“They [Nintendo] know that Americans will be just as fat a few months from now” when Nintendo will have more units [of Wii Fit] available” [source; via]. The article refers about the fitness-meets-videogames phenomenon that is Wii. And more specifically about Wii Fit, a game that offers multitude of activities involving yoga, aerobics, strength training, and balance which comes with a motion sensor platform. This game is sold out and often sells for a premium on eBay and Craigslist.
Wii, the videogame console is widely popular in the United States and is currently sold out too. We managed to find one available online at Sears during the Memorial Day sale (it arrives today). Admittedly our decision was influenced by the fitness angle that usually isn’t associated with video games. Since gas prices are so high, we canceled our summer vacation and decided instead to buy the Wii. We aren’t serious gamers and I’ve hardly been obsessed with video games even in my childhood although the first consoles to hit India arrived a tad late for me. My brother on the other hand was a big fan and I was content on watching him play. However, the reviews for Wii have been encouraging and the fact that non-gamers enjoy it as well played a big part in succumbing to partaking in the console wars (frankly, PS3 and XBox is beyond me). And I’m not counting much on the console in helping me lose pounds which my wife tells me I need to. If nothing, then you might consider buying Wii Fit just for this reason only.
We haven’t got Wii Fit yet because frankly it was out of budget for us and we wanted to get the hang of the console first before piling on the games. I’ll be spending my evening today setting up the console, creating Miis (Wii personalized avatars), and of course playing the bundled games. If you already own Wii, which I’m sure most of you do, please feel free to drop in your recommendations for must-have games and any tips for a newbie.