Product Type: Nintendo Wii games
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Attempt to get fit with WiiFit
Wii Fit (Wii)
Member Name: doomichelle
Wii Fit (Wii)
Advantages: innovative, fun, healthy
Disadvantages: restricted activites, can become boring.
Platform: Nintendo Wii
Ages: Designed with all ages in mind
Max weight: 23 st 8 pounds
Needed to play: Balance board (Nunchuk optional)
RRP: Approx £80
Wiifit was one of the first fitness games to come onto the market with the sole intention of helping players to do the opposite of what videogaming usually entails, to get active and hopefully fitter. The premise is that if you use the WiiFit on a regular basis and with a healthy diet and exercise regime it can help you to lose weight. There are several activites on offer split into the following categories;
Aerobic: Hula hooping, step aerobics, jogging, boxing,
Balance: Games that challenge you to keep your balance and shift side to side.
Muscle workout : Work on the different areas of your body to build definition and tone
Yoga: Work on flexibility, toning and stamina.
Favourites: A collection of the activities you do the most at the touch of your wiiremote.
WiiFit also features a calender that maps your daily activity, weight and wiifit age. The board also acts as a set of scales which depressingly keeps track of how much weight you have lost..... or gained. The Wii balance board presents you with a wii fit age based on your level of fitness in correlation to your actual age. Also keeping a track of your BMI Wiifit suggests goals for you to reach within a certain time period. I am currently on my 922nd day of WiiFit - 450 of these a leave of absence and have yet to reach a goal in the time period set. Though I may have lost weight, this was unfortunately during the 450 days I was not on the Wii Fit. This is not a miracle weight loss tool. It requires will power and dedication from the player to put the effort in, however it does help as a motivational aid and is good for those who can't fit exercise into their daily routine. Further activites are unlocked by clocking up a set amount of minutes played which gives you the motivation to keep going so you can progress.
Graphically wiifit doesn't have much to offer as it has the least to offer to the market when compared to things like the PS3 and Xbox but that isn't what developers Nintendo are concerned about. A nice little touch is that you create your own Mii modelled on yourself and as you lose weight you'll see your little Mii turn from a round tummyed jolly little chappie into a slender Mii. I love nothing more than going for a fictional jog around the park and watching all the other Miis run around too, giving you a little wave as they go past. In reality, if I went for a jog in the park, I'd be laughed out of there, ridiculed. Wiifit gives me the freedom to jog around a lush green park, free from bags of doggy poop at a pace comfortable for me.
Unfortunatley after many days of playing this I found myself getting bored of doing the same activites over and over again on a daily basis. In this sense it can be a short lived affair for quite a lot of money. With the release of Wii Fit plus, the original Wiifit has less to offer in terms of activites.
WiiFit was an innovative release that paved the way for more fitness games to come flooding onto the market. The addition of the BMI chart is its biggest unique selling point, the best way to be able to map your weight effectively. The Wii balance board mascot is always available to pipe in with helpful hints and tips for a more healthy lifestyle. It's nice to see a game that finally encourages us to get off our backsides and do a bit of exercise.
Summary: A game that encourages players to get off the sofa and onto the scales