First impressions / Wii Fit

Well it’s here. Wii Fit and the Wii Balance Board have arrived in the US and are prepped to take America by storm. For just $89.99 you too can have your Wii tell you that you’re overweight. Is this the end of gaming as we know it or a wonderful new way to get everyone involved in the pastime? I’m gong to save my full review of WiiFit the “game” for later once I’ve used it for a week or so and actually exercised with it on a regular basis, but I will tell you all about the board and my initial interaction with the game. The good, the bad and the ridiculously pale.

Oh, and just in case you weren’t convinced that Nintendo had infiltrated almost every corner of the earth, when I was walking out of the mall with my big Wii Fit box I was stopped twice to ask where I had gotten the board, once by a attractive forty-something woman who said she had been looking forward to its release and the second time by an man who was probably pushing 60.

After dealing with rush hour traffic and wondering if the outside of the Wii Board box could have possibly been anymore PC since it features multiple sexes, ages, heights and hairstyles, I got home and carefully opened my new toy. Normally I rip into things without a worry for the packaging but the built in handle and heft of the box made me think I should treat this with a bit more care. Then there it was, a white and gray board about a foot and half across with a line down the center. Popping it on the floor I went about setting it up.