Nintendo limbers up for Wii Fit
The first weight-loss will be from your wallet
Nintendo is on a mission to get Wii owners working up even more of sweat. The company's announced plans to launch its anticipated Wii Fit home fitness game in Japan later this year.
Nintendo's Wii Fit and Balance Board: better than the gym?
The game, which is based around Nintendo's Balance Board peripheral, initially goes on sale in Japan on 1 December for ¥8800 (£36/€53/$75), although the company hasn't yet mentioned when the game will be rolled out to the Western World's somewhat flabbier nations.
The Balance Board looks slightly larger than a set of bathroom scales and contains pressure sensors that detect when the user leans, moves or jumps in time with the action on screen.
Despite not giving away full details of the various sports available, Nintendo has said users will be able to head virtual footballs or take part in ski-jumping. There's also expected to be some more traditional fitness pursuits too, including yoga and aerobics.
Earlier this year, American Mickey DeLorenzo, 25, claimed a 30-minute-a-day Wii Sports regime lost him 4kg and reduced his Body Mass Index (BMI) from 25.2 to 24.0 over a six-week period.
Starting in japan because
The board has a recommended maximum weight of 165 kg so it greatly reduces the potential market in the US
Sell it to all those skinny little japanese first while they work out how to reinforce the hardware
I wonder if they will have a sumo wrestling games
This white boy is going to purchase one just to learn how to dance.
Looking forward to it
We've already added a PS2 and a nice DDR mat as part of our gym and it gives a great switch up from the normal routine. This looks like it'll be another great addition. But unlike a lot of American's with gym equipment, we actually use ours.