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Oh no!! The Wii Fit has arrived!,
This review is from: Wii Fit (Wii) (Video Game)
So my new Wii Fit arrived and with the usual gusto I opened the package plugged it in and jumped on. The game told me to get off, it hadn't finished calibrating. Having done the usual of not bothering to read ANY instructions I started again this time following the intuitive program that led me through my body calibration.
Apparently I am obese, I find that strange though? Whenever I look in the mirror I am a toned Adonis?
The first game fired up, I had chosen Hula Hooping, I followed the program instructions (How hard can this be anyway) and started gyrating like a 70's disco diva. The first hoop thrown to me bounced off my head as I continued to gyrate like a man possessed. This is where the Wii's only problem is. You see it was at that time that the postman arrived, I have no idea what he thought but he rang the doorbell, I answered, he coughed and said "One to sign for" and legged it, laughing all the way.
Yoga is especially fun, although it does need to come with a warning, although they say to leave plenty of space around you for the exercises, they do not mention that should you lose your balance doing the "Hunter/Archer" stance, you have a high probability of falling over and careering across the living room as if you caught your leg in your trousers trying to put them on.
There are so many things you can do with this, the board is excellent to use and while you may get bored with exercising you will always have that elusive high score to beat that will keep you motivated like any good game. Jogging on the spot never struck me as a particularly difficult exercise however trying it at home has proved a very worthwhile activity that takes quite a bit of effort and one of these days I WILL catch that Mii! There are lots of different activities to go at, I have to say I have left the muscle work out alone for while until I can face doing press ups in front of the post man. The whole point of this seems to be to enjoy what you are doing and I can honestly say that I do, this coming from a man who whenever he thought about exercise, used to lay out on the sofa until the thought had passed.
Having never been to the Gym (I really hate the thought of that) I am now doing a little exercise, I quite enjoy it, I am not saying this is a serious workout to a marathon runner but to lardy old me, its a start and that cannot be a bad thing.
So its been nearly a year since I bought this, (Ok, so its 8 months but it feels like a year) and I can hear the question being asked "is it nicely gathering dust under the sofa?" The answer is yes, sort of. You see I broke my leg, and there was a fire, not to mention the flood, my dog chewed it, well I think you can see what is happening here.
Every now and again I drag it out, plug it in and try to work out what input source the TV has for the Wii, I usually forget. When I finally get to the screen it says "It's been 89 days since I last saw you". Yes well, I bloody know that don't I. "You have gained 4 lbs since your last visit." Its normally at this point that I lift the other leg off the floor and it tells me to get off again as something is wrong. I have put on 20 lbs. Nothing quite prepares you for the crushing blow of learning such a fact however as I am on a diet of lager, curry, crips and chocolate it shouldn't really surprise me as much.
So, why haven't I lost weight and more importantly why have I not continued to use the pristinely conditioned Wii fit board? Well my homage to the Chocolate Hob Knob is testament to my inability to stop ramming the things into my face. The board is also conveniently placed to shove it with my foot so far under the sofa the only time I know it is there is when I roll off the sofa to go get another Hob Knob I see it lurking there. Its not Nintendo's fault, they had no idea they were trying to market it to me. The Japanese have no idea such apathy existed. I still think the product is great, but I'm not so great, in my pursuit of all things shiny, this was the shiniest. It lasted a month. I did my best. Cheers Nintendo!
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Initial post: 4 Jun 2008 22:12:38 BDT
Nigel - thank you for what is possibly the funniest and best product review I've ever had the pleasure to read! I hope you conquer your fear of the postie catching you doing push ups, I will forever have an image in my mind of the unknown man (that's you) gyrating like a 70's disco diva while the postie looks on in hysterics from the front garden! My I suggest closing the curtains?! ;p
Posted on 19 Jun 2008 08:46:17 BDT
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This had me in tears - and I agree with everything he says!
One of the best reviews - EVER!!
Posted on 26 Jun 2008 12:44:37 BDT
A. Riley says:
What a great review I was slowly convincing myself this was a no go for me but now I want one. Only thing I have to worry about is the dogs-has anyone ever seen a dog laugh?
Posted on 30 Jun 2008 10:09:52 BDT
Absolutely Fantastic review!!!
You have just made my day - Thankyou!!
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2008 14:50:09 BDT
S. Firth says:
haha nigel you little legend! i love this review. and like caz, the mental images i have just wont disappear! lol xxxx
Posted on 4 Jul 2008 12:34:49 BDT
D. Ray says:
Dude, awesome review and I have to agree with the crowd that this is probably the best review i've had the pleasure to read :) cheers!
Posted on 12 Jul 2008 16:26:17 BDT
I loved this review. It actually encouraged me to exercise my wrists and fingers by typing this fan mail!
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2008 08:44:41 BDT
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David Glasgow says:
Very solid and inspiring review, are you sure you don't work for Nintendo..? lol, only kiddin' - I enjoyed your review so much, Ive decided Im gonna get a "Wii Fit Package" too, as they are now down to only £69.00 here on amazon.co.uk at time of posting on 19th July 08 -
I have seen them sell by some rather shady sellers on ebay.co.uk for around £200, greedy sods taking advantage of the "MEGA shortage of Wii Fit Packs"... AT £69.00 quid they are excellent value - I bought a game this week called "Wii Family Ski" - here on amazon.co.uk because of the stellar 5 Star reviews the game received, it not only uses both bluetooth Wii controllers, but the Wii Fit balance board can be used to give the game that extra level of realisim, for added Ski Fun without ever leaving your living room.! - check out "Wii Family Ski" GAME on Wii DVD.
There are also many other GAME Developed for use with the Wii balance board, and a lot more being developed as we speak, I can see this becoming very big, overtaking Microsoft XBOX 360 and SONY PS3 Console sales! - I wonder what else the engineers at Nintendo are planing for release soon.? No other Gaming Console in world history has been able to successfully target all ages 5yrs - 85yrs old. (simpley amazing stuff).
Thanks for reading.!
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