Pros Quality hardware. Polished Software. Motivational. Excellent range of activities. Future game support. Weight tracking.
Cons Lack of customized or premade routines.
Summary I have a strong background in fitness, through a competitive D3 university team, and continuation beyond the college level. I was somewhat dubious about this product when I first heard about it, but having tried it, I was an instant convert.
1.) The tracking feature alone is excellent. Keeping track of your weight is a wonderful motivational factor for making healthier lifestyle choices outside of the Wii Fit software.
2.) The game will be quite helpful for sedentary users, and should provide a FULL workout for a beginner to intermediate routine. Augmenting this with outside activities could certainly result in more dramatic results, but the benefits from these activities should not be misconstrued. They WILL help you lose weight and tone your muscles.
3.) For a user who is already fit, and has a regular routine already, this provides an excellent augmentation. Personally, I love the weight tracking and plan on utilizing the yoga and strength training activities before my regular workouts.
If you have any interest whatsoever, this will probably be well worth the investment.
And that's not even taking into account the multiple games (including an EA skate game) already in development using the board.
Pros Strength and Aerobic exercises
Cons No ability to modify workout, balance games gimmicky
Summary I thought the CNET review was very accurate and expressed a lot of the complaints I had about Wii Fit. The big drawback for me was the inability to create my own workout program or to extend the length of some of the exercises. For example, I'd love to just set the Step exercise to run for 30 minutes but you can't.
Another drawback for me was the balance games. While they are a bit fun at first, they quickly get old and I don't think they really improve your balance. In fact, I'd say that some of the Strength exercises are much more effective in this regard.
There are also a few games/exercises that will frustrate you beyond belief. For example, no matter how perfectly I do the Rowing exercise it always says I'm out of the box and chastise's me.
Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy a lot of things about the Wii Fit but I think that it could've been much, much better. I love many of the Strength exercises and I find myself usually sticking to those for the most part. I have toned quite a few muscles in the process and I am pleased with this. However, once I memorize all the Strength exercises I'll probably sell the Wii Fit.
Pros Best thing since WiiSports, great use of Miis, lots of fun, burns calories
Cons No multi-player board games, could get repetitive, custom music would be nice, takes too long to switch profiles
Summary Used the fit for a few days now (unlike others here who review the thing without even trying it!!) - and I do think it's a lot of fun. It certainly shows the ability to make me sweat and out of breath, but maybe I'm just really unfit. It's great family fun, especially the ability to use the Miis that your family probably spent lots of laughs creating. The biggest problem is that other family members have to wait until you're done because there's no way to use more than one balance board at a time. Only the 2 player jogging lets you play head to head, and that doesn't use the board at all. Saying that, the jogging is a lot of fun and feels quite realistic. The other problem is, while there are quite a few exercises, after a few weeks you may get bored of them. But then again it beats running on a treadmill that's for sure. Few other complaints: Would be ideal if you could plug in an SD card to listen to your own MP3s while you workout. Family play would be smoother if you could switch profiles more quickly. Also, would be nice to have a screen where it just plays music and shows your balance - without a time limit - so you could, for example, do other yoga exercises that it doesn't support. Would love to see a WiiWare Tai Chi in the future. Great start though, this really has tons of potential. At last now I don't feel guilty when I go to play on the game console!
Pros The Wii Fit program is a very interesting way to get you off your duff and into some activity-focused gaming. It builds on Wii's greatest feature - its interactivity.
Cons As CNET reviewed, the cons include: The lack of changing Mii's without going all the way to the opening screen; lack of guest mode; lack of online-ness, and lack of multi-player.
Summary When you use Wii Fit, keep in mind the cost. If you can get it for regular retail, the $90 is worth it; it's less than the cost of two "Class-A" games. The value is in its ability to motiviate the user to perform what I call, stupid little exercises. Stupid, 'cause it's leaning this way or that way. Little because you spend about 2 minutes on each. Exercise because you WILL feel the pain when you're done!
Wii Fit also encourages some of the most interesting demographics to step into the computer age. For instance, when I was at Wal-Mart looking for my unit, the associate (a mid-40s lady) proceeded to tell me how she lost 15 pounds in 1 month (while telling me, no it's not available!).
But my best impression came from watching my 8 year old son (who is super hyper) manage to pull a better "Tree" pose and keep balance than I could. As he pinched the quarter-inch skin of baby fat on his belly and proudly proclaimed "I gotta get rid of this," I couldn't help but crack a smile.
Unfortunately, for our family of 4 (cause the 3 year old can't seem to stand still), a work out can consume two and a half hours (you don't get to count the time between exercises!).
Af for the shortcomings, I don't see why Nintendo can't improve on the workout regiment. It should be able to determine where you are lacking and daily change up your routine to include different exercises, budgeting time between Yoga, Aerobic, Strength and Balance. Regrettably, the most fun activities are also the least productive.
Finally, I would like to encourage everyone to not spend more than you have to on this. You can find one, eventually. Please don't give into "bundles" that include a LOT of useless extras. You don't need a mat, special socks, a belly bag, and the visor hat. If you want them, go for it.
OK - you may want the mat, if nothing else than to just keep from wearing a hole in the carpet where you jog in place. :)
"GREAT IDEA"on by modelboy
Pros you can really feel it
Cons sound could be more interesting
Summary I LOVE WII FIT! I got it abuot 3 hours ago and i have been playing it pratically the entire time. I can really really feel the burn and i feel like i am doing something great for my body. The games are fun and the excersizes feel like they work!Also the Yoga is very close to my yoga class i take once a week. I also enjoy the running. One improvment could maybe be including MP3s or better music. But then again you cant store MP3s on the Wii. O well i dont mind that much!