It is clear to me now. The Nintendo “Power Pad” was way before it’s time.
Seriously. Even when I was a kid, playing World Class Track Meet, I wondered why there weren’t more games for the power pad. Even though that game would get boring real fast, as well as get me tired as hell in about 5 minutes (in order to do well you had to pretty much run at full speed right off the bat, with no warming up), it was pretty fun.
Supposedly there were a handful of other games, but I do not remember them. Here’s one that I certainly don’t remember. I wonder if it came with the leg warmers and sweet headbands? I love the picture on the box because no one is actually looking at each other. You can’t read it from the picture, but this is what it says next to the U.K. flag:
“FAMILY FUN FITNESS: Where the family gets into tiptop shape, and have a fabulous time doing it!”
You gotta love the bad english.
So if you haven’t heard yet, Nintendo is trying to get you to have fun exercising again. I mean, what the hell is their problem? Enter, Wii Fit:
I think every family should have this. I especially love that you can track your entire family’s weight, their BMI’s, their goals, and probably how well they’ve done on certain games/challenges. Of course, there’s already some people getting upset that their Wii Fit is calling them overweight. Most of the ones claiming that they are being mis-labeled are kids. The reason is because the Wii Fit uses the internationally recognized BMI scale. I agree that the BMI scale is not extremely accurate for everone, especially for kids, but come on. The Fit is an awesome tool you can use to track your weight and fitness goals. They had to use some kind of standardized way of measuring anyone that would use the Fit.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for going outside and doing something active rather than doing anything that involves gathering around a TV. This video is a parady on the Wii Fit commercial, and pretty hilarious:
I think this video tells the truth up to a certain point. Some of those games seem pretty silly, but others I can see actually being kinda fun, especially with friends or family taking turns playing. I think the snowboard game looks pretty cool, myself. It’s hard to tell how intense some of them are able to get just from the commercial. I’m sure a lot of people would see the yoga type poses they’re doing, and think that they are not really exercising. Those people have never actually taken a real yoga class. If you have, you’d know that it can get quite strenuous, especially for guys because they have more weight to balance.
Obviously games like these can only burn so many calories. However, an experiment using heart rate monitors showed that after a few minutes of playing the games, the HR’s showed a respectable “light to moderately intense cardiovascular workout”. Compared to sitting on the couch frantically moving your thumbs with any other video game controller, I’d say that is pretty respectable.
If you’ve ever been to a place like Dave & Busters where they have tons of arcade games tailored toward adults, you may have played one of the interactive games like boxing, or snowboarding, or Dance Dance Revolution. If you did play them, you probably were suprised at how much you were huffin and puffin afterwords.
Want to see yet another exciting video of the Wii Fit in use? Check it out:
I wonder if it has a weight limit… He sure did get a workout though!
Thanks to Sarah for THIS LINK, it does have a weight limit. At least the Japanese version does. The American release is yet to be determined.