Latest Update on Upcoming Book, Wii Fitness for Dummies (Q1 2010 release)

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As some of you will remember, my wife and I were contracted to write, "Wii Fit for Dummies". With the recent announcement of "Wii Fit Plus", all work was stopped on "Wii Fit for Dummies" in lieu of "Wii Fit Plus for Dummies", pending that product's release. Well, long story short, its final form is now "Wii Fitness for Dummies", and will cover "Wii Fit Plus", "EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer", and "Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010", all in glorious full color, coming in at approximately 250 pages. There will also be brief mention of 10 of the other top Wii Fitness programs in a chapter in Section IV of the book, Part of Tens, which any "For Dummies" book fan will be familiar with. We'll let you know as we know more, but right now the only product in our hands is "EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer", so that will be our focus in the mean-time. I'm in contact with both Nintendo and Majesco about the other two products, but whether we'll be able to get pre-release copies of their respective titles is still very much up in the air at this point, as they're not even finished yet.

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Chris Kennedy
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Bill -

You seriously need some people to get behind you and push for obtaining an advance copy of each of the games. It seems like you should at least be able to get the games as early as the reviewers do. You might be able to find some connections through journalists that review games. I am not sure how they might help you. I am also not sure if their means would be legal or not, however it seems like there should be some way of you getting an advance copy.

It is obvious you have writing skills. Perhaps you could do a guest review of one or more of the games for a games website? That would eat even more of your time, however you could ALSO plug your book in your byline or something. Best case scenario is that you bang out a review easily, get an advanced copy of the game you are to review, AND get to plug your book on the site.

I am seriously trying to capture clouds in hands with these ideas, but perhaps a connection or two would help get the ball rolling. Thoughts?

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I'm already in contact with who I need to be at this point. The problem with Nintendo is that they even rebuff Wiley. They don't like any outsiders covering their stuff. They're even reluctant to give it to magazines. I'll figure something out.

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EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer and Jillian MIchaels

As you no doubt noticed, there's a placeholder cover now for "Wii Fitness for Dummies". Not sure what the final cover will look like, but I'm hoping it's not the baggie pants girl. ;-)

Anyway, we got into EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer heavily for the first time last night, which will be Section II of the new book. I came away fairly impressed. It kicks your ass far more than Wii Fit does, but also in a very different way. It's far more like doing what you do with free weights than Wii Fit is, with the added bonus of having simultaneous multiplayer. Good stuff, and highly recommended for you Wii owners looking for a great workout (be sure to get the $20 multiplayer pack if you want to play with someone else!).

We also sampled Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009 the previous week in preparation for the 2010 version, which will be Section III of the book. Man, what a turkey of a program, very poorly designed and last generation tech (at best). What's nice is that it's fairly different from Wii Fit Plus and EA Sports Active in that it focuses on more explosive movements. So hopefully the 2010 version smooths out the technical issues and enhances its strong points. Regardless, I think we chose a good triumvirate for the book, as each program can definitely complement the other.

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