The Wii Fit, sold by Nintendo for the Wii gaming console, has been flying off the shelves since its release in December 2007, selling over 20 million copies to date. But does it work? Can the Wii Fit actually help you to get into better shape and improve your overall health? This product evaluation will help consumers to determine just that. Is it worth spending $99 on the Wii Fit for the average consumer using it to improve upon their health? Let’s find out.
The Wii Fit is a game used with the Nintendo Wii gaming console, in addition to using the Wii balance board, which is included in the Wii Fit game purchase. The Wii Fit Plus is the newest version and retails for $99. According to Nintendo.com, “by playing Wii Fit Plus a little every day, you, your friends, and your family can work towards personal goals of better health and fitness.” But just exactly how much does the Wii Fit benefit your health and fitness, if at all? According to David Dzewaltowski, a professor and the head of the department of kinesiology at Kansas State University, the “Wii Fit can be an effective tool to create or maintain a healthy lifestyle for some people because it follows the basic principles for adhering to an exercise program, like having physical activity goals, tracking those goals, and evaluating the progress.”
Tania Taivassalo, from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, found that the Wii Fit was not an adequate substitute for traditional exercise. However, she did note that high interest and engagement factors were beneficial in encouraging sedentary students to get up and exercise. So it would seem, according to research, that while the Wii Fit may not be comparable to getting outside and running laps, it still is much better for your health and well-being than sitting down doing nothing. The fact that it’s fun to do may encourage consumers who otherwise wouldn’t consider exercising to get up and start burning calories.
Now let’s examine the cost of the Wii Fit, both on its own and in relation to similar products. The Wii Fit retails for $99. According to an article by Veronica Crews, of that $99, $2 was used for research and development, $5 is used for marketing, $18 goes to the retailer, $20 to manufacture it, and $54 is profit for Nintendo. Crews also goes on to estimate that the retail cost of the Wii Fit equals roughly to the same amount as a 1 month gym membership. When put that way, it does make the Wii Fit seem like a bargain, seeing as it is a onetime purchase rather than a renewing monthly fee. Other games related to encouraging healthy living such as the Dance Dance Revolution game retail for around $70. However, it appears that most of these games reach to only one kind of workout, whereas the Wii Fit offers a variety of different activities.
It would appear that the Wii Fit is the #1 selling game of its kind for a reason. While you may not get as good of a workout from the Wii Fit as you would running laps or swimming, it will still improve upon your health and well-being while giving you an entertaining outlet. So it would seem that, while you may be paying a large amount strictly to fatten Nintendo’s pocket, in the end it is still a decent investment for fun and health.
This article was supplied by Shanna Pena from Constant Content.
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