Initial Impressions: Wii Fit
Author: Steve West
published: 2008-05-21 13:43:24
Wii Fit has finally landed on American shores, and I was one of the many who lined up this morning to ensure I get my exercise on Nintendo style. The package is not a game, and you’ll start to really appreciate the concept within moments of getting things set up and rolling. And that’s what we’re here for right now, to get the Balance Board and Game set up.
The box itself is slim, so you won’t be hauling around a bulky contraption on the way home. Plus it has a convenient handle for carrying. Inside you’ll find the Balance Board, batteries, the Wii Fit “game,” and some extenders. The extenders are very important, and it was a concern I’m sure many of you with fully carpeted homes had. Since the Balance Board is so sensitive it would stand to reason that a carpeted floor is a potential problem. After all you can’t use a bathroom scale with any accuracy on carpet. The extenders solve the problem by easily snapping over the four sensors and giving the Balance Board more height. You’ll know if they’re necessary when the Balance Board tells you it can’t configure and analyze you.
The entire package is precisely balanced: the Balance Board is not the only thing that is sensitive. The entire game and experience is made to truly be a health goal system. In that way Wii Fit is superbly made. There’s no wasted power on graphics – the trainers in the game do talk, but their mouths don’t move at all – and what you come away with on your first boot up of Wii Fit is that Nintendo is taking this seriously.
At the start you only have a few choices of activities within the different categories: Yoga, Strength, Aerobics, Balance. The menu system is quite similar to the Wii Sports one, so you’ll instantly know how to get around. And with daily work you’ll unlock new activities, which should keep you motivated as you work toward a goal.
As we delve deeper into Wii Fit and its myriad possibilities – along with the shortcomings – we’ll have a full review up. For now our first impression of the package is that it is superbly designed and Nintendo has fulfilled their promise of providing a fun and interactive way to keep an eye on the health of its customers.
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