I bought Wii Fit the day it arrived on the shelves in great anticipation as this looked like a great idea. I wasn't disappointed at all, for me Wii Fit offers a way to get a degree of exercise in a way that doesn't seem intimidating- what a great idea!!
Naturally, the most important aspect of the game is the one responsible for the huge price tag of the whole package- is the Wii Balance Board, which comes bundled with the game. Despite what you might expect, the first exercise you'll do with Wii fit won't be yoga or walking across a tightrope to test your balance, it will be carrying the thing home from the shops. It is an absolutely rock solid piece of equipment and is clearly built to withstand all sorts of weight and punishment. It is obvious when you pick it up that you know you are dealing with a proper, high quality peripheral here and not just some plastic shell that will snap in two when any weight is put on it.
The board is fantastic and the various exercises can genuinely make you feel like you've a hard workout if you do them properly. The balance and mini-games are best at showing you just how versatile the balance board is when it comes to providing different gameplay styles. I like to think of them as the balance board version of Wii play. One minute you're simply leaning from left to right (Example: Skiing), the next you are crouching down to build up speed during a ski jump then quickly standing up to shift your weight and make your Mii jump (believe it or not this is actually exercise).
However, it's the yoga, muscle burning exercises and aerobics mini-games that are the main event here because they're the ones that genuinely build up a sweat and make you feel that you are doing some reel good. Also included in the Wii Fit is the chance to find your fitness age and then compare it to your reel age and that tells you how fit you are, you can enter a goal and the time you have to achieve that goal (Example: 0.5 kg in a month) and you have to use that time in between your goal to lose weight and have fun on the balance board.
Wii Fit may not be to everyone's taste, and I respect the fact that some people will simply not be interested in keeping a fitness game, no matter how many great reviews it gets!! But for those interested in the concept of an exercise games than I highly recommend it. Wii Fit really destroys the concept of exercise videos by offering proper two-way interaction and giving you proper advice that is specific to your personal performance- a reel break through Nintendo. If you do it often then you'll feel like it's working, especially if you haven't done much exercise in the past. It is no substitute for the gym but Wii Fit offers a way to get a degree of exercise in a way that doesn't seem intimidating. If you like the gym then fair enough- you do that (and if it works for you then why change it?), but if you are looking for something that is a lot cheaper, a lot more convenient and a lot more fun then you go for it, Wii Fit may be the solution!! Overall Wii Fit is a great way to keep in shape. The balance board is top-notch and the whole package works very well indeed.
- Balance Board is top quality.
- It gives you a good workout.
- The casual mini-games are great fun.
- Gives you a sense of achievement.
- Still a little pricey.
Serious Games (Eg: Muscle-Building): 10/10.