Back in the day when I was playing Super Mario Bros on my Nintendo, never would I have imagined that video game consoles would come to this one day, this is awesome!


Source: CNET News
July 11, 2007

At a press conference today, Nintendo announced Wii Fit. Like its name implies, Wii Fit is a fitness game for the Nintendo Wii. Like Brain Age used the Nintendo DS to exercise your brain, Wii Fit will use the Wii to exercise your body. The game will offer 40 different activities, ranging from aerobics to balance, to help keep you physically fit. Just like Brain Age and Wii Sports, Wii Fit will record and track various performance statistics, so you can watch your progress over time.

Surprisingly, Wii Fit centers on not Wiimote, but an entirely new controller, the Wii Balance Board. The WBB is a flat surface you lay on the floor that wirelessly connects to the Wii, just like the Wiimote. Stand on the board and it will measure your weight and balance, letting the game track just how you're standing, leaning, shifting on your feet, or otherwise moving. It seems like a combination of the Wiimote and a Dance Dance Revolution pad.


To see a video of Shigeru Miyamoto introducing the Wii Balance Board, click below:

CNET.com - Wii Balance Board demonstration

Why is this so amazing? Check out the features:

Wii Fit also uses the Wii Balance Board for daily tests. These evaluate two key measures that a household can track via progress charts:

• Body Mass Index (BMI): A weight evaluation based on a ratio of weight to height.
• Wii Fit Age: The Wii Fit Age is measured by factoring the user's BMI reading, testing the user's center of gravity and conducting quick balance tests.

Lean to block soccer balls, swivel hips to power hoop twirls or balance to hold the perfect yoga pose. As users stand on the Wii Balance Board, included with Wii Fit, their body's overall balance is tied to the game in a way they've never experienced before.

Wii Fit includes more than 40 types of training activities designed to appeal to all members of a household. Training falls into four fitness categories:

• Aerobic Exercise: 10-minute exercises that are designed to get the heart pumping.
• Muscle Conditioning: Controlled motions using arms, legs and other body parts.
• Yoga Poses: Classic poses that focus on balance and stretching.
• Balance Games: Fun activities, such as ski jumping and heading soccer balls, that challenge the player's overall body balance.


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