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Title: Wii Fit
Post by: AmandaGal on May 21, 2008, 01:08:31 AM
Anyone planning to get this?  I have been working tonight, which is the launch, but my mom works at Wal-mart in the electronics department and she said there was a big line (she estimated about 100 folks) and they only got 30 of them in.   It's pretty odd for a game to be a sell out.  Leave it to Nintendo to create a sellout and create an artificial buzz.

I was planning on getting one today after work.  I get off at 6:30 am so that's too late for Wally world.  Target opens at 8:00.  Best Buy at 9:00. I'll swing by after work and see if there's a line (if there is, screw that).

I guess it's kind of a girly game so none of you guys are probably exciting about it.  I think this is the best week every because everything I've been looking forward to summer wise is happening: the release of Wii Fit, the new Indy movie and this weekend is our big memorial day music festival.

The rest of the "summer" is going to be a drag compared :)
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Sheik Yerbouti on May 21, 2008, 02:40:03 AM
My wife is interested so I'm going to try and get my hands on one, too.  I went by Target the other day and they confirmed they were getting them on Wednesday.  I asked if they had a waiting list but the guy in electronics said there would be plenty.  So either he's not keeping up with the buzz about Wii Fit or or the demand has been exaggerated.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on May 21, 2008, 06:47:29 AM
Apparently, it's not for kids (http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2217144/nintendo-apologises-calling).
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: k1 on May 21, 2008, 07:04:59 AM
My wife went down to Sears to use a $100 gift card we got for Christmas to get it.  The truck was late and they're only getting 2 copies in.  They don't do pre-orders or hold copies either.

I called the other local Sears and asked for (and I quote) "The Wii Fit Video Game" and was promptly transferred by the person in the Electronics section to the Hardware section because she didn't know what I was talking about.

After he transferred me back up there she pretty much started yelling at me to stop calling because she didn't know what it was. "So stop asking".

Very odd.

And that's why I normally go to Best Buy.  (plus the reward zone bucks)
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: TeamRAD on May 21, 2008, 07:29:32 AM

I casually looked for it this morning while I was doing some laundry and didn't come across any. I wanted to give it a shot for the snowboarding/skiing aspects of it.

For kicks, I checked out the Amazon Marketplace and there's 90 of them up already with the lowest sitting at $125. Yikes, I'll pick one up sometime this summer.

Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: k1 on May 21, 2008, 08:21:16 AM
Wife picked it up at Best Buy.

Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Compound on May 21, 2008, 08:22:53 AM
AG: Good luck. It's selling very quickly, according to the reports that I'm seeing. If all else fails, you might want to check a local Blockbuster. They get popular games in for sale as well, so they might have a copy.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: k1 on May 21, 2008, 08:38:02 AM
Apparantly we're all fat lazy slobs out here in MA.  My wife said the BB employee told her she got the first copy they had sold.  Nobody else had come in looking for it yet.  (I probably should have told her to grab a few copies and sold them!)
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Sheik Yerbouti on May 21, 2008, 09:42:15 AM
I had no trouble finding one here in Las Vegas.  I went to Wal Mart around 6:30 this morning after getting out of work and they must have had a dozen of them.  I seriously thought about getting two or three and reselling the others  ;D  but that seemed like too much hassle.  My wife and I have been playing with it for the last hour or so and I've got to say it's extremely cool.  Leave it to Nintendo to find a way to get us fatasses to exercise and make it fun!
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: k1 on May 21, 2008, 10:28:06 AM
If that family in the news sues Nintendo for saying their kid was "obese" maybe I should sue them for saying my pregnant wife is "obese".

hmm....
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Fortis on May 21, 2008, 11:11:41 AM
I picked one up here in Vegas at walmart at midnight...there were 12 people ahead of me. I only played it for an hour last night and then went to bed...and I got to admit, I thought this game would be gimmicky and I would lose interest after a week of playing...but It was really fun. I actually started thinking of the trainer I have as a real person and thanked her when she said I was doing good, and gave me advice.

Yoga is crazy...this is my first attempt at anything yoga, and on one of the yoga-exercise things, my spine popped right into alignment...it was fantastic!
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Tyrant on May 21, 2008, 02:04:42 PM
We've been sitting on a $50 Walmart gift card we got for Christmas that we intend to spend on Wii Fit (because they never restocked Masterpiece Starscream  :P). With any luck, Pak managed to grab it before he went to work today. I'm looking forward to seeing what it has to offer. The resistance training looks kind of tame to me, as do the yoga poses. I hope they allow you to safely add on hand weights and get you to bend yourself into a pretzel at some point.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: DarthChimay on May 21, 2008, 02:19:12 PM
I guess it's kind of a girly game so none of you guys are probably exciting about it.  I think this is the best week every because everything I've been looking forward to summer wise is happening: the release of Wii Fit, the new Indy movie and this weekend is our big memorial day music festival.

I've been looking forward to it. I'm curious to see how the pad works. I wonder if they'll make other non-fitness games that utilize it. Maybe we should use it in one of our Wii games.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: k1 on May 21, 2008, 02:53:13 PM
Wii Ski (or something like that) will use the board.  And supposedly Raving Rabbids 3 will as well.

Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: AmandaGal on May 21, 2008, 05:13:58 PM
I got one, but Target didn't have them. I had been sitting on a $50 target card since Christmas too.  Oh well. I have to buy someone a shower gift and she's registered at Target.  I figured I'd pick it up at Best Buy and use the Target card to get her shower gift.

I haven not played that much though.  I did hula hoops and some push-ups.  I haven't even looked at most of the categories.  It's very responsive though.  I am a little impressed. 
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Fortis on May 21, 2008, 05:55:52 PM
This game kicked my butt...I consider myself a pretty strong person, and did good with the strength training stuff. But the balance games and yoga kicked my butt. They worked out muscles I didn't even know I had, and because I was so impressed with what the game had to offer, I didn't realize how tired I was until I finished every exercise I unlocked...yow I'm tired.

Congratulations nintendo...

Still I worry for people that might hurt themselves because of them not exercising like...at all. Some of these were way hard, even though I work out a lot, I hope we don't start hearing about old people breaking their hips and little kids screwing up their backs. That would suck.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Sheik Yerbouti on May 21, 2008, 08:05:38 PM

Still I worry for people that might hurt themselves because of them not exercising like...at all. Some of these were way hard, even though I work out a lot, I hope we don't start hearing about old people breaking their hips and little kids screwing up their backs. That would suck.

Seriously.  What's the over/under on the first news report of someone suffering from a heart attack while playing Wii Fit?  And then of course the family will sue Nintendo because they didn't let you know exercise could be strenuous.   You know it'll happen. 
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Pak-Man on May 22, 2008, 02:23:14 AM
I managed to snag one of the last 2 copies in town. I'm enjoying it so far. One of the things that has always frustrated me about working out is that I always know I'm doing it wrong, but I'm never sure where I'm going astray. Being able to watch my center of balance fall off-kilter helps me learn to do it right. This was $80 well spent. If I stick to it, I might even get healthy or something. :^)
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: k1 on May 22, 2008, 04:44:39 AM
I've already got a bad back and a jacked up knee due to some nasty soccer injuries a few years back, so shocking my balance isn't so hot when I have to stand on one leg.  And I'm not that flexibile either.

One of the discs in between my vertebrae in my lower back is 3/4 gone.  I've been told I'll need surgery on it eventually.

But the game was fun.  I especially enjoyed when they showed you your center of balance afterwards and the red line was jumping all over the place.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: k1 on May 22, 2008, 07:59:16 PM
Did much better today on the various balance & yoga type stuff.  But gained a few pounds thanks to all the delicious ballpark food at Fenway.

I really should have hit preview... oops.

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Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Tyrant on May 22, 2008, 09:19:36 PM

  We've had roughly 24 hours with this game now. My impressions so far:

  Likes: Some challenging aerobic and balance games. The marble game looks especially fun (so far I've only watched Pak play it). The resistance training is really stroking my ego big time since I've been pumping iron for years and the unweighted exercises are nothin' right now. With added reps I can see how, even with no weights, they can become challenging for me with time, however. My fear of them not including the option for weights may be ungrounded. The whole competitive aspect of regular workouts and doing them well against other players is a huge bonus, in my mind. It means Pak and I may keep trying to out do each other and get healthier as we go. I also like how the game challenges you to concentrate on balance most of the time, which I see older people really benefiting from (assuming any are playing the game). The game also verified why I have plantar fasciitis in that I put all my weight on my heels 99.9% of the time. I'm hoping the game can help me change that so I'm not hobbling around every morning like an old woman.

  Dislikes (ie: nitpicking from an exercise whore, sorry): When will we ever stop using BMI charts? BMI charts are not accurate in that they don't take into consideration how much muscle mass you may have, or if you have a large-small skeletal frame and other factors that may effect how much you weigh. Being told you're "overweight" when you're actually not (at least not in the bad way) is a real downer.  :P Figuring in a simple line of questioning like,"Do you lift weights regularly?" could lend a bit more accuracy. I like the jogging trail, but the game really needs to allow you to cool down better at the end, as it stops you rather abruptly when the trail ends. About five minutes walking in place could bring the heart rate down in a safer way. I elected to do that on my own when I tried it, but a lot of people (Pak, I'm talking to you) don't seem to know to do that after vigorous exercise. My only other complaint is with the Yoga program. They have you graduate from Warrior (easy) to Tree (semi-hard) pose and there are a whole host of other positions (some of them even unlockable in the game) they could have included that would have served as good transitional poses for folks who don't usually do Yoga. Pak (who's never touched Yoga until now) did awesome with the program up until the Tree pose. I'd imagine most Yoga newbies had the same experience.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Fortis on May 22, 2008, 10:53:27 PM
The tree pose kicked my butt...
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: k1 on May 29, 2008, 06:51:10 PM
The tree pose kicked my butt...

The plank one was bad times... I couldn't quite figure out where I was supposed to be putting my weight on the board (up towards my wrists? elbows? all of the above?) Not to mention the edge of the board is about 2 inches from my elbow on this one and it hurt like crap.  That board is not so comfy.

I'm still playing about 15-30 min a day though and having fun.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Fortis on May 29, 2008, 07:03:31 PM
I've been playing this game steadily since it came out...I'm way suprised. I've always eaten healthy my entire life, my problem was having an office job that keeps me on my butt all day.

I've lost 6 pounds so far, and have lost about a pound and a half each day. That's intense.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: k1 on May 29, 2008, 08:46:46 PM
I've been playing this game steadily since it came out...I'm way suprised. I've always eaten healthy my entire life, my problem was having an office job that keeps me on my butt all day.

I've lost 6 pounds so far, and have lost about a pound and a half each day. That's intense.

Yeah I'm in the same boat.  My desk used to be on the 5th floor and I'd take the stairs all the time, but then we moved to a new building and I was on 1.  Then I moved to 2 (more of a desk than a corner office type thing like I had which blew) but they gave me a parking spot in the garage below the 1st floor.  But there's no stairs to get down there, so I have to take the elevator.  So I've been doing less walking which sucks.  That'll change now that it's nice out and I can walk to Dunkin Donuts for coffee from my house.

But I'm down about 5 myself.  (Went up a pound and a half after pigging out at my kids 2nd B-day party, but then back down since then)

Soon I'll be ripped.
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Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Mrs. C on May 29, 2008, 08:49:44 PM
Ok, that's insane.   I take yoga and I don't lose that much - (5 lbs in the last 2 weeks. - go me.)

Somebody send me a Wii.  And one of these games.  I got me some baby weight to lose before the Con.

Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Fortis on May 30, 2008, 12:25:52 AM
This game is weird...I do really good in all of the strength training (except for the push-ups, I screwed up my wrist a year ago and I haven't bench pressed or done a push up since before then...it sucks) but Yoga, every single time I do it, destroys me! I am not a very flexible person, at all, and yoga is killing me off, I've never been so tired after a work out before.

You yoga-ers that I silently made fun of in my mind with your meditations and your sun salutations...have earned my respect and admiration.

I think I'm going to post my progress here as I go along...it'd be cool if others did too.


Oh and Mrs. C, you have to get a wii...you will never regret it
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: AmandaGal on May 30, 2008, 03:49:41 AM
I'm pretty good at the Yoga and balance, but I used to do Yoga twice a day and run at least two miles a day before pharmacy school kicked my ass and made me a lazy bum (coincidently, I was about 20 lbs lighter in those days...wonder why).   It's much easier to exercise when you set your own schedule.  I've been trying to get back into daily running, but once you break that routine, it's hard to start again.  I did do a marathon this year (and I pulled a muscle halfway through and almost died, but hey I crossed the finish).

Anywho, strength training I suck at.  I've never been able to do a push up that wasn't girly style.  I've been working on at least getting to where I don't suck at those.

I heard somewhere there was kick boxing on the Wii Fit menu, but I haven't seen it.  Waa. I wanted to kickbox.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: ebeth on May 30, 2008, 03:59:58 AM
We got one and I am excited to say that I am obese...like the cheese steaks are gonna eat themselves...my boyfriend on the other hand is considered underweight and needs to gain 11 pounds so that he won't look like an abuse victim.  I have taken to acknowledging us as Jack Sprat and Wife in attempt to make myself feel better about my love of butter.

I am looking forward to balancing my huge ass as I fake ski.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: k1 on May 30, 2008, 05:48:27 AM
I heard somewhere there was kick boxing on the Wii Fit menu, but I haven't seen it.  Waa. I wanted to kickbox.

Is that the one on Aerobics (I think?) on the bottom right?  I haven't unlocked that one yet and I can't make out what the picture is showing.

The punching bag one is kinda fun.  If you had to step like that in the Wii Sports boxing it'd be much more fun.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Pak-Man on May 30, 2008, 11:36:31 AM
So has anyone completed the Ultimate Balance Test? (Click on the exercising balance board in the background from the training screen.) I can't get through the 3rd round. :^)
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Fortis on May 30, 2008, 11:41:02 AM
I didn't dare try...I'm not good at the easy balance tests
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: k1 on May 30, 2008, 12:59:11 PM
I've been too scared to try as well.

Maybe tonight I'll try it.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Tyrant on May 31, 2008, 01:23:30 AM
Yoga: Still not a big deal for me. I kept screwing up the Warrior pose in terms of balance until I discovered the game wants me to practically do the splits to even out my weight. Okay, so it forces everyone to do an advanced Warrior pose. Everything else is fine with this program and, I'm sure a few forum members will want to kick me in the teeth for saying so, really easy (for me). But I've been doing Yoga for a long time now. The poses are pretty easy unto themselves. The challenge is with the balance stuff and keeping that little stupid dot in the yellow circle.

Strength Training: I'm unlocking crap left and right. Unlocked the Jacknife challenge last night. The game made me feel good about myself by letting me beat the trainer at it (but we only did 10 reps, so....).

Aerobics: Still having issues with the jogging thing, but when you add in a cool down yourself, it's not so bad. Beat Pak's score on the stepping game viciously.  >:D Also did over 500 revolutions with 5  hula hoops in the Super Hula game.

Balance Games: Actually not doing too many of these, although I keep unlocking new ones by doing other things with the other programs.

I'm not sure how much I've lost, but enough in the few weeks we've had the game to get my BMI rating to "normal". Yay for me!
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: k1 on May 31, 2008, 05:58:18 AM
So has anyone completed the Ultimate Balance Test? (Click on the exercising balance board in the background from the training screen.) I can't get through the 3rd round. :^)

Tried it one time last night and I beat the first 2 rounds with hardly any trouble, but couldn't get past "2" on the 3rd one.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Fortis on June 02, 2008, 09:45:33 PM
Woo! I lost 7 pounds in 4 days...is that even possible!?!!?!
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Tyrant on June 02, 2008, 10:08:59 PM
Woo! I lost 7 pounds in 4 days...is that even possible!?!!?!

  Your weight is gonna shift back and forth by 2-3 pounds on a regular basis, so really you've lost 4 or 5 pounds. But not to rain on your parade as it sounds like you're doing really good. Just don't lose too much too fast. 1-1.5 pounds a week (not counting normal fluctuation) is considered normal. Did you sweat a lot in the last few days?  :)
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Fortis on June 02, 2008, 11:11:18 PM
Woo! I lost 7 pounds in 4 days...is that even possible!?!!?!

  Your weight is gonna shift back and forth by 2-3 pounds on a regular basis, so really you've lost 4 or 5 pounds. But not to rain on your parade as it sounds like you're doing really good. Just don't lose too much too fast. 1-1.5 pounds a week (not counting normal fluctuation) is considered normal. Did you sweat a lot in the last few days?  :)

Ive been steadily losing weight with wii fit since I got it...it has fluctuated a bit, but its been a consistent weight loss. And I live in Vegas where it has just gotten extremely hot...I've been sweating a lot.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: k1 on June 03, 2008, 11:11:04 AM
I had the same BMI for 3 straight days.  I appear to have leveled out for the time being.

Just for kicks (since Wii Fit will let you say you're born as recent as 2006) we had my son try it out.  (He just turned two about 10 days ago)  His high score so far without us helping is in the mid-30's on the soccer ball game after about 5 tries.  We keep trying to get video of him playing but he gets distracted by the camera.

I'll definitely post video when I get a chance.  It's pretty amusing.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Tyrant on June 12, 2008, 01:05:05 PM
So I'm still not really losing any weight thanks to this game. Since I pump iron on a regular basis, I really don't foresee that happening and am content to drift within my normal 2-3 lb plus/minus range. I have to say that the game does make you less likely to indulge in bad foods due to the fact that it encourages you to weigh in every day and you can see the damages immediately. Note: it doesn't STOP you from indulgences, just makes you more aware of them and maybe less likely to eat them, or eat less, or compensate for them later on. Nice.

I've unlocked all the balance games, strength exercises (minus 2 challenges) and yoga poses and am one away from unlocking all the aerobics stuff. I find the "Free Step" thing to be quite useful in the evening after I've had my dinner to burn off a little extra while I watch TV. My pedometer and the step counter on the game don't sync up, however. I put in 1,900 steps in the 20 minute setting but my pedometer is saying roughly 1,200. I'm also noticing a slight increase in stamina from the running-in-place stuff in the game, which is something I sorely lack due to significant lung damage after years of having repeated bouts of pneumonia. The increase in stamina is helping out with my outside walking/running somewhat. Thanks, Wii Fit!
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: k1 on June 12, 2008, 01:17:38 PM
Note: it doesn't STOP you from indulgences

That's part of the 2 player mode where the other person smacks you with the board WWE-style!  Maybe you haven't unlocked that yet.  ;D
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Fortis on June 12, 2008, 01:28:59 PM
That's really cool that wii fit is helping you with your stamina, very cool.

Yeah, I've hit sort of a rut with wii fit, I was losing about a pound and a half with wii fit everyday. But since monday I've stayed the same weight within a couple pounds. I knew this would happen, but I didn't think it would so soon. The tally is, I've lost about 12 pounds with wii fit, and earlier in the year I lost 15 pounds on a diet. So 28 pounds lost since January. Thats intense.

I really like the Free Step thing as well, I have a schedule I've set up for myself. I get home from work, and then begin exercising, at the half hour mark, the news comes on (with the hot newscaster) and I do free step for twenty minutes during the news.

I've been getting some great workouts with wii fit, and I've noticed changes in my metabolism, body clock, and my overall awareness during the day. I feel tired less, and going off of what Tyrant has said...even though I eat pretty healthy, I do notice if I eat out, or if I eat more than usual, I don't lose as much with wii fit, so weighing in everyday has helped me to say no to getting something to eat quick at a fast food joint, and instead cooking my own meals at home.

Something interesting, like I said, I had been losing about 1.3 pounds steadily with wii fit. And one day, I had a burger and fries at wendies, and I weighed in the next day. I gained 0.3 pounds. But when I ate at subway or In-n-out burger, I still had the steady weight loss trend at the next weigh in.

I've decided with the rut I'm in, in the lack of losing weight with Wii Fit...I"m going to move on to doing more outside of wii fit, like swimming and running. And hopefully I will continue to lose weight. Oh, as a side note, wii fit told me my ideal weight is 145...there is no way I'm ever going to weigh that much. My little brother weighs that much, and he is as tall as me, but he has a small bone structure, and not much muscle mass. I have a gigantic bone structure, and a lot of muscle mass. I tried telling wii fit, but it wouldn't listen, that I haven't weighed that much since I was in 8th grade...and I wasn't even fat back then!
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Tyrant on June 12, 2008, 01:42:29 PM
Note: it doesn't STOP you from indulgences

That's part of the 2 player mode where the other person smacks you with the board WWE-style!  Maybe you haven't unlocked that yet.  ;D


 :clap:    :D

Something interesting, like I said, I had been losing about 1.3 pounds steadily with wii fit. And one day, I had a burger and fries at wendies, and I weighed in the next day. I gained 0.3 pounds. But when I ate at subway or In-n-out burger, I still had the steady weight loss trend at the next weigh in.

  Aaah, nothing interupts steady weight loss/gain like protein and iron. I feel your pain. Anytime I have a week-long eating affair with chicken or fish (which is what they tell you to eat), my weight either stays the same or I actually gain a bit. Within 24 hours of eating, say, a steak or hamburger, I suddenly drop 3-4 lbs out of nowhere and I don't gain it back unless I go back to eating protein from other sources.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Tyrant on August 08, 2008, 07:53:29 PM
*BUMP*

   I would just like to announce that Wii Fit has deemed me as having a "normal" BMI for, like, three weeks now. And then some. I seem to be losing about half a pound a week. I figured I didn't have much to lose given my weight training routine, but there ya go. I won't mind the weight loss unless I notice I'm losing muscle.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Fortis on August 08, 2008, 10:31:13 PM
Congrats Tyrant!

Myself I've lost about 14 pounds with wii fit. And its really helped me out...I feel great right now, and its made me much more active than I was, even though I felt I was pretty active.


Thats really cool Tyrant, congrats, It still says I'm overweight, but its always going to say that with my build.  :-\
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: k1 on August 09, 2008, 07:15:29 AM
I've been stuck at a BMI of around 25.02 and can't seem to get it down much lower.  But admittedly I've been slacking after 2 weeks of it staying exactly the same.
Title: Re: Wii Fit
Post by: Invader_quirk on September 05, 2008, 09:15:00 AM
I got Wii Fit a few weeks ago, and it really got me motivated to take better care of myself. I'm actually underweight, and checking my weight every day has really helped me gain some weight. Something like 5 pounds since I got it.