Conclusion: Wii Fit Plus isn’t a sequel; it’s an update. But at $20, it offers a good bit of additional content, features, and refinements—enough for fans of the original to consider upgrading and replacing their old game disc. Meanwhile, newcomers to the series now have a perfect opportunity to jump in on version 2.0 of a great idea. The biggest improvements, apart from the obvious 21 new activities, come from the streamlined usability and presentation.
Summary: Wii Fit has undergone a bit of a cosmetic makeover and emerged as Wii Fit Plus, a more robust collection of mini-games utilizing the Wii Balance Board. Wii Fit Plus will not magically make you skinny; however, its offerings are fun enough to get your lazy butt up off the couch.
Pros: All exercises available immediately, 15 Fun new mini-games and multiplayer, Calorie Counter, My Wii Fit Plus allows you to customize routines
Cons: Clunky navigation, Turn-based multiplayer, Some may find the exercises too easy, Gives you a strange craving for Flan
Summary: Wii Fit Plus is exactly what it sounds like--a revision, rather than a revolution, of the 2008 game that almost single-handedly propelled the fitness genre into the mainstream. The core experience hasn't changed, but Plus is a big improvement over the original Wii Fit thanks to the ability to create your own tailored workouts and the introduction of plenty of fun new balance games.
Pros: Can create your own workout routines, Most of the new balance games are fun, Great way to track your fitness progress, Will help improve your balance and strength
Cons: User routines limited to yoga and muscle activities, Multiplayer limited to nine games, Balance board response can be a little sluggish
Excerpt: Wii Fit continues to rank high in monthly sales charts more than a year after its release, turning health and fitness into a new gaming genre with more than a few imitators. More a revision than a sequel, Wii Fit Plus replaces its predecessor and expands it with new games, tools, and exercises. Is it worth digging the balance board out from under the pile of pizza boxes, or should you sit this one out?
Excerpt: Making exercise less boring. For millions of gamers, this was the promise of the original Wii Fit . Sure, the game and its scale-like Balance Board controller could guide and grade you through simple yoga poses and strength-training exercises. But those sections of the game largely replicated exercises you could learn easily from a book or an exercise video.
Excerpt: It’s not every day that a product is launched to such universal acclaim and retail success as Wii Fit was. That success was deserved, given the innovative nature of the product. Since then though, other companies have tried to muscle in on Nintendo’s space by releasing a galaxy of products of incredibly varied quality.
Excerpt: 1. Let's get the boring stuff out of the way first. As the trailer shows, there's a smattering of six new yoga poses and strength-trainers for those of you who like to use your Wii Balance Board for boring stuff. Wii Fit Plus also lets you arrange these training exercises into timed sets that focus on a specific part of your body (hips, legs, etc.). Zzzzzzzzz. 2. On to the exciting part: the 15 new balance games, nine of which were on display at the show.
Summary: Wii Fit Plus will be a welcome addition to anyone who owns the Wii balance board. The minigames are fun, and the new exercises add some flavor to what has become an all too familiar routine for avid Wii Fit users. In all honestly, I doubt anyone will lose a ton of weight playing this game, but it does encourage you to get off your butt and have some fun while doing it. You can’t flaw a game for that.
Pros: Doubt anyone will lose serious weight playing this game, Ability to track your pets weight…seriously?, More of a “second edition” rather than a true sequel, Fun new activities, Plan your own routines, New calorie counter, The price! $20 for the game, $99 for the bundle
Cons: Doubt anyone will lose serious weight playing this game, Ability to track your pets weight…seriously?, More of a “second edition” rather than a true sequel