Thursday, May 15, 2008

Will the Wii Fit Make Me Fit?

I'll admit it: I'm not a particularly hard-core gamer. I'm terrible at Madden and the other games. I used to have a PS2, but it was frustrating and annoying to be so bad at the games. That's one of the reasons I was a perfect candidate for the Wii.

I got it a few months ago. I like playing the Sports games. I liked buying some of the old-school games like Tecmo (though, like many of you, I'm not nearly as good as I was in college). I got Mario Kart -- complete with the steering wheel -- and I have enjoyed that.

And, yes, I placed a pre-order for the Wii Fit, which comes out next week. Not necessarily because I think it can help me get in shape -- most reviews are skeptical -- but because I'm intrigued by these applications aimed at casual users.

(Just a thought: Can EA build a spin-off Wii Fit version of Madden that will let me do the actual running as the QB, RB or WR? Now THAT would be kind of cool.)

There was a pretty interesting hands-on review in the NY Times today -- it was actually a little more bullish on the Fit's potential to actually be a tool to tone up the user. But it remains to be seen what it can do for me. I have reached new levels of doughiness.

-- D.S.

3 comments:

Dani B. said...

I love my wii too. Right now I'm in college and don't have the cash for wii fit though. I do have Mario Kart though and that is awesome. Want to trade friend codes and play online?

Johnny b said...

Mario Kart is pretty sweet dan. I don't know if I'll get the Wii Fit though.

Blake Redgrave said...

The Wii is a nice idea, in theory... Until the first time you play against a girl in Boxing -- a girl that you are bigger than, faster than, more agile than and, obviously (because you're a man and she's a woman) smarter than -- and get knocked out in the third round because the stupid controllers just aren't responsive enough or something. Someday soon, video games will react perfectly to our real-life motions. For now, though, we're stuck with the stupid, annoying Wii and their retarded cartoony characters.