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Kknight

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Seeing as Wii Fit has been sitting untouched by anyone in the family for several months now, I'm seriously considering trading it in or selling it. I do plan on getting Punch-Out and Rabbid's TV Party at some point, but the utilization of the balance board in those two titles is not a compelling enough reason for me to keep it.

My big concern is with how strong the sales of Wii Fit are. Is it possible that at some point Nintendo will decide that enough people own a balance board that they would be justified in utilizing it in a killer way in a must have game? This is the primary reason that I haven't gotten rid of it yet. I'd hate to have to turn around and buy it back again down the road.

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VGM

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Well there was a rumor that Wario's next Micro game was gonna be Wii balance board only, let's hope Nintendo has something like that in the works.Also you might notice that every Wario Micro game does something new & innovative
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So yeah I know Nintendo will do more with the Balance Board we just gotta be patient.

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Adam

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I'll give the same advice I give for any selling / purchasing decision: Wait until E3. It's in less than two weeks. Decide after then.

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Kknight

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@VGP - Other than a rental of Smooth Moves, I haven't had much experience with the WarioWare line...but that could be interesting.

@Adam - Good thought, thanks. I hadn't really thought about the possibility of an E3 reveal.

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One of the best uses for the balance board has not been mentioned here -- using the full drum kit simulator in Wii Music. If you're into the game, and unfortunately few are, the ability to add rhythmic complexity to your recordings skyrockets once you start using the balance board drums.

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KnucklesSonic8

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Wii Music has a sweet use of the drum -- never tried Wii Music yet though.
RRR TV Party uses it in great ways and it's a ton of fun with friends. Don't write it off.
Shaun White Snowboarding has great control. Uses it pretty well. One of the better uses.
We Ski (and WS&S) can use it for more realistic controls.
Equilibrio allows you to control the levels with the BB.
Same with MS Kororinpa. Works really well.
EA Sports Active (and other fitness games already released and ones coming) uses the Balance Board for certain routines.
Punch-Out uses the Balance Board for more challenging gameplay also -- haven't tried.
Rock and Roll Climber will use the Balance Board in creative ways.
Snowboard Riot allows for use of the Balance Board as well. Tricky.
MSWG will use the Balance Board for many of the events.
Tetris Party allows you to use the Balance Board to control shapes. Has a whole mode for it.
Skate It uses the Balance Board to add to the gameplay. Uses it pretty well -- still have gotta pick this up.
Vertigo will use the BB for a puzzle-based racing game.

Oh yeah, Balance Board support is really lacking... Rigggggghhhhhhttttttt.... Until you try many of these, you shouldn't sell it or even consider trade it in. The BB is the reason why I got Wii Fit for more innovative gameplay and I have yet to regret it. I'm sure more uses will pop up in the near future this year. AFAIC, you'd be dumb to get rid of your Balance Board at this stage. It's like getting rid of your Wii after 6 months. It's stupid. Especially when you look at what's coming out now. Even when you consider some of the rumors for future BB uses (such as, was mentioned, with WarioWare and possibly even Super Monkey Ball) you really should just be patient. You wouldn't get much for it anyway. The experience you could be having with this device alone make it worth more than what ever TIV (trade-in value) that you will be offered with. Just for the record, you'd probably get $35 at EB Games (in Canada).

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feba

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More and more games use it all the time. I wouldn't say it's something that will make or break a game, but you never know. Plus, it's useful for health, even if all you do is the body test on the Wii Fit channel to track weight.

There are a lot of things out there it could be used for. A controller for when using a pad would be inconvenient, such as for pseudo-workout-dvd games. It could be used to replicate the pedal in a lot of arcade light gun games, or used for car pedals in a racing game. Nintendo will probably release another Wii Fit game, and other exergames are getting into it too. And you never know when someone will make a game out of left field that really uses the hardware.

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SwerdMurd

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tbh, despite all the complaints about Punchout!! and the like, I'm having a blast playing with it. I suggest a second, balance-board-only character, but I've made it past Sandman finally and just got into the TD rounds--really difficult, and definitley even more memorization required to beat foes, but like anything difficult, IMMENSELY satisfying when you win using the BB

I've honestly enjoyed the balance board control in every game I've played using it, despite there normally being an increase in difficulty, due to how poor my bodily control is :). Equilibrio is probably one of my favorite Wiiware downloads simply beacause of how perfectly the BB controls it.

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I hate the balance board and every game I've tried it with I thought it was very poorly implemented. And while it's cool with Wii music, I can use my kit to play drums the old-fashioned way. :)

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Chatham

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The only game I've actually enjoyed with the BB was Equilibrio. Every other BB compatible title makes it feel tacked on... Still keeping mine until post-E3.

Equilibrio is only $5 on WiiWare BTW. Great deal.

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SwerdMurd

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Methinks Corbie needeth better balance!! OMjee Liek u dohnt liek it bicauz u rnt gud at itlawl!!!

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Kknight

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KnucklesSonic8 wrote:

Oh yeah, Balance Board support is really lacking... Rigggggghhhhhhttttttt....

Umm...yeah, pretty sure I never said that. I just said that the support that is there at the moment has no appeal to me.

You wouldn't get much for it anyway. The experience you could be having with this device alone make it worth more than what ever TIV (trade-in value) that you will be offered with. Just for the record, you'd probably get $35 at EB Games (in Canada).

I could probably sell it myself for $70+, but it has become a moot point anyway. My wife wants to keep it and since it was a gift for her, that is that. :)

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Kknight

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Corbie wrote:

I hate the balance board and every game I've tried it with I thought it was very poorly implemented.

Chatham wrote:

Every other BB compatible title makes it feel tacked on... Still keeping mine until post-E3.

These two quotes pretty much sum up my feelings about it. Here's to hoping that at some point Nintendo makes killer use of it :)

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Chatham

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@Kknight

I'm sure they will eventually. Alot of the issue is that we're gamers, and getting used to the idea of weight-shifting compared to button pressing just never works as well as you'd think it would. Punch-Out!! is a great example, fun with the BB, for 3 fights until your leg cramps. :-D

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greyelephant

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I've no interest in buying the BB. My reasoning is that there's no support for it and I do belive it's just a fade. All that I see it becoming is another dust collector and for the price, I'll pass.

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KnucklesSonic8

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@KKnight: I never said you said that but I can see why you would think that. It's just that you said you don't see "compelling reason" to keep the balance Board and so I gave you a whole list of reasons not to mention E3 is practically upon us. And how can you formulate an opinion of saying that games that include it feel "tacked on" when you haven't even tried said games? For many of the games I listed, its FAR from tacked on. It's a good thing that Hudson scrapped the idea of adding BB support into Adventure Island because if they did, no matter how good it would've worked, I would've also seen it to be tacked on just for the sake of saying that they included support for the BB.

@Corbie: Clearly you haven't tried a lot of games with it then. And if you did, probably not for long enough.

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Kknight

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KnucklesSonic8 wrote:

It's just that you said you don't see "compelling reason" to keep the balance Board and so I gave you a whole list of reasons not to mention E3 is practically upon us.

Fair enough...but my point is that none of the games you listed are compelling reasons for me personally. I don't see any "balance board game" out there that I really need to have...with the exception of Punch-Out, which I'm not buying to use with the balance board though I will probably try it for kicks.

And how can you formulate an opinion of saying that games that include it feel "tacked on" when you haven't even tried said games?

For the ones I have tried it has felt to be more novelty than anything, not enhancing the gameplay in any great way. From the ones I haven't tried, I admittedly am forming an opinion based on the opinions of others...but again, none of the available games are compelling enough (to me) to make me want to got out and purchase them and give it a try myself. JMHO

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I just found the game that has convinced me to get much more usage of my Balance Board: the next DDR. I'd go on and on about how ridiculously excited I am about this next entry (since I'm a HUGE fan of Hottest Party 2) but I won't bother because I don't really think people would care anyway.

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