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
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.