Fit To Drop

Originally Published: 24 April 2008

Tonight, I’m doing something I haven’t done since the seventh Harry Potter book… I’m off to get Wii Fit at midnight. Ordinarily, I’d pre-order my games online, and usually get them the day before release (as many of us do) but due to poor organisation on my part everywhere I went to pre-order Wii Fit had run out. Through my (allegedly) non-gaming girlfriend’s hard work and dedication, and because she was bored at work, we’ve managed to bag a copy if we go and collect it late tonight.

I’ve seen enough of Wii Fit to know that it’s going to be a good laugh – and I know that there will be rivalry between my and my girlfriend for setting the best times and all that malarky – but I’m still not sure if I’m ready to see my weight and body mass index in shiny Nintendo colours. I am, it has to be said, not the slimmest of people. I haven’t eaten all the pies, but I have certainly had more than my fair share over the years. I know that my initial trepidation will vanish once I start playing, just like it did when I used to dance mat myself silly to shed some pounds (before a friend “borrowed” my PSOne and dance mat and then ran away!) but the initial weighing will not be a happy experience. And if it says “Get Off Me!” then I won’t be happy!

To be honest, though, I’m really looking forward to the whole package. Exercise is something that both my girlfriend and myself try to do, but then can’t be bothered to move all the clothes off the exercise bike so combining it into a game where we can try and out-do each other is fantastic. We used to do the same with Brain Training – trying to topple each other from the top of the leaderboards, preferably in secret, was brilliant.

Competitive partners rock!