Whatever Happened To The Wii Vitality Sensor?

By Ishaan . June 22, 2010 . 12:45pm

Vitality Sensor As many were quick to notice, Nintendo’s press conference at E3 2010 last week was geared largely toward the more traditional gamer, and less toward the expanded audience the company has carved out for itself. At a post-conference analyst Q&A, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata brought up the Wii Vitality Sensor, which was absent from the conference.


“What I can say is that prior to the show, when we put the lineup of titles on the table and asked ourselves, “What should we show at E3 this year?” one of the first questions that we asked was whether it was appropriate to focus on the Wii Vitality Sensor at this time within this title lineup,” explained Iwata.


“”Would the Wii Vitality Sensor not get buried under the other titles that were going to be shown?” or, at an event like E3 where it’s full of thrills and excitement, and people are very busy, “Would it be appropriate to ask people who are very busy to come, relax and sit down, and put their finger in the Wii Vitality Sensor and say, ‘Okay, now, please relax and calm down’?” We had questions about whether it was the appropriate venue to show this product. So we decided that we will be taking another opportunity to showcase this product.”


In other words, Wii Relax is still coming at some point in time.

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  • EvilAkito

    I’m quite glad that Nintendo spent this E3 showing off the 3DS and a ton of new games. It would have been so typical of them to spend 90% of their press conference talking about the Vitality Sensor in front of an unamused crowd, but instead, they took the high road this time.

    • thebanditking

      Yes it seems Nintendo usually dig themselves out of the hole they make with their portable systems. It really is jarring how different Nintendo treat their consoles and portables. Though its a good thing they do because otherwise I would have completely lost interest in them years ago.

  • thebanditking

    I have a better question Ishaan, Who cares what happened to the Vitality Sensor? Look Im not Nintendo die hard so naturally I never cared about this thing, but I would argue even the Nintendo zealots were finding it hard to muster up interest in this. In fact I would bet that many Nintendo fans were scared the Vitality sensor would be all Nintendo talked about at E3. I say let it die, if it never shows up we will all likely be better for it. One less plastic attachment to clip ourselves to.

  • nyobzoo

    why is Nintendo bringing back the sensor in the 1st place? it failed back then on the N64, what’s so different about it now that will make it sell?

  • Mark my words, this should be shown at Nintendo’s anti-TGS conference in japan.
    But who knows, maybe they will not touch it until 3Ds gets enough press time and sales

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