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exercising without the embarrassment,
This review is from: Nintendo Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board - White (Wii) (Video Game)I had been looking at the Wii Fit for quite a while but something always came up before I got round to getting one. Then in the sales after Christmas there it was - the new Wii fit plus - it was irresistible, and so managed to get one.
There is a weight limit of 330 lbs (23 stone 8 lbs or 149.7 kg). The Wii fit plus contains all the original Wii fit "games" plus an extra 21 new activities. I don't have the original Wii fit so I cannot tell which of the games are original and which games are the new ones.
You can play from within the general menu of games or use the "my wii fit plus" option. Within the "my Wii fit plus" option you have the option of completing set Wii fit plus routines, creating your own personal routines or picking an activity from a list of your most used games. It is also useful to click on the animated wii fit board as you can get a nice selection of the games you like to play.
Of the "my Wii fit plus" options I have found the "my routine" option the best. The "my routine" option allows me to pick and choose the activities which I undertake during a Wii fit session: it allows the user to ensure that the Wii fit does not select exercises which will cause any further issues with injuries or illnesses. For example, if you have a back injury or an illness there will be some exercises that you will be unable to do.
Multiplayer mode allows you to test yourself against family and friends, but you need to remember that the longer and more vigourously you play the stiffer you will be in the morning.
One good thing about the Wii fit is no matter what length of time between use it doesn't moan at you the way some of the brain training programs do.
Once you have your Wii fit connected to the Internet you can download it the "Wii fit plus Channel" - it needs 121 blocks of memory on the Wii fit (whatever that means). I downloaded it and I have to say that I could find no difference in the game play (except for a disc loading comment which I had never had before) - there were no extra visible games, nor could I find an option for wii fi playing.
The best thing about the wii fit is that you are exercising in the privacy of your own home, without other people watching what you are doing or trying to get you to do more that you feel ready to - going to a gym is especially difficult if you are self conscious or afraid that you may look stupid because you don't know what to do.
A years gym membership is also expensive and the wii fit plus is a one off cost that you can take out of its storage box when you are ready or have a few moments. Most gyms expect you to make a booking and book the piece of equipment you want to use, this is never a problem with the wii fit - unless you run out of batteries for the remote or board.
I have to say that I enjoy the balance games, as well as games such as obstacle course, snowball fight and rhythmic kung fu. If you do the jogging "games", and you have previously played Wii Sports Resort, then you will recognise the island and many of its locations. Even now after three months I have still not tried all the games available on the Wii fit plus.
You are given a way of tracking your health, weight and fitness without the embarrassment of other people being present. It is embarrassment and cost that stops many people from going to a gym in the first place so the Wii fit, in that sense, is a godsend.
I have the wii fit with balance board, but you can buy it separately - whether or not the few extra games are worth the money I'm not sure, I know I would be very ticked off if I had the original and paid out for this to find that it was just the old games with a couple of extras added.
If you don't have the original wii fit then I would suggest that you go for the wii fit plus and get the extras, but if you have the original you may want to think twice about the expense of a new disc for just a handful of new games.
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Initial post: 12 Jan 2011 17:22:35 GMT
Glynis Lofty says:
Good review very helpful for me thanks for taking the time to do it
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2011 19:05:01 GMT
thank you I'm glad it was helpful to you
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