Wii Fit is destroying the industry! It’s making videogames a living hell for gamers! The gamers who like to spew their opinions on forums aren’t exactly mild for Nintendo’s new project. It’s because Wii Fit is basically not a game at all. It might be so successful that it will destroy ‘real’ games. Seriously, will that ever happen? Absolutely not. There is more than enough room now in this industry to have all sorts of genres. And early signs indeed point towards commercial success for this game to keep yourself in shape. I’m here to tell you that it’s well deserved.
Wii Fit will calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) so that it knows if you are too fat or not. It comes down to this. If you have heavy muscles, you’re fucked, the game will still think you’re too fat. The white plank that comes with the game (Nintendo calls it the Balance Board, screw that, I think white plank is cooler) will know how heavy you are and if you lean on one leg. The game will try to get you more balanced, so that the weight of your upper body is divided on both legs. And you have to lose weight. Well, I have to, apparently. Damn.
There are forty-something little games that will help you achieve the goal you set for yourself. I chose to lose 10kg in three months, which will bring me at a perfect weight. The games you can participate in vary from muscle exercises (push-ups and that sort of stuff) to yoga, in which you’ll learn how to keep your body in balance and breathe like you are supposed to. Next to that, there are also a good amount of mini-games that actually feel like games, be it skiing, rope walking or hula hooping. They break up the clinical exercises. One favorite is the jogging exercise, in which you’ll put a remote in your pocket and you’ll just jog in your room, while on screen you are jogging on an island. It’s kind of disturbing, since you can do that for free in real life, but it can be an extra motivation for people who normally sit on their couch playing games all day. Yes, I’m looking at you.
There are a few little niggles that Nintendo should have fixed. Since this game appeals to a great varity of people, it would be nice if my mother, for example, could get down with this game. Alas, our native language, Dutch, is not included. For the so-called 'non-games', it should be the rule that it is translated well. Brain Training gave an example of how to do it, so why is Nintendo so lazy to not do it with other games? All in all, little irritations are overshadowed by the overal quality, the little details (your Mii will actually get fatter if you are getting fatter), and the clean presentation.
I like Wii Fit, I really like it. My female companion likes it just as much, if not more. So not only am I getting my body into slightly better shape (to know if Wii Fit works very well means to play it for a longer amount of times, however, based on the exercises I’ve already done, I can’t imagine the game having no effect at all on your body), you’re also making the misses very happy. Which counts for something, as she can play it while you play the new Grand Theft Auto and everything is fine in your apartment. Joking aside, there is not much to tell about Wii Fit, other than that it provides what it suggests. If you are not really interested in the idea, it probably means the game is meant extra hard for you. Time to get into shape, Jabba.