The Biggest Loser is looking like a winner
Last week was a big week for home exergames, as 3 Wii and one Nintendo DS games were released. The heavyweight, so to speak, was Wii Fit Plus, the successor to one of the biggest-selling games (in any category) of the century. But The Biggest Loser games for Wii and DS, plus Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2010 for Wii (the DS version is coming next week) were also looking for a piece of the fitness gamer’s budget.
I usually look first to the reviews at Amazon for fitness video games since they’re written by “average people” who might speak out a little more candidly since they had to pay for the games rather than get freebie review copies. JMFU2010 has several glowing reviews, but they’re mostly short on details and sound almost like blurbs on the box, and a lot of them are written by first-time reviewers, so – maybe it’s improved over 2009, but I’d rather see a more detailed review by one of the site’s exergaming enthusiasts.
Biggest Loser for Wii, however, may be the sleeper hit of this year’s fitness gaming crop. (It’s kind of funny to see Jillian competing with herself, but she says she had nothing to do with the BL game.) The game based on the TV reality hit has gotten accolades at Amazon, with reviewers saying it works well, looks good and has even helped trim some pounds.
Here’s a good video walkthrough of the game:
It does look like pretty much everything a fitness game should be, and it’s refreshing to see people on the screen who look like, well, many of its end users, instead of Gumbylike avatars.
Which reminds me, Daisy Fuentes Pilates for Wii is one exergame that bombed among the Amazon consumers, but just as some bad movies generate hilarious reviews, this review of Daisy’s game at AV Club is good for a chuckle.