Top Activity-Based Video Games
The days of sitting inert with a video-game controller in hand are over. Many of today's most fun games are all about getting off the couch and moving around.
Wii Fit (Wii)
Leave it to Nintendo to find a way to make working out fun. Wii Fit comes with the unique Balance Board, a pressure-sensitive, rectangular platform. The Balance Board can measure your weight, evaluate your balance, and talk to the Wii to give instant feedback as you perform a variety of exercises. The game keeps track of your progress as you go, so you'll always be motivated to top your most recent results.
Shaun White Snowboarding (Wii)
This game is available for several video game systems, but only the Wii version takes advantage of Nintendo's unique Balance Board. Because the Balance Board can sense where your weight is distributed, it allows you to steer your virtual snowboarder using the same techniques you would in real life. Best of all, it's cheaper than a lift ticket!
Rock Band (Various systems)
Technically, you could play Rock Band seated, but it wouldn't be nearly as much fun as standing up, jumping around, and sliding across the floor on your knees like David Lee Roth. In Rock Band, up to four people play virtual instruments - guitar, bass, drums, and vocals - in an interactive concert experience that blows the roof off.
Boom Blox (Wii)
A simple premise leads to endless fun in this game, which was developed with the creative contributions of Steven Spielberg. The goal is to knock down a tower made from blocks of different sizes and weights, by throwing different objects at it with a flick of the Wii Remote. Whichever player can knock down the most blocks wins. The unpredictable physics of the falling blocks means that nothing happens the same way twice.
Dance Dance Revolution (Various systems)
The original and still the best, Dance Dance Revolution has been released in many forms for several different systems over the years. DDR comes with a mat that can sense where your feet land on four different arrows. You must jump on the arrows in time with the ones you see scrolling on your screen to the beat of the music. We dare you to make it through more than one song without working up a sweat.