Okay, the verdict is – this was so much fun! Naturally, I did beginner because I haven’t worked out in way, way, way too long. I intended to do 30 minutes – I ended up doing closer to 45. The beginner workout was 16 minutes and included a warm-up, latin dance, cardio boxing, jump roping, and a cool down. I enjoyed it all, but got particularly addicted to the jump roping. Essentially, you stand on the balance board and do a calf lift everytime you want to jump….there are 7 buff guys (2 holding the rope, and 5 that eventually try to get in the rope with you). At the beginning, I tripped on the rope. A lot. But then I got my groove. I ended up playing the mini-games 2 more times just so I could complete the full jump rope combo and get all those boys jumping with me! Once I excelled at the jump roping, I then tried the other mini games: Matador (didn’t like it – couldn’t escape the bulls); Bull Riding (didn’t like it – couldn’t quit getting bucked off); Canoeing (Loved it! You sit on the balance board and row to escape alligators – great fun!); Marathon Race (Okay…you basically pump your arms in order to get your person to run faster – I couldn’t quite master it and kept getting hit by the lions); Sword Fight (Loved it! You swing your arms like a sword and try to cut branches in the direction the game instructs you to…..and avoid ninjas).
I will probaby order a second wii remote because it only detects the arms movements of whatever hand has the remote – so you can be rated poorly for missed actions without that second remote. Not a huge deal – but it is recommended that you use two remotes (although it is totally do-able with just one). All in all – this is great fun and I am excited to do it again!