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Wii Active Life Outdoor Challenge

Updated on August 16, 2009

Wii Fitness Games

Nintendo has seen a huge interest in Wii Fit, which is why they have continued on their fitness line with Wii Active. This Wii Active video game offers a dozen or so games that will get you off the couch, get your heart pumping, and get you moving.

There are a lot of benefits of exercise and keeping a healthy lifestyle, and it's so much simpler and entertaining when you're playing video games. Not all video games allow you to get moving though, which is why the Wii Active series is great.

With Active Life Outdoor, you can enjoy activities that you may not see in your everyday location. You can enjoy river rafting, mine-cart adventures, log jumping, see-saw, jump rope, water trampoline, and tons more.

Wii Active Life Outdoor Challenge uses an interactive pad, sort of like the dance, dance revolution dance pad. The 9-square Active Life mat and the Wii Remote registers your movement and monitors your progress in the game. The controls are simple and the actions are intuitive, making the games simple and easy to pick up.

Active Life Outdoor Challenge Screenshots

Wii Active Outdoor Challenge Review

Basically, game play allows for over a dozen games, each with multiple levels of play that you can play by yourself or with friends. You also get a training mode that you can try out before you actually start a challenge, so in reality there is a lot that you can test and play in.

The controls are simple, and when playing with friends, you can compete in co-op challenges.

The Wii game monitors your fitness progress and you can actually see your character's body change according to how you play in real life. It's actually quite interesting, and makes the game more thrilling as you can actually see your character's progress. You're not going to be playing the same flabby character or the same skinny-minny throughout the entire game.

When playing in co-op modes with friends, you will be able to monitor team work, and from the beginning if you're playing solo, you can make sure to pick challenges that will work different parts of your body.

But, things aren't always all great and wonderful with a video game, you are going to find a few complications and issues. Not everyone is going to have the same problem, but the most common complaints with Wii Active Outdoor Challenge include the following, but are not limited.

  • When you don't look at the Fitness mat, and put your focus on you the screen, you may find yourself jumping off the mat and off the squares and triangles. You have to keep your eyes and feet on the mat and the screen, which calls for a bit of coordination.
  • Although the games are easy to understand and figure out, it can take some time to figure out the wii mat, as it can work like the Wii Remote, changing to different screens, so you have to be careful of where you step and press if you're reading instructions.
  • Although the complaints were thin, there have been a few users who found the challenges boring, claiming that they just didn't hold their attention and were too short; although in many of the challenges and activities, you can choose the length of the challenge before you get started. 
  • The mat can be sticky and can stick to your feet if you don't wear socks while playing the game.
  • The pad is not large enough for more than one person to use it at the same time.

For the most part though, most people have raves to say about Wii Active Life Outdoor Challenge, finding that after just 15-20 minutes they were dripping with sweat.


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    • SimeyC profile image

      Simon Cook 8 years ago from NJ, USA

      I have Wii Fit and Wii Active - Wii Fit I don't use - Wii Active I do and am getting fit with it! This game looks like another great way of getting fit.....but how many fitness games do I need LOL I should just go out jogging! Great Hub btw!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I have yet to get a Wii...However, when I do, I hope to try it out! Thanks, Whitney.

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      The Wii Fit is pretty cool. Nintendo is definitely improving upon that aspect with their other fitness games.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      We bought a Wii fit a while ago and I love it. However these summer nights do not inspire me to use it enough. I hope the long autumn nights that are approaching may do.