E3 '07: Wii Fit

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto appeared at this year's E3 to demonstrate a brand-new fitness title called Wii Fit.

At this year's Nintendo E3 press conference, Shigeru Miyamoto was on hand to demonstrate a brand-new game and peripheral for the Wii. As he took the stage toward the end of the conference, he spoke through a translator to explain that he wanted to demonstrate this game rather than his other titles such as Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass, or the newly-announced Wii installment of the Mario Kart franchise. His newest title, Wii Fit, will take the form of a mat-based exercise game, which will take various measurements of your body and plot your fitness levels against your friends' over a number of months.

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After a video demonstration showing people indulging in various yoga-style exercises and dance routines, Miyamoto enlisted the help of fitness trainers to show the game being played live onstage. Although the calibration was apparently skewed, the general principle behind the leg-stretch routine was simple to observe. The woman on stage stood on the wireless white mat and replicated the controlled balance movements made by the character onscreen. The second game that was demonstrated looked a lot like Konami's Dance Dance Revolution series, with a series of arrows appearing onscreen to dictate the direction of your movement. Apparently, it was supposed to be in time with the music, although again the calibration was slightly off--so it wasn't a perfect demonstration of the technology. After such strenuous activity, the third game was clearly meant to offer a cooldown, with a simple hip-twisting exercise showing off more of the mat's motion-sensing technology. The game promises more than 40 of these little games, each categorized into one of four categories.

While the exercises in Wii Fit seem to follow the same minigame formula of other titles such as Wario Ware, Rayman Raving Rabbids, and Wii Play, Wii Fit compiles data and uses it to plot your fitness progress over time. To demonstrate this feature of the game, Miyamoto enlisted the help of Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, who stood on the mat and had his readings calculated by the game's fitness measurement system. First, the game asked how heavy his clothing was, and even though he was wearing a heavy suit, the instructor selected the "light clothing" option for comedic effect. Wii Fit then instructed Reggie to relax his shoulders and stand still while it performed its measurement routine. After about 20 seconds, the game was able to draw onscreen how Reggie's weight was naturally shifted to one side--apparently no bad thing, as most overweight people apparently naturally lean backward. Despite this, the game calculated Reggie's BMI as 27.51, called him "overweight," and adapted his Mii character accordingly. Other players will be able to see your Mii and its progress, but the game will not display actual body weights (although the game can measure this), instead opting for the BMI level.

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With all this calibrated, Miyamoto challenged Fils-Aime to a game of football heading. This game required the players to move their heads in the right direction to head the oncoming balls while avoiding any oncoming cleats, with the first player to 20 declared the winner. Fils-Aime, who towers over Miyamoto in stature, took the lead seemingly with ease and went on to win the game in a very short span of time.

While no price or release details for Wii Fit have been announced, it's clear that it will go down well with the sort of casual audience that enjoyed Wii Sports. Hardcore gamers may well lament the fact that Miyamoto didn't demonstrate a more traditional Mario or Zelda game at this year's E3, but with the Wii's extraordinary success over the past year it was perhaps unsurprising to see Nintendo ending the conference with a solid crowd pleaser. We'll be able to bring you more on the game in a very short space of time, as it is on demonstration in Santa Monica's Barker Hangar. Keep an eye out for more info as we get it.

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56 comments
VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

I think I'm gonna stick with the gym. I think this is for people who dont get out of the house much and nintendo is making millions off of what people have been doing for hundreds of years. rediculious!

nectareous
nectareous

I can't wait for this to be reelased in the US and if the games are good, it would be the coolest thing ever created by the gaming industry and I give my hats off to Nintendo for coming up with such a concept to appeal to a new set of target Audience!

dark2th
dark2th

"supposed to be fun and not a workout..." What's not fun about a workout? It increases endorphin production and secretion in the body which promotes feelings of well-being. What's not fun about feeling good?

IncrediBurch
IncrediBurch

Hopefully it won't be too expensive and the games will at least be fun.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

This was a very interesting concept and hopefully we will see more of it soon

s0njas0n
s0njas0n

they had too much gameplay coverage on this at the conference, it's a good idea, but not what i was hoping to see...

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

I wasn't surprised to see Nintendo reveal this.

KingKoop
KingKoop

Yeah I was expecting a bit more on Mario & Zelda as oppose to this hopefullu Miyamoto's not tryin to tell us we're unfit? :|

Irve
Irve

seems fairly cool for a simple licence to print money game doubt it will reduce many people's BMI ...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I can see this being huuuuge with non-gamers. Although I wil be getting this also as I am a bit of a fitness freak and would love a way to monitor my fitness level on the Wii. I predict that the Wii is going to become a device in every home just like a DVD player.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

sounds good but i'm not totally convince by it during the conference

nick21989
nick21989

Looks cool. I mean can't deny the fact that the Wii does get you moving...since all those people lost wait playing Wii Sports. Now we have something that is meant to do that. Plus it looks like it would be more fun and interactive than a regular workout. Works for me!

psycho_path
psycho_path

Perhaps this will convince parents to buy their children a Wii. No other persuasion needed. I like it.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Sounds good to me! But this won't convince me to buy a Wii at all.

Genkobar
Genkobar

Oh man, I was so turned off when they mentioned using the BMI level, because BMI is so misrepresentitive of one's fitness that it should have been abolished long ago. BMI calculates the ratio of weight against height squared, but this entails that everyone of the same height should be the same weight at the same fitness level. No regard is taken to body type, bone structure, or what have you. Maybe charting the changes in BMI over time will encourage someone, but it might also deter people from exercising if it shows no improvement when there is improvement.

dell900
dell900

it seems like that nintendo isnt trying to appear to the core gamer as much as they did even though super mario galaxy and super smash brothers brawl is coming out. hmm what will happen?

Pazy160
Pazy160

If i can use this to convince my mum to get me a Wii in happy lol Though it dosent really look like fun

Onenottoforget
Onenottoforget

Hmm arent console games etc suposed to be fun and not a workout...

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

-.-' jaja, watever, it's good Ninty's making money, but, I was a fan of the big N last gen, and them aiming at the casuals is kind of alienating..

f15srcool
f15srcool

This cool, I always said that the Wii would have something like this. Bright idea.

chubhold
chubhold

Does seem gimmicky, but given the "new gamers" Nintendo is targeting, this will be a success.

benjaminjoel
benjaminjoel

What I'm wondering is if the Mii's changes will actually show up in games other than WF...

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

man this hings got a lot of potencinal i really need this becuase i need to excercise but sometimes is boring!

TacoJelly
TacoJelly

I need this, I'm so lazy when it comes to exercise... I'm not overweight by any means (not much anyway) but I would like to be in better shape. And the fact that it's got Yoga is pretty neat too (please include Tai Chi). I will certainly pick this up, unless it (game included) costs more than $70. This would also be a cool addition to use in traditional hardcore games.

TheGame2K5
TheGame2K5

So Nintendo's strategy this gen is to get everyone to buy 15 different controllers to play its games. Thanks but no thanks.

juanfraino
juanfraino

This is what innovation is all about. A game for everyone!

mhder
mhder

Yeah that skate board, ski, Snowboard, surfboard idea all come into play now. You could ski keeping balance + use the wii-mote/chucks . For others, this is like a trojan horse to get the Wii into your living room so you might try some other games. It's a cool/different concept but my first worry is, how sturdy is that board? Can the average american stand on it without breaking it in 2? Testing it in Japan is one thing but if Americans can tear the strap on the wii-mote, they're going to crush the board.

chang_1910
chang_1910

the board balance.. have a lot of future.. great games can be make with tis one... But Wii Fit..... nothing i`ll waste my money on... The problem is that they keep doing great controllers that could have a great future with games, but we don`t see the games comming.. :S Maybe during the following days of E3.. we would start seen games taking advantage of the controllers on the Wii.... e.g. stuff like this: http://www.gamespot.com/wii/action/residentevilseries/news.html?sid=6174148 but without the mystery, just facts.

Gencoil
Gencoil

I see all the pessimists and cynics have rounded up to spit in Nintendo's face once again... This game has a lot of potential, not only as a workout tool but as a gaming controller in general. I'm very impressed by how the thing was able to read their weight balance, which enabled them to act as soccer goalies. Imagine a skiing game where you actually lean your body to go left or right, while using the Wii remote and nunchuk together to emulate the skiing poles. Or, you could turn the board 90 degrees and vóila - you have a snowboard!

sacatash
sacatash

Interesting product. It could be used by game developers for simulating skateboarding games(SSX, tony hawk), aerobics for women who wants to keep in shape and cannot afford or have time to a gym. Its good for seniors too if they cannot get out of their houses due to bad weather for needing an excercise. Most of all, this and the technology can be used by companies in their own Gym. This thing has a lot of potential.

carrierj1
carrierj1

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GoldMine516
GoldMine516

sweet now i can loose some more weight on the wii lol

PECAX
PECAX

they should go back to the clasic controllers

treytakahashi
treytakahashi

Get in shape gamers with the new Wii Fit! HAHAHAHAhaha I cant wait to see the law suites, "I was playing the Wii fit and I got dehydrated..." This does look fun though!

infrared13
infrared13

WOW- I am sooooo glad i don't have a WII. I already pay to join a gym I don't need this! I wan to blow stuff up! I'll stick to my 360 and PS3

EDOG
EDOG

Just imagine if they use the board for a skateboarding game! and from what I see is that the board detects movement for the games to work properly. So this means that this Board could represent a skateboard and the gameplay could be amazing if done right!

Maxer9
Maxer9

Nintendo is taking a big risk with the casual crowd, but I think it will work.

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Yet another gimick from Nintendo. But I feel this one might, just might actually be helpful for the obese American gamers. If the thing really works as advertised. Nothing special.

silentnet
silentnet

BMI is not very reliable considering muscle weighs more than fat, so really fit people will be considered well obese. I wonder if anyone would chuck out clothing just to lower their BMI...

cyrax05
cyrax05

All the ownage are belong to Wii Fit. This thing is going to rock.

icarus212001
icarus212001

this sounds like a pretty good idea. it also sounds fun. i just hope that people dont hurt themselves and sue ninty for overexagerration of movement lol

Sandro909
Sandro909

Anyone else notice that the foot pad looks like a 360?

vitz3
vitz3

Honestly I think the calibration was off on some of the ladies cause they were too light. The sensor kept jumping around alot indicating light touches.

stonerose
stonerose

if they could combine the wii board and the remote, for a game that would be very cool