E3 '07: Wii getting Fit

New fitness title coming to Nintendo's console; game to take advantage of all-new Wii Balance Board.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--Nintendo fans have already been using Wii Sports as part of their fitness routines, and clubs like the YMCA have been running Wii Sports tournaments--now the Wii will be getting a dedicated fitness game, Wii Fit, along with a new peripheral called the Wii Balance Board.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime announced the news as part of Nintendo's press briefing this morning at the E3 News & Media Summit. The president showed Wii Fit as the last game of the conference, along with the new Wii Balance Board, essentially a pad that sits on the floor.

There will be four different exercise types covered in the game: Aerobics, Muscle Conditioning, Yoga, and Balance Activities. The Wii Balance Board can also calculate a person's body-mass index, and players can track their fitness progress over weeks and months.

One exercise asks players to stand on the pad and balance their weight between their feet within a specific zone. Other exercises using the pad include push-ups, various stretches, and using hula hoops. Another game asked the player to head away incoming soccer balls; the Balance Board can determine which way players' heads are tilted from how they balance their weight on the pad.

At the Nintendo conference, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto said Wii Fit was the one game he wanted to introduce at E3 this year. He told members of the audience that when Nintendo designers were first thinking up the concept for the Wii, they wanted it to be relevant to everyone in the household, and provide opportunities for everyone in the household to interact with games.

For more of Nintendo's E3 conference, check out GameSpot's live blog of the event.

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tframp420
tframp420

Ok for all you fools out there... It's a great thing what Nintendo is doing. Maybe you don't agree with a "Wii Fitness" game or understand it but Nintendo does and as usual, leave it up to them. I believe that anything different that comes out is either worth checking out or at least respecting, unless it completely sucks of course. Maybe you don't need a fitness game (or think you don't), maybe you don't understand it, that's not everyone else's problem. The fact is, Nintendo (or whatever dev) is trying something new. New scares people, hell, sometimes it scares me and rightfully so... Maybe there are some people out there that are looking forward to something like this, maybe someone who is afraid to go to a gym, or maybe a parent with a fat kid (heheh). Maybe this will help those people step into a new way of life, maybe you're just intrigued by game's design / execution. Let's face it, I'm sure at least 50% of the gaming community is not in shape and could probably use it! Lets imagine if we were bred on a life of fitness, music, and brain games... as soon as Call of Duty 4 would show up most morons would question it and rant about it on a message board! By the way, I'm drunk... g'night gamespot!! ; )

link631
link631

it looks fun but its like the ps2 web cam game

Warfust
Warfust

I am looking forward to this, though I'll need more room in the living room.

Supernova_86
Supernova_86

It is very nice how Nintendo is aiming for a new audience to expand the gaming population. With this Wii Fit, I am sure they will defeat any claims of video gaming being an unfit hobby. I was sweating alot when I played Wii Boxing and Wii Tennis, so I hope this will provide some better fitness :)

EPaul
EPaul

StarDust666: Dude just because somebody doesnt like the wii fit doesnt mean their fat or a sony/ms fanboy u have to stop defending nintendo like ur life depended on or something

StarDust666
StarDust666

PullTheTricker; you are a fat joke. you should work for sony. UT and halo gonna save yourself....

StarDust666
StarDust666

HXCDEW; just admit that you are a fat bloke and want/needs one. too bad you're already bought a ps3 with all your money and now trying to get fit with your sixaxis... let see how that work!

DarkNitro
DarkNitro

Very interesting. I could always use an exercise.

monty_4256
monty_4256

meh like all excercise related things, it will be diffecult to continue doing it... but with the competitiveness they are suggesting it might just work sadly I'm not that competitive most of the time

s0njas0n
s0njas0n

again, good idea... too much coverage, i would have liked to see some other games in action.

Kwing1983
Kwing1983

My wife will love this! Well so much for relaxing playing games. Ah the golden years...i miss it. Still Smash will own.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Heh - I think I may need this. :P

Chef_Bretz
Chef_Bretz

Without sounding sexist - I think the girls will love this one :) Good to see they're opening their minds to different games that appeal to a different audience.

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.

7arek
7arek

NO BAD! This is probably the reason why Nintendo canceled project h.a.m.m.e.r., and didn't even mention disaster! All for a boogie board.

faizali86
faizali86

now people will start breaking their bones and sue nintendo. just like they did earlier - "wii elbow". :P

dmish82
dmish82

I'll have to keep an eye on this one

chubhold
chubhold

if the BMI thing works, that's kind of cool i guess.

brian1213
brian1213

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AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

the casuals should just go do real exercise so it's easier for real gamers to get the Wii..

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Yet another gimick. Nintendo fans are being milked so bad, they don't even realise what's going on anymore. Although it might actually help America's stupid and obese gamers. That is by heading an invisible football which will shrink a thick head. Pun intended.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

People should open their eyes there is a much larger demographic out there and thats what nintendo is tapping,

PullTheTricker
PullTheTricker

Wii getting fit? WTF is Nintendo thinking... I prefer go to my local gym and train myself there. I rather have ''Wii getting fat'' and play UT3 and Halo 3 instead. Siriously...no need for such a gimmick :|

EPaul
EPaul

hmm................this reminds of that exercise game on the Xbox

John-lewiis
John-lewiis

So getting this *waves bye to handes* Bah, no chance of getting a boyfriend the way I am at the moment :(

Nharia12
Nharia12

I'm hoping that developers will find a way to use the Balance Board for other things then fitness. Namely EA Sports finding a way to incorporate the board into their SSX series.

dannyrun56
dannyrun56

wii fit. if i wanted to stay fit ill exercise. give me the games

maltiiatus
maltiiatus

This looks interesting. The balance board could have a lot of interesting applications.

Telekenesis123
Telekenesis123

What is Nintendo going to come out with next, "Nagging mom THE GAME". Featuring such levels as "clean your room" and "eat your vegetables!" And c'mon have a sense of humor you fanboys....

SephirothSyZtem
SephirothSyZtem

Nintendo isn't even making games anymore. Truly with stuff like this coming out you know nintendo only cares about more money coming in with a "wider audience" then pleasing gamers in general.

Chirico_Cuvie
Chirico_Cuvie

While the initial design for this has little to no interest for me, the idea of games with Skateboarding, Surfing and Snowboarding could use this to great effect.

stonerose
stonerose

My name is Reggie and im Happy haha. Microsoft's was alot better, feel sony will have a better one too. For 20mins at the start Nintendo just said, we're great blah blah we're the future and clips from the internet and tv withpeople with their wii motes (and even tho im a big fan of nintendo it just annoyed me and felt really big headed) Ok Nintendo, the Wii is sucess we get it, now move on a tell me about 2008. Checkmiiout? Sigh Metroid demo sucked. Wii zapper? are you kidding? When he started talking about online, i got excited, yet it still looks like the damn friend codes will exist. But hey whatever, Mario Kart Wii(everyone kinda knew it was coming) but ONLINE, now im happy, but they think beginners will be able to keep up with people that have been playing for years? dont think so Reggie. Wii Wheel sucks too. Was that a bee suit in Mario Galaxy? looks interesting. Wii Fit WTF??? i want to know cost of that, if Wii Fit comes out around Christmas then thats me done for a few months (just like wii sports)

joeamis
joeamis

casual casual casual

Mam00th
Mam00th

Seems interesting, but hope there isnt only one game using this hardware

chicken_leg
chicken_leg

Well i'm a fat git so i'm up for it!

GMAN32X
GMAN32X

Interesting concept, but the dance portion looks like a stripped down version of DDR.