'Wii Fit'

 

This might be the most important video game of all time; Wii Fit has bridged the elusive gap between Mario World and reality, which the likes of Halo, Madden and W.O.W. flirted with for 30 years. The very best video games have always been terrific time-suckers: addictive plagues upon productivity and human interaction. But once every decade or so, a game is released that overcomes the fleeting sense of success from warily beating that last boss after innumerable hours of lost sleep, and the game seeps its way into the reality of your everyday life. The technology of Wii Fit allows it to be a fitness trainer, scale, bookkeeper, motivator and toy, all in one, as the balance games and aerobics make for intensely competitive fun that continues to pay off for hours, days, weeks, years -- maybe even the rest of your life -- after you turn the system off. Its purpose becomes embedded in daily routines; the Double Buffalo Chicken Sandwich at Rally's starts to look paralyzing and that morning jog feels a little more inviting ... if only to crush your Aunt Mary Sue's high score in "3-Minute Super Hula Hoop."

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