The computer games industry usually targets its products to the male market, but all that has changed with Nintendo’s Wii Fit. For this new game is also being advertised to families, older people and women. This more generalised campaign appreciates the universal appeal of the Wii Fit as, like its name suggests, it is all about raising our heart rates, working up a sweat and all through playing a computer game.
The game features over 40 exercises and games, with these broken down into four categories: yoga, aerobic exercises, balance games and muscle conditioning. Upon buying it, you also get kitted out with a Wii balance board which helps you check and monitor your weight, your body mass index (BMI) and helps you customize games to best suit your personal fitness. With this, it measures your progress and helps set personalised goals. It seems like another masterstroke from Nintendo, following fast after the hugely popular Mario Kart Wii.
Many stores and online sites have already sold out of the game since its release only last Friday, but to get yourself fit with a Nintendo Wii, check out stock levels at Amazon.
It was the game we were all waiting for and since its UK release last Friday, Mario Kart Wii has become the the most successful first party Nintendo game ever. The game has also been crowned the eighth biggest launch ever in the UK, selling more than the other five Mario Wii games combined, knocking Gran Turismo 5: Prologue down the sales charts. Wow!
Mario Kart Wii sees the likes of long-time Nintendo staples such as Italian plumber Mario, his brother Luigi, Toad and Wario race one another in places such as volcanoes and like past versions, also includes a battle option where players combat one another. The game, which has been a firm favourite with fans of racing games for years, even harks back to its cherished past with races from former formats included in this latest incarnation.
Stocks are said to be low at many stores, so be quick to grab yourself a copy by ordering online from game.co.uk for £34.99.
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If you have never played any of the guitar hero games, you should head down to your nearest Game on the 23rd of November and pick up a copy of guitar hero three for the PS2 PS3 Xbox and Wii. This is a must have for anyone that loves console dancing games, or just anyone that loves console games which offer something different.
To play this game you will need to have one of the amazing guitar controllers – you can buy one along with the game – These plastic controllers look a bit like the pretend guitar kids toys you get in Argos, they have five coloured buttons on the fret board and a whammy bar. The aim of the game is to watch the fret board that moves along with the music. When a coloured dot appears on the screen you press the conresponding colour button on the guitar and voila, you are playing the song. Its best to watch the clip above to see what I really mean.
Previous Guitar Hero games have allowed you to master playing some classic songs by legendary bands such as Guns and Roses and Nivarna but the music on the latest game is better than ever. Tracks include Metallica’s One, The Sex Pistols Anarchy in the UK and Muse knights of Cydonia. Other new features include a two player battle mode which you can play over a network. If you are doing well you store up “star power” which you can use to send an attack to your competitor such as a ‘broken string’ or ‘double notes’. Like the other Guitar Hero games there is a career mode where you can advance to unlock more songs of increasing difficulty level. This time however there is a story line to the career mode, but not a particularly exciting one. I won’t say any more in case I spoil the fun. Watch the review of the game above to find out more and pre-order if from Game for £34.99 here.
The new game by Valve the makers of Half-life and Counter Strike, came out this Autumn and it’s what all the cool kids are playing. The game involves physical puzzles, where you must navigate your way through test chambers using the lastest invention by Apperture Science, the portal gun. You gradually learn how to use the gun as you progress through the game, its a bit like being in one of those weapons training sessions that you get at the beginning of most 1st person shooters except this time Valve have made a whole game out it.
The game isn’t very long, there are 19 levels and some only take a few minutes to complete, so you don’t have to worry too much about getting addicted – this game is short but very sweet. The video below makes the game look a bit more fast paced and action packed than it is. There aren’t really many “enemies” to kill and there isn’t much heart-racing pounding music, but this game doesn’t need it, the mental challenges and the awe inspiring game physics are enough to make you want to complete the game in one sitting.
We don’t often write about computer games on this blog which is a bit of a shame because there as so many great games about at the moment. I’ve recently had some more time and some more hard drive space so I’m back into gaming again… but I still think the best computer games are ones that you can play with your friends and obviously console games are the best for this.
At our house we have been particularly enjoying playing Wii Play for the Nintentdo Wii. This is quite a basic game but its simplicity makes it great for playing with a large group of friends. There are 9 games in the package and they are all really easy to pick up. You can design your own character, a Mii, and pick yourself and your friends out in a crowd in a “wheres wally” style observation game. There is Wii billards and air hockey which are so much more fun to play using the wii controllers that the usual wired controllers.
There are also some quirky games such as fishing and “Charge!” a crazy cow racing game! The only snag with this game is that you can only play with two players at a time so you will have to take turns but the games are really short so you shouldn’t be waiting for two long. Plus watching others is as fun as playing yourself. To find out more visit the offical Wii Website.
I just found a really cool site that I had to share with you, it is a selection of models and celebrity illustartions that you can dress up in different clothes by clicking and placing them on the body yourself. Above is one I created of Tyra Banks, they also have Mariah Carey, Halle Berry, Ashton Kutcher, Angelina Jolie and loads more. They are known as dress up dolls and all the illustrations are extremely realistic.
Give it a go, it’s really fun! The website is called Cartoon Doll Emporium, you can now dress up your favourite celebrities in what you think they should wear!
This is a bit of a strange concept but I guess there’s never a bad time to work those brain cells – the more you use your mind the quicker it will think (apparently) so instead of staring at the bathroom wall wasting precious time when you’re sitting on the loo, why not get your mind onto the loo roll instead?
The Mind Trainer Loo Roll has ten different puzzles/games imprinted onto it, including Sudoku, Ladders and mental arithmatec – just make sure you keep a pen stored in your bathroom. Don’t let yourself leave the loo until you’ve finished the puzzle – you’re mind will be sharper in no time!
So Valentines Day is approaching fast – the day dreaded by single girls everywhere! Watching all those smug couples planning their romantic evenings out makes those without someone feel more like Bridget Jones than ever.
So for those of you planning a night in alone why not have your own fun with a virtual boyfriend? At least there’s none of the hassle of a real relationship, and you have a choice of eight men! The V-boy game is the latest Tamagotchi style craze and allows you to practice your relationship skills – the happier the virtual boyfriend is the more points you collect and the longer the relationship lasts.
It’s pretty easy to upset these virtual boyfriends though as each has their own personality. Different things will annoy different men and things about them will probably annoy you – sounds a lot like real life to me! The game does contain language of an adult nature so if you’re buying it as a gift be careful who you give it to! For £19.99 this will at least entertain you and may even remind you that the grass isn’t always greener …!
Sony has just confirmed the date their PlayStation 3 (PS3) will be hitting the UK as March 23rd. This is a year later than originally predicted but at least the date hasn’t been moved back even further. Elsewhere in the world there have been two versions available – 20 gig and 60 gig, however the UK will just be getting the larger model.
At £425 these newbies aren’t cheap, but at least they’re not available in time for Valentines Day or you could get talked into buying one for your other half! This way you can make him splash out on it in March and then act amazed when you actually enjoy playing on it too!
I came across a blog this morning that I found rather fascinating and want to read more about the subject. The article entitled Wii Sports Experiment, Results! reveals how a young male spent six weeks of his life incorporating a thirty minute exercise regime into his daily schedule. He continued all normal activity and eating habits but just added thirty minutes of Wii Sports to his day. If you’re not familiar with the game it is a collection of sports such as boxing, golf, tennis and bowling that allow you to physically interact with the game using a sensor within the controller. Below is an example of someone playing tennis.
After six weeks of Nintendo Wii Sports he lost 9lbs just by adding a thirty minute game into his day. He also worked out how many calories each game burned and therefore which one was the most effective for loosing weight. See the blog for videos of the experiment and the whole story.