Nintendo Hits UK with Wii Fit Bundle

By Adam Riley 26.09.2011 9

Nintendo Hits UK with Wii Fit Bundle on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

Nintendo has confirmed another one of the five previously rumoured Wii bundles due this year.

If you are searching for a fun way to work out while at home this autumn, or know someone who is looking to tone up ahead of Christmas, then look no further. Nintendo is launching the black Wii Fit Plus software bundle on 7th October, 2011, the perfect gift for fitness fanatics this Christmas. The bundle includes a copy of Wii Fit Plus and a black Wii Balance Board.

Wii Fit Plus is a workout for both body and mind from the comfort of your own living room. Packed with over 60 activities including 15 balance games and six strength training and yoga based activities, you can work out, relax and ease away the stresses of daily life. You can also customise your fitness routines to make your at-home training regime even easier and there’s even a calorie counter which makes reaching your targets more measureable. The pressure-sensitive Wii Balance Board can read your real-life movements and bring them to life on screen, just like the Wii Remote controller. The board has built-in sensors measuring weight and detecting shifts in balance, both from side to side and front to back. It can be used for an extensive array of fun and dynamic exercises activities, including aerobics, yoga, muscle stretches and games. After a hearty workout, why not have a little fun as you cool down and try your hand at snowboarding down a mountain or carefully walking a tight rope?

The new Wii Fit Plus software bundle launches in UK and Ireland on 7th October, 2011 and includes the black Wii Balance Board and a copy of Wii Fit Plus.

Box art for Wii Fit Plus
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Nintendo

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Nintendo

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Fitness

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I was looking through the latest UK game charts today and was amazed at how fitness games are still selling so well. New release Zumba Fitness, or whatever it's called, shot right up there, and Wii Fit Plus is consistently in the top 40. I don't get it. I mean, there must be people waiting for the next big fitness game to release, and obviously they sell so well if they're coming in the top 5 or 10. I didn't realise how strong this area of the market is.

I have Wii Fit Plus and love the mini-games included in it...but just never got round to reviewing it for C3. I can see why it sells, just like the constant supply of 'celebrity' fitness videos/DVDs still litter the charts each year.

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

I guess if you take those DVDs as examples, it's clearly women looking into these games and buying them. They must have articles in womens' magazines detailing the next fitness game or reviewing them. Otherwise, how else do they know about them, and why do they sell so well?

Zumba classes are also the 'in thing' right now, so that's free advertising right there! I suppose it also helps now that Nintendo teamed up with 505 to actually run some Zumba adverts due to it doing so well in the first place.

Why do we have no Zumba review? It's not that we're ignoring it; 505 actually don't have review copies to spare because all stock is going straight through to retail! If you've been checking the UK charts lately as well, you'll have noticed EA Sports Active 2, which bombed on all systems, has actually had a second wind thanks to Zumba, but again only the Wii version since that's clearly seen by the casual market as the 'fitness machine.'

No bad thing, in my eyes, since the more systems sold, the higher chance of other games being picked up later down the line Smilie

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

Man, I never looked into what 'zumba' actually meant till you mentioned it. I suppose the popularity of it has helped its launch. I did see EA's game in there too, was that the one being plugged with David Beckham? Definitely not a bad thing that they're selling on Wii, but did come as a surprise to me to see the numbers!

The first game was Wii only and did quite well, but then EA got greedy and made it for all formats, stuck Beckham on the adverts and all I can think is that it watered down the audience a bit by spreading across to PS3/360.

Now the multi-format advertising has passed and retailers are pushing Zumba Wii, Wii Sports Resort, and Wii Fit Plus, I guess it makes sense that they're also trying to clear all the spare Wii EA Sports Active 2 stock at clearance prices.

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]
Theodore and the Chimpfunks (guest) 27.09.2011#7

I'm a professional Zumba teacher working in Halifax and think Wii Fit is the biggest waist (hahaha?) of money. My lessons cost £5 a go and you get a bigger work out than you get when you stand on plastic? That's all you are right? Baffles the mind when people spend over £100 on this junk.

Interesting weigh ( Smilie ) of looking at it. For me, I see things like Wii Fit as being for those people who don't want to join a big class because they get embarrassed easily. Therefore, being able to do at least something in the comfort of your own home is better than nothing.

What do you think?

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

Of course, the benefit with Wii Fit is you can do it any time of the day you like, and for a one-off payment. Sure, it might take longer to get the results you want, but it can save money in the long run and you have the freedom of doing it at a time that suits you.

( Edited 27.09.2011 12:52 by Azuardo )

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