First of all, I wanna tell you that this is not me advertising some product. This is just me talking about a new re-found “toy”. =)
I’ve had the Nintendo Wii for a few years now and, you know how it’s like when you really want a new thing, specially if it’s something new and different. You play with it for a few days, weeks, even months, and then, you sadly leave it to get some dust without use. That has happened to me with some things I own, and happened with the Wii.
First I got really excited as it was an awesome console that was really different from what existed at the time. Of course, now that seems ridiculous, as all the brands have consoles that do exactly the same and more as the Wii, but at the time, it was amazing. I got it, got some accessories, second remote and nunchuk, carrying cases for the console and the wii fit board, games, and we even got presents related to it. I played Wii Fit every day for a few days, maybe even a few weeks, and the little guy on the game was happy with me. And then, I stopped.
As a part of my goal to be more active and healthy (not for 2012, but starting this year for the rest of my life), I’m now doing a lot more exercise on a daily basis. That will earn its own post in a few days or weeks, but one of the things I started doing again was using the Wii to get me more active. Let me tell you, going back to the Wii Fit Plaza and having the board tell you that you haven’t been online for 445 days… ouch! Really sucks.
But that was 6 days ago, and I’ve been playing it everyday since then. I’ve been using it to its fullest, and it is fun! So, today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite and not-so-much games that I own and have played so far.
Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus
These games come with the Wii Fit Balance Board and I absolutely love the mini-games and exercises included. I think the Wii Fit Plus came with good new features and harder exercises as it should and I’m hoping they release a third one, with more new things and maybe Pilates. I love the way we can keep track of the time we spend moving and the “calories” we spend. That’s a good way to motivate us.
Wii Sports and Summer Athletics
Wii Sports is a game that came with the console when I bought it and it’s cool, doesn’t have too many options but I like the games it includes: baseball, bowling, box, golf and tennis. My favorites are bowling, box and golf. Well, and tennis. Baseball is not my game. At all.
Summer Athletics is a game I bought on a really good sale online and has 7 athletic discipline: running, jumping, swimming, throwing, track cycling, archery and high diving. Each comes in a lot of difficulty levels. I gotta say, I don’t like it. It’s hard to get how it works and I can’t seem to do it the right way! I even had a few friends try it a couple of years ago and they didn’t get it either. Can’t be a good sign.
EA Sports Active – Personal Trainer, Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010 and The Biggest Loser
I bought these games online also, on big huge sales, just because I wanted to try different exercising games. Even though I can see why they’re good, I still prefer using the Wii Fit and Fit Plus games.
They’re too structured to me and the Biggest Loser one in particular, to me, is quite hard to use. Maybe it’s because they have routines, 20 minutes, 30 minutes or hour long, and I don’t like to do it. I prefer choosing the exercise itself.
I don’t remember which exactly but one of these games has the possibility to choose the exercise you want to do, but I remember not liking to have so little options. But I guess that if you like to do full structured workouts, any of these three is perfect for you to try.
Avatar The Game, Dead Space Extraction and Alone in the Dark
Again, I bought these on sale. Yes, I’m cheap, so what? These games are really expensive and I probably won’t ever buy one full price.
The Avatar game was really to see how they put the movie on a game scenario. It’s really like the movie. Actually, when I saw Avatar for the second time this Christmas, I forgot that some things I did on the game, didn’t appear on the movie. So, it’s really like the movie, but I don’t think it’s worth the price. It’s fun, yes, but after you finish it, you’ll have a game that you won’t play anymore and that cost you a lot of money.
Maybe that’s the problem with these kind of games to me. They have to be really good to make me feel they were worth it. The Dead Space one and the Alone in the Dark are useless to me. I played both and – with both – I got stuck in the first few levels. And that’s it. There’s no starting over. Bah, maybe there is, but I don’t like them now, so, why bother?
So, to me, this is it. These games are what I have right now. I’ve played a few more at my friends’ and my sister’s houses but to me, Nintendo Wii right now means Wii Fit Plus. That’s my favorite and I think it’s gonna be a while until I leave it to get dusty again. 😉
If you have any games you love to play, please comment and leave the name so I can check them out. I’m always open to new things. =)