A third installment in the Active Life series for Wii is coming! It will be called Active Life Explorer, and will have a treasure-hunting theme. GoNintendo has a description and screen shots, and there’s also a trailer for the European version, Family Trainer Treasure Adventure:
This game will allow one to eight players (either they take turns, or each person stands on one spot!) and will use the same Active Life mat as the other games. I love the intensity of the games on Active Life Outdoor Challenge (I don’t have the follow-up, Extreme Challenge, which sounds like little more than a reskinning of much the same games) and I hope the “treasure hunting” theme means there will be a minigame similar to Walk It Out!
We are in the heart of the “snowmageddon” zone – 2 major blizzards in 4 days – so not only do we have to do our workouts indoors, but I need to strengthen up my muscles for shoveling 40-plus inches of snow. I already spent several hours on Monday shoveling around my street, and my shoulders, butt, abs and arms are still aching. So until I can get out and shovel again, once the high winds and whiteout conditions have died down, I’m working out my core with Wii.
This is one time I regret not having a balance board s0 I can enjoy wintery games like the We Ski or Shaun White series. So instead I’m escaping to the tropical setting of Active Life Outdoor Challenge. This is a superb exergame for the whole family, and some of its mat minigames are great for those shoveling muscles.
Three that stand out in that category are the kayak game, the mine cart game and the pipe slider game. In the kayak game, you just stand on the mat and vigorously “paddle” with your remote down a raging river. In mine cart, you pump the remote up and down to power your cart through a twisty mine, and whenever there’s a curve in the track, you have to lift one foot off the mat and balance on one leg while pumping.
But the biggest upper body workout of all is the pipe slider. In what is maybe unique among mat games, you have to sit on the mat and bang on the arrows to push your sled forward through a pipe. Think of pushing your sled down a not-so-steep hill. Your shoulders and arms will burn!
Special honorable mention goes to the mountain boarding game, which requires you to not only stand on the mat and steer by stepping on the arrows, but also whenever a tunnel appears, you have to “duck” into the tunnel by leaning over and striking the mat with one hand. This getting-down and getting-up is fantastic for the whole body.
Active Life Outdoor Challenge is nothing compared to the REAL outdoor challenge awaiting me outside my door, but it’s a fun way to get myself prepared for the real thing. To everyone else in the blizzard zone, best wishes and stay safe!