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                  I recently saw a video of the E3 video game expo 2007 featuring Nintendo guru Miyamoto showcasing the new WiiFit game for the Nintendo Wii. The new kid on the block features a white scale-like balance board that comes with the game itself. The board utilizes wi-fi and sends a signal to your machine which can then read a multitude of your body’s characteristics. As you stand on the board, a display will pop-up showing your BMI (body mass index), posture, and a slew of other stats. The weight feature is only one of over 30 or wiifit_logo1.jpgso activities a player can participate in with the game. There are muscle exercises that utilize the wiimote and actually feature a virtual person on the screen doing the stretch as you do it. From aerobics like stepping exercises to more uniform stretching, the combinaiton of the board and wiimote enable a player to perform an array of different activities usually not associated with video games. Nintendo is going a very interesting route with this new addition. Never before have video games really seen a direct “exercise” game that had broad appeal. (DDR being the closest I can think of.) I think the game will either be a hit or miss for Nintendo, and it will be interesting to see how many adults really utilize the Wii health program. Nintendo has always been known as leaders in innovation and creativity, and it seems they have truly come up with yet another completely original and enticing idea for a video game. We can only wait and see what the future holds for fitness on the Wii.

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