But don’t let your inability to actually attain one stop you from enjoying it. This is a nice exercise program. Note that I said exercise program and not game. Although it does include various cardio and balance games (and other silly stuff such as putting things on the balance board and trying to guess the weight), its primary purpose is to motivate and track exercise. If you’re looking for a program that can be fun and challenging, this could be for you. If you need to be tricked into exercising, try a sports game or an actual sport, such as competitive eating.
I got this program because I need exercise that can be customized to my reduced fitness level and that would help improve my poor balance. For instance, until recently I have been unable to close my eyes in the shower without touching the curtain rod to keep myself oriented, and I had to ask a friend to change a light bulb for me because I couldn’t look up without falling over. Thanks to Wii Fit +, I can now perform such mundane tasks with the best of them. With a little more training, I could earn a place in the Special Olympics.
In addition to tracking how fat your are and graphing your poor health (note - it does provide the opportunity to hide your weight with a password), it contains activities mostly lumped into four groups: balance games (aka games that are infuriating to me due to my poor balance), cardio activities (aka activities that are infuriating to me due to my poor balance), yoga (aka sissy liberal poofter girly activities that will kick your ass), and strength training (aka stuff that should be called more yoga but isn’t because the yoga ninja monkey masters forgot to copyright it) (I assume that’s what they’re called). Difficulty levels range from “You call that exercise?” (one activity tracks how well you can sit still) (I’m not kidding) to “Makes Superman cry.”
I did identify several shortcomings, however. It tries to set goals but only focuses on weight loss if it thinks you’re overweight, and you are – it said my ideal weight at 5’ 10” / 178 cm should be 153 lbs / 69 kg, although when I was at my ideal weight it was actually 173lbs / 78.5 kg). It allows you to add time spent during non-Fit+ workouts, but it only records information on the day entered and doesn’t include an option to automatically track time spent on other Wii programs. The female trainer-bot is a tad bitchy and makes you want to drop-kick your TV set. And the whole thing is a class-action lawsuit waiting to happen in the U.S. I think it’s funny, but not all fat people are jolly and some may get upset that the program calls them obese in a cutesy voice, makes their Mii character swell up like a balloon, and even makes sounds like they’re hurting the balance board when they step on. I’m still waiting for mine to start gasping for air while screaming “Get off! Get off! Get off!” Still, these are not major complaints, but rather opportunities for Nintendo to improve an already decent product.
Personal rating: 3.5 bunnies.
Bear in mind that my poor health makes the “games” more stressful than fun. Based on my friends’ reactions, most normal people would rate this 4+ bunnies.
Note – I’m eating a bag of Funyuns while writing this.