Initial Observations On Wii Fit

We popped down the local GameStop store this morning and picked up our pre-ordered Wii Fit. These are in BIG demand. I see the Amazon sharks sellers have already hiked up the price by about 40-50 dollars. I predict at Christmas time, it'll be hundreds of dollars over recommended retail price.

The guy at Gamestop said they took about 150 pre-orders. They had to stop taking them, as they knew that's all they would initially be getting.

I can easily believe it.

We bought it home, and unpacked it. Packaging is excellent. Easy to find all the extras: batteries, disc, installation instructions and leg extensions (needed if you have a think carpet). Batteries are installed underneath. The power switch is at the back (once you've placed it in front of the TV).

Syncronization with the Wii is trivial. There is a red button underneath (hidden in with the batteries). Press that and the one on the Wii after the Wii Fit disc has been started. It's that easy.

It'll then check you have the correct date and time and ask you to pick a Mii.

My Mii bounces in dressed in fitness togs (something I personally wouldn't be seen in public in, but no matter). You then work your way through lots of screens explaining the whole concept behind Wii Fit. It's lecturing you, but it's doing it in a nice friendly way. My Mii is nodding along as it happens which is just one of the many endearing touches that are present.

It asks for your height, date of birth and how much you think your clothes weigh. It then "scans" you.

In the introduction, it'll give you a couple simple tests for correct posture and how well you can balance. The latter test involves applying weight to either your left or right leg in order to try to keep the red bars in the blue areas. It took me a few moments to grok what was going on, so I didn't perform it very well. It insinuated that I probably trip over a lot. Nah, I just need practice.

So how am I doing at startup time? My BMI (Body Mass Index) is 25.38 (around 22 is good) and my Wii age is 54! Sigh. So I'm slightly overweight and weaker than I should be for my age.

You then setup a fitness goal. Mine is to lose 2 pounds in 2 weeks. My calendar is stamped for 21st May. I'm all set.

When I get "back on" later today (my wife is currently hogging the machine), I'll start working through some of the various exercises in earnest.

In short, it looks like it's going to be fricking awesome. It's going to be fun to exercise and try and get fit (which is the way exercise should be).

Nintendo have another winner on their hands.

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