We think we've figured out Active Life: Outdoor Challenge's niche. We know it differs from the 800-pound gorilla of Wii exercise games, Wii Fit, in that it's more game-based and less pure exercise activities. It also has a bit of an "adventure" setting. It also features activities like jumpin...

September 5th 2008 at 5:20pm 0 Comments
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The first thing we noticed upon scanning through last week's top thirty games was that Shiren the Wanderer 3 was missing, to our disappointment. The second thing we noticed was that Tales of Symphonia dropped 100,000 copies from its debut week's sales. While the top thirty software chart definitely...

July 11th 2008 at 10:00pm 0 Comments
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Commercials that show people having fun while playing the Wii are a dime a dozen, so this Active Life: Outdoor Challenge trailer doesn't score any points with us in terms of creativity. We also think the narrator sounds as excited for the game as she would about an enema (fake enthusiasm is...

July 8th 2008 at 10:00pm 0 Comments
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Hey, don't feel too bad. Just because you haven't heard of Active Life: Outdoor Challenge is no reason to shed those tears. Wii Fit is great and all, but you need something more. Something to do with a big island of fun, apparently. With a bunch of games and a new mat, it's pretty obvious that peri...

July 7th 2008 at 1:15pm 0 Comments
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We found little in the latest batch of Active Life: Outdoor Challenge screens that was new to us, though they are the first English language shots (not that the game was packed with mountains of kanji in the first place). It's the usual mix of runaway minecarts, kayaking, and jumping over logs -- i...

July 3rd 2008 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Well, except for the PSP, that is. Sony's handheld is still as mighty as ever. Even so, the Wii toppled all the other home consoles once again last week, reclaiming its second-place spot: The new Wii kid on the block in the charts is Mario Super Sluggers, which didn'...

June 27th 2008 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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Last week in Japan was all about Sony dominance, as Metal Gear Solid 4 rocketed the PS3 into first. The Wii still did pretty well for itself, though, nabbing the third spot in hardware and nine of the top thirty in software:Shiren the Wanderer 3 managed to remain in the top ten despite the Metal Ge...

June 20th 2008 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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MTV Multiplayer's interview with Active Life: Outdoor Challenge producer Yusuke Sasaki barely touches on Active Life: Outdoor Challenge at all, and instead focuses on the really attention-getting part of the package: the new Family Trainer mat!Apparently, compared to the NES mat, the technology has...

June 20th 2008 at 3:30pm 0 Comments
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The top Wii game last week wasn't Mario Kart, or even Wii Fit. Rather, beloved roguelike Shiren got the coveted title, as Shiren the Wanderer 3 debuted in second behind the PS3's new Dragon Ball Z. The previously mentioned Nintendo games did show up in the top ten, though, along with Family Trainer....

June 13th 2008 at 11:45am 0 Comments

Namco Bandai's Family Trainer (or Active Life: Outdoor Challenge here) may not gauge your weight or balance like Wii Fit does, but you can jump for real. Instead of absentmindedly jumping in the middle of the tightrope game and being admonished for it, Family Trainer lets you take off. It's on...

June 7th 2008 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Wii Fit gained some competition last week, as Family Trainer finally made its debut in Japan. Even so, Namco Bandai's game couldn't overtake Nintendo's six-month-old fitness title. Many Wii games were also pushed to the bottom of the top thirty in this week's chart, with Smash Bros. Brawl in danger...

June 6th 2008 at 11:45am 0 Comments
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We kind of wonder if the Wii Fit hype will help or hurt Namco Bandai's Active Life: Outdoor Challenge. People may become interested in exercise games in general as a result of Nintendo's entry into the genre, or they may feel that their foot-based gaming needs are met sufficiently by Wii Fit, with...

May 27th 2008 at 1:15pm 0 Comments