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Wii Fit

by Jonathan Metts - July 11, 2007, 10:55 am PDT
Total comments: 14

Step up and get healthy with this non-game from Nintendo. Updated with even more information!

Following the success of Wii Sports, Nintendo has revealed their next mass market, physical game -- Wii Fit. This game, which is more like an exercise program, will include the Wii Balance Board. The new hardware is like a floor scale with four sensors, two under each foot. It can measure your Body Mass Index (a ratio of height and weight) as well as determine your balance in real time.

Here's the "gameplay" trailer from the press conference:

Wii Fit appears to be played mostly without the Wii Remote, although at least one activity shown at Nintendo's E3 press conference did use the remote. For the most part, you will stand on the Balance Board and shift your weight to play the game. Sometimes you will lift a foot off the board or even step off completely.

Wii Fit includes multiple yoga-like activities, including stretches and balancing exercises. There is a DDR-like rhythm game in which you step on or off the Balance Board according to on-screen cues. A crowd of Miis also dance along to the music, helping you to see and hear the rhythm to be matched. There is a soccer mini-game in which you must lean to each side to "head" incoming soccer balls and also avoid foreign projectiles. In a hula hoop game, you must not only gyrate to keep the hoops spinning but must also lean around to catch additional hoops being thrown at you. The trailer also showed a man doing push-ups, with his hands placed on the board. The program can even analyze your posture, based on your center of gravity when standing on the Balance Board. There are over 40 activities in all, falling within four major categories: aerobics, muscle conditioning, yoga, and balance games.

Wii Fit tracks your Body Mass Index (BMI) over time, and it can display a comparison among several users in a single household, each one represented by his or her Mii. Nothing was mentioned about whether this feature might be online-enabled for comparisons with friends far away, although there is precedent for such a feature in Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree. According to press materials, the fitness statistics will be housed in their own separate channel on the Wii menu, so you won't even need to have the game disc inserted to view your progress. In modern Nintendo fashion, you are also assigned a "Wii Fit Age" based on your BMI, center of gravity, and sense of balance.

So far, Nintendo has said nothing about a release date or pricing for Wii Fit, but you can bet that it will be a huge success among the soccer moms and grandparents who have made Wii such a mainstream sensation.


pyrokamileonJuly 11, 2007

I thought the trailer was impressive and really piqued my interest... but their on-stage demonstration was buggy and kind of makes me skeptical.

Confirmed from Reggie: This won't be out in the US this year, but in Japan. And they don't know how much it'll cost, but it will prob be more than $50.

Chris Kohler gets the Scoop.

TJ SpykeJuly 11, 2007

I doubt it would be $50, this feels more like a $30 title (then again, they charged $50 for Big Brain Academy: Wii Degee). I am actually interested in this, although anything over $50 would take away that interest.

I guess this is the final name of the "Wii Health Pack" that Miyamoto mentioned last year.

It's $50 or more because of the cost of the wireless intelligent balance peripheral, I'd assume.

nickmitchJuly 11, 2007

Yeah, the game may be simple and cheap, but this new peripheral definitely jacks up the price.

WuTangTurtleJuly 11, 2007

i think Nintendo's got another big seller on it's hands. Personally I'd like to see the peripheral be used in something like, I dunno........Tony Hawk. Too bad it doesn't rotate face-icon-small-frown.gif

I've heard other people mention Skiing games...


vuduJuly 12, 2007


Originally posted by: pyrokamileon
I thought the trailer was impressive and really piqued my interest... but their on-stage demonstration was buggy and kind of makes me skeptical.
You try exercising in a tight-fitting white shirt in front of thousands of people and see how well you do. face-icon-small-smile.gif

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJuly 12, 2007


Originally posted by: Kairon
I've heard other people mention Skiing games...


Hey, Nintendo needs to send this one to Dubya as well!

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorJuly 12, 2007

Anyone who hasn't ridden a Segway before isn't allowed to mock someone who has a hard time. While it feels really intuitive after a couple hours of practice, when you first step on one it's really REALLY strange.

Ian SaneJuly 12, 2007

I demoed a Segway at DisneyLand. It was in some dome building in Tomorrow Land on the second floor. The centre of the floor is open surrounded by a railing so you can see the bottom floor from the top. The second I saw the Segways I immediately imagined some guy hopping on the Segway and just riding full speed ahead straight over the railing. Despite the fact that whoever this happened to could be seriously injured or possibly killed I found this to be quite funny. face-icon-small-smile.gif

Since I have tried a Segway I guess I'm allowed to mock someone who has a hard time. I have lousy balance I can't even ride a skateboard but I sure as hell didn't fall off.

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorJuly 12, 2007

I did a 3 hour tour thing in Disney World... I didn't have much of a problem but my sister almost ran me over once. One lady ran it up on a curb and wiped out hard core though. It was actually kind of spooky.

What does it look like to wipe out on a Segway?

LuigiHannJuly 12, 2007


Originally posted by: Kairon
What does it look like to wipe out on a Segway?

Something like this, apparently.

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Genre Sports
Developer Nintendo

Worldwide Releases

na: Wii Fit
Release May 19, 2008
jpn: Wii Fit
Release Dec 01, 2007
RatingAll Ages
eu: Wii Fit
Release Apr 25, 2008
aus: Wii Fit
Release May 08, 2008
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