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Wii Fit U and Balance Board and 2 Fit Meters Bundle on Sale at Groupon #wii #wiifit

Have you been putting off buying Wii Fit U, the Balance Board, and Fit Meters? Your procrastination has paid off! Groupon has a deal where you can get a hard copy of Wii Fit U, a brand new Balance Board, and two Fit Meters for only $50.

Just to break down the price, the Wii Fit U + Balance Board + 1 Fit Meter bundle usually goes for $89.99 retail (street price around $79). An extra Fit Meter usually runs you about $19.99 retail (street price around $17). So you’re paying $50 for something worth at least $96.

Some of us spent well over $100 for this same thing, so if you haven’t gotten one yet, this is a great opportunity. But hurry, this is only good for the next week!

Wii Fit U, Balance Board and 2 Fit Meters bundle on Groupon.



Wii Fit Meters under $10 at NewEgg #wiifitu

Here’s a great deal–NewEgg has standalone Wii Fit Meters for $9.99 right now. These are great if you’re looking to purchase the downloadable version of Wii Fit U, or if you need additional meters to track friends or family (or put one on the dog’s collar for some really interesting stats).

The meter usually goes for $20, so this is a great deal if you’re looking to stock up on them. They’re the black version of the meter, not the green version you’ll get in the packaged versions of the game. But hurry–this one won’t last long!

Time to get a Wii U? #bestbuy #wiiu #sale

With Wii U-only offerings like Wii Fit U and Wii Sports Club, as well as first-party titles like Pikmin 3 and Super Mario 3D getting impressive reviews, you may be thinking about getting a Wii U. Granted, in the last few weeks the Xbox One and the PS4 have stolen most of the thunder, but after sampling both of those system, I still say that for casual and family gaming, the Wii U is the console to have.

Here’s a deal that’s pretty sweet, in case you’ve been on the fence, but it will require jumping through hoops and being pretty quick.

The first thing to do is to get a Twitter account and an American Express card synced up, and then tweeti “#AmexBestBuy.

Sync American Express with Twitter

Then, head over to Best Buy, where this week they have a deal where you can get a $25 gift card with a special bundle version of the Wii U:

Free $25 Gift Card with Mario Bros. U & Luigi U Wii U Console Deluxe Set, $299.99, Plus Free Shipping

Doing the math, by using your American Express card, this nets you a Wii U Deluxe, which some of us suckers paid $349 for a year ago, for $274.99 (with the Amex credit) and then $249.99 (with the Best Buy Gift Card). Factor in the street value of the games and you’re getting the console for about $200.

Probably the best deal you’ll get for a while on the Wii U.

EA Sports Active 2 Fitness Bundle for sale at Best Buy for $12.99

So, it’s been a quiet time for Wii Fitness gaming. Publishers just aren’t developing fitness games for the Wii anymore, and other than Your Shape: Fitness Evolved and Just Dance 4, not much happening for the Wii U either (we’ll see if they finally announce a North American release date for Wii Fit U at E3 in a couple days).

In the meantime, if you have a Wii or Wii U, the good news is that the games on our top ten list are still pretty good and will likely be good for a while. Here’s my advice, especially for people who buy a Wii U: take your old Wii and an old TV and move it to your home gym, rec room, or exercise room. Then, start a brand new exercise regimen.

If one of the old games you’d like to revive is EA Sports Active 2, you’re in luck. Best Buy has what is likely to be a clearance sale on the official EA Sports Active 2 Fitness Bundle Kit


This was a package that originally retailed for $39.99. It contains resistance bands of “heavy” and “medium” resistance (if your original is like mine, it’s probably deteriorated by now), as well as a 72 inch fitness mat, a jump rope with interchangeable handles, and two one-pound weights for your wrist or ankles (which feels like ten thousand pounds after a few minutes of exercise).

This is a genuine bundle by EA, not from a third-party. And at thirteen bucks, it’s probably your last chance to snag one before they’re gone for good.

Sadly, it’s highly doubtful we’ll ever see an EA Sports Active 3, as EA Sports has shunned the Wii U and doesn’t appear to want to compete with Nike on the Xbox. It’s sad, because EA Sports Active could have evolved in so many ways. Let’s hope that over time, other game publishers stick their neck outs and achieve the huge success and levels of innovation that EA did when they first introduced Sports Active.

A couple Wii U Deluxes at Walmart!

They’ve been out of stock at Best Buy, Gamestop, Toys R Us, and just about everywhere else you can think of, but I’ve noticed that in the last few days there have been a couple Wii U’s at Walmart. If you’ve been trying to pre-order, check them out.

Here’s a link to the Deluxe Console. As of this writing they’re sold out online but a few locations still have store pickup available:

Nintendo Wii U 32GB Deluxe Console w/ GamePad & Nintendo Land, Black (Available for Layaway at your Local Wal-Mart Store)

Here’s a bundle that had been available, but it’s going in and out of stock:

Nintendo Wii U Solution Bundle w/ Customer Choice of Wii U Game and Controller

Finally, here’s a link to Walmart’s page for the regular Wii U, although this has been out of stock for a very long time.

Nintendo Wii U

Check these links from time to time, as Walmart has been the only retailer that seems to have any kind of Wii U’s available at all. Good luck!

Wii Balance Board at K-Mart for $50 – Hurry!

If you’ve been putting off getting a Wii Balance Board, there’s a huge clearance sale at K-mart right now. Click here to check it out.

Nintendo Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board at K-Mart

Here’s why this is a great deal: the Wii U is going to fully support the Balance Board (in fact, one of the titles that will be coming within the first few months of release is Wii Fit U, a completely retooled version of Wii Fit. You can wait to buy the bundled version at an exorbitant price, or you can just buy this balance board on clearance and buy the Wii U Fit game when it comes out.

But hurry–these kinds of deals usually last a blink and then they’re gone.

Just Dance 3 for Wii only $9.99! #justdance #wii

Run, don’t walk to Amazon where Just Dance 3 is selling for only $9.99.

My guess is they’re clearing inventory to get ready for the holidays.

Hurry! Deals like this don’t usually last long.


Install Amazon Instant Video on your PS3 and get a $5 credit FREE

The summer of the PS3 Fitness Game drought continues, but I did want to chime in with a pretty good promotion from Amazon. This is a teeny tiny promotion that Amazon isn’t making very obvious, but it’s a good one.

On the PS3 product page, there’s a teeny banner that says:

amazon instant video

Clicking on it takes you to a page about Amazon Instant Video, on the top of which is a teeny banner that says:

So it seems that if you register your PS3 with Amazon to start watching videos on the Amazon Instant Video application on your PS3 (which I’ll bet you didn’t know you had), you’ll get a cool $5 to use towards buying or renting a video.

The cool thing about this is that is really expands your ability to use your PS3 for fitness. How? There are a ton of exercise and fitness videos out there, most at only around $1.99 to rent or $9.99 to buy. And so while the PS3 hasn’t been graced with a Jillian Michaels video game like the Kinect or Wii (trust me, we’re not missing much), we can still have Jillian grace our PS3 screens by using one of her videos. Not to mention Bethanny, Bob, Denise, Billy, and the gazillions of others who’ve put out exercise videos. It’s the perfect antidote for the paucity of PS3 fitness games lately.

Here’s exactly how to do it.

1) On your PS3, go to TV/Video Services. You may already have a green icon there that looks like this.

amazon instant video ps3

If not, go to the “My Channels” icon that looks like a test pattern and select the Amazon icon.

2) Once you select the icon you may be asked to download software.

ps3 download amazon instant video

You may or may not have to install a system update. After that you’ll be asked to sign into your PS3 account. Don’t worry, you’re almost there 🙂

3) Finally, you’ll get to the main Amazon video screen.

main screen of amazon video on ps3

The interface looks similar to what you’ve seen on devices like Roku, Apple TV, and Xbox LIVE.

4) Next, select the box that says “Register Your Device”. You’ll be brought to a screen showing you a 5-digit code. This code will be unique to your device.

amazon registration code

5) Next, go www.amazon.com/mytv. If you have multiple people in your household with Amazon accounts, make sure you sign in with the account you want permanently associated with the PS3.

where to enter ps3 registration code on amazon

6) Magically, on your PS3, you’ll see a success screen.

successful registration screen

7) Next, you’ll go through screens asking to confirm your 1-Click settings. From Amazon’s perspective, they of course want to make it as easy as possible for you to make an impulse buy :P. They’ll then try to push you to buy Amazon Prime, which actually is not a bad deal if you do a lot of ordering on Amazon. Not only do you get free 2-day shipping on all orders, you also get access to a bunch of free videos you can watch through streaming. The free videos you can watch with Amazon Prime aren’t the latest hits, of course, but there are some good ones (I watched all three seasons of Arrested Development using Amazon Prime).

8) Finally, you’ll get to the success page on Amazon.

successful registration for amazon video

Now here’s the annoying thing. Amazon, of course, makes it difficult to look up your promotional certificate balance. To do so, you have to choose an instant video and then look at the tiny print under the product description.

check amazon instant video promotional credits

When I checked, I saw a balance of zero. Not cool.

promotional balance amazon

I started a chat session. I was bracing myself for a big fight, but they were fast and very, very nice.

amazon chat session

This is where I love Amazon. While other companies I’ve had similar issues with would argue with me, ending up costing hundred of dollars of their customer service people’s salaries to fight against me just to deny me the $5, Amazon credited it right to me, no questions asked. This is why I continue to be a loyal customer.

So your mileage may vary. A lot of people are reporting that the $5 credit is being instantly credited to them, but even if it’s not Amazon is smart enough not to deny it to you if you ask about it.

Once I registered I was able to see the videos I’d previously purchased on Amazon under “Your Video Library”, and also access the free Prime videos, as well as buy new videos of course.

So that’s the story. I actually just made a great deal with Verizon FIOS and upped my Internet speed from 50/25 from 15/5, so Internet is blazingly fast on my PS3 now. When I had cable and DSL, I was used to video pausing in the middle at random times and being choppy, but right now I’m watching a video that’s running as smooth and clear as a Blu-Ray. The nice thing about FIOS is that you get your own dedicated line, meaning if the teenager in the apartment upstairs has WoW playing 24×7, you won’t see your bandwidth affected and your video streaming will still be lightning fast (self-serving note…if you’re interested in FIOS go through this link to sign up for FIOS, and both you and I will get a shiny new $50 American Express gift card :)).

So that’s it. Enjoy instant video on your PS3…and start working out those abs!



Playstation 3D Display at Cheapest Price Ever

Guess what? The PlayStation 3D Display Bundle is available at Best Buy for $200. That’s right, the same system I happily forked over $600 for on launch day is now a third of that price.

Considering the system includes a $60 game, a $60 pair of glasses, and a $20 cable, that’s like getting the actual monitor for…aw, I’m actually too depressed to do the math…

Just kidding of course…I have no regrets about buying it at the original retail price, as you can tell by my rave review of the PS3 3D Display. But if you were lucky enough to procrastinate about it until now, I’d jump on it while you can.

As I wrote in my original review, this is a great low-cost way to experience 3D of a lot of the games you already have without forking over $3000 for a bigger TV that’ll be outdated in a year. I’ve enjoyed Uncharted 3, MLB 2012, and a bunch of games I didn’t realize we’re in 3D.

Dont forget that you can also watch 3D Blu-Rays on this thing, as well as use it as a high-end computer monitor.

Adidas MiCoach Release Date is July 24, 2012 – Preorder Now

Well, I’ve been talking about Adidas MiCoach for it seems like an eternity now, but at LONG last the pre-order link is available on Amazon. The pricing will be $49.99 and the original list of athletes that were promised to be part of the game will be there: Kaka, Dwight Howard, Manuel Neuer, Jessica Ennis, Jose Mourinho, Ana Ivanovic, Will Genia and Eric Berry. The athletes aren’t just generic computer animations with their faces painted on–word has it that the athletes actually did the exercises and skills challenges themselves, and it’s their actual performance that’s part of the game.

Early reports of the game had said it’ll come with additional hardware, but since the game is priced at $49.99 I doubt that hardware will be the MiCoach pacer nor even the speed cell. Perhaps there’ll be a heart rate monitor such as the one that came with EA Sports Active. We’ll see about that.

One thing the MiCoach will definitely come with is an already active online community where you can track your progress online and compete in challenges against friends or even strangers. Again, early news reports said that you can earn points that you can exchange for discounts on Adidas products.

In other words, early indications are that this will for all intents and purposes be the next progression forward for EA Sports Active 2 (we all know by now that from all appearance EA Sports has abandoned that product). Time will tell, of course, but I for one plan to be one of the first in line for this.

More information as it comes, as always.