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Work Those Wii Muscles- Daisy Fuentes Pilates Review

Daisy Fuentes Pilates for the Wii. Developer: Collision Studios, Publisher: Sega ESRB: E

A recent report suggested that the average gamer was an overweight, thirty-five year old, with a tendency toward depression. Before receiving this piece of information, only two of those three demographics could have been used to identify me. As a veteran player with a growing midriff, perhaps I’ve been overly dismissive at the growing collection of Wii Fit-inspired tools.

Sega’s recent effort to tone, tighten, and trim the masses starts off on the right foot- by using a curvaceous cover star to lure players in. Sadly, the in-game visuals of Daisy Fuentes Pilates do little to capture the likeness of the game’s key personality; the title’s trainer only vaguely resembles Ms. Fuentes. At least developer Collision Studios gave the trainer plenty of competently rendered backdrops for the muscle lengthening exercises. Players can choose locations that range from poolside panoramas to the top deck of a yacht. The title’s gentle soundscape features placid rhythms that successfully complement the temperate workouts.

Players create a profile by entering in their name, age, height, weight and gender. Why this information is required is puzzling, as DF Pilates doesn’t track weight or your body mass index. Instead, the disk tracks points accrued by the successful completion of each set of repetitions. Once your information is entered, players have a choice of two workout options featuring single exercises and the configuration of a workout set.

The title’s ten exercises focus on different parts of the body- from arm, legs, to the player’s core. To maintain a steady cadence, players must synchronize their body movements to an on-screen indicator. The metronome-like meter not only gives player’s feedback, while also functioning as a scoring tool. Successful players will reach a full extension just as a bar reaches the far right or left of the gauge, rewarding the player with a green icon. Players who don’t time the exercise properly will receive a yellow, or even worse, a red symbol. Those that struggle to keep tempo will be gently reprimanded with a short list of phrases; DF Pilates could have used more voice work to maintain the title’s freshness.

While most of the drills are intuitive and invigorating, a few suffer from clumsy execution. The title’s mermaid exercise required player to bend, and point the Wiimote toward the floor. Routinely, the program didn’t recognize our movements, although the movement and timing were accurate. Warm-ups and cool-downs are merely timed routines, which omit any integration of the Wiimote or Balance Board. After experiencing the immediate feedback of Wii Fit’s island jogs, runs with Ms. Fuentes feel lackluster. 

Likewise, players without the Wii Fit Balance board may feel shortchanged by the disk, as half the drills require a soft touch on the board to indicate a rep. Without the board, points are not given, and therefore, a player cannot track his/her progress. While requiring the device might have segmented the game’s potential audience, a workaround should have implemented to give non-Wii Fit owners some way to track their daily progress.

With a MSRP of thirty dollars, Daisy Fuentes Pilates doesn’t cost significantly more than a workout DVD. However, those without a Wii Fit balance board will find that the routines presented in the title offer only a modest improvement over a prerecorded exercise disk. The millions who already own the Nintendo peripheral are most likely to find value with Ms. Fuentes digital regimen.

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.

29 comments

  1. Thanks for the review. I wondered what Daisy has been up to.

  2. Nice forth pic, you perv!

  3. Your review was too kind A/V club gave it a 16/100.

  4. Daisy can have my babies. Hubba-hubba!

  5. I’m a skinny gamer. 5’10” and 160 lbs, so that report can eat it.

  6. Jeez, Deagle- How much do you weigh?

    Did you lose any weight from playing this?

  7. I could stand to use a few pounds. $30 is much better than a health club fee. Round here they want $45 dollars a month.

  8. Has anyone made a real competitor to Wii Fit? They all seem to not be as good.

  9. Wiifit is this generation abdomizer.

  10. Got this for the wifey. She had the same problem with the controller not picking up movement. It will probably turn into wiifit 2 preorder money.

  11. What ever is keeping her young looking, I want! Girl looks great for being in her 40s.

  12. Great review. Thanks for the eval.

  13. I would buy a good Pilates game, maybe once natal is done, we’ll get some.

  14. I need a workout program. Not so sure this would do it.

  15. Good review. Too bad the game wasn’t better.

  16. Sounds like you liked the Golds Gym game better, huh. Still this sounds great for $20.

  17. Did they spend any time doing QA?

  18. I’d like to see more reviews like this one. Very cool.

  19. I saw this on TV, looked interesting.

  20. What a hottie! She can come over and teach me pilates anytime.

  21. Ya think Eric Niles will make a dance game?

  22. I might have to try it. Ive ben looking for a pilates routine.

  23. Maybe for $15, I could lose a few pounds.

  24. Is this game bilingual. I’d like to get this for my mom.

  25. Why are some many Wii games unresponsive? Is it bad programming or is it the Wii hardware?

  26. Does Daisy wear skimpy attire through the whole game?

  27. I noticed you have more comments that the IGN review. Way to go, T-G!

    Oh, and more intelligent comments, too.

  28. Shes been doing this game I guess and working on that cheezy cruise line commercial.

  29. It’s really fun to exercise on Wii, I mostly like it because it’s interactive, entertaining and challenging. This month I plan to get some steroids for sale and start the next level on Wii, my body start to show results and I am thrilled about that.