Wii remote in your pocket (or hold it in your hand) and jog on the spot to move along the track on the screen. Again, this has an advanced section where you can take part in a ten minute exercise routine where you can watch TV, listen to music etc like I explained above.
I really enjoy this section and wish that there were more exercises to choose from as it can be quite limited with just the three sections to pick between. The is one of the sections where you can really feel your heart rate increase and you can feel the effects of the exercises the day after.
Next are the muscle exercises. These are aimed at strengthening and toning various parts of the body. As you select each muscle exercise, you are informed of which area of your body this will tone up. As you start to improve your technique, you will be able to increase the number of repetitions which means you are always challenging yourself to do that little bit better.
At the beginning of this section, you need to pick a personal trainer, there are two choices, male or female, personally. I picked a female as if this were a real life situation, I would prefer a female as I think I would be too self conscious in front of a male trainer! You can swap trainers as often as you like so don't worry if you decide you don't like yours! Your trainer helps you to do the various exercises by talking you through the exercises and they also offer encouragement when you do well as guide you with tips when your not doing so well!
There are twelve exercises in this section and three 'challenges' where you can challenge yourself against the trainer - as you can imagine, these challenges are pretty hardcore! Some of these exercises are quite frankly. Bloody difficult but I quite like the fact that I need to challenge myself to be able to complete them. It also helps that you are given a score for each exercise you do, your score is then entered onto the leader board and my partner and I are constantly in competition with each other to see who can get to the top of the leader board! For some of the muscle exercises, you need to stand on the balance board and for others, you are required to support yourself on the board, for example, for the press ups, you need to place you hands on the balance board and complete a set of press ups in this position!
I really like this section although I am not particularly sure I enjoy it as it can be quite touch. I find the arm exercises especially difficult because I have very weak arms but I have certainly seen an improvement in my arms since I have been using the Wii Fit, my arms certainly look and feel more toned.
With the Yoga section, you also get a personal trainer to talk you through the various poses. Again, you also get a score for each exercise.
In this section there are fifteen different Yoga poses to work on most of which are done on the balance board although a few of them are done on the floor. The first few poses are quite simple and easy such as deep breathing but as you progress through them, you will find the poses become more difficult.
Throughout each of the poses, you are shown your centre of gravity and are informed where you need to keep this in order to get the best results from the poses. I found this really useful as it helps you to see exactly what position you need to be in.
I have never ever done Yoga before and when I first started doing this section, I found it pretty hard, especially the poses which are to be done using only one leg. My balance is rubbish and trying to stand entirely still on one leg was a challenge in itself for me. Having said that, I have found that over the past two months, my balance has improved and I am starting to obtain higher scores on the poses
which I found very difficult in the beginning.
Although I enjoy the Yoga, it is probably my least favourite section as I find the Aerobic and Balance Exercises more enjoyable.
This is the section which I enjoy the most. In my opinion, the various exercises in here don't feel like exercises at all, they feel more like games. In this sections there are nine exercises which all involve suing your balance.
Every exercise if different and the idea is you need to adjust your weight on the balance board on order to move the various items on the screen. For example, one of the exercise is to 'Head A Ball'. On the screen you will see your Mii character who is stood in goal. In front of you there are other Mii's who are trying to score a goal. The idea is you have to stop as many goals as you can by heading the ball. You need to adjust your weight from side to side on the balance board in order for your Mii to head the ball. Added to this, there are also other items such as football boots and panda heads (random I know) which you need to avoid. If you end up heading one of these then you will loose points.
Other options in this section are the Downhill Ski Slalom, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Tightrope Walking and making your way down the River inside a Bubble without popping it. There are others which involve rolling balls around flat plates into the holes without the balls falling off the plates (where each level gets harder to do), helping a penguin to catch fish on a slippery iceberg and sitting as still as you can.
Every single one of these exercises are good fun although like all things in life, I do have my favourites. I am not keen on the Tightrope Walking or the Snowboarding as I find them both very difficult to do. I must point out that for some of these exercises, your Mii is required to jump. However, you do not actually jump on the balance board as this would damage it, instead you bend you knees and then stand up straight in one sharp motion. In turn, this makes your Mii jump.
I find that this section really makes you feel involved in what you are doing because each exercise is challenging and I find myself getting really frustrated when I am unable to complete a difficult section of the challenge. Myself and my boyfriend are always trying to beat each others scores on this section too which I feel adds to the fun!
I would highly recommend the Wii Fit to anyone. I have had mine since May and aside from when I have been working nights, I have used it every week without fail, sometimes every day and other times just once or twice a week. I think that the Wii Fit is a fantastic idea, especially in this day and age where obesity is a problem and children sit in front of computers all day and don't get enough exercise, this is the perfect compromise.
The Wii Fit is suitable for all ages which means that the whole family can get involved in using it. The games are kept nice and simple and the Wii Fit as a whole is really easy to use and the various exercises are so easy to follow.
I find that the Wii Fit actually helps me to exercise more which may sound a bit silly as anyone can exercise at home but I find that if I stick the Wii on and follow my trainers guidelines, then I actually feel more inclined to exercise, rather than if I were doing the exercises by myself.
I am not actually overweight so my Wii Fit was bought with the intention of maintaining my weight and to tone myself up. Having said that, since I have been using the Wii, I have actually lost 5 lbs. which is proof that the exercises really do work!
Although this was bought for me as a present, I have looked on the internet and seen that the average price for the Wii Fit is £69.99 which is pretty expensive but in my opinion, I think it is worth the money.
If you are looking to help keep yourself fit in the comfort of your own home, they you can go far wrong with a Wii Fit!
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Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles (Wii)
I recently bought a few Resident Evil games I had yet to try from Amazon. The Umbrella Chronicles for the Nintendo Wii console cost me around £7 used including delivery which I thought was a good price especially as the used copy I got appeared brand new. This was released in 2007. The game has an age rating of 15 as if contains ... violence.
Not all of the levels are 2 player, but selected levels can be played by 2 people although I am yet to try this out and have only played single player.
You will need a nunchuck controller as you will need to use both hands to control the game. This was the first Resident Evil I had played on the Wii and wasn't too sure about the controls, it was easier to control than expected but the fact that you can only use the controls to look around a little and not to move your character is really annoying. Ammunition, weapons and files can be found hidden behind pictures or in vases so to be able to stand still, look around and walk around to explore things in your own time is not possible so if you do spot something flashing you have to be really quick to point your controller at it and press 'A' to pick it up as your character will automatically move forward through the game itself. This is the major negative with this game but I was pretty impressed by everything else.
For those who have played Resident Evil games since the first Playstation game, this will bring back some memories with characters such as Jill, Chris and Wesker returning to the exact same mansion as the first game. The difference being in the graphics - the house is much clearer and the graphics really impressive. The layout is the same, you will find dogs jumping through the same windows they did before, crows ready to peck your brain out at the same balcony and even some zombies lurking around the same corners.
The story is obviously different and the enemies are also different. Also there are 3 main chapters to the game, with only the middle chapter being in the mansion so it is a positive aspect of the game and you don't feel as if you are playing the same game. In some chapters you can choose which character you want to play.
The way the chapters work is quite strange, yet good. From the manual I could see there were 3 main parts, starting in Raccoon City, heading to the mansion and then back to Raccoon City again. After fighting a big boss man and unlocking the mansion chapter I thought the first section was complete, but you can actually unlock more new levels in the first chapter after the boss fight so there are a good amount of levels to keep you going.
Another positive in this game is the range of enemies, they include zombies, super fast zombies, leeches, spiders and lots of big bosses. The enemies seem harder to kill because you can't control the movement of your character to run away or keep your distance so the game automatically makes your character run right into them. Trying to defeat them can be quite frantic and you need to be quick but it's all really exciting. Each enemy has a weakness and a particular gun may work better on some. The boss fights are really hard and can take a lot of attempts and a bit of trial and error to figure out their weakness. Luckily the autosave is there so if you do get killed in a boss fight you will start at the boss again and not have to replay a lot of the level.
The weapons are collected along the way, some are in plain sight and other as I mentioned earlier may need you to break items to find them. Weapons include a shotgun, pistol, grenades, a knife and grenade launcher. Ammo is picked up by collecting the weapon so you don't need to look for boxes of ammo hidden anywhere. The guns are a bit too slow to reload which can be frustrating in such a fast paced game. You can used points gained by completing levels to upgrade your weapons.
Health is shown by a bar on the top left of your screen. When fighting a boss their health will be displayed on a bar at the bottom of your screen which is good as you can see if your current weapon is inflicting any damage or if you need to change weapons or tactics. You collect health in the same way you collect guns, by aiming at the life and hitting the 'A' button. Life will be used immediately and most cannot be kept for later with the exception of a firstaid spray which is hard to come across and this will restore your health if you die.
At the end of each level you will be graded on the time it took to complete, the amount of enemies killed, the number of critical hits, items you have destroyed and any items you have picked up. You will be rewarded with weapons and points to use to upgrade your weapons based on your score.
I didn't have great expectations for the Wii version of this game but was pleasantly surprised. If I could use the stick on the nunchuck controller to control my characters moving rather than the camera, this game would have been 100 times better and would've got full marks. Other than this I enjoyed just about everything about the game. It was exciting, made me jump a little, challenging and with good graphics and a good storyline. I would recommend this one and can't wait to try the other Resident Evil game I bought for the Wii console.
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Wii Sports (Wii)
Wii Sports is a game for the Nintendo Wii console which has a few sports games on the one disc. The game often comes with the Wii console or can be bought seperately. You can play alone or with friends either sharing a controller or using one each with up to 4 players. You can also get special controllers to use for this game, a ... tennis racquet and golf club shaped holder for your controller are a couple that are available and I have seen this in Poundland, although I don't have them I'm sure for kids these controllers would make the games seem a lot more fun and realistic to them so it would probably be worth picking them up for £1.
You can use your own personal Wii character (a Mii) which saves your high scores etc. onto your console, or if you are playing with people who don't regularly use the console you can start a game without them having their own characters and it is quick and easy to set up.
You have 5 sports to choose from:
In each game you use your controller as your porting equipment, the baseball takes a bit of getting used to as you have to get the timing right. You need to move your controller at just the right time or you will miss the ball.
Bowling is an interesting one as you have to move your controller at the sensor and keep it straight to avoid the ball going into the gutter. Some of my friends always go off to one side but you can use the arrows on your controller to make your 'mii' stand to one side of the alley when bowling which usually sorts it out.
When boxing you will need to plug in a nunchuck controller into your normal controller, giving you a controller in both hands. You can then use these controllers as you wish, alternating between hands to create punching combos or using the controllers to block incoming hits.
I don't find the golf that easy to play, the controller doesn't seem to give a very accurate shot.
The graphics and sounds in most Nintendo Wii games are childish and this one is no different. The picture is very like a cartoon but in this particular game it doesn't stop adults enjoying it as well.
The scoring is done as it would be in the actual sports, so you play matches and sets in tennis, try to get home runs in baseball and try to get below par on golf. This is good as it's also a good way for kids to learn how the scoring works.
There is also a points system which awards you points based on your performance, it will show you how many points you have gained in each sport and will show your points increasing on a graph. As your score goes up, so does your ranking. You start as a rookie and have to play lots and get good scores to improve on your rank.
The game currently retails at around £20 new and £15 used online. I have seen used copies in game shops for under £10 which I think is good value.
I enjoy playing this game, at first it really made my arm ache the day after playing but I started to get used to this and don't find it aches as much now. The boxing will really test your fitness and after a few rounds it gets quite challenging which makes it even more fun as I don't like games that are too easy.
I like the fact that you can play the game alone or with others. It is also one that would be suitable for a wide age range. I know 4 year olds and 60 year olds who play on this so it's a good buy for the whole family.
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Nintendo Nintendo Wii Game
Nintendo Wii Game / Brand: Nintendo
Nintendo Wii Game / Brand: Nintendo
Nintendo Wii Game / Brand: Nintendo
Nintendo Wii Game / Brand: Nintendo
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