A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn that it's fun to exercise. Between the many mini-games and activities, kids will learn that moving their bodies can be fun and can yield meaningful results. Kids can discover that it's clever to monitor one's daily activity via the Fit Meter. Wii Fit U turns getting physically fit into a game.
This "Everyone"-rated game encourages exercise.
Positive Role Models
You don't play as any one particular character, but the various people in the game seem nice, friendly, and happy. Plus, both male and female characters are in the game and represent many colors and races.
Ease of Play
Using the Wii Remote, Wii Balance Board, and Wii U GamePad, this game is quite easy to pick up and play for gamers of all ages.
Violence & Scariness
One of the mini-games has a snowball fight, allowing you to throw a snowball toward someone's face. Another game lets you spray water at someone, and you can bump into some people in the games, causing them to become irritated and walk away.
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Products & Purchases
Although not required for the game, there is support for an optional Nintendo-branded pedometer to count your steps.
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.
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.
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