May 1, 2008

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More fun right around the corner!

More fun right around the corner!

Nintendo has once again held high its motto of “Health and Fun” with its new and revolutionary project, the Wii Fit.

Wii Fit is another invention by Nintento to blend video games and exercises through innovation, to both have fun and be healthy. But not only is it the idea of “exergaming” that which gives Wii Fit such an amazing overall, but it is the way through which the game itself works: the Wii Balance Board.

The Wii balance Board works thanks to its sensitive outer layer that registers and processes information just as a computer would do. When stepped upon, the gamer’s weight is recorded, as well as the center of gravity. By imputing the height, the user’s body mass is calculated. But this interesting device won’t stop surprising us, because after said information is registered, the game will then proceed to make a Balance Test on the gamer, to determine the Wii Fit Age.

Once that is done, the fun is ready to start. There are four different categories to choose from before starting the gameplay.

  • Aerobic Exercise: Possibly the easiest and most dynamic type of exercise there is from the four categories. It is the perfect mix between health and fun. Step Aerobics is one of the several activities available from this category, and consists of stepping in and out of the Wii Balance Board repetitively, following a constant rhythm.
  • Muscle Conditioning: Want to work out for real? Motion conditioning is the category that tends to be more exercise than fun. It is made to fully grow some muscle and tone up the body. Push-Ups is an example of Muscle Conditioning. In this case, instead of stepping on the Wii Balance Board, the hands are placed in it and due to the highly sensitive technology, each time the gamer does a push-up, it is perfectly registered.
  • Yoga Poses: This is just what we needed. Every wanted to relax and have a good time, but don’t know how? Apparently Wii Fit solved that problem by creating this exercise category. Go through the different kinds of exercises and stretch your body, the proper way. Perfect way to start a day, or to start and end an exercise session.
  • Balance Games: This exercise category is the exact opposite of Muscle Conditioning. It is mostly based on fun games that will top the exercise session with loads of laughter. Balance Games include a huge variety to choose from. For example, Hula Hopping and Ski Jumping. In Hula Hopping, the gamer must coordinate the hip movements so to keep the hula hoop in the waist at all time. Ski Jumping is highly looked upon as well. In this game, the player must duck as low as possible, and stand up as fast as possible when prompted so to get a good ski jump.

When the exercise session is over, your overall performance is saved and placed in a chart. The Wii Balance Board can register up to eight gamers in its memory, and therefore it is possible to compare your physical performance and capacity with that of other players in the same chart. Wii Fit Age will ascend or descend depending on how well you work out.

Reception:

Wii Fit has only been released in Japan, on December 1, 2007. Yet the reception was amazing, and after the first month, the sales passed the first million. Review ratings are very changing though, and since it is made obvious that this game is not based on good graphics but in exergaming and fun, many reviewers decided to stay away from it. Average, 8/10 is the general rating. But compared to the fun and health Wii Fit promises, it i best not to judge it by reviews and ratings, but to try it yourselves.

Release dates:

  • Japan: December 1, 2007
  • Europe: April 25, 2008
  • Australia: May 8, 2008
  • North and South America: May 19, 2008
  1. =3

  2. Sour_Zelda says:

    Nice, but there is no link to the forums and I deleted my history so I can not get in now 🙁

  3. Cannon says:

    Just click “Open Navigation” at the top menu and the forum link will slide down.