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5 reasons why Wii Fit U makes fitness fun

Wii Fit U does give you a good workout

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.

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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 abs

Core Luge
Core Luge
This 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.

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  1. Dooby Thursday 14th Jun 2012 at 14:28

    Cheers for a very detailed, early insight to this game Tom. I enjoyed the Wii Fit games and will be getting this. I hope they bring back the competitive multiplayer from Wii Fit +, only with a lot more to choose from. I also hope they bring all the previous games back and extend some of them. Obstacle course was hilarious, addictive and challenging, I'd like to see them add more levels.

    I also hope this time around, with 2 player running, the second player can choose their Mii as well, rather than being a random Mii. Makes it more challening for each other to see who wins the race and who is a better runner.

  2. NintyHippo Thursday 14th Jun 2012 at 14:34

    I'd rather have an improved Wii Party.

  3. CyberGW Thursday 14th Jun 2012 at 15:16

    Now, I really do not need to get Fit. I do loads of exercise and everything but I'm definitely getting Wii Fit U. The games look so much fun to play!
    They really are genius. If this was just released as a mini-game collection, I don't think I'd realise it's all about getting fit. In fact, I've used the waiter game as an example of what the Wii U can do when talking about it with my friends. Every single one of them thought it sounded great! The way the Game Pad is used is really great!
    So I'm going to be picking this up and playing it a lot. Not for the fitness, but for the fun. Nintendo really have a winning combination there, if they advertise it correctly, it could sell LOADS of copies.

  4. TwoDaysAgo Saturday 16th Jun 2012 at 17:37

    I'd rather have an improved Wii Party.

    Agreed.

  5. LavaTwilight Saturday 16th Jun 2012 at 21:16

    Wii Fit has always got my vote and I think it's a well worked-out 'game'. The pedometer it promises is going to be fantastic to use with it and the few mini games it's shown looks promising but I hope they're not 'the best' Wii Fit U has to offer...

  6. GThing Wednesday 18th Sep 2013 at 15:10

    I'd rather have an improved Wii Party.


    Good for you because there's one of those coming too.

  7. carnivine chaos Wednesday 18th Sep 2013 at 15:31

    I'd rather have an improved Wii Party.

    Agreed.


    I'd rather have an improved Wii U library of games with IPs people actually like.

    "Wii Fit U makes fitness fun", yeah, okay...

  8. big-splat Wednesday 18th Sep 2013 at 17:14

    Can anyone tell me if a price for the Fit Metre has be revealed yet?

  9. SuperNintyFan333 Wednesday 18th Sep 2013 at 18:33

    I'd rather have an improved Wii U library of games with IPs people actually like.

    "Wii Fit U makes fitness fun", yeah, okay...

    The wii u does have games that people like. For example I like...

    Rayman Legends, MH3U, TW101, Pikmin 3, Zombi U, NSMB U, Darksiders 2, LCU, ME3, Batman arkham city, Nintendo land, runner 2, NFSMW, Toki Tori 2 and Trine 2. Or maybe I am just easily pleased...no, no im not.

  10. CamWFC91 Wednesday 18th Sep 2013 at 19:16

    I'd rather have an improved Wii U library of games with IPs people actually like.

    "Wii Fit U makes fitness fun", yeah, okay...

    Carnivine Chaos, we all knew these games were coming. Whether you like it or not these games were always going to be released and the strategy for their release is sound. If you don't have anything positive or interesting to say don't say anything at all. Like you I'm waiting for some classy WiiU exclusives but until then I have so many amazing games to play on WiiU and lots to look forward to. Wii Sports online is fantastic and you must be mad to think otherwise. Stop your bitching

  11. carnivine chaos Wednesday 18th Sep 2013 at 22:46

    I'd rather have an improved Wii U library of games with IPs people actually like.

    "Wii Fit U makes fitness fun", yeah, okay...

    The wii u does have games that people like. For example I like...

    Rayman Legends, MH3U, TW101, Pikmin 3, Zombi U, NSMB U, Darksiders 2, LCU, ME3, Batman arkham city, Nintendo land, runner 2, NFSMW, Toki Tori 2 and Trine 2. Or maybe I am just easily pleased...no, no im not.


    Take out all ports and remakes.

    Rayman Legends, TW101, Pikmin 3, ZombiU, NSMB U, LCU, Nintendo Land, runner 2, Toki Tori 2.

    Take out non-exclusives

    TW101, Pikmin 3, ZombiU, NSMB U, LCU, Nintendo Land.

    Take out the average games that don't really sell the system, the generic Mario that might sell the system but is ultimately nothing new, disappoints fans and puts them off the system, and the one that comes free with the system.

    TW101, Pikmin 3, LCU (although I can't speak personally for LCU)

    Enjoying your 3 games there for a system that's been around for almost a year?

    Yes, I'm aware Nintendo Land isn't necessarily free if you get the basic pack, but the only people who would get the basic pack aren't really in it for the long run anyway and won't be the dedicated fans.

    You seem to be missing the point. It's not the lack of good games that's the problem, it's the lack of good exclusives. Everyone who's saying I'm not being 'positive' are just hiding behind their fanboyism of the reality that the Wii U is failing. And don't get me wrong, I don't want it to fail, I think it has great potential and I've always been a dedicated fan of Nintendo, which is why it pains me to see it failing like this, continuously because they keep using the same strategies.

  12. theycallmejack Thursday 19th Sep 2013 at 01:50

    I'd rather have an improved Wii U library of games with IPs people actually like.

    "Wii Fit U makes fitness fun", yeah, okay...

    The wii u does have games that people like. For example I like...

    Rayman Legends, MH3U, TW101, Pikmin 3, Zombi U, NSMB U, Darksiders 2, LCU, ME3, Batman arkham city, Nintendo land, runner 2, NFSMW, Toki Tori 2 and Trine 2. Or maybe I am just easily pleased...no, no im not.


    Take out all ports and remakes.

    Rayman Legends, TW101, Pikmin 3, ZombiU, NSMB U, LCU, Nintendo Land, runner 2, Toki Tori 2.

    Take out non-exclusives

    TW101, Pikmin 3, ZombiU, NSMB U, LCU, Nintendo Land.

    Take out the average games that don't really sell the system, the generic Mario that might sell the system but is ultimately nothing new, disappoints fans and puts them off the system, and the one that comes free with the system.

    TW101, Pikmin 3, LCU (although I can't speak personally for LCU)

    Enjoying your 3 games there for a system that's been around for almost a year?

    Yes, I'm aware Nintendo Land isn't necessarily free if you get the basic pack, but the only people who would get the basic pack aren't really in it for the long run anyway and won't be the dedicated fans.

    You seem to be missing the point. It's not the lack of good games that's the problem, it's the lack of good exclusives. Everyone who's saying I'm not being 'positive' are just hiding behind their fanboyism of the reality that the Wii U is failing. And don't get me wrong, I don't want it to fail, I think it has great potential and I've always been a dedicated fan of Nintendo, which is why it pains me to see it failing like this, continuously because they keep using the same strategies.

    Carnivine_chaos I agree with you. Mostly. But you are aware that Wii Fit is the third best selling console OF ALL TIME, right? Wii Fit U actually does have some potential (though perhaps not as much as Nintendo might hope) to help pull the Wii U out of the decidedly sticky situation that it's in. There's a very, very clear strategy that Nintendo is playing in the release of Wii Fit U and the pre-Christmas timing. Plus, you have to consider that the casual gaming market is MUCH larger than 'hardcore' gamers, so a casual title like Wii Fit U is actually likely to bring in more customers to Nintendo than say, a new Zelda title, for example. Also, Wii Fit kind of is an IP that people like. I like Wii Fit. I still use my Wii Fit from time to time; it's easier than doing real exercise!

  13. carnivine chaos Thursday 19th Sep 2013 at 10:39

    More sales doesn't necessarily mean it's good. Obviously in businesses quality doesn't matter as long as they get the moneys, but casual scrubs aren't exactly the type to spend loads on a new console for a sequel that they probably think is virtually no different from the one they already have. Even if they do, they're not the type to continue buying games for it. It's a dead end.

  14. theycallmejack Thursday 19th Sep 2013 at 13:35

    More sales doesn't necessarily mean it's good. Obviously in businesses quality doesn't matter as long as they get the moneys, but casual scrubs aren't exactly the type to spend loads on a new console for a sequel that they probably think is virtually no different from the one they already have. Even if they do, they're not the type to continue buying games for it. It's a dead end.

    Actually, I think 'casual scrubs' as you so eloquently put it are exactly the type of people to continue buying games for a system once they've bought it. I've read all your arguments about how there's no good exclusive games for Wii U, but casual gamers are not the type of people who are interested in whether games are exclusives or even (to some degree) whether they're good. The success of games like Just Dance proves that point exactly. You are right in the concern that Nintendo will have to show the public what makes these games new and improved in order to get them to part with their cash, but I think if they put out some adverts highlighting GamePad functionality and the online aspects it'll be easy to do just that.

  15. carnivine chaos Thursday 19th Sep 2013 at 14:10

    More sales doesn't necessarily mean it's good. Obviously in businesses quality doesn't matter as long as they get the moneys, but casual scrubs aren't exactly the type to spend loads on a new console for a sequel that they probably think is virtually no different from the one they already have. Even if they do, they're not the type to continue buying games for it. It's a dead end.

    Actually, I think 'casual scrubs' as you so eloquently put it are exactly the type of people to continue buying games for a system once they've bought it. I've read all your arguments about how there's no good exclusive games for Wii U, but casual gamers are not the type of people who are interested in whether games are exclusives or even (to some degree) whether they're good. The success of games like Just Dance proves that point exactly. You are right in the concern that Nintendo will have to show the public what makes these games new and improved in order to get them to part with their cash, but I think if they put out some adverts highlighting GamePad functionality and the online aspects it'll be easy to do just that.


    In terms of exclusives, yes they are because the majority, even casuals, have a 360/PS3 and not a Wii U, and even if they don't, the former is much cheaper to find. Also, I wouldn't say Just Dance is exactly ground-breaking, you're right about advertisements but they're not doing that either. I mean, who remembers when they advertised Dragon Quest 9 here as a casual dress up game for girls? Just awful. A more recent example, relating Pikmin 3 to having your 5 a day and encouraging people to eat more fruit. Gamers don't want that. Most scrubs don't want to be lectured on that either.

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