Nintendo really struggled through the sixth console generation. Sony’s Playstation 2 sold 122 million more units than Nintendo’s Gamecube. After the Gamecube, Nintendo vowed to try something different. They came out with the Wii. The Wii, as you all know, was gaming’s first motion control centric console. This had the side effect of pulling in a very large casual audience who would mostly pick up something like Mario Kart Wii. Nintendo capitalized on this audience in many ways. Their most ingenious decision in this era was Wii Fit.
Wii Fit, and it’s expansion Wii Fit Plus, use a peripheral called the Wii Balance Board to allow anyone to exercise or play helpful minigames, at their own pace in their living room. Wii Fit swept the nation by storm. For a time, it truly felt like there was nobody in the world who didn’t have a Wii Balance Board and a copy of Wii Fit with it.
The original Wii Fit featured a wide variety of Yoga poses, exercises, and minigames to perform from the comfort of wherever you left your Wii. That was all it offered. In 2009 Nintendo released an expansion title called Wii Fit Plus for a lot cheaper than your average Wii game. Wii Fit Plus adds a little bit of everything to the title. The most important new features are the routine and personal goal settings, or so a sane person would say. Wii Fit Plus also introduced a ton of harder minigames and, most importantly, a scale to weigh your pet.
I really don’t know how one reviews a fitness game. I found many activities hard to attempt, but I also am relatively out of shape for someone my age. They’re perfectly serviceable, and the tutorials are wonderful. Wii Fit is super cheap in today’s day and age. If your budget is super limited, or you happen to have a working Wii still set up, it’s hard to go wrong here.
The reveal of the Wii Fit Trainer as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS came as a shock to many. She was revealed during E3 2013 as one of the first newcomers to the roster. Many considered her a joke addition. Even the team themselves called her an “out of left field choice.” There isn’t a lot of bonus content you could give Wii Fit. I can’t knock any points.
The Wii Fit Trainer as a character uses mostly expert Yoga poses for her attacks. The creativity on display with this fighter is absolutely amazing to me. She takes poses designed for rehabilitation and relaxation for use as weapons of battle. Her moves unrelated to genuine Yoga poses all come from Wii Fit’s minigames. I really like Wii Fit’s tricky playstyle. It’s the only thing befitting such a wacky addition.