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Silly now to think that we ever had any doubts about whether the Wii would be a success or not. Around 25 million of the things have now been sold, and the demand for the biggest games is such that your humble reviewer actually spent two days trying to buy – yes buy! – a copy of Mario Kart Wii some two weeks ago. Frankly, the machine doesn’t need any more coverage in the mainstream media or any more hype, but that’s exactly what it’s getting. Wii Fit is going to make the Wii as heavily-exposed this summer as it was when it launched. If one hasn’t already appeared on Richard and Judy, it’s only a matter of time.
If you’re reading it on the day it’s published, this review is practically a pointless exercise. Either you pre-ordered Wii Fit several weeks ago, or your chances of getting it are practically zero. The balance board and Wii Fit bundle is already appearing on eBay at crazily inflated prices, and I suspect that you’ll have more luck finding hen’s teeth than you will grabbing a copy from your local Woolworths. All the same, you may already have pre-ordered, or you may be planning to order when the heat dies down. In either case, you’ve made an excellent decision.
To be honest, I’m not a keep-fit crazy kind of guy. If my body is a temple, it’s one where the priest demands regular offerings of burgers, beer, ice cream and Chicken Jalfrezi. I walk quite a bit, and I’ve gone through occasional phases of jogging or swimming, but I’d rather take a sharp kick to the family jewels than enrol with a gym or join a yoga class. All the same, Wii Fit has me well and truly hooked.
This is partly because Nintendo has taken cues from Brain Training and Big Brain Academy on the Wii and made Wii Fit a sort of Brain Training for the body. Having booted the game and switched on the balance board, the first thing you’ll do is register your profile, which is intelligently centred on your already created Mii persona. Having registered, the game takes you through a basic body test, working out your Body Mass Index from your stated height and measured weight, then putting you through two simple exercises that give it some idea of your posture and your balance. After that, it’s time for humiliation. Wii Fit generously hides your weight from prying eyes unless you are silly enough to ask for it, but your body age will be there for all to see. Mine kicked off at a mildly horrifying 49. As with Brain Training, you should really repeat this test every day, while engaging in exercises that will help you drag that dreaded age downwards. What’s more, the game also asks you to pick a particular objective, which could be as simple as maintaining your BMI over a two week period.
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