The Complete Guide to Wii Workout Games

Looking For a Workout Game for the Wii? Here's what's out there.

There are a lot of workout games for the Wii.  What are they?  Are there any good?  Here’s a comprehensive (I hope) list of all the fitness games released for the Wii that should help you find the right exergame for you.  This is games specifically released as workout games, as opposed to all games that are physically strenuous.  I haven’t played most of these, but I’ve included aggregate review scores, review information and a brief description when possible.  For recommendations on great workout games, read my list of the 7 Best Workout Games for the Nintendo.

10 Minute Solution

Released: June 2010

Peripherals: Supports balance board.

Description: Based on an exercise DVD series, apparently.  Aims at giving you an aerobic workout.

Quote: “Well, the bad part is that the graphics are lackluster, the moves are frustratingly slooow, and half the time when I move the remote and the accompanying Nunchuk my character wouldn’t budge. There were little to no instructions on what to do and how to do it even in the “training” section (no instruction booklet comes with the game either) and while there are music options, the music never matches the moves you’re doing, so you’re all wonkified. Yes, wonkified is a word.” - user review score: 2.5/5

Daisy Fuentes Pilates

Released: Aug 4, 2009

Peripherals: Supports balance board.

Description: Celebrity tie-in pilates game.  I played it for about five minutes and was shocked by how ineptly it was done.

Quote: “From 5 minutes of running in place, barefoot on a hard surface; to poor exercise demonstrations; and an irrelevant emphasis on things like exercise timing, changing scenery, and inexplicably long rest periods; this semi-Pilates experience leaves a lot to be desired.” – user review score: 2.5/5

EA Sports Active

Released: May 19, 2009

Peripherals: Comes with a resistance band.

Description: Effective strength training that watches your movements through the Wii remote and nunchuk and often uses a resistance band to simulate weight training.

Quote: “Sometimes your personal trainer will remark, ‘You’re showing you can get fit and have fun doing it!’ But if there’s one thing it can be said of Active, it’s that the game makes little effort to make any of this fun....  On the other hand, Active gives you a much better workout than Wii Fit.” –

My score: 3.5/5 Buy from Amazon »

EA Sports Active 2

Released: Nov. 16, 2010

Peripherals: Comes with two motion monitors to wear on your leg and non-Wii-remote-holding hand.  Supports balance board.

Description: This much expanded sequel gives you devices in each hand (one is the Wii remote) and one strapped to your leg to follow your movements.

Quote: “Active 2 functions as a satisfying workout tool as long as you're patient and make sure you've placed the sensors in the correct spots on your body. You only need a few feet of space, but if you don't have the sensors exactly right(and sometimes even when you do) you can expect Active 2 to not properly register all your movements. Most importantly, if you try to go faster than the instructor says, you can expect it not to recognize many of your movements. If you want Active 2 to work right on PS3 and Wii, it's an exercise in patience just as much as it is on your body.” - IGN

Metacritic score: 79/100. Buy from Amazon »

EA Sports Active More Workouts

Released: Nov. 17, 2009

Description: This follow-up adds more workouts to the basic EA Sports gameplay.

Quote: “If you’re too intimidated to exercise in public but want to change your habits for the better, EA Sports Active More Workouts can help. Combining workouts and advice from Bob Greene, this program promotes a healthy lifestyle from all angles. If you’re already an Active fan, More Workouts is a good option to refresh your routines.” - IGN

Metacritic Score: 80/100 Buy from Amazon »

EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp

Released: Nov. 16, 2010

Peripherals: Comes with two motion monitors to wear on your leg and non-Wii-remote-holding hand.

Description: A workout game with exercises patterned after football training.  This doesn’t seem to have received any reviews from critics, suggesting EA didn’t send it out to any.  But it’s pretty well liked on score: 3.5/5


Arrows and the movements and instructions of the trainer tell you how to move your body. Namco Bandai

Released: May 2011

Peripherals: Uses the Balance Board for one set of exercises.  Uses Wii MotionPlus for a single mini-game.  Can be played with one or two Wii remotes.

Description: ExerBeat has a variety of workouts including Aerobics, Pilates, Karate and various Latin dances.  It uses onscreen arrows to tell players how to move their arms. 

Quote: “It is well presented and offers a variety of unusually enjoyable exercises, but it also features some truly aggravating design choices and flaws, and if you’re in good shape you won’t get that much of a workout.” –

My score: 3.5/5 Buy from Amazon »

Fit in Six

Fit In Six
"Fit In Six" offers exercises, but not much else. Ubisoft

Released: March 2011

Peripherals: Optional camera.

Description: Fit in Six has workouts including Pilates, calesthenics, kick boxing and Latin dance, but lacks common features like a calorie counter and the ability to create your own routines.

Quote: “If you’ve got a Wii, you like exercise routines and you see this in a bargain bin someday for $10 you might want to try it out, but compared to the best Wii workout programs, Fit in Six falls short by almost every measure.” –

My score: 2/5

Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout

Released: March 25, 2009

Peripherals: Supports the balance board.

Description: This game, which consists primarily of punching a virtual punching bag, consistently makes critics list of the top Wii workout games even though there aren’t a lot of actual reviews of it out there.

Quote: “After one fifteen-minute boxing workout, you’ll definitely be sweating; after using this for one day, I woke up feeling sore all over, but as I stuck with it and used those muscles more, I really got into it.” – GamerVision user review score: 4.5/5 Buy from Amazon »

Gold’s Gym Dance Workout

Released: Aug. 10, 2010

Description: This sequel focuses on Latin dance and kickboxing.

Quote: “Unlike many Wii exergames, it's possible to get a solid cardio workout with this game. You can cheat (since it only tracks arm movements), but if you give it your all, you'll definitely raise your heart rate and sweat off some calories.” user review score: 4/5 Buy from Amazon »

Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2009/2010/2011

Released: Oct. 21, 2008 (the first one)

Peripherals: Supports the balance board.

Description: After the 2009 version received a critical drubbing, two more versions were Released: in the next two years that were pretty much ignored by the critics altogether.

Quote: “So, Jillian, I’m giving your game a passing score because I actually got my workout’s worth. The experience wasn’t always pretty, it wasn’t always fun, and I don’t think it was even very motivational, but I did break a sweat.” - GameShark

Metacritic score: 30/100

JumpStart Get Moving: Family Fitness featuring Brooke Burke Sports Edition

Released: June 8 2010

Description: Kid-oriented fitness game. This only has 10 reviews on; clearly not a big seller.

Quote: “JumpStart Get Moving: Family Fitness offers more than 15 different sports challenges in 11 exotic arenas. Game categories include basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, boxing, racing, and balance events and in each of these categories there are multiple games to choose from.” – 2Wired2Tired user review score: 3/5

My Fitness Coach

Released: Dec. 2, 2008

Description: This game apparently doesn’t use any technology to measure how you do, but rather just has you follow along with its many different workouts.

Quote: “Fitness Coach boasts that it has 450-plus different workouts, and while I haven't checked every single one off on a list, rest assured that as you progress you will see a huge amount of new routines and exercises.” - IGN user review score: 4.5/5

My Fitness Coach 2: Exercise & Nutrition

Released: Jan 5, 2010

Peripherals: Supports balance board.

Description: This sequel combines exercises with “healthy recipes.” Also unlike the first one it apparently uses technology to track your movements.  Judging from user reviews on, a lot of people who loved the first one were very disappointed with the sequel. user review score: 2/5

NewU Fitness First Mind Body, Yoga & Pilates Workout

Released: December 2010

Peripherals: Supports balance board and MotionPlus.

Description: Yoga and pilates.  I have never heard of this one and there are no reviews from critics regarding it.  But the handful of people who have reviewed it on seem to like it a lot. user review score: 4.5/5

Nickelodeon Fit

Peripherals: supports balance board.

Description: Fitness game targeted at kids.

Quote: “It may not replace going outside and playing, but the games in this compilation are excellent alternatives for children to play when going outside can’t be done due to weather or any other circumstances.” –

Metacritic Score: 4.5/5

The Biggest Loser

Released: October 2009

Peripherals: Supports the Balance Board.

Description: Cardio, upper- and lower-body circuit routines, and yoga.

Quote: “The inclusion of five different workout types and a strong variety of difficulty choices for each type makes this game a customizable experience that can give you the workout you want.” – IGN

Metacritic score: 74/100

The Biggest Loser Challenge

Released: November 2010

Description: A sequel that hasn’t received many reviews, but which is apparently of a similar quality to the original. user rating score: 4/5

Walk It Out!

Released: Jan. 12 2010

Peripherals: supports balance board and dance pad.

Description: Game for kids in which you walk on a balance board or dance pad or just carry the nunchuk in your pocket. I saw a brief demo of this game before its release and thought it was one of the most singularly pointless things I’d ever seen.  And yet it has many tremendously favorable reviews at

Quote: “My biggest gripe with Walk It Out! is the fact that this game exists. I see the point of other fitness games on the Wii, but I do not see the point of a game that only allows you to walk, and not even to properly walk in place at that.” – Hardcore Gamer user review score: 4.5/5

Wii Fit / Wii Fit Plus

Wii Fit Plus
Skateboarding via Balance Board. Nintendo

Released: May 2008 / Oct. 2009

Peripherals: Balance Board (required).

Description: Wii Fit is a fitness game focused on balance exercises, particularly Yoga, and was introduced with the Balance Board.  After a year or so, Nintendo replaced the game with Wii Fit Plus, which is an improved version with some additional exercises and more entertaining mini-games.

Quote: Wii Fit Plus has [...] a slew of new and much more ingenious mini-games. I was particularly taken with Bird’s-Eye Bull’s-Eye, in which you stand on the Balance Board and flap your arms, causing a guy in a chicken suit to fly onscreen.” –

My score: 4/5 Buy from Amazon »


Peripherals: Supports Balance Board.

Description: Poorly received Wii yoga game.

Quote: “Unfortunately, there just isn't really much point to Yoga. It doesn't offer anything worthwhile that a yoga DVD wouldn't already offer for less than half the price. Even ignoring the shockingly poor graphics and sound quality, the lack of real instruction is a huge downfall for this product.” –

Metacritic user review score: 1.5/5

Your Shape Featuring Jenny McCarthy

Released: November 2009

Peripherals: Requires USB camera.

Description: Jenny McCarthy leads aerobics classes.  Instead of using the Wii remote, your movements are gauged via camera

Quote: “The bland workout routines here offer nothing but straight-up aerobics with none of the frills common to other personal-trainer-in-a-box games, and it's awfully hard to feel the burn when you're yawning.” – Gamespot

Metacritic score: 62/100

Zumba Fitness

Released: Nov. 10, 2010

Peripherals: Comes with a belt to hold the remote.

Description: Game based on the popular dance workout.  There’s aren’t a lot of reviews out there for this game, although it seems reasonably popular on

 “While doing the basic moves, the system interpreted any movement as success, the instructor yelled 'Great!' and I was then taken to the next level, even if I'd only done a few steps. I ended up putting the controller on a table, practicing the moves and then shaking it to get to the next level.” – score: 3.5/5

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