Nintendo will introduce a step-board-like Wii peripheral that senses your movement, measures your Body Mass Index, ratcheting up the system’s physically active game factor. [Seattle P-I]


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  1. mrmysterious says:

    At first glance this looks really stupid….heck even at second glance it looks really stupid, but then again I though the same thing about the Wii when I first saw it, and now I love it along with everyone else.

    Who knows, maybe Nintendo is doing the right thing by thinking outside of the box.

  2. Moosehawk says:

    Being creative seems to be working for Nintendo so far.

  3. shiftless says:

    Nintendo knows where the money is at. A lot of people got a Wii just because they heard reports that it could help you lose weight. So far the Wii Fit activities look somewhat nice with yoga, balancing, and minigames. The graphics are a bit bland but it’s not like anyone is expecting Crysis quality graphics on the system anyway. Overall, I think the purpose is to help raise health awareness (and anything like this helps) rather than be a serious weight-loss tool. I think it will be a hit.

    Now we just need a Tony Hawk or SSX game that’s compatible!

  4. By detecting distribution of weight, for example, the board can tell whether a user’s yoga routine is properly following the on-screen instructions.

    I think that’s brilliant for people who like to use exercise videos but aren’t always sure they’re doing a move properly.

    But then, I thought the Power Pad was a good idea when it came out too.

  5. says:

    this is great for obese children…because they don’t have the attention or drive for basketball or some other sport, but i’m sure they can get into playing a video game that helps them move around…i.e. ddr. i hear they’re trying to use that game in gym classes and what not.

    hey, whatever it takes to get them moving

  6. CumaeanSibyl says:

    Anyone know if they’re releasing a DDR title for the Wii? You could add hand motions to be completed with the Wiimote, for extra cardiovascular activity.

  7. kelmeister says:

    Will Consumerist please post some helpful hints on how to sue Nintendo, for when I get one of these boards and my fat ass breaks it?

  8. SaraAB87 says:

    This is going to be a hot seller for sure, no matter how stupid it sounds to adults. I know a few families here that are already considering the Wii as a purchase for the sole purpose of helping their kids excercise, so this will only help to solidify that purpose for them. Parents all over are going to be clamoring to pick this up for their kids because it requires almost no work on the parents part but yet kids will be able to excercise which is every parents dream device! Something that allows kids to excercise without having to haul them to soccer practice or baseball practice!

  9. Ryuuie says:

    Actually, the board itself (called the Wii Balance Board) doesn’t measure BMI or anything like that. It’s the game itself that the Board comes with.

    The game is called Wii Fit and it’s an exercise game that allows you to do things like yoga, soccer, push-ups, and other things to work out.

    Third party game company, Square-Enix (known for the Final Fantasy series, Dragon Quest series, and Kingdom Hearts series) has expressed that they are interested in it as well. Although, I don’t know how Squeenix will make a board that measures your balance and such work in an RPG game.

    The game/Board combo won’t be coming out until 2008.

  10. shiftless says:

    CUMAEANSIBYL: There is a DDR game coming for the Wii called Hottest Party. You’ll need a dance pad for the Wii. Currently the pads are wired, but I don’t see wireless ones being released too far off in the future.

    If you search for videos for it there are symbols along with the arrows that show hand gestures you use with the Wiimote/Nunchuk along with the dance steps.

    Overall, it looks fun and playing an hour on standard difficulty can burn anywhere from 200-400 calories!

  11. Chaosium says:

    @kelmeister: Thankfully all the scam artists claiming “TV Damage” haven’t gotten anywhere, so you’ll be SOL :)

  12. 12monkeys says:

    Are there any shooting games on Wii? an updated Duck Hunt would be cool.

  13. Ryuuie says:

    @12monkeys: There are lots of shooting games for Wii. Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption are just a few.