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Nintendo Wii Fit review

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Manufacturer: Nintendo

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Nintendo Wii Fit is the fitness regime designed for couch potatoes.

Nintendo Wii Fit is the fitness regime designed for couch potatoes.

The Wii Fit Plaza is where you can access a graph showing the exercises you've done plotted against the timescale you've set yourself to get fit and lose weight. You can adjust your training regime but not until you've completed two weeks of training.

The Wii Fit in any case warns you if it thinks you're setting yourself an unrealistic training goal and, if has to be said, we found the assessment of ideal weights and body masses fairly generous.

(Adding an inch to my partner's height meant his body mass index rating dropped from a little on the high side (25.08) to ideal at 22.4, while I was surprised to find myself listed as in the target range despite having acquired quite a few pounds in recent months.)

We suspect a bit of figure massaging is happening to make the Wii Fit's intended audience of couch potatoes get up and go, rather than depress the hell out of them and have them reaching for a bag of crisps.

The Wii Fit encourages you all the way with a timely enquiry about the hours you keep should you log on late at night and a quick check on whether you've had your dinner and if you've warmed up sufficiently.

Most importantly, the Wii Fit doesn't feel like a trial – in fact, the opposite applied and we were told to take a break once we'd clocked up 45 minutes. For those of us who aren't natural gym goers or team sports players this is progress indeed.

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Nintendo Wii Fit Expert Verdict »
Wii Fit (Includes Wii Balance Board) Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 4582 reviews
Nintendo Wii games console
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 10 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

For those who are fairly sporty anyway, the Wii Fit may end up more of a check and balance device rather than a full-on trainer as it seems not to have endurance tests and actively slowed us down when jogging. For all that, it's a brilliant idea. Wii approve.

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