Excerpt: After a few days of Wii Fit it became crystal clear to me. Nintendo started with the Wii Remote, and Nunchuk to get our hands moving, and now Wii Fit gets our legs (and hopefully a lot more) moving as well. The Balance Board is one slick little innovation, and at ninety dollars is a lot cheaper than a gym membership (for a year), or exercise equipment. It almost feels weird to think of Wii Fit as a video game, because it is a piece of exercise equipment.
Excerpt: I noticed an interesting theme at E3 in the year of our Lord 2010. There were some good games for children. There were a lot of good games for children. A couple of companies had fitness games for children. Nickelodeon Fit from our friends over at 2K Play is one of the most interesting. Dora, Diego, Ni Hao Kai-Lan, and The Backyardigans are all present and accounted for in this fitness game for children. Think Wii Fit, but for kids.
Great active-gaming collection, perfect for preschoolers.
Common Sense Media
18 September 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Nickelodeon Fit is a package of physically active mini-games featuring a slew of characters from different Nick Jr TV shows: Dora the Explorer , Go Diego Go , Ni Hao Kai-Lan , and the Backyardigans . The games are well-designed for preschoolers and can get them on their feet and moving around a lot while they play. Most of the games are designed for a single player, but there are a pair of 2-player mini-games as well.
Summary: Great solo fun if you can get hold of it and may even go someway to making the chubbier among us to put down the pork pie and do some exercise instead. Look out for future Nintendo Wii games in the pipeline that will also use the balance board.
Pros: Exercise for the masses, loads of built in games and cheaper than going to the gym - you also get a laugh when other people use it in front of you.
Cons: Foot plate area could be bigger, the balance board itself could be quite difficult to store, in short supply, you look like a loon when using it.
Excerpt: Hardly a day goes by when we don’t hear about the problems of obesity–and childhood obesity–in the news. With obesity on the rise, more and more people are aware of the benefits of exercise. But what of video games designed to get kids moving? Is it just hype? Well, some are, no doubt. We tend to get all worked up when a video game gets children out of the typical stupor and onto their feet. But a lot of games inspire only a small amount of movement.
Excerpt: The Wii system and much of its library is great for getting you off of the couch, and Wii Fit is no exception. Not only will it help you get in shape, it also helps you improve your center of balance. The Wii Balance Board measures your balance and weight. Although only one Wii Balance Board can be used at a time, you can have multiple player profiles and some of the activities don’t require the board at all.
Conclusion: The Balance Board is one of the coolest game controllers we’ve used, and it has lots of potential for applications beyond Wii Fit’s current crop of exercises and games. We’d love to see extension packs for Wii Fit with new games like surfing and ice skating. We’d also like to see more multiplayer opportunities enabled by pairing multiple boards with the Wii simultaneously.
Pros: Improves sense of balance; good mix of fun and exercise; easy setup
Cons: Questionable fitness evaluation abilities; only one board can be synced with a Wii at a time
Excerpt: Two words: competitive yoga. Leave it to Nintendo to take what for most people is an incredibly introspective and spiritual practice and turn it into what could easily become one of the coolest party/drinking games of all-time. Pure genius. And it's just one of many things that makes Wii Fit a must-have for anyone who likes to do more than just thumb-work in their gaming. There's definitely some filler to the package, but there are far more hits than misses.