What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nickelodeon Fit is a package of physically active mini-games featuring a slew of characters from different Nick Jr TV shows: Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go, Ni Hao Kai-Lan, and the Backyardigans. The games are well-designed for preschoolers and can get them on their feet and moving around a lot while they play. Most of the games are designed for a single player, but there are a pair of 2-player mini-games as well. While the game can be played with the Wii Fit balance board controller, doing so will actually provide less exercise than playing with just a Wii remote.
What's it about?
In NICKELODEON FIT, the Nick Jr network's mascots, Moose and Zee, host a series of off-the-couch, get-moving mini-games, featuring Dora, Diego, Kai-Lan, and the Backyardigans. Kids will jump rope, run races, paddle rafts, spin hula hoops, pedal bikes, jump to bump balloons, and take part in many other active activities. The game can be played with either a Wii balance board or with just a regular Wii remote.
Is it any good?
The all-star line-up of characters in Nickelodeon Fit is sure to draw preschoolers to the game, but its the absolutely fun and incredibly easy to play activities that will keep them entertained. All kids need to do is hold the Wii remote in their hands, follow the simple instructions (which will be both spoken aloud and demonstrated visually by the characters), and start moving. We'd suggest skipping the Wii balance board, even if you have one. For one thing, you're not supposed to jump on the balance board or really run on it -- try telling a preschooler that when they're playing a virtual jump rope game. But either way, these games are fun, colorful, and completely appropriate for the target audience. If you've got preschoolers interested in active gaming, this is the way to go.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about active gaming. Does playing a game like this provide enough real exercise? Can active games substitute for real workouts?
Parents can also ask their kids about licensing and marketing in video games. Does playing a game with all these Nick Jr characters make kids want to watch those TV shows?