Flashback Friday: Wii Fit

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone, the last of 2018!

With the end of the year comes time for new year’s resolutions! One of the most common resolution for people is getting fit, getting healthier, all that fun stuff, myself included. With that said, this month’s flashback is dedicated to Wii Fit.

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The Wii Fit came out a little over ten years ago, back in May 2008 for North America, a month after Europe, while Japan had gotten the game in December 2007 (perhaps also in time for new year’s resolutions?). Reviews were generally positive, with the biggest criticism for the game being how some of the workouts were lacking in intensity.

Wii Fit included a balance board to help measure a player’s progress in the cardio, strength training, and yoga activities while keeping track of the player’s weight, height, and center of balance. Wii Fit has been praised for its use in nursing homes, for physical rehabilitation, and health clubs around the world, particularly for its help in improving posture and movement in the elderly.

I remember Rachel and I having fun with the Wii Fit. Rachel’s Mii avatar was so skinny due to her being rather small, and the Wii Fit had a difficult time trying to figure out a fitness plan since burning calories wasn’t exactly something she needed to do. On the flip side, one of our younger cousins cheated at the game. During one of the jogging levels, instead of keeping the wii-mote in her hand and pumping it as she jogged in place, she sat down on the couch and shook it. The Wii Fit was very proud of her jogging score!

Still, it was a fun way to get us all moving and seeing the Miis in all the random activities was amusing. We still have our Wii Fit board chilling in our den. I’m definitely interested in the Fitness Boxing game for the Switch, which seems to be a spiritual successor to the Wii Fit game with an emphasis on boxing!

Have you played Wii Fit? What did you think of it?

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First Impressions: Fitness Boxing Demo

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

How was everyone’s weekend? We’ve entered the last month of 2018, and it’s a bit scary to think about. Before we know it, we’ll all be making new year’s resolutions!

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Not too long ago, I heard of a game that’s coming to the Nintendo Switch called Fitness Boxing that’s slated for a January release in North America. I’m thinking it’s supposed to be a spiritual successor to the Wii Fit games, focusing mainly on boxing rather than all different exercises, like jogging, hula hooping, and yoga.

With my day job consisting mainly of sitting at a desk, and writing, blogging, and gaming taking up time before and after said day job, it’s difficult for me to find the time to actually go to the gym or workout. I did have a gym membership at a place just a couple of streets over at one point with the aim to go early in the morning. It lasted maybe three days before I gave up on being awake before six a.m. After my day job hours wasn’t that great either, because everyone and their mother was there at that time and… people smell when they get sweaty.

I mean, hey, good for those people actually using their memberships! I just couldn’t stand it after dealing with people all day from work.

I always loved the idea of taking a martial arts class, and I have gone to free trial classes a couple of times before. However, things in life tended to pop up and prevent me from continuing on. When I heard that a game called Fitness Boxing was going to be a thing, I figured it’d be a decent middle ground to get me moving more. I wasn’t expecting a full workout, but something to keep me from being stationary.

The demo version of Fitness Boxing that is available is the European version and, considering Rachel and I have several accounts on our Switch for different continents due to doing reviews for a couple of other sites occasionally, we downloaded it.

I did Sunday’s daily workout and threw almost 400 punches. My arms were a little shaky, but it felt good. Also, I suck at uppercuts.

Fitness Boxing hands you to an instructor who takes you through basic punches to the rhythm of a song. Considering I have absolutely no rhythm, I tend to just try to watch the instructor and move when she moves. Aside from some boxing combos, the instructor can also do a stretching routing with you before and/or after the workouts.

While you cannot do so in the trial version, it seems the full version will let you put in your height and weight so the game can make a better estimate as to how many calories you burn during the workouts. You can also unlock outfits, apparently, for your boxing instructors because… I dunno, if you’re going to be staring at them, they may as well look good, right?

The demo of Fitness Boxing isn’t bad at all, and I’m glad I got a chance to try it before deciding on whether or not to buy the full game. It’ll be on my wish list for sure!

Are you interested in Fitness Boxing?

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