Get your Wii Miis ready! It looks like Biggest Loser is continuing to extend its brand by introducing a video game for the Wii. Sources aren’t saying much more than that right now, except that more news will be announced in March 2009.
Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper said in an interview last year with DietsInReview.com that he was working on a video game – no word on whether it’s his own branded version like fellow trainer Jillian Michaels’ Wii game or if he’ll be starring in the Biggest Loser version.
The company profile for iToys says it is introducing a line of Biggest Loser toys in 2009.
You can count on DietsInReview.com to deliver more news soon.
Update: Check out the Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010, completely updated!
We were as excited as everyone else to get our hands on the new Jillian Michaels for the Nintendo Wii- Fitness Ultimatum 2009. It seems anything Jillian touches turns to fitness gold. We’re huge fans of hers, and have always had nothing but nice things to say about her many other products. There’s no way to know how hands-on she was in the development of the game, if the developers rushed the job or if they did much consumer testing, either way, it doesn’t seem like much attention on any of those accounts.
When I launched the game, I was immediately struck by the graphics. That’s one of the most impressive characteristics of the Wii games. But this? Reminded me of the Duck Hunt days. Very grainy, unrefined images that didn’t reflect the quality we’ve come to expect from the Wii. We don’t want you to just take our word for it, hear the comments left on the review. “The graphics are horrible. The screen hardly moves at all when you’re exercising… you basically get to watch your avatar run/kayak/bounce in place just like you,” said Gin. Kurt agreed, “Graphics are on par with Atari I played as a kid.” (more…)
Like just about every other house in the U.S., mine was filled the joyous sounds of opening a new Wii for Christmas. I haven’t played a video game since I was 12, so imagine my surprise when I was instantly drawn to the simplicity. After my husband beat me in two back-to-back tennis matches, I realized I was breaking a sweat, and a little out of breath. On my walk to the fridge to grab a glass a water, a little light bulb dinged inside my head. Could I use the Wii as a fitness tool?
Jumped on Google and found that I wasn’t the only one thinking this way. In fact, Nintendo is thinking about it, too. And celebrities like Jessica Alba have said they’ve started supplementing their usual workout with extra Wii time. In Japan, they’ve already released the Wii Fit. This small board, temporarily named the Wii Balance Board, comes with the game Wii Fit- together they can replace your home gym (and possibly your membership).
The workouts concentrate on core strengthening via yoga, muscle stretches, aerobics, lunges, squats, dancing and more. The game will also keep track of calories burned, BMI and how your strength is increasing. It’s recommended you do about 30-45 minutes each day to get the most out of the Wii Fit.
While Wii Fit is currently only available in Japan, retailing for about $180, you can get started now. Once the kids head to school or fall asleep at night, fire up the Wii Sports. You stand to lose at least 100 calories for playing even 15 minutes.
Boxing 15 minutes ~121 calories
Tennis 25 minutes ~110 calories
Bowling 30 minutes ~104 calories
Baseball 35 minutes ~102 calories
Golf 45 minutes ~99 calories
Some reports say that serious gamers spending 12 hours a day on their video games can burn about 1800 calories.
The Wii is definitely changing the way we all look at video games and now it looks as though it might change the way our bodies look while playing them.