Both Wii Fit games and a Balance Board for under £30 (not including PnP)? Yeah, that sounds pretty good to me. However, you should be aware that the Balance Board in question is not Nintendo's official model and "is fully compatible with ALL Wii Fit Balance board games and features two anti slip zones". Cheers, gooner.
Nintendo has just announced that their home console, the Wii, has soared past the 30 million mark in Europe alone, with the Japanese mega-giant reporting the figures on Christmas Day, December 25th 2011. The figure confirms the Wii as Europe's best-selling current generation console, pipping the PS3 and Xbox 360 respectively. Sony reported the PS3 had hit 22 million in August 2011, with the number likely to have risen since then. Microsoft has declined to put an actual number on the 360's haul, while all three continue to lag behind the PS2, which has over 50 million users in Europe alone.
Furthermore, Nintendo has another figure to trumpet, with their Wii Balance Board edging ever closer to 42 million units sold worldwide. The number currently stands at 41.98 million, with the peripheral bundled between Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus, with the former edging the latter in the sales divide by almost three million units. Such success has lead to The Guinness Book of Records awarding the Balance Board the title of "best selling personal weighing device". Not bad. [Eurogamer]
Who wants a Half Life movie? Anyone? No? Of course not. A mute protagonist and two dozen hours of physics-based puzzles wouldn't work as a film... and yet plenty of studio offers and wild rumours have been flying around over the years. Buffy creator Joss Whedon was erroneously rumoured to be slated for the directorship earlier this year... but Valve boss Gabe Newell has now stated that a Half Life film could only be produced in-house or not at all.
"There was a whole bunch of meetings with people from Hollywood. Directors down there wanted to make a Half-Life movie and stuff, so they'd bring in [writers who] would pitch us on their story. And their stories were just so bad. I mean, brutally, the worst. Not understanding what made the game a good game, or what made the property an interesting thing for people to be a fan of."
"That's when we started saying: 'Wow, the best thing we could ever do is to just not do this as a movie, or we'd have to make it ourselves."
Personally I'm a fan of the first option... but considering that hilarious and successful 'Meet The Team' shorts, Valve might have what it takes to pen a worthwhile script. [PC Gamer]
Would you watch a Half Life film? Want to pitch an idea? Should directors just stay the hell away from our beloved games... or am I being too harsh on the concept? Have your say in the comments!
In case you still were clinging to the sad delusiuon that the PSP Go is anything other than a miserably failed experiment into the future of downloadable digital media, Square Enix has delivered the final piece of evidence. Sorry.
We recently reviewed Square's upcoming Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep as the finest spinoff to date and a "fitting swan song for the PSP"... but PSP Go owners simply won't be able to play it. Square have confirmed that there are no plans for a downloadable release in the forseeable future- so sorry, Kingdom Hearts fans, but it's UMD or bust. [Kotaku]
Awww. A long slow bank holiday Sunday occasionally calls for a soft story, and luckily the Ithica University 'Tots On Bots' project has provided us with an absolute doozy. The aim of the research is to provide babies that suffer from physical disabilities with a means of getting around, using a Wii Fit Balance Board as the input mechanism for a motorised chair. Apparently even disabled children have an innate desire to move towards their intended objective, and the weight shift is picked up by the peripheral and allows them to explore their surroundings. Heartwarming, yes, but it's also great to see videogame tech powering an invention that could potentially revolutionise special needs education (if the study proves successful). Naturally a sonar system defends from untoward crashes, and a remote control allows parents to take over in a pinch.
Here's some robot-powered baby footage for your perusal.
The next time someone idiotically states that videogames are harmful, be sure to point them in this direction. And then ironically act out your favourite scene from Manhunt while they're vulnerable. [Engadget via GoNintendo]
If you've had to try and untangle yourself out of a ridiculous yoga pose whilst using Wii fit to change the batteries in your balance board then I'm sure you'll be interested in taking advantage of this deal, which'll solve the mildly inconvenient problem of purchasing batteries but won't relieve your frustration when their juice eventually runs out leaving you looking like a piece of modern art perched on a white display stand.
Poundland are parting with rechargeable battery packs for around, wait a minute I think you've probably guessed the price already, an unsurprising £1. Unfortunately, they're not readily available so you'll have to check with your local to store to see if they're in stock.
Besides cutting down your battery costs, the packs provide you with around 20 hours worth of gameplay, so that's a good week and half's worth of work outs for all you fitness fanatics out there, and considerably more for the exercise challenged individuals amongst us.
Charging the packs is done via USB, and you can choose whether or not to hook them up to your Wii or PC when they need to be refuelled.
Any balance board owners out there, who are still using bog standard batteries, should definitely think about switching to these as rechargeables are the way to go when it comes to your peripherals.
Thanks to uglybeautyqueen @ HUKD
Ironically enough, one of the fastest selling games of all time barely meets the criteria by which we might classify a 'game' a 'game', but anyone overlooking the importance and cultural impact of Wii Fit does so at their own peril. Forget Mario, this is what really endeared the Wii to the hearts of mums everywhere, and what is arguably responsible for single-handedly standing in the face of videogame hatred and turning it on its head - proving that gaming can actually be good for you, or at least supplying connotations to that effect.
A cross between yoga, aerobics and circuit training, Wii Fit succeeds because it makes working out kind of fun, marrying classic Nintendo presentation with core circuit routines and gaming progression incentives. The only thing that could make it better would be Achievements/Trophies.
Quick reminder that Tesco Direct are back currently offering Wii Fit Plus along with a third party balance board for £59.97, but as it's over £50 you can get atenner knocked off by enetering in the code TDX-GD55 before you checkout. Considering that buying the two separately will cost nearly £90 and that this is the cheapest deal around for this bundle by at least £10, you're saving yourself a fair few pennies.
Don't forget to enter TDX-GD55 at the checkout to get it at this price! You'll have to add £5 to the price for delivery
It's worth noting that the Balance Board included here is not the official Nintendo board and, as such, it's not quite as responsive. It's perfectly serviceable, and will suit people who really just want to get cracking on with Wii Fit Plus, but it's not quite the finished article which would explain the price.
As for Wii Fit Plus itself, well it basically takes the original game and adds 15 new Aerobics/Balance modes and six unique Yoga and Strength-Training exercises. It's mainly for personal use, but there are a handful of modes that allow for up to 8 player multiplayer action.
Wii Fit takes the premise of making movement fun to its logical extreme and will appeal to anyone who finds the gym unpleasant and Stairmasters a chore, but you might want to consider holding out for that elusive package, long though that wait may be.
Thanks to mmm007 at HUKD
We sometimes get a little bit of flak for not posting in-store deals, with the supermarkets often offering local discounts at a smattering of stores, but the reasoning is that there's no way to determine whether or not such deals are universal and are almost certainly the result of regional stock rather than canny depreciation. This is not one of those deals, however, this is the real thing. For two weeks Sainsbury's have knocked a quarter off of their RRPs for a good chunk of Wii products, including the Wii Sports Resort console bundles, New Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart.
What this means to you the consumer is that you can now pick up a Wii along with MotionPlus and Resort for just £134.99, which is fantastically cheap and will save you around £20. In spite of the fact that this is the only game you'll ever really need for the Wii, you might be interested in a few of the other deals too. Scroll down below the link for more:
This is perfect for anyone looking to get their hands on a little bit of Ninty magic. We've seen the Wii priced this low on it's own or bundled with the original Wii Sports, but never quite like this. The same goes for New Super Mario Bros. and although that particular title is lacking in stock at the moment, the in-store deals are exactly the same at this point in time and considering the fortnightly length of the deal, the online stock should be good to go soon.
All in all, an excellent place to start if you've been umming and aaahing about picking up a Wii.
Thanks to mug51 at HUKD
I'm not going to lie, the Wii has never been my favourite console. There's still a gremlin-shaped part of me somewhere that cannot quite forgive Nintendo for just how lazy it has become since the Wii's release as, on a certain level, the Wii has proved that a well presented gimmick will sell much better than a lovingly crafted game, Super Mario Galaxy and Twilight Princess excepted. I don't want to go and open the enormous can of worms that the 'Who is a gamer?' question quite clearly signposts, but what I will do is highlight the fact that the Wii is no longer simply a media entertainment system. It's something much bigger than that, and it has a greater purpose: It's the saviour of bread.
In today’s news roundup we bring you news of the Wii Fit Balance Board's possible new role in the War on Terror. We see which game the Australian Board of Censorship have decided is much too violent to go on sale in the land of Oz – in its current form at least. And finally, we take a look at the recent sales figures from Japan after the Wii Fit Plus hits the shelves (and yes, it’s predictably good news for Nintendo).
Despite making as all take off our shoes, belts, and confiscating any toiletries bigger than a bar of soap, airport security is still not tough enough according to the Department of Homeland Security. In fact, rather than trying to identify terrorists by checking everyone’s shoes and hand luggage, US security agencies reckon that a far better method would be to actually scan the physiology make-up of all airport passengers. Homeland Security feels that it has stumbled across a peculiar physical trait which is exhibited by all terrorists who plan to blow up/ hijack aircrafts. They…fidget.
Yes, whether it’s down to excitement or nerves, apparently terrorists just can’t stop fidgeting. And Homeland Security thinks it has found the perfect way to identify whether an airport passenger’s high level of fidgeting means they could be a potential terrorist: with Wii Fit Balance Boards. That’s right; they are considering whether to incorporate Wii Fit Boards into airport check-in security in order to see whether ‘‘passengers with an unusually high amount of fidgetiness…have the desire or intent to do harm." I don’t see why Homeland Security don’t just give us all polygraph tests as soon as we set foot in an airport and ask us straight: ‘Are you a terrorist?’. [1up]
It seems like Nintendo are in for a very good Christmas yet again. Recent sales figures from Japan saw the Wii Fit Plus soar to the top of the game's charts with no less than 340.000 units sold. In second place was the football RPG Inazuma Eleven 2: Kyoui no Shinryakusha on the DS which followed with 281,000 sales according to Eurogamer. Sony’s high hopes for Gran Turismo on the PSP were dashed with the racing simulator trailing in forth place.
The future certainly does look promising for Nintendo’s Wii Fit sequel. With all of us continuing to lap up every self-help/get fit/correct all your imperfections system Nintendo throw at us, their lead on Microsoft and Sony seems set to extend even further. So expect another Christmas of Wii Fit panic buying as retailers struggle to meet the demands of desperate consumers seeking salvation from their bloated bellies. [Eurogamer]
With all this controversy about computer game violence; with people continuing to pose questions such as ‘will playing Grand Theft Auto turn me into murderer?’, and with murderers continuing to blame their heinous crimes on video games, it’s the Australians (out of every other nation) who are taking absolutely no chances. The latest game to find itself censored down under is the survival-horror-shooter Left for Dead 2.
According the Australian Classification Board, Left for Dead 2 will no longer feature any decapitation or dismemberment. There will be zero wound detail and piles of bodies will no longer be depicted lying around on the streets. There’s hardly even any blood as splatters now disappear as soon as they hit the floor! So while the rest of us over in Europe and America decapitate and dismember to our hearts content, those poor old Aussies will have to make do with clobbering zombies in a Left for Dead 2 version which is about as violent as an episode of Chucklevision. [Maximum PC]
It’s been dubbed one of the most successful video games of all time, and now the Wii Fit is down to £51.96 on the Hut. So now that it’s far too cold to be exercising out doors as winter is almost upon us – plus gym memberships are about the first thing everyone sacrificed to the economic recession – it’s all about getting into shape the Wii fit way. However do bear in mind regarding this deal that you need to enter the code Wii10 prior to checking out in order to bring the price down from £57.73 to £51.96.
There is no doubt that striving to fit etc is a very good thing, but, with regard to the Wii fit, just remember that it can be quite a cruel game, especially when you’re getting weighed by that board. The Wii Fit uses the good old BMI (Body Mass Index) to calculate your weight and, if you are over weight, will tell you by how much – and actually create a bloated little avatar to represent you (charming!).
The problem with BMI is that it is very inconsistent – in fact, after the decision of an American health corperation who moved the BMI ‘normal’ category down from 27 to 25, millions of people were made obese overnight! But whether you believe in BMI or not, Wii Fit can make you very paranoid. I’ve even heard of children who look perfectly in proportion being told they are overweight and being pretty devastated as a result. So as a Christmas present this one can be a bit of a double edged sword.
Thanks to Jake1983 from Hotukdeals.
If, unlike lazy me, you're still getting plenty of use out of your copy of Wii Fit then you may wish to buy an accessory pack for it. For less than eight pounds you can get a yoga mat, protective silicone cover for your Wii Fit board, rechargeable battery pack for the board, USB charging lead, a pair of sweatbands and a pedometer.
Winter is coming so who wants to be exercising in the misery of British weather when you could be shaking your hips to your Wii? The rechargeable battery pack and charging lead are bound to come in handy and with a pedometer counting your every step you can see how many calories you are burning on your trip to pick up your Saturday night Chinese takeaway.
The yoga mat is bound to come in handy – a more comfy work out and no more carpet burns on your knees to attract sniggers from your co-workers. It always surprises me how quickly my Wii board picks up random grime (mmm, says a lot for my housekeeping skills) and so, with ferrets darting around my flat chewing everything in sight, a protective cover is definitely a good idea!
The sweatbands are a bit more of a dubious economy but if you just look at them as a bonus opportunity to switch into a John McEnroe impression if you start to feel a bit bored of chilling out in the lotus position then it becomes obvious why they were included in the set.
Thanks to andywedge at Hotukdeals!
Everyone knows it’s just too hot to be doing any exercise outside at the moment, and with gym membership being the first thing everyone sacrificed to the economic recession, it’s all about getting into shape the Wii Fit way.
So if you’re currently looking to gain some accessories for your Wii Fit, Zavvi are selling a 6 in 1 Wii Board Pack for just £9.95. Might make a nice gift for the girlfriend providing she doesn’t take it the wrong way…
The deal consists of a range of paraphernalia which will supposedly enhance your Wii Fit experience. The most significant being a 173cm x 62cm Yoga mat which will allow gamers to experience ‘the favoured doctrine for mind, body and soul’. You also get other useful things such as a Wii Board Clear Silicone Protective Cover, Wii Board Rechargeable Battery Pack, and a USB Charging Lead.
Even more practical is a pedometer so you can measure how many steps you take around the house in an entire day, and 2 x sweat bands so you can really get into character and look like someone who enjoys exercise. For less than £10, this is clearly not a bad deal as you’re getting some useful accessories, but the whole Yoga Mat concept does give the impression that Nintendo were just trying to offer customers a little compensation when Wii Fits were like gold dust.
I mean how did people get by practicing Yoga before these mats came out? O yea, they used the damn floor!