Nintendo‘s exercise game Wii Fit is still flying off retail shelves eight months after its U.S. release last May. The all-in-one instructional tool, weight tracker and fitness coach advertises itself as a painless way for the whole family to get healthy thanks to the game’s “balance board,” which measures players’ movement. Offering a selection of activities–from running to push-ups to yoga–Wii Fit is now in almost 1.5 million homes across the country. But is anyone actually using it?
I have to agree that there is a lot of standing in place when it comes to using the Wii Fit. Even when I reviewed the game, I was surprised to see that you literally stood on the balance board without lifting either foot to "run" in the game. It seemed a little weird to me. Why not just runor even walkin place? Running on the Wii Fit clearly isn't the same as running in real life. However, exercises like Wii boxing require more movement and simulate the real thing in a fun, heart-pumping way.