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New You: Inside Out - Fitness, Nutritional Advice and Daily Healthy Tips

clock April 15, 2009 09:21 by author WiiBBG

With just a month to go before the release of EA Sports Active it seems that the game's position as best new Wii Fitness title may be short-lived. A new title from Black Bean Games called New You: Inside Out looks set to trump EA's offering.

New You

So what's so great about New You? While EA Sports Active focuses primarily on training, New You aims to provide a more complete package combining fitness with nutritional advice and daily health tips. And this is no half-hearted attempt either. New You was developed in collaboration with Fitness First, one of the largest health and fitness operators in the world.

The game features six in-game personal trainers using real video footage from several workout locations and each of the exercises which make up a Full-Body workout are demonstrated by one of Fitness First's leading Personal Trainers.

The game also features content from the well known You Are What You Eat series. Users will be able to choose a particular lifestyle goal and the game will create custom exercise and nutritional plans using recipes that complement physical exercises, whether you're trying to put on muscle or lose weight. The game even takes into consideration special requirements such as vegetarian or gluten intolerant diets.

According to Fabrizio Vagliasindi, Black Bean Games Head of Marketing, "NewU is not a game; it has been conceived as an interactive healthy lifestyle and workout video for the 21st century."

I have to say, by the sounds of this game I have to agree. I personally was looking forward to the release of EA Sports Active and will no doubt give it a try to see what it's like, but the way things stand it looks like New You: Inside Out is the fitness title to really watch out for. New You: Inside Out should hit the shelves this September.

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Punch-Out!! And Balance Board Support - Will It Or Won't It?

clock March 26, 2009 09:53 by author WiiBBG
Punch-Out

We've known about a new version of Punch-Out for some time now but there's been some doubt as to whether or not the game will support the Wii Balance Board. Up until now the answer has been no. That was until earlier this week when reports began to surface that it actually does support the Wiiboard. This was based on a news update spotted on the Italian Nintendo site which confirmed balance board support. However, things are no longer looking that certain.

Firstly, Nintendo issued an English press release for Punch-Out!! on Wednesday via Games Press which made no mention of the balance board as a controller. Secondly, the original update from the Italian site has disappeared. It was originally here, but now that page now returns a 404 error. For the time being you can still view Google's cached version here.

So what's that all about? Was the Italian version released too soon or is the reference to balance board support actually incorrect. The game is scheduled for release on May 18th - we may have to wait until then to find out for sure.

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Rock 'N Roll Climber Includes Balance Board Support

clock March 26, 2009 08:39 by author WiiBBG
crazy climber

Do you remember the 80's arcade game Crazy Climber? It used to be one of my favourites as a kid and although a Wii version was made, as far as I know it never made it out of Japan.

Now it seems Nintendo are releasing a new climbing game called Rock 'N Roll Climber. The game will use the Wii Balance Board to control your feet and use the remote and nunchuck to grab for handholds.

That explains the climbing part of the game so where's the Rock 'n Roll? Well no extreme sports activity would be complete without a hardcore soundtrack right? Supposedly, once you reach the top of a climb, as a reward you get to rock out on a guitar. Interesting.

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505 Games Announces Nutrition Matters

clock March 18, 2009 09:03 by author WiiBBG

Remember how, when the Wii Balance Board came out, critics called it a gloried bathroom scale? Well 505 Games have figured that's not such a bad thing because that's exactly what the WiiBoard is used for in their latest title, Nutrition Matters.

Nutrition Matters is less of a game and more of a personal diet journal. By entering what you eat, the exercise you do, and using the balance board as a scale, Nutrition Matters is a handy way to track your calorific gains and losses. While it's not groundbreaking, it certainly is convenient and better than using pen and paper, and for Wii Fit fans, a welcome addition (something that should have been included with Wii Fit to begin with in my opinion).

Nutrition Matters is part of 505's new Mind, Body & Soul range which also includes Big World Puzzle Book and Mind Storm 2, although the latter titles are only going to be available for DS. Nutrition Matters is scheduled for release in May and is available for pre-order in the UK.

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Konami Confirms Marbles! Balance Challenge

clock January 12, 2009 15:25 by author WiiBBG

For those of you in the UK who've been wondering about the next version of Kororinpa, scheduled for release in the US on March 10th, Konami has confirmed that this wii balance board compatible game will be released in the UK this April.

Instead of being called Marble Saga however, the European version is called Marbles! Balance Challenge but it is the exact same game. See Marble Saga Kororinpa for more details about the game.

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Equilibrio By DK Games

clock December 22, 2008 10:36 by author WiiBBG

Equilibrio There's definitely no shortage of new ball rolling games for the Wii. You've got Kororinpa 2 and Vertigo as the top contenders as well as Incredible Maze. In case that wasn't enough, DK Games has announced their "mesmerizing and gripping, gyrating ball puzzle solving and manipulation game" called Equilibrio.

Now I can get both Kororinpa and Vertigo. They have interesting environments and game features as well as some depth to the game play while Incredible Maze is just a bit of a diversion until you can get your hands on the first two. Response to Incredible Maze has been pretty mixed so it will be interesting to see if Equilibrio can fare any better. The game does include support for the Wii Balance Board however according to the developer "The Wii Remote is the ultimate controller to play Equilibrio...But the game has also been adapted FOR the Wii Balance Board. When using the Balance Board, players will get to play 'alternative' and simpler levels so that it is possible to finish the game."

You can find out more about Equilibrio by visiting the official website and you can also read an interview with the developer on videogamer.com.

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Snowboard Riot

clock November 12, 2008 11:49 by author WiiBBG

If you're a snowboarding Wii fan then no doubt you've already pre-ordered your copy of Shaun White Snowboarding which promises to be one the best balance board compatible releases this year. But if the thought of pure powder and half-pipes is a bit tame, you may be interested to know about a forthcoming WiiWare release from Hudson who believe that there's nothing like adding weapons to a game to make it really exciting.

"Snowboard Riot is not your standard snowboarding game," said Sabine Duvall, Vice President of Product Development at Hudson Entertainment. "A snowboarding game is a rush by itself, but when you add weapons, it becomes even more exciting. Add in online play for four people and you have the perfect game for both snowboarding and action-racing fans."

Well that pretty much sums it up then. For more details and screenshots of this balance board compatible game, check out the Snowboard Riot preview at Hudson Entertainment.

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Namco Officially Announces We Ski & Snowboard

clock October 9, 2008 14:58 by author WiiBBG

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (October 8, 2008) – Fresh powder, pristine slopes and winter fun will again drift into homes in March 2009, as NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced We Ski™ and Snowboard, a sequel to its much lauded snow sports game for Nintendo Wii™.

Topping the list of enhancements in this latest installment of Wii Balance Board standouts is the addition of high-performance snowboarding, as well as improved skiing functionality, two massive new mountains and 10,000 more vertical meters. Complete with fun boxes, rails and a half-pipe, both skiers and snowboarders alike can boost huge air and over-the-top aerial tricks in this epic wintry experience.

"We made major feature additions and control enhancements to an already impressive design set with We Ski and Snowboard," said Andrew Lelchuk, EVP of marketing and sales for NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. "Our goal was to provide gamers with the same great experience of being on the slopes that they enjoyed in We Ski and evolve it by adding snowboards, two world class hills, real-time trick capability and a fully-interactive environment. And We Ski and Snowboard has accomplished just that."

We Ski & Snowboard is a wintry thrill ride through many different environments on the awesome Mt. Angrio and cool Jamboree Snow Resort. Players enjoy the classic motion-based controls popularized by We Ski using the Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk controllers, or by adding the increased realism of the Wii Balance Board™ for even more ski and snowboard action. Custom characters and player Mii’s™ add even more dimension to snow-capped adventures across even more mountain terrain than ever with vast free-riding areas. Leisurely gondola rides to sloping peaks invite a breathtaking panoramic experience, while heli-drops from extreme dizzying heights offer-up opportunities to shred down vertical cliffs and severe precipices. Players should be sure to watch out for avalanches!

Hot Doggers can quench their thirst for excitement with half-pipe courses, and ski technique challenges, while loungers can look forward to other activities including ski school, board school, moguls and slaloms, as well as animal search and rescue. Players can enjoy the sprawling vistas with day, night and dusk skiing, offering countless nuances to an ever-expanding list of experiences. The whole family can still enjoy fast-paced racing action or free-skiing with four-player fun, while single players can enjoy the ride with up to three AI-controlled skiing buddies.

For more information on We Ski and Snowboard, please visit: www.namcobandaigames.com.

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Shaun White Snowboarding: Target Exclusive

clock October 9, 2008 09:19 by author WiiBBG

SWSB target Good news Target.com shoppers. With the imminent release of Shaun White Snowboarding next month, Ubisoft has announced that Target will be offering a special version of the game with exclusive content.

Target has been a long time sponsor (since 2002) of Shaun White so it certainly seems to make sense. According to the Ubi press release:

"The special Target edition of the game, available on Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and Wii, will have exclusive extended content and features that consumers won’t be able to find anywhere else, including the Target Mountain – an entire mountain environment found only in the Target exclusive edition. Gamers will also be able to take advantage of exclusive jibs, additional scenes and more characters. Additionally, players will be able to cozy up in the game’s virtual version of the Target Chalet, the real-life mountainside home where Shaun and his fellow Target athletes hang out with friends and family at the annual Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. Among other exclusive features, the Taget Chalet is the only indoor environment anywhere in the game."

"Target guests are now able to purchase a $5 pre-sell card to ensure they’ll be shredding the mountain as soon as the exclusive version hits shelves."

Now it's just a matter of time until we see Target versions of the games for sale on eBay at ridiculously inflated prices.

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We Ski & Snowboard First Look

clock October 9, 2008 08:49 by author WiiBBG

Those lucky devils at Gamespot have been fortunate enough to get a proper first look at We Ski & Snowboard (Family Ski 2 for UK/Europe) and I have to say, it's really sounding great. Let's face it, Wiiboard support in We Ski/Family Ski was pretty weak but I think that all will be forgiven when this sequel is released next year.

From the sounds of things, you will now be able to use your balance board for steering, tricks and even jumps. Another big improvement is that they will be opening up the environment so that you can go off-piste - no more bouncing off invisible walls.

We Ski 2

We Ski 2

For more screenshots and to read Gamespot's full preview check out We Ski & Snowboard First Look.

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