Wii Fit had a split personality. To us, it seemed like there were the yoga and strength exercises designed for your Mum (and Ryan Giggs - he likes a bit of yoga) with a selection of 10 fun mini-games for the gamers. With Wii Fit U, Nintendo have created a game (yes, it is a game) in which fitness and fun are equally as important. Not only are the five mini-games in the demo very enjoyable but they also provide you with a tough workout. Yes, it actually works.
Wii Fit U was the first game I played in a recent showcase of Nintendo's new console in London. While people were queuing up to play Nintendo Land, the Wii Fit U booth was empty which is strange because when you actually come to play it, you'll realise that there's not that much difference between the two. Both use Miis and both feature fun mini-games.
With 20 mini-games to choose from, Wii Fit U has more games than Nintendo Land and while admittedly there's nothing quite as good as Animal Crossing: Sweet Day, there's nothing as bad as Takamaru's Ninja Castle. Also, Wii Fit U's mini-games are to be played alone, although we can see some value in comparing your scores to your other family members as you drive each other on to improve your body shape. Believe it or not, this is something that Wii Fit U can do.
Here are five ways Wii Fit U can improve your balance and give you a good workout at the same time.
1. Core Luge works your absThis is called Core Luge for a reason as it works your core muscles - we're talking abs and quads. Before we get all Men's Health on you, let us first explain that not only is Core Luge fun but it is also the toughest game of the five playable ones in the demo.
In this game, the Balance Board becomes a luge (the technical term for sled) and you have to race down a course in what is the fastest of the Olympic sledging (not a technical term) events that also include bobsleigh and skeleton.
So you sit on the Balance Board and steer left and right by shifting your buttocks on the board. That's the simple bit. To get more speed, you should lean backwards and although you can place your hands on the floor behind you, to get the most of of this event, you should grip both sides of the Balance Board with your hands and raise your feet off the floor while keeping your legs straight. This is properly hard work and I could feel my stomach vibrating as I flew down the course (smashing into the side quite a few times along the way).
It's a long and punishing course - I will admit that I did have to put my hands on the floor for a rest at one point. That didn't help as I finished in 238.88 and was awarded one star out of five for my efforts. Apparently I'm unbalanced. Still, I could feel that it had done some good and if you play this every day, not only will you have a lot of fun as you attempt to beat your score and get star ratings, but it can't fail but to do your core muscles good.