Remember how your parents told you playing video games would make you gain a bunch of weight, lead to bad posture, etc, etc? Well, guess what? They're wrong!
Wii Fit, part of the Wii Series (which includes Wii Sports and Wii Play), is an interactive series of exercises, mainly using the Wii Balance Board. These exercises include yoga, strength exercises, aerobics, and fun little balance games. The game also keeps track of players' body mass index and weight.
It's a huge seller, and the Balance Board it comes with is also compatible with some other Wii and Wii U games.
As with any gym or exercise regime, you'll get out what you put in. Many of the toughest exercises are also the ones most easy to do even without the game (running, press-ups, or jackknifes), and the rest could easily be provided by some yoga and aerobic exercise videos. What Wii Fit provides that videos and willpower don't is a regular schedule and encouragement to keep going along with the ability to match your progress against earlier efforts.
Of course, there is some debate as to how effective it actually is as a weight loss tool (and some research shows that Wii Sports is more effective in that respect).
There is a sequel, Wii Fit Plus, which makes the original game pretty much obsolete as it contains everything the original does and more. A second sequel, Wii Fit U, is accompanied by the Fit Meter, a pedometer that tracks your physical activity and calories burned outside of using the game. The data can then be synced to your profile in the game. The female and male trainers also appear in the Super Smash Bros. series as playable characters.
My tropes are ready:
- Amusing Injuries: Your poor Mii gets abused a lot.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: Wii Fit U includes unlockable alternate outfits for your Mii. Most are Fun T Shirts for completing the pedometer courses (for instance, when you accumulate a climbing height equivalent to the Statue of Liberty, you get a shirt with the Statue on it).
- Embedded Precursor: Wii Fit Plus does everything Wii Fit did, and adds a bunch more content besides. If you have Plus but not the original, don't bother hunting down a copy of the latter unless you're a collector. Same goes for U, which includes most things that Plus does.
- Exergaming: Perhaps not the first, perhaps not even the Trope Codifier, but it was the first to prove that these games can be Cash Cow Franchises.
- Fanservice: The male Trainer's very buff, the female trainer has shapely curves. The female trainer has been a very popular Ms. Fanservice thanks to the appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series.
- Fantastic Fireworks: Each time you roll a ball in the right tube in Tilt City, you're granted with a firework. Each time you roll a big ball with a Mii face on it in the right tube, you're granted with a grand firework perfectly representing the Mii.
- Gameplay Grading: The better you do, the better your star ranking (1-4) will be.
- Guide Dang It!: If you don't know which muscles are your "core muscles", don't expect the game to stop and explain it to you.
- Gusty Glade: The winds in certain areas of the Tightrope Walk's Expert difficulty force you to adapt your balance.
- Human Snowball: Miss the jump in the ski jump minigame and your hapless Mii will roll down the slope as a big snowball.
- Idle Animation: In Wii Fit Plaza, if you don't load up your profile for several days, your Mii will yawn and fall asleep.
- Jump Scare: The "you lose" sound for Lotus Focus is a shout of "CUT!" followed by the candle going out and a quieter whisper of "And that's the end" or "this ends our session".
- Kiai: The Miis in Rhythm Kung Fu shout loudly when performing a move.
- Losing Horns: A sad tune is heard when you lose some minigames.
- Lotus Position: One of the training games. If you sit still enough long enough during this game, your character starts levitating.
- Mission-Pack Sequel: Wii Fit Plus has all of the training games on Wii Fit, adding some Training Plus exclusives and allows you to keep track of your pets' weights. At least it carries over your save data. Wii Fit U has further additions over Plus, though it seems some exercises got dropped in exchange.
- Opening the Sandbox: In the Island Cycling game, higher difficulties remove some roadblocks around the island, and after clearing the Expert mode you get a free-ride mode with a 30-minute session but no objective unless you want to pop all the beach balls hidden around the island.
- Progressive Instrumentation: In Rhythm Parade, your Mii begins as a lone baton-twirler. If you step in time and wave the controls at the right time, more characters join you, playing different instruments, and the music reflects this. But if you make a mistake, these characters disappear.
- Scenery Porn:
- Wii Fit Plus is worth buying for the beautiful lighting effects and fireworks in Tilt City alone.
- Wuhu Island, especially during the running, cycling, and chicken flapping exercises in Training Plus.
- Shout-Out: The trainer in Rhythm Boxing is a middle-aged heavyset black man who's very likely meant to be Doc Louis.
- Shows Damage: The punching bag in Rhythm Boxing emits smoke after enough landed punches. More punches mean more smoke.
- Simon Says Minigame: In Rhythm Boxing, an instructor will give you a series of instructions, including punching a sandbag, blocking, and dodging to either the left or right, then you have to match the instructions by punching with the Wii Remote or Nunchuk, and leaning to the correct side.
- Slippy-Slidey Ice World: The Advanced Obstacle Course is covered in ice, which makes it hard for your Mii to stop, and can send them careening off the edge of a platform or into something that will smack them silly.
- Snowball Fight: One of the Workout games in Wii Fit Plus is a big snowball fight, fittingly named "Snowball Fight".
- Snowy Sleigh Bells: Used in the Penguin Slide theme, the Snowball Fight theme, and the Core Luge theme, since all these activities are heavily related to Winter and/or ice.
- Spear Counterpart: There is both a male and female trainer. Between the two, the female trainer is treated as the "main" one, seeing as she's the default trainer in Super Smash Bros, which makes the male this.
- Squashed Flat: This will happen to your Mii in the obstacle course if you fail to jump over the logs in time.
- Tightrope Walking: One of the balance games challenges you to walk across a tightrope stretched between two skyscrapers high above the city streets. You walk in place atop the Balance Board to walk forward, and lean left and right to maintain balance and avoid falling over. Higher difficulties add more obstacles, such as wind that pushes you to one side and forces you to lean in the opposite direction to avoid falling, and chomping bear traps that you have to jump over with the right timing while balancing straight.
- Updated Re-release: Wii Fit Plus has new games, a slightly better weight system, and adds new functions such as the ability to track your pet's weights. Wii Fit U is treated more as a sequel, but it too has many of the same functions and exercises as before.
- The World Is Just Awesome: Wuhu Island is a truly fantastic work of art.