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 already being used as a peripheral for 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 (eg. 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 on 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 show that Wii Sports is more effective in that respect).
There is a sequel entitled 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, has been released for the Wii U. It is accompanied by the Fit Meter, a pedometer that tracks your physical activity and calories burned outside of using Wii Fit U. The data can then be synced to your profile in the game. The female and male trainers appear in the new Super Smash Bros. as playable characters. Is your body ready?
Contains examples of:
- 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.)
- Bare Your Midriff: The female trainer only wears a sports bra, exposing her stomach.
- Butt-Monkey/Amusing Injuries: Your poor Mii gets abused a lot.
- Clucking Funny: The Bird's-Eye Bullseye game dresses your Mii up in a chicken suit as you flap your arms to fly around.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Until you reach the "Extra" difficulty, which exchanges it for a penguin suit. Obviously, penguins don't fly as well.
- Distaff Counterpart: The trainers.
- Embedded Precursor: Wii Fit Plus does everything Wii Fit did, and it adds a bunch more content besides. If you have Plus but not the original, don't bother hunting down a copy unless you really need a complete collection. 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 these games can be Cash Cow Franchises.
- 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.
- Human Snowball: Miss the jump in the ski jump minigame and your hapless Mii will roll down the slope as a big snowball.
- Fantastic Fireworks: Each time you roll a ball in the right tube in Tilt City, you are granted with a firework. Each time you roll a big ball with a Mii face on it in the rght tube, you're granted with a grand firework perfectly representing the Mii.
- 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.
- Lotus Position: One of the training games. If you sit still enough long enough during this game, your on-screen character starts levitating.
- Mission-Pack Sequel: Wii Fit Plus has all of the training games on Wii Fit, including some Training Plus exclusives and allows you to keep track of your pets' weights. At least the sequel carries over your save data. Wii Fit U has further additions over Plus, though it seems some exercises got dropped in exchange.
- Mondegreen: One move in Rhythm Kung Fu sounds like everyone is yelling "CAP-COM!"
- Nintendo Hard: Some of the balance games (and the Training Plus in Wii Fit Plus)
- 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 thirty-minute session but no objective unless you want to pop all of the beach balls hidden around the island.
- Rank Inflation:The better the player performs, the better will be his star rating, which goes from 1 to 4.
- 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, a middle-aged heavyset black man designed to look like Doc Louis from Punch-Out!!.
- Shows Damage: The punching bag in Rhythm Boxing emits smoke after enough landed punches. More punches mean more smoke.
- 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. It is very fittingly named "Snowball Fight".
- Snowy Sleigh Bells: Sleigh bells are 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 ice.
- Squashed Flat: This will happen to your Mii in the obstacle course if you fail to jump over the logs in time.
- Tightrope Walking: This is featured as one of the balance games.
- Updated Re-release: Wii Fit Plus. It has new games, a slightly better weight system, and there are now new functions such as the ability to track your pet's weights. Wii Fit U is treated more as a new game than just a rerelease, 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. If only it were real...