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Nintendo To Expand Into Health And Quality Of Life Business

By Ishaan . January 29, 2014 . 9:28pm

Nintendo have plans to expand their business into a new market—health and improving quality of life.

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Wii Balance Board Breaks Guiness World Record

By Ishaan . January 14, 2012 . 10:30am

Nintendo’s Wii Balance Board — the device used to play Wii Fit — was recently awarded with a Guiness World Record

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Yes, There Will Be A Wii Exercise Bike And It Works With Mario Kart

By Spencer . October 12, 2009 . 7:50am

European publisher Big Ben Interactive is making a bid for the Wii fitness genre with two titles, one of which comes with a full-size exercise bike.

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Cheap Wii Fit Plus Disc Headed To North America

By Spencer . August 31, 2009 . 10:07pm

Last month we reported Nintendo was releasing a standalone disc of Wii Fit Plus in Japan for the low price of 2,000 yen ($22). Nintendo of America is following suit.

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Standalone Wii Fit Plus Sold At A Deep Discount

By Spencer . July 23, 2009 . 12:03pm

Multiple retailers in Japan are taking pre-orders for two versions of Wii Fit Plus. A balance board bundle goes for 9,800 yen ($105) while a standalone game only costs 2,000 yen ($22).

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Nintendo Developing Wii Fit Plus And “Art Academy”

By Spencer . May 26, 2009 . 8:43pm

Prepare for an announcement about Wii Fit Plus at Nintendo’s E3 press conference next Tuesday. A trademark with an English logo for Wii Fit Plus in the Japanese trademark database.

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Nintendo’s Active Health Mystery Solved?

By Spencer . January 27, 2009 . 8:29am

Today, Nintendo of Japan announced they are developing a Wii Body Check channel, a compliment program for Wii Fit and Personal Trainer: Walking that sends data from the two games to medical professionals. Three electronics manufacturers: Hitachi, Panasonic, and NEC have different plans on how to use the information.   Earlier this month we discovered […]

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Could "Nintendo Active Health" Be A Wii Fit Sequel?

By Spencer . January 12, 2009 . 8:55am

Everyone knows Nintendo is pro exergaming. Personal Trainer: Walking is scheduled to come out in the USA this year, but the DS “game” and bundled pedometer isn’t a full follow up to Wii Fit. Perhaps, Nintendo Active Health is.   I discovered Nintendo registered this trademark in the depths of the OHIM, Europe’s trademark database […]

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Games Recognized As Media Art Advancements In Japan

By Spencer . December 10, 2008 . 4:02pm

Without getting into the “games are art” debate too much, each year Japan’s Media Arts Festival acknowledges video games that are pioneers in “media arts”. Winners of the award are considered to have created something that unifies advances in technology and media. Before we get to the big winner in the video game category let’s […]

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Full blown Wii Yoga coming next year

By Spencer . July 4, 2008 . 12:42pm

Wii Fit (pictured) was a taste of Yoga with Sun Salutations and Downward Facing Dog. If you want to practice Uttanasana with the Balance Board you’re out of luck. Given the influx of Yoga training games on the Nintendo DS someone had to create Wii Yoga, but I never imagined JoWood would be behind it. […]

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Have a heart? Try Wii Fit at the Central Park launch event

By Spencer . May 6, 2008 . 2:15pm

Nintendo is throwing a launch event for Wii Fit on May 19th at Merchants’ Gate in Central Park. The highlight of the event might be seeing Ashley Borden jump on the balance board, but I think Nintendo’s donation program is a better public relations stunt. The big N will donate $25,000 to the America Heart […]

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Jackie Chan’s take on Wii Fit

By Spencer . April 9, 2008 . 10:31am

Need a video game to inspire exercise? Jackie Chan has you covered with Jackie Chan J-Mat Fitness. One mode has players step on specific buttons, sort of like Dance Dance Revolution except you follow Chan’s aerobic patterns. Other modes include a reflex test and a running test, which are essentially stomping mini-games. OK, Jackie Chan’s […]

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Warm up with Wii Fit, work out with Wii Exercise

By Spencer . March 20, 2008 . 3:40pm

After writing about Rocket Company yesterday I suddenly remembered they were working on Wii Exercise. Yes, a competitor for Wii Fit is already in development. In fact we talked about it last year. The original announcement explained Wii Exercise would give users a proper workout through a series of nunchuck/remote punches. It sounded similar to […]

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WiiWare and Wii Fit launch in May

By Spencer . February 20, 2008 . 7:18am

On May 12, Nintendo’s download service for original Wii games, WiiWare, will launch in North America. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King (trademark officially confirmed) is on the list along with LostWinds and a new (!) episodic game series from Telltale, the developers of the new Sam & Max games. A week […]

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Report! Wii Fit launch in Shinjuku

By Spencer . December 1, 2007 . 4:47pm

Yester/today (time difference?) Wii Fit landed on store shelves in Japan. I think I mentioned this before, but the timing is a little unusual, most games are released on Thursdays.   While I was in Shinjuku I discovered Bic Camera was holding a mini event for Wii Fit. They cleared out space for a single […]

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