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System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Nintendo 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Nintendo 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 19, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

July 11, 2007 - Nintendo, is once again trying to improve your life! First they wanted to train your brain in under 30 minutes a day with Brain Age, and now they're gearing up to train your body as well! The WiiFit's unveiling at the E3 Nintendo conference left many an onlooker asking themselves: Can Nintendo be good for me?

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Well with Nintendo's plan to "steal away" more of your leisure hours, perhaps being good for you is one way to accomplish it. Their demonstration showed off a handful of WiiFit's more that 40 Fitness capabilities. But like any good athlete, Nintendo started things off with a stretch. Using an uber-intuitive Wii-Mat that senses balance (I believe they referred to it as the Wii Balance Beam) the user will be able to see a virtual representation of the stretch and a small box that will show whether or not they are doing it correctly. It's very cool, and the demonstration showed just how sensitive the new peripheral is going to be. However, this function still needs some work, as the onscreen calibrator seemed to start malfunctioning during the demonstration.

Then once you've stretched you'll play host to several possibilities for action. The next part of the demo showed off an almost DDR-like step exercise that has you stepping in rhythm to the music. Although very simplistic, this really replicates step classes that you would find in a gym. Sure it's not too exciting, but trust me, you'll be happy once you feel the burn in those chunky thighs!

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One really cool thing that WiiFit can do that was shown in the demonstration was use the Wii Mat to measure your BMI, Weight, and overall body mass health over time. Unfortunately when Nintendo All-Star Reggie stood on the scales to demonstrate, he was classified as overweight, and his Mii's girth grew. And in addition to seeing your current body status, you can also use WiiFit to measure it over time. Of course this is somewhat reminiscent of the Wii Age on Wii Sports, but the demonstration looked like a more detailed graph. And you can also look at your progress compared with your family. So maybe a new adage will come about: The family that WiiFits together, stays together!

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Nintendo concluded the demonstration by showing one of the more fun parts of the game, a mini-game that has you leaning right and left to hit soccer balls and score goals, while avoiding other objects, like soccer cleats, that come flying at your head. This part of the game was shown off by pitting Miyamoto and Reggie in a 2-player duel. Oh, and just for the record…Reggie won by a landslide.

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So all in all, it looks like we've got another inventive title from Nintendo that will improve our lives! Here's hoping that we'll have more information and a release date soon!

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

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