Wii Balance Board Review

The Wii Balance Board has become one of the most popular accessories for the Nintendo Wii, due to its use in many fitness “games” that can be used by almost anyone. Since its release in 2007, the Wii Balance Board has quickly become a favorite for those casual gamers who use the Wii as a form of home exercise as well as a variety of innovative motion oriented games.

The premise of the Wii Balance Board is a simple design that resembles a household body scale and has the ability to measure a players center of gravity and weight distribution. This allows for “movement” in games such as Punch Out!! and Wii Music, where simply leaning one direction will register as a movement inside the game itself. One interesting and slightly comical bit of trivia is that the Wii Balance Board has been modified from the original Japanese design to be better suited for a western audience. This modification is the upgrade of the Balance Board to safely support a player of larger weight.

The Wii Balance Board was originally developed to be used primarily by Wii Fit, one of Nintendo’s top sellers for the console. Fortunately the Balance Board has been expanded to be used with the games listed below:

All Star Cheer Squad

Babysitting Party

EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer

Don King Boxing

G1 Jockey Wii 2008

Shape Boxing

Hula Wii

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

Rayman Raving Rabbids

Shaun White Snowboarding

Skate City Heroes

Skate it

We Ski

Wii Music

Winter Sports 2: The Next Challenge

The Incredible Maze


Rock N’ Roll Climber

Snowboard Riot

Tetris Party

Although the majority of the games listed are of a fitness oriented nature, it is safe to say that the Wii Balance board has the potential to become an amazing piece of technology if applied to the right game. One can only image using the Balance Board to dodge away from zombie attacks or even dodge bullets like the Matrix.

The Wii Balance Board sells for around 99$ in most countries, with a slight variance due to regulations and currency exchange.

Article from Gamersyndrome.com

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  1. Glad the board was upgraded to Western standards. When I was in Japan a few years ago, I tried on what was labeled an XL shirt only to find that it didn’t fit me. So it seemed like it would make sense that the Wii Balance Board would need to be adapted to those of us who are larger than the average Japanese.

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