Wii Fit Wii

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 63 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 63
  2. Negative: 0 out of 63
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  1. 80
    But even with these issues, Wii Fit is a really innovative non-game that not only features a robust list of exercise programs and games, but creates an environment in which working out is less daunting and as a result enjoyable -- fun, even
  2. A good reason to get off your butt.
  3. But if you're curious about blending exercise with your favorite pastime, Wii Fit is definitely worth checking out.
  4. It is a little expensive, but the quality of the Wii Balance Board seems to justify the price. The title is missing some key elements that would have made it better, such as different training programs and maybe some other tracking systems.
  5. If you're looking for another tool to use to help you lose some unwanted pounds, or just another way to get the kids off the couch, Wii Fit will make a nice addition to your gaming library.
  6. 80
    Wii Fit won't replace your favorite videogames, but it may become an activity you'll want to do for a few minutes in the morning before school or work.
  7. It's produced a superbly made peripheral and a piece of software that offers both entertainment and a sense of achievement. It's all very slick and lifestyle, with plenty of white everywhere, but there are the bold shapes, bright colours and moments of sheer charm you'd expect from Nintendo.
  8. 90
    If you are a Wii fanatic or are just looking for to play a game that entertains as much as it innovates, then Wii Fit is right up your alley.
  9. Games Master UK
    83
    Impressive. But games won't get much from it and it's unlikely to get you trim on its own. [May 2008, p.66]
  10. 83
    I guess I'd hoped an exercise videogame would make fitness a lot more fun -- and easier to do. And, though it doesn't quite exceed those expectations, Wii Fit will get you moving -- especially if you're looking for a gentle, fun introduction to an exercise program.
  11. Though I can't imagine it being anyone's all time favorite game (unless you only enjoy videogames you play with your feet), I also can't imagine anyone not enjoying it either.
  12. 80
    There’s a definite hands-off approach to fitness when it comes to the games but we would have liked to have more structure and information about my fitness progression.
  13. It's not a solution to weight problems, but it's definitely a good addition to your fitness routine. The mini-games are really just the icing on the cake, opening Wii Fit up to everyone. People of all ages will love how you control the games using nothing but your balance and competing for new high scores is great fun.
  14. In the end, Wii Fit works at what it was created to do, namely raise your level of fitness awareness and get you off of the couch and exercising.
  15. Wii Fit won't take away the heavy weight but it does give a lot of information about your body. Nintendo informs you about your health, rather then taking action with a full training program. Luckily the available activities let you move some muscles and are actually fun to do. Next to that the controls are so easy that everyone should know how to use them.
  16. Pelit (Finland)
    92
    An excellent combination of honest training and highly entertaining partygames. Losing weight has never been this much fun. [May 2008]
  17. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    75
    I'm no fitness expert, but I don't see Wii Fit supplanting gymnasiums or aerobic instructors any time soon. Not that it's bad. [July 2008, p.76]
  18. 80
    Doing anything that gets you off the couch is going to help, and Wii Fit's more energetic minigames are ample to leave you out of breath. No, it's no shortcut to the perfect physique, but it sure beats another hour on a damn treadmill.
  19. Wii Fit is a great supplement to your existing exercise routine, but I don’t think it will ever replace a gym membership and proper eating. However, it does provide at least one very unique experience: the improvement and awareness of your center of balance.
  20. 85
    If you’re able to motivate yourself to exercise you can do no wrong in getting Wii Fit. Granted it’s not for everyone, but the ones it is for will be able to take a lot away from it.
  21. 80
    Nintendo has taken ideas of what a videogame can achieve and has thrown them into a completely different universe. While others play with increased physics engines, Wii Fit entices you to play with your own physics and for the most part, succeeds at something we've never really seen before.
  22. Wii Fit has it's own style and look, but there's no hiding the fact that very little effort has gone into its presentation.
  23. As a game Wii Fit is very limited and that certainly applies to the graphics. However used correctly it can be an aid for exercise, co-ordination, weight loss and improving your flexibilty.
  24. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    91
    Assuming you can afford it, Wii Fit is a great way to stay in shape. The Balance Board is top-notch technology and as a package the whole thing works tremendously well. [May 2008, p.66]
  25. Casual gamer, hardcore gamer, it doesn't matter. Wii Fit is an excellent way to introduce a little physical activity into your daily routine -- if you can manage to find a copy.
  26. Wii Fit is a "game" that excels at everything it sets out to achieve.
  27. But none of these activities would be possible if it wasn’t because of the Wii Balance Board, which, in my opinion, is one of the best interactive peripherals ever invented.
  28. We'd like to see more of these quirky games, and the more traditional exercises, while challenging, will likely get old in short order. Lack of a serious multiplayer or party mode is the biggest omission, but since the game installs a Wii Fit channel on your system, we can only hope that means regular updates are in the works.
  29. We loved the wireless aspect of the Wii Fit board. While the unit is quite pricey, it's still much cheaper than a gym membership and far more engaging – plus the whole family can use it. Overall it's a fantastic investment.
  30. 90
    Simply put, this is one of the best packages on the Wii and something that everyone should at least try out, whether you are a fitness fanatic or not.
  31. That being said, if you are willing to stick with it, Wii Fit can make a great exercise tool for almost anyone.
  32. As a videogame it's no great shakes really. But as a way of adding some interesting and fun exercise into your life it works very well indeed.
  33. 75
    Whether or not you should purchase Wii Fit depends on the answer to this last question: Do you want to exercise and get in shape? If so, then this is a great tool for you. If your answer is "no," then you might want to play something else.
  34. 90
    Wii Fit is going to make Nintendo money by the bucket load. But rest assured there is some pretty impressive substance behind the hype.
  35. Whether you are working on a Yoga pose, stretching your thighs, or going for that perfect down hill run, there is a quality and a depth to each of the activities. This speaks volumes about the investment (and commitment) Nintendo has to their causal gaming approach.
  36. If you're in the market for a new fun way to exercise that helps break the occasional monotony of working out at the gym, look no further than Wii Fit.
  37. In spite of the high price, Wii Fit comes off like a budget title. While the exercises don't need a fancy presentation, Wii Fit should have given users more instruction on a useful regimen.
  38. Pick up Wii Fit expecting a party and you'll be disappointed, but buy it as you would any other piece of fitness equipment and you'll likely enjoy Nintendo’s innovative approach to getting in shape.
  39. If sales are the determining factor to a game's success, then Wii Fit and the Balance Board will be one of the most successful "videogames" released this year -- much to the chagrin of true "gamers."
  40. I never expected Wii Fit to be a miraculous overnight weight loss product, and anyone looking for such a solution should spend his or her money elsewhere. Just like any kind of workout, you will actually need to stick with this one if you want to see results.
  41. 80
    Wii Fit is already flying out of the shop doors in Japan and the same will happen when it arrives in the West too, not because it’s a gimmick that’s easily bought into, but because it’s a great product.
  42. Innovative and a lot of fun - just something to get your ass up and do something good for your body. It's a pity that Wii Fit is just an addition to normal exercises. It can't compete with normal jogging or riding a bike but it's a glimpse into our possible future showing us how training may look like in some years where it will be possible to train your body in any area of the world you like just by pressing a button. Wii Fit will however create a new virtual fitness community producing some masters in yoga and other disciplines all around the world.
  43. Wii Fit is a good exercise alternative for those who can't afford or don't want to go to the gym. The variety of fun activities make it well worth picking up if you can.
  44. A truly innovative piece of equipment aiding Nintendo in their living-room domination.
  45. Wii Fit has its highs and lows, but comprises a range of games that encourages us to return to the workout. It's not for every player, but for those who like to exercise.
  46. 80
    That's where the Wii Fit balance board comes in. Just like the Wii itself, it just looks like something you'd like to try out. But once you take that first step onto it, you might find yourself on the way to becoming more fit.
  47. 80
    On the understanding that you’re signing up for either casual use or a supplementary exercise regime, then Wii Fit is undeniably great value. It’s beautifully presented, joyfully accessible and effortlessly entertaining.
  48. Does it beat going out and just jogging a few laps, or going for a swim, or even going to the gym? Of course not. However, what Wii Fit brings is a fun way to get back into being active. The exercises display a good mastery over the Balance Board and a great way to show off the possibilities of the peripheral.
  49. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    90
    If all of Nintendo's efforts to reinvent the interaction with player produce such great results as Wii Fit, they are more than welcome. You can say that this a new kind of social game that will bring you closer to friends but, above all, motivate you to healthy habits and burn those "extra" pound that have been bothering you for a while. [May 2008]
  50. 83
    Parents will love it; it gets their kids off their butts and into sports – even if it's still in front of the tube. Kids will go for the micro-games and competitive elements. Stay-at-home mums can work out pent-up anger and health-nuts might use this as the excuse they need to buy a Wii. Old people will still scratch their heads, though.
  51. 80
    Wii Fit feels very much like a version 1.0 trial run that's going to be made obsolete by a better sequel in six months. For now, it's absolutely worth giving it a try if you have a Wii, $90, and some extra pounds to lose.
  52. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    85
    A genuinely fun way to get fit. [Issue#22, p.66]

Awards & Rankings

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#5 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2008
9
#9 Most Shared Wii Game of 2008
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 147 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 61
  2. Negative: 8 out of 61
  1. Sep 27, 2015
    8
    I'm not really into fitness games, but there's still a lot of fun to be had with this. There are 9 minigames that really come across as actualI'm not really into fitness games, but there's still a lot of fun to be had with this. There are 9 minigames that really come across as actual games, all of which involve testing your balance with the balance board. I'm talking about hula hoops and ski jumping and stuff. There's a really cool one where you have to sit on the balance board and apparently meditate, keeping absolutely still. It's really difficult. I liked the DDR-style step aerobics sequence because I'm really into DDR.

    The game assumes you're playing to lose weight, and it doesn't really know what to tell you if you're underweight. The game can even come across as kind of mean. My mom isn't that fat, but the game kept calling her obese.
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  2. Oct 23, 2013
    7
    Pretty impressive for a game to make exercising fun and it actually makes me sweat more than i do at a gym so if you want to lose weight andPretty impressive for a game to make exercising fun and it actually makes me sweat more than i do at a gym so if you want to lose weight and have a Wii pick this game up. Full Review »
  3. Jul 23, 2013
    10
    "Wii Fit" mixes fun and exercise into one, for a great time to spend losing calories. Guaranteed worth your money, as there are several mini"Wii Fit" mixes fun and exercise into one, for a great time to spend losing calories. Guaranteed worth your money, as there are several mini games that are fun and enjoyable, while you are losing weight along with it. Full Review »