GAMES - Review
10:29 - 1st January 2014, by NEO Staff

Wii Fit U

Available as a free 31-day download from Nintendo's eShop, Wii Fit U means there's now no excuse for gamers not to be buff as gym rats. This is the latest instalment in Nintendo's crazy-popular fitness game franchise, and it brings some new twists to the formula. Utilising the balance board from the original game, this version ropes in the Wii U Gamepad, as well as the nifty Wii Fit U Meter, which are both sold separately. Connecting a Meter to the game (which costs £19.99 to purchase) unlocks the complete game with no limitations, making this a no-brainer purchase for anyone who wants to commit.

The game itself offers no real surprises - there's the usual mix of yoga, cardio, balance games and more, plus the ability to track your weight and be berated by the talking scale for failing to meet your own lofty targets. Wii Fit U is certainly good fun, but the sheer amount of downtime during loading and transitions still makes it difficult to take it seriously as a real weight loss tool. That said, the Meter is a fantastic piece of kit - a pedometer that displays calories burnt, your altitude, and even the temperature. For the first time, you can track exercise done outside of the game properly, which is great for those who are extra sporty. You can even follow your progress by logging steps taken along routes in London, Paris, New York and the like, which is a quirky and fun addition.

You're unlikely to sprout a six pack from playing Wii Fit U, but it's great as a supplement to other keep-fit activities.
SCORE: 3.5/5
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