The 7 Best Workout Games to Buy in 2018 for the Nintendo Wii

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The Nintendo Wii brought with it a series of workout-style video games that were not only a rewarding virtual adventure but a real-life physical experience. VHS and DVD at home workout series were ever popular in the '80s and '90s, and Nintendo lead the way in the new millennium by making a console where games could become more interactive, and thus, reinventing the industry by making it accessible to everyone, including people in retirement homes and hospitals.

Though workout games shouldn’t replace actual physical activity, they are a step up from the lethargic experience of long sessions of hardcore sitting and gaming. Below are the best workout games for the Nintendo Wii, all of which vary in their own intensities and varied gameplay. You can learn to dance with the Nintendo Wii, and even incorporate real-life exercise equipment such as weights and medicine balls. Depending on your pace and experience, you’ll find entertainment and good physical activity with the games listed below.

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Best for Personalized Exercises: My Fitness Coach

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My Fitness Coach for the Nintendo Wii distinguishes itself from other workout games by providing a technical and more curated approach for players. The workout game features a ton of different exercises to put you in shape and tailors a personalized program for you based on the inputs you give it.

My Fitness Coach does a wonderful job at getting to know you so it can provide you the proper types of exercises and what to focus on. Everything from your age, weight, gender, whether you have gym equipment, and the circumference of your biceps, chest, waist, hips, and thighs in inches are recorded. The game has around 500 different exercises including everything from weight loss, cardio, upper body strength, core body strength, lower body strength and flexibility.

Best for Zumba: Zumba Fitness 2

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Zumba Fitness 2 goes all out as a full body workout game for the Nintendo Wii with over 32 different exercise routines. Players are able to learn over 20 different dance styles, including salsa, hip-hop and flamenco all while learning and familiarizing themselves with the intense Zumba workout.

In Zumba Fitness 2, celebrity Zumba instructors like Gina Grant guide players through each routine with an accompanying soundtrack with hits from popular artists such as Pitbull and Nicole Scherzinger. The game’s convenient video cueing system makes it easy for players to get familiar with the choreography of each dance and offers a full tutorial mode for beginner, intermediate and advanced routines. There’s even an included Zumba Fitness belt that attaches to your waist and lets you slide the Wii Remote into its holster for hands-free dancing.

Best for Pilates: Daisy Fuentes Pilates

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For fans of pilates, Daisy Fuentes Pilates offers the best Nintendo Wii pilates game specifically designed around its physical fitness system. You’ll be able to select five pre-set routines designed around targeting different areas of your body with the ability to customize and vary them up for your own routines.

Daisy Fuentes Pilates includes 10 core-strengthening exercises with an interactive virtual instructor to show you how to get in form and a timing bar that’ll show you a proper pace. You’ll get instant feedback on your form and movements, ensuring you perfect your exercises effectively while you’ll be able to track weekly workouts and view your results. You can workout using the Wii Remote or include the optional Wii Balance Board to incorporate in your routine.

Best for Cardio: Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout

Sweat it out with Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout, the best exercise game on the Nintendo Wii that focuses on heavy calorie burning. The game's varied workout routines give players exercises such as cardio boxing, sit-ups, jumping rope and running with an accompanying soundtrack with digitized fan favorites of songs.

Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout keeps a record of your past scores and encourages you to beat them with various workouts varying in length from six minutes to half an hour. Unlike other workout games, Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout feels more like a fast-paced arcade game where you time your punches, squats and crunches while accumulating points. The game is compatible with the Nintendo Wii Balance Board and includes a free one-week trial membership at a real-life Gold’s Gym.

Best for Kids: Nickelodeon Fit

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The kid-tested and mom-approved Nickelodeon Fit offers an exciting take on a workout game specifically designed for children. The game was developed by exercise science expert Dr. Jackie Goodway and features light exercises focused on cardiovascular activity, motor skill development, balance and more.

Nickelodeon Fit features 30 interactive exercise games meant to get your kids moving. Nick Jr. characters such as Dora The Explorer and The Backyardigans showcase a number of different fun exercise activities, including jump rope and hula-hooping. Parents can program different exercise routines for their youngsters and will be able to track their progress. Nickelodeon Fit works with both the Wii Remote and Balance Board for varied up gameplay.

Best for Variety / Easiness: ExerBeat

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With over 155 exercises, Exerbeat for the Nintendo Wii offers a ton of variety for exercise routines, spanning over eight different categories, including yoga and aerobics. The easy and accessible exercises are user-friendly for any newcomer of any age who is new to the workout game genre and wants to jump in.

Tutorials guide you through Exerbeat, showcasing the correct way to hold your Wii Remote and teaching you how to play as you mirror the moves of your virtual instructor. The game is rhythm-based​ and has you synchronizing moves as you stand and sway your arms around, march your feet and perform boxing punches. In order to fully get the most out of Exerbeat, it’s recommended you use two Wii Remotes so the game can pick up on your movements correctly.

Best for Dancing: Just Dance 2018

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Just Dance is a video game series specifically designed to… well… just dance.

Just Dance 2018 is no exception and makes strong leeway of providing the best dancing experience you can find for a workout game on the Nintendo Wii.

Just Dance 2018 includes over 40 of the most popular songs available from artists such as Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. The rhythm-based dance simulator will not only make you work up a sweat, but you’ll be able to practice and learn a few dance moves by mimicking the choreographed dancers on screen. The game also comes with a “Kids Mode” designed in collaboration by child development experts, focusing on more colorful settings, visuals that tell a story, easy scoring and positive feedback so they don’t get discouraged.