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Active Life: Explorer With Mat - Nintendo Wii

by Namco
Nintendo Wii
Everyone
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)


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  • Tons to explore: Play themed tours or take on individual challenges in freeplay mode for plenty of replayability
  • Two modes of gameplay: 24 action-packed mini-adventures that will get the whole family moving with jungle, western, underwater, flying and snow themes
  • Fun for the Whole Family: Play with up to 4 players with lots of co-operative and competitive challenges
  • Mii Support: Import your Nintendo Mii character or create your own character and customize them with unlockable costumes and treasures
  • The Active Life Mat: The specially-designed mat is bundled with the game so you can jump straight into the action (game also available standalone)

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Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003LDKH2E
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 11.6 x 4.4 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,965 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

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Get up and dive into the world of treasure hunting, adventure and exploration!
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Run, Jump, Play… Explore!
It’s time to explore with Active Life Explorer, the latest game in the ACTIVE LIFE series. Get up off the couch into the action in this all new Active Life experience. Take on a bold new adventure and use the Wii Remote™ and the ACTIVE LIFE Mat Controller to take on the role of a treasure hunter and explore exotic locales. Stop a getaway train, catch a bandit on horseback, run across a falling bridge, explore a dark mine cart, and more! Active Life Explorer is a fun way to get everyone active and their hearts pumping!

Key Game Features

  • Multiple modes of gameplay – Play themed tours in the story based Treasure Adventure mode, or take on individual challenges in the Free Play mode for tons of replayability
  • Tons to explore – 24 action-packed activities that will get the whole family moving with jungle, western, underwater, flying and snow themes
  • Fun for the Whole Family – Play with up to 4 players simultaneously with fun co-operative and competitive challenges, or take turns exploring with up to 8 players with party mode
  • The Active Life Mat – The specially-designed mat controller is bundled with the game so you can jump straight into the action (game also available standalone)
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Exciting 4-Player Action!
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Competitive 2-player fun!
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Jump, lift and pedal to victory!
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Use teamwork to win!
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Product Description

It’s time to explore with Active Life: Explorer, the latest game in the Active Life series. Get up off the couch into the action in this all new Active Life experience. Take on a bold new adventure and use the Wii Remote and the Active Life Mat to take on the role of a treasure hunter and explore exotic locales. Stop a getaway train, catch a bandit on horseback, run across a falling bridge, explore a dark mine cart, and more! Active Life: Explorer is a fun way to get everyone active and their hearts pumping! This game is compatible only with the Nintendo Wii with the GameCube controller ports (RVL-001).

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192 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Active Life Series is Back October 20, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Back in 2008, Namco Bandai released Active Life Outdoor Challenge. The game was a collection of 15 fun activities, and the game came with its own proprietary mat which had a clever layout of four buttons in blue and four buttons in orange, which could be used by one player or by two players standing next to each other. It was a well-designed and highly successful game.

In 2009, they followed it up with the less successful Active Life Extreme Challenge. This was not a great follow-up to the original. The graphics were subpar to the original, and the activities seemed uninspired.

So the question became: after a sophomore slump, would Namco return the series to its former glory with Active Life Explorer, its third installment?

The answer is a resounding YES.

Active Life Explorer is a game which captures the fun and whimsy of the original, while also introducing enough improvements and innovations to breathe fresh new life into the series.

The game has an "Indiana Jones" theme. All of the activities center around an adventurer as he goes around the world looking for treasure. What I like about this game is that the developers didn't just use this theme as a mere backdrop--they very thoughtfully designed each game so it captured all the drama and excitement of the adventure. Here are just a few examples:

Runaway Train: This is a load of fun. Your mission is to stop a train travelling at breakneck speeds towards a cliff. You start by running as fast as you can on top of the train (running in place on the mat) , ducking (bending down and putting your hands on the mat) as the train goes under obstacles, and jumping to get from car to car.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun November 12, 2010
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I got this game for my 5 year old daughter for her birthday, and it's been a big hit. She and her 8 year old cousin--and the parents!--had a blast playing it, very intuitive controls and you should see their little legs moving! She does get frustrated with not being the best at every game, but a lot of the games are cooperative in play (3 legged race, everyone pedal a car, both move feet at the right time to steer one cart, etc.), and if anyone clears a level both avatars celebrate. Each segment is very short, but it keeps it fast paced and fun, and you run a bit then rest, then run some more. I love the amount of exercise she is getting off it. A couple of the different things have been too hard for her (timing your jumps to avoid fire breathing statues, press buttons on the mat in order or three at a time), but I figure she will grow into that & it will be challenging for older kids and adults. Plus the avatars on the three legged race literally had me rolling on the floor laughing as they stumbled and tried to run and fell. The chasing mummies etc. are very cartoonish, and when they catch you there is just a big cloud of dust till you get free ... a little scary, but not overly so.

The other fun thing is the Miis. This time around you get to use your mii, and you earn costumes for it. Yay, fun for a five year old for sure! Very nice. Overall I highly recommend for 5 years and up, this is a visually appealing and very fun game, alone and especially with a friend or two. Lots of great upgrades from the earlier versions, lots of very nicely thought out and fun challenges, and easy to play the quest (unlock different challenges at increasinly difficult levels) or free mode, where you can play or practice any of the different games with 1 to 4 people (we just chose 2 player and switched off, but it worked out very nicely). Lots of fun!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
There seem to be mixed messages here: some people claim that the game won't work on their new Wii, while other people claim that the game will work, if only people would open the little door and hook the mat up to the right port!

I have official news from both the Active Life Explorer company and Nintendo: This game will NOT work on the new Wii.

Any Wii that is NOT Gamecube compatible will not work with this game. You need to plug it into the Gamecube port. Here is the LiveText I exchanged with an Active Life Explorer company representative, Brian:

Brian: What color is your Nintendo Wii system and what game came included in the box?
Patricia: The Wii is black and it came with "New Super Mario Brothers"
Brian: Unfortunately, this means that you would have one of the newer Nintendo Wii models. Unfortunately, Active Life is not compatible with the newer Nintendo Wii models as they do not have the Gamecube ports required in order to connect the mat to the system. The Active Life Floor Mat requires the Gamecube inputs in order to be able to connect the floor mat to the system. The newer Wii models do not have these inputs available. If you have an older Wii model with the Gamecube ports included, you'll be able to connect the floor mat to your Nintendo Wii system. You can check for these ports by going to your Nintendo Wii (in the upright vertical position) and opening the plastic flaps on the top of the system to reveal these additional ports.

I then phoned Nintendo to find out if they had a converter I could use. The answer is no. When Nintendo reconfigured the Wii, they removed not only the Gamecube port but also Gamecube functionality. This means that the newer Wii is cheaper--and that it won't play what seems like a very cool game.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by sylvester linn
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for everyone
I was excited to find this. Everyone in the family likes this. Perfect to keep the children up and moving.
Published 6 months ago by Angela M Shinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you active
Great way to keep kids active during cold months. Lots of fun for kids and adults. Individual and group play
Published 9 months ago by Motheroftwo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game,
I love this Product for a great work out with my WII system, and Kids love it for entertainment. It keeps exercise in the house and makes it fun to do.
Published 10 months ago by Karalee Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fun Fun
This game is great for hot summer days (too hot for outside) for little kids. Some are simple enough for a three and half year old.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great fun and exercise
this mat has provided hours of laughter and exercise. youtube movies are also a big hit ...give lots of room for movement
Published 13 months ago by B. Toomey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for family
It's hard to get my kids outside especially in the summer since it's too hot & humid. I bought this on a whim for my six year old son & ten year old daughter. My son loves it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rilee James
4.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Jones simulation
Not really an Indiana Jones simulation, but for kids, it is good enough. We are enjoying the free play and the missions. It gets us up and going. Read more
Published 15 months ago by K. Oaks
2.0 out of 5 stars doesn't work with newer Wii systems
Would like to try this game, but it doesn't work with my system. There's no way to plug it in.
Published 18 months ago by Moka
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game for kids! and adults.
I just got done watching my 5 year old son and his 6 year old son have a blast playing this game. I have also played it and have to say that can really get your heart rate up and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Leah Claypoole
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