For some reason I may never understand, the Wii Fit Trainer quickly became a worldwide sensation after the release of the original Wii Fit. User Speedy of PlanetMinecraft is cashing in on her fame with this rather well done Wii Fit Trainer skin.
First, as always, a reference image. It took me quite a bit of searching to find a family-friendly full body image of the Wii Fit Trainer, so if you go Googling on your own, beware of that:
The outfit is pretty straightforward and not much of a challenge, but Speedy nonetheless tackled it gracefully. I’m fairly certain there is a version of the Trainer with a different shirt that has dark gray sides on her shirt, which is why this skin has them.
Moving on to use of the helmet layer: as there is not much to be done for the Trainer in this aspect, it is used simply and effectively to add dimension to her hair. Doing so also makes her ponytail actually look like it is tied back and has some volume, which I can definitely appreciate.
Finally, the shading is excellently well-done. This is one of the cases where the skin does not necessarily look great up-close, but then again, not much can be done about that with pixel textures. From a decent distance however, the model is given a great sense of volume.
My only gripe with this skin is the seam of her pants at the top – I definitely think the skinner should have moved her shirt up just a couple of pixels and placed the blue line on her torso. This way, it wouldn’t shift with the legs when she runs.
Installing the Skin
For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net. Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.
For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:
Download the skin’s .png file;
Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.
Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.
Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.
Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.
Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).
Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.
Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.
The Wii Fit Trainer is an odd character to break into gaming culture as an icon. Can you think of any other weird/obscure characters that might deserve a spotlight? Leave your ideas in the comments below!