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- Kids tested approval by children and moms for age-appropriateness, fun factor and quality
- Over 30 games with your favorite Nick Jr. characters, including biking with Dora, river rafting with Diego, running with Kai-lan and jump rope with the Backyardigans
- Developed in collaboration with physical education and exercise science expert Dr. Jackie Goodway, Ph.D., game emphasizes heart health, cardio, strength building, balance, endurance and coordination
- Works with both the Balance Board and Wii Remote
- Ability for parents to program various exercise routines for their child and track their progress
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Nickelodeon Fit is the first fitness video game designed specifically for children for the Wii. It's a game so big it has all your Nick Jr. favorites: Dora, Diego, Kai-lan and the Backyardigans. They're getting together to promote exercise fun, achievement tracking and parent and child collaboration.
Nickelodeon Fit is a children's fitness game for Wii featuring Nickelodeon's favorite characters Dora, Diego, Kai-lan and The Backyardigans in one game. Packed with 30 scientifically developed and designed exercises that target a variety of fitness areas important for healthy physical development in children, Nickelodeon Fit is the perfect way for parents to ensure that their young children remain active as they are entertained by their favorite cartoon characters. Additional features include: Wii Remote and Wii Balance Board input options and play monitoring and customization functionality for parents to observe their children's progress and plan their exercise routine.
Keep Your Child Active with Nickelodeon Fit
Nickelodeon Fit is an exciting new way for parents to ensure that their kids are given every opportunity to stay physically active as they exercise and engage with their favorite characters Dora, Diego, Kai-lan and The Backyardigans in a fitness game designed for children.
A Wii exclusive that takes advantage of the console's overwhelming popularity with children, as well as its motion sensing technology, Nickelodeon Fit features 30 exercises woven into interactive gameplay, with each designed and developed in collaboration with exercise science expert Dr. Jackie Goodway. Exercises are continually demonstrated on-screen and are focused on a variety of areas important for the development of healthy young body, including: cardiovascular activity, core muscles, upper and lower body strength, balance, motor skill development and foot and hand coordination. Input for exercises is provided via the Wii Remote, as well as the Wii Balance Board (both sold separately), and the game also features functionality that allows parents to customize workouts to target specific areas that they feel need improvement and monitor their child's progress. Regardless of how it is played Nickelodeon Fit is a game that your children will love and that is good for them.
Key Game Features
- The first fitness game for children featuring Nickelodeon's favorite characters Dora, Diego, Kai-lan and The Backyardigans in one game
- 30 exercise games targeting cardiovascular activity, core muscles, upper and lower body strength, balance, motor skill development and coordination
- Jump rope with The Backyardigans, go river rafting with Diego, leap over hurdles with Kai-lan, pogo stick with Dora and much more including an all character relay race
- Works with either the Wii Balance Board or the Wii Remote
- Developed in collaboration with physical education and exercise science expert Dr. Jackie Goodway, Ph.D.
- Game tested by children for age appropriateness and exercise fun
- Parents can monitor the progress of their children and customize workout routines to focus on designated areas of improvement
30 fun, interactive exercises.
Balance Board support included.
Favorite Nick characters.
Progress tracking functionality.
Top Customer Reviews
Nickelodeon Fit: All games require some physical activity, though not super strenuous. This makes it ideal for very young children who are still developing their coordination and might get more frustrated with fast-paced games. However, an older child (6+) will probably not find it as exciting and may quickly become bored with the simplicity of the activities.
Active Life Explorer:
The majority of the games are very fast paced and most require quick footwork, to include running, jumping, ducking, etc. My 3 year old and 5 year old both love participating in the high energy games and get an unparalleled amount of exercise in the process. Furthermore, because the mat is required for all games, it is not possible to fake the movements by simply holding a Wii remote and flicking your wrist.
Simplicity of Instructions:
Nickelodeon Fit: Moose provides verbal instructions before each game, and visual prompts are available throughout. Aside from the requirement to hold the remote sideways and use the 2 button instead of A, the instructions are fairly intuitive. My kids learned and remembered the instuctions very quickly.
Active Life Explorer: Written instructions are provided before each game, in addition to visual prompts during gameplay. The instructions are straightforward and my kids were able to remember and begin predicting the necessary actions following a couple of attempts.
Nickelodeon Fit: Although some of the games put a unique spin on traditional games (i.e. in bowling, the Backyardigans must push a giant ball up a hill and then steer it down toward the pins while avoiding obstacles), a lot of them feel more like exercise games--much like it's big brother, Wii Fit. However, the fun and well-recognized characters keep it from feeling too much like a workout game.
Active Life Explorer: Every game on this title has an exciting adventure theme that keeps kids completely oblivious to the fact that they are exercising. Furthermore, kids can use their miis to become further immersed in the games. Instead of the traditional jumping rope exercise, kids are avoiding hungry sharks, stomping on crocodiles' heads, riding on horseback to catch a bandit, jumping broken tracks in a collapsing mine, swinging from vine to vine, and repelling down steep cliffs. Rather than running down the street in a marathon, "explorers" are running at top speed to bust through doors and swim through the water into a sunken ship.
Nickelodeon Fit: While the game allows for more than one player, it is striclty on a one player at a time basis. Therefore, activity level is halted while waiting for the other player to complete tasks. However, this is a good way to help preschoolers develop patience and foster turn-taking behaviors. Although there are no alternate modes of play, players are able to unlock increasingly difficult activities upon mastering introductory levels.
Active Life Explorer: Most games allow for 2 players at a time, and a few even allow 4 players simultaneously. Increasing difficulty levels are unlocked upon completion of tasks in the easy mode. In addition, there are 3 play modes. Free play allows the player to select any game and difficulty level at will. The Treasure Adventure option requires players to solve clues and use a treasure map to navigate through various worlds. As games are successfully completed, players earn keys to unlock more areas of the map. Finally, there is a party mode. This randomly selects games that are good for multiple players. Games that only allow one at a time play are alternated with games that allow multiple players to compete simultaneously.
In conclusion, both games are an excellent way to introduce physical activity to the indoors. While Nickelodeon Fit may appeal to the younger crowd (3+) due to familiar characters and less intense gameplay, Active Life Explorer provides a greater level of activity and can be enjoyed by a wider range of age groups. For both games, movements are simple and intutive, and instructions are prominantly displayed. Although I feel that Active Life Explorer has an edge on Wii Fit in nearly all categories, I highly recommend both for families with young children.
And so I'll admit I was a little wary when I first tried Nickelodeon Fit. But after spending a few hours with it, I'm happy to report that finally, we have a kid-friendly fitness game that is a lot of fun and does provide some decent exercise value. And it's a bonus that our familiar friends Dora, Diego, Kai-lan, and the Backyardigans are part of it.
Each of the four friends has seven activities you can choose from (as with most Wii games, they have to be unlocked as you go). There are also two activities that involve all of the characters for a total of 30 overall.
Some of the activities are simple (thrusting the Wii remote up to jump rope, moving it in a circle to hula hoop, etc.). Others are impressively interactive and fun. In one game, you help the Backyardigans roll a big ball up a cliff, and then once it starts rolling you steer it towards a giant set of bowling pins. There's a similar game involving Dora and a bicycle. There's another fun game that involves Rintoo throwing a football into a set of tires on a tree. A lot of the games are just good fun, and even more so when competing against someone else.
One thing I love are the little details in the game. There's a game involving Dora on a bicycle where you'll feel a rumble in the Wii remote as she rolls over rocks. You can have her ring her bell by pressing one of the buttons. And of course, the whole time she'll be shouting out exclamations like "fantástico!" and "excellente!"
The animation is impressive and true to the actual cartoons. The Backyardigans are rendered in 3D, just like on TV, while Dora, Diego, and Kai-lan are all their familiar selves. The background animation is beautiful, very much like on TV.
Happily, the controls are never too difficult for youngsters to learn. They mostly involve moving the Wii remote up, down, left, right, and in circles to control the on-screen character. Before each activity, Tyrone the Moose will explain exactly how to use the controls. And during the game there's a stick figure in a box at all times that shows exactly what movement to make.
One thing I also like is that each game gives an "MVPA Rating". It took me a while to figure out what this was, but it turns out it stands for "Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity". While few of the activities would be considered very vigorous for adults, chances are kids will get a pretty good workout from them, especially if they're motivated by competing against their siblings (or parents!). Like the cartoon, I'd say the game is most suited for kids from 4-7. For older kids, I'd recommend the excellent Active Life: Explorer With Mat.
There's a whole section for parents where they can view statistics (including BMI and MVPA) in any date range for up to 5 different profiles, and even create different custom exercise routines for their kids by stringing together different activities.
If there's a pet peeve I have about this game, it's that navigating the menus is not very intuitive. You have to hold the Wii remote horizontally, and then use the 1 button (instead of B) to go back or the 2 button (instead of A) to select.
Overall, I was impressed with what Nickelodeon did. It's not perfect, but it's certainly a solid title that's better than the others out there. As I always tell parents, the best kind of exercise with kids is always outside with a ball or a bicycle. But on those days when the weather is bad, Nickelodeon Fit is a great way to ensure that the kids stay in shape.
My biggest complaint is that you have to hold the remote sideways and press the 2 button. My kids are used to the standard Nintendo brand games that utilize pointing at options and pressing A. Even though they can't read, they look for the prompts to play again, exit, etc. These Nickelodeon games are frustrating for that reason, but not the end of the world.