As we all know, Wii Fit is being released on May 19th. Nintendo's hardware/software fitness bundle has already sold out its pre-orders from retailers such as Gamestop, and it might be hard to find a copy early on. It's shaping up to be another massive success for Nintendo.
So why am I not that excited? Am I not usually on board with most of Nintendo's initiatives?
I don't doubt Wii Fit is a fine, polished product. And I'm not ruling out buying it at some point this year. But I'm not really that excited about it anymore. Why?
1. Peripheral fatigue.
I already own a Wii Remote and Nunchuck, actually 4 each of them! I own a Zapper and Nyko's awesome Perfect Shot. And I own some classic controllers (for friends playing multiplayer Virtual Console games) and a Wavebird Gamecube controller. I honestly started to strain under the thought of another of white plastic hanging out in my small living room.
2. The gentle nature of the product doesn't excite me
From what I've seen from the demos, Wii Fit focuses on a sort of "Eastern Lite" version of working out, with yoga, step aerobics, and some trippy minigames. I'm not sure if I'd benefit from those sorts of exercises. I'm someone who, even though I'm a fat-fat-fatty, pretty much has to jog because I can never work up a sweat just walking.
3. I want to spend more time playing more traditional games
Ultimately, even though I have been very approaving of Nintendo's approach, I am in fact one of those awful core gamer guys. Yeah, maybe a core gamer who is a "fellow traveller" with the casuals, but I'm not a casual. Shoot, I just spent the past two weeks playing Shiren The Wanderer on DS- a game that has permadeath!
So, are any of you out there planning on taking the plunge, or not? And why? I'd love to hear your comments!