Wii Fit

Common Sense Media says

Exercise is a blast on the Wii Balance Board.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game encourages players of all ages to exercise and makes it fun to do so! However, after you have entered your age and height, the program weighs you and then tells you whether you are underweight, normal, overweight, or obese. It also calculates your Body Mass Index (BMI) and again assigns those same descriptors. For children, the BMI desciption may be inaccurate because they are growing so fast. Adolescent girls are particularly sensitive to these designations, so parents might want to keep that in mind before using this program.

Positive role models

Players receive friendly and positive guidance from a virtual personal trainer.

Ease of play

These activities come with excellent tutorials and are easy to play.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Wii Fit comes packaged with the Wii Balance Board, which you use in the 40+ activities including aerobics, balance, yoga, and strength training. The software tracks the number of minutes that you play on the board per day and charts your exercise progress with the option to track the weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) changes of up to eight people. Body Mass Index is a standard used by the National Institute of Health to measure an adult's body fat based on height and weight. The game assigns you a designation of underweight, normal, overweight, or obese. Parents with kids concerned about their weight should know that the BMI is an index for adults and while the game has made an effort to adjust it for kids, since kids grow at different rates, their pediatrician will always be a better judge of what's healthy. Parents may need to remind kids that they can't jump on the Balance Board, because if they do, the game they are playing will stop. This game can be enjoyed by kids as young as age 5, but it's a better fit for tweens, teens, and adults.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Health & Fitness

  • body awareness
  • exercise
  • fitness
  • movement

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This collection of mini-games is a blast to play. Kids will enjoy exploring sports they may not have tried, like ski jumping. These games may not be hard-core enough to satisfy high-intensity athletes.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn about movement, fitness, and body awareness as they play games and activities on the Wii Fit balance board. It introduces kids to yoga and various other exercises and provides great motivation to get up off the couch.

Support

Wii Fit can keep track of up to 8 players and record time spent, daily weight, and Body Mass Index. You can set a goal of exercising a certain number of minutes a day, and the game helps you meet that goal.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Health & Fitness

  • body awareness
  • exercise
  • fitness
  • movement

Kids can learn about movement, fitness, and body awareness as they play games and activities on the Wii Fit balance board. The game tracks daily weight and BMI (Body Mass Index), and kids can set goals to exercise for a certain amount of time per day. It introduces kids to yoga and various exercises. Wii Fit gives kids an excuse to get up off the couch with fun activities involving low to moderate exercise.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

WII FIT is an exciting way for kids and adults to exercise using the Wii console. It's a compilation of 40+ games to play on the Wii Balance Board, a special peripheral that comes packaged with the game. The Wii Balance Board looks like a giant scale that sits on the floor. When you stand on it, it can detect the slightest shifts in your balance, which means it can tell if you are leaning forward or backward, and from side-to-side. In addition to balance, the board can also determine your weight. The games are broken into four categories: aerobics, balance, yoga, and strength training. Under aerobics, you can hula-hoop, do step-aerobics, run (next to, not on the board), or rhythm-box. The yoga activities teach you how to breathe and do yoga poses. Strength training shows you how to do a variety of exercises including lunges, torso twists, and push-ups, all using the board. The balance games are the most fun because they have you heading soccer balls, skiing down slopes, performing ski-jumps, snowboarding, and walking on tightropes, as well as pretending to be a table with balls on it you tilt by leaning back and forth, and a bubble that you control through a maze by moving your body.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

To make all this exercise fun and a little competitive, the game has a crazy calculation called "Wii Fit Age," which is based on short balance games that are given to you every day. As you play the games, the theory is that your core muscles will get stronger. As you get better at the balance games, your "Wii Fit Age" will improve. In addition, Wii Fit can keep track of up to eight players and record the amount of time spent playing on the board, as well as your daily weight and Body Mass Index. You can set a goal of exercising a certain number of minutes a day, and the game helps you meet that goal.

The aerobics and balance games are particularly well done and make exercising more fun. For ski-jumping, you stand on the board, squat down while you race down the slope, and then straighten your legs to jump when you hit the end of the ramp. Part of the skill of perfecting a long jump is to hold yourself perfectly still while you fly through the air. You can challenge friends and family members to see who can land the longest jump. However, although Wii Fit is very well done and a blast to play, if you are a serious gym rat, these games may not be hard-core enough to satisfy those seeking a sustained high-intensity workout. Many of the games represent an overview of potential new games that could be developed in more depth for the Wii Balance Board.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the role of fitness in living a healthy lifestyle. Which of these games did you like best?

  • Do you think the games do a good job of recreating real-life experiences –- did you feel like you were hula-hooping and ski jumping? What new games do you think companies should develop that use the Wii Balance Board?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$89
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:May 19, 2008
Genre:Exergaming
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 12 years old October 21, 2010
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10
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awesome

helps you exercise, and has stretching and strength practices. one time i played for about an hour, and was really out of breath!!(and im physically fit!) kids who hate exercising should try this because it helps you work out, but with fun games. not only does it help you exercise, it helps you stretch and learn balance.
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpielberg00 July 28, 2011
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5
QUALITY
 

Sometimes hard to control, but VERY fun and good for exercise.

My rating: E
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byTwilightgirl137 July 23, 2010
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6
QUALITY
 

6 year olds can play, just explain weight

This game is the best for kids! It'll help them get more flexiable, have better balance and posture, and more! Explain to your kids if they get at risk of overweight or overweight can be just cuz they are very tall.
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