Video game review: 'Wizards of Waverly Place' and 'Daisy Fuentes Pilates'
Being a father of three, I've seen more than my fair share of Disney Channel shows – most notably "Wizards of Waverly Place." The antics of Alex, Justin and Max have managed to put smiles on the faces of millions of fans, and now their on-screen hijinks are headed to the Nintendo DS with their very own action/adventure game.
In "Wizards of Waverly Place," you'll take on the role of Alex Russo as you attempt to navigate her more-than-complicated life as a teenage wizard in a normal world. Aside from the touch-screen-activated spells to assist you, you'll also find help in Alex's brothers, Max and Justin – as long as they can stay out of trouble as well.
The title's simple minigames, wacky story and colorful characters definitely make "Wizards of Waverly Place" a just-for-fans investment. But for those looking to have a bit of fun with their DS as they wait patiently for the next Zelda or Mario title, it might just be a pleasant distraction.
Media Link: Catch two straight hours of "Wizards of Waverly Place" Monday, Sept. 28, on Disney Channel.
Daisy Fuentes Pilates Wii/$29.99/Available Now
Over the past 20 years, gamers have received the oft-deserved stereotype of being lazy, overweight couch potatoes. Thankfully, once Nintendo created the Wii, the video game communities' thumb calisthenics and Mountain Dew curls changed into a full body workout. Now, with a little help from the Wii's motion-capture technology and a lot of help from model-turned-exercise guru Daisy Fuentes, gamers are ready to change the way the outside world looks at them.
"Daisy Fuentes Pilates" uses either the Wii remote or Wii Balance Board to provide you with a full Pilates workout that's moderated by Daisy herself. As you twist and turn your body through the 10 fundamental Pilates exercises, you'll be given on-the-fly feedback that will keep you motivated and on track. If you're looking to target a certain part of your body, try the customizable workouts to make full use of your exercise time.
If you're looking for the next miracle product to shed unwanted weight, you may have to pass on "Daisy Fuentes Pilates" and head to a gym, but if you're looking for a bit of exercise and a fun way to tone, its light price tag and accessibility may be just right for you.
Media Link: Daisy Fuentes has appeared on "MADtv," which airs weekdays on Comedy Central.