Friday, January 7, 2011

Do You Feel the Burn! Wii Fit's & Wii Fit Plus' Hours Played

Coffee Beans:
     Did you know between 40-45%(according to this source) of Americans make New Year's resolutions each year?  I made one this year!
     Of the Americans that do make a New Year's resolution 46% or 62%(according this source) make a resolution to either lose weight or exercise more, respectively.
    Considering that information, I thought it would be a good time to look at two Wii games that were designed to help get players more "fit" and even lose weight if that's a goal:  Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus.

     Wii Fit was released on May 21, 2008 and was available for purchase only with Nintendo's Wii Balance Board.  The game and Balance Board released with a MSRP of $89.99.
     Wii Fit received an "E" rating from the ESRB, with "Comic Mischief" being the only content listed for parents to be aware of.

     Wii Fit Plus was released on October 4, 2009, as a "sequel" of sorts to the original Wii Fit.  Wii Fit Plus was released as standalone software with a MSRP of $19.99, and Wii Fit Plus was bundled with the Balance Board with a MSRP of $99.99.
     Wii Fit Plus received an "E" rating from the ESRB, with "Mild Cartoon Violence" being the only content listed for parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported "getting fit" with Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus since they released?  Let's take a look!

Hours shown are for the United States of America, not world-wide.
Wii Fit has 958 days of game-play hours reported.
Wii Fit Plus has 457 days of game-play hours reported.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Wii Fit now has 1,198,546 Wii owners reporting their game-play hours through the Nintendo Channel.
     Wii Fit Plus now has 425,949 Wii owners reporting their play-time data through the Nintendo Channel.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Wii Fit has 27,642,143 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 23 Hours 3 Minutes "Per person" reporting data.
     Wii Fit's average reported play-time per session is just over 1 Hour 6 Minutes.

     Wii Fit Plus has 9,574,694 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 22 Hours 28 Minutes "Per person" reporting data.
     Wii Fit Plus' average reported play-time per session is just over 1 Hour 13 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Wii Fit's sale rank is #886, and its advertised selling price is $113.47.

     Wii Fit Plus' software only sale rank is #99, and its advertised selling price is $18.47.
     The Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board bundle's sale rank is #3, and its advertised selling price is $79.96.

    Wii Fit is no longer being published by Nintendo, so it's sale rank will naturally be lower than Wii Fit Plus'.
     Sale ranks and advertised prices recorded around 10:35PM on 1-7-11. 

Review Score Averages:
     Wii Fit's review score average is 81.20%, based on 56 "professional" reviews on

     Wii Fit Plus' review score average is 80.83%, based on 18 "professional" reviews on

     Wii Fit has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on, based on 1,594 customer reviews.
     Wii Fit Plus has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on, based on 1,086 customer reviews between both versions offered for the game.
     Take a look at the crazy number of customer reviews for both games in image below!
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     Review scores recorded around 10:35PM on 1-7-11.

Filtered Thoughts:
     We own Wii Fit, but we haven't played it in a long time.
     While we haven't played ours in a while, I think it's pretty impressive that the 1,624,495 Wii owners reporting data between both games, have a combined 37,216,837 "Total Hours" reported. 
     The combined reported game-play hours for Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus are equivalent to 4,245(rounded down) years spent getting fit!
     I would say the reported average hours "Per person" aren't extremely high, but I think they are encouraging for fitness games.

     Did any of you make a New Year's resolution to exercise more, or lose weight, and plan to use a video game to help you do it?
     If any of you own Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus, do you find yourself or other family members still playing it often?

If you are interested in Wii Fit Plus, I'm providing a link to Wii Fit Plus' software and Balance Board on below.


  1. I did use Wii Fit and later Wii Fit Plus to help stay in shape. They are absolutely no replacement for a gym, fitness class or jogging but better than doing nothing.
    Now if I exercise at home, I'll use EA Sport Active More Workouts instead, unless I'm feeling like something really low impact in which case I'll do Yoga via Wii Fit Plus. However, it's been a while since that's happened.

  2. @Preston:
    Weird...I just noticed that two sentences I had typed out were missing, and one was only semi-finished...perhaps I should have another cup of coffee last night!

    I had said in one, like you, that I don't think Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus will replace the gym for some people, but if the games are helping get people active, I think that's the best thing about them.

    Thanks for the feedback!

  3. I keep saying I'm going to start using Wii Fit again, but I never do. I think I've used it for about 15 hours in total which I guess is ok. The problem is that was over 600 days ago... It also said I gained 11 pounds since the last time which is always great to hear.

    I did use it for about 15 minutes today and saw how my balance was noticeably worse for wear. I do like some of the yoga and strength training exercises and can feel a difference at times.

    Overall I like it beyond the below gripes.

    - takes too long to get started
    - too long to start/end an exercise
    - can't create a custom combo/routine so you move from one to another without letting your heart rate/momentum fall. (just looked at plus and it may address this one. Waiting until it's $10 or so)
    - locked games/exercises, really? I'm looking to flop around quickly to different items to help de-couch-potato myself, not unlock achievements.

    Maybe I should look at EA's?

  4. @Robert:
    Yea, I know how it is to have Wii Fit...just sitting there staring at you.

    One of the games on my list to finish for my New Year's resolution is Shaun White Snowboarding Road Trip, and I'm looking forward to playing it again with the Wii Balance Board controls.

    As for looking at EA's, I know several people have commented on stories, like Preston, that they enjoy EA Sports Active, and it does a good job at what it does.

    Thanks for flipping through the older stories, and leaving feedback! I appreciate it!

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