Date:1 August 2010
The Nintendo Wii Fit Plus has been out for a while already, but even so there are new users of this product (like me) that missed all the hype and now happen to have one in their living room. I’d say that if you’re one of these kinds of buyers then you’re probably going to get the most out of it.
Firstly, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by how well everything is presented. Nintendo have clearly aimed it at a non-gamer audience and therefore can be used by everyone whether young or old. All of the buttons in the interface are intuitive and bold enough to be spotted by all. I found the overly cartoonish look of everything (in typical Wii style) to be appropriate for this type of activity. In my opinion, the less attention there is to wondrous graphics the better. It kind of made me think of the people on Disney’s Wall-E and the type of interfaces they use.
Furthermore I was incredibly impressed at how the board senses when it goes out of synch or when something goes wrong technically. It simply asks you to step off the board, reboots itself and then gets on with it. It’s really nice not to have to get involved in the headache of the technical aspects.
With regard to the Wii Fit board itself, a more solidly built piece of equipment you are not likely to find. I pondered over whether the almighty Apple would be able to make something better. It’s solid and it’s strong. They have clearly attended to the quality such that we don’t end up slipping and sliding all over our lounge floor, cracking hips and sticking a hand through the TV while hula-hooping our merry way to calorie loss. Thank goodness.
In terms of its ability to measure the finest little movements, I am in awe. I’m not sure how they did it, but quite literally the faintest of movements are recorded. Obviously this sensitivity plays a large role in the fitness activities that you take part in. Obviously it’s not all fitness and no fun. Not at all. Firstly, the pure fitness exercises themselves are a lot of fun, but there are also a number of exercises that depending on your lifestyle, you may not ordinarily find yourself doing. I include hula-hooping and Frisbee throwing in this list. Although these are not out of the ordinary sports, I just don’t see many 35 to 45 year olds standing in the garden hula-hooping.
There are loads and loads of activities to keep you and your family busy on the fitness front. These activities are broken into the following categories: yoga, muscle, aerobic, and balance exercises. There are also loads of fun games and sports that will keep you busy for ages while you burn those calories.
The Nintendo Wii Fit Plus and things like this will certainly become more a part of our lives in the future. With the ever-growing focus on fitness and wellness in general and coupled with the fact that we just seem to be getting busier and busier, I would say that this kind of contraption will become the norm in most homes before long. Under the pretence of buying it for the kids, I imagine that many parents will start to experience fitness in a new way through this product.
More and more of these motion sensing products can be expected in the future. At this stage, there doesn’t seem to be much of a choice for fitness in this busy life. It’s either a Nintendo Wii Fit board … or gym.