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  • Dec 26, 2009
If Wii Fit has a flaw, it may be that it begins with an induction ritual during which it announces that you are underweight, overweight, weak, or older than your years. In our reasonably healthy family, only the 18 year old gymnast completely satisfied the Wii's requirements. However, you can do this bit in private and password protect your data if you choose to.

Wii Fit has activities for balance, yoga, strength training, and aerobics. The activities are of three types.

First, and probably most fun for the family, are the games in which your Mii, the Wii avatar, is playing a sport or game. You can fly, play obstacle course games reminiscent of Japanese game shows, juggle, or try out sports from boxing to snowboarding. You can work on your golf swing (the feedback from the balance board is really useful)or do a step class, or swing your hips to do math equations. The running option is interesting. We added our dog to the game, so his Mii joined us on our runs. You put the controller in your pocket while you run on the ground, not the balance board, and you can change channels and watch TV while you run. If you'd rather watch your Mii run, you get a quiz at the end on what you've seen during the run, a feature which can help keep you focused.

There are also more abstract games in which you use your movements on the balance board to move objects in mazes and so forth. These are intended to assist with balance and posture.

Finally, there are the yoga and strength exercises. You choose a male or female trainer and do standard exercises to the Wii's count. You're led through slow push ups and planks, tree pose, lunges, and plenty more. The balance board gives some feedback, and the virtual trainer is encouraging. Some of the strength training moves seemed pointless without weights, and Wii weights seem only to come in 2lb sizes, but the rest of the movements work well. There may be too much of a break between the movements, but that may also get smoother as we improve our Wii Fit skills.

We like the way the game keeps track of your time spent, and the variety of games. We've read reviews that say "better than nothing" and we're not giving up our gym memberships, but we think this'll be a great way for our college athletes to keep in shape during vacations, and the desk workers in the group expect to be able to get a good workout on days when we only have 30 minutes.

This one is a lot of fun.

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Wii Fit attracted millions of new players to the world of video games. Now Wii Fit Plus offers a range of new features and enhancements to help players reinvigorate their workouts, along with exercises and balance games designed to keep them fun. Players will find a new dimension to the Wii Fit experience as they easily set their own customized workout routines, or choose 20-, 30- or 40-minute workouts based on how much time they have available.

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Yoga and strength activity selector in 'Wii Fit Plus'
6 new yoga & strength activities.
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The 'Perfect 10' balance game from 'Wii Fit Plus'
The 'Perfect 10' balance game.
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Workout personalization options in the Locker Room in 'Wii Fit Plus'
Personalization options.
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The 'Obstacle Course' balance game from 'Wii Fit Plus'
'Obstacle Course' game
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Targeting specific body areas for excercise in 'Wii Fit Plus'
Target specific body areas.
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Users will also be able to choose from specialized workout routines that focus on all-around individual personal fitness goals or certain target areas. And with the addition of activities like Skateboarding and Rhythm Kung Fu, players will be using the Wii Balance Board accessory in a variety of new and fun ways.

As with the original Wii Fit release, Wii Fit Plus is designed, as its name implies, to improve the user's fitness. The game contains a large number of activities that fall into a variety of categories, including: yoga, aerobics, strength training and balance games. With all but a few exceptions, which utilize variations on a standard Wii Remote configuration, all activities utilize the Wii Balance Board (included with this bundle), either alone or configured with either...

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Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Console: Nintendo Wii
Genre: Sports
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