A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Wii Fit U is a collection of mini-games that encourages players to be active in front of the TV to perform various tasks in the game. There is support for an optional, wearable pedometer, too. The game contains some mild cartoon violence, as you can hit other players with snowballs, water, and so on, as well as punch a robotic punching bag.
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What's it about?
Nintendo's WII FIT U is a collection of fitness-themed mini-games that comes with a wearable Fit Meter pedometer. Building on the success of Nintendo's Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus, this new fitness game includes all the exercise-themed mini-games from its predeccessor but adds many more fun ways to get fit. Plus, it incorporates the information collected by the Fit Meter, including steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned. Wii Fit U requires the Wii Balance Board (resembling a bathroom scale), Wii Remote controller(s), and Wii U GamePad.
Is it any good?
This is perfect for anyone looking to have fun while staying fit. Wii Fit U includes all the games and activities in the previous Wii Fit Plus collection, plus more than 20, all-new fun ways to stay active in front of your television. A personal favorite is a kind of waitering simulation, wherein you have a limited amount of time to bring a tray of food to hungry people by walking on the Balance Board for movement while holding the Wii U GamePad flat like a serving tray (and trying to prevent the food from falling or rolling off). Plus, this game integrats the Fit Meter, which you can wear throughout the day; it retains information and wirelessly shares it with your Wii U console to see on the TV and on the GamePad screen. We all know it can be tough to remain motivated to lose weight and get fit, but this game does a great job for players of all ages.
Talk to your kids about ...
Does this "exergaming" collection make exercise fun for players? What else can the developers do, along with adding support for a pedometer?
Talk to your kids about how diet is also an important part of a child's wellness. Common Sense Media offers this video about consuming and curbing junk food.
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
- Subjects: Arts: dance, movement
Science: gravity, motion, physics
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, set objectives, work to achieve goals
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
Health & Fitness: exercise, fitness, movement
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
Responsibility & Ethics: making wise decisions
Emotional Development: self-awareness
- Price: $49.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release date: January 14, 2014
- Genre: Exergaming
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Adventures, Arts and Dance, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Robots
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
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