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Wii Fit Getting Fitted for Fatties?

Zach Epstein
January 21st, 2008 at 4:49 PM

If there’s one country in need of all the fitness gear we can get our hands on, it’s the US. The land of the free and home of the Whopper is also the only country that would spur speculation surrounding the possible meaning of the statement, “the Wii Fit is getting prepped for US release”. Does that mean that Nintendo is working on upping the already generous 300-pound weight limit, or that Nintendo is finally giving up and hoping that Wii owners in the US fall within the acceptable heft range? Either way, Nintendo announced last week that Wii Fit will be making a stateside appearance in the second quarter of 2008. Many Wii owners have the misconception that playing Wii tennis is actually helping them shed pounds, but most reports state that standard Wii gaming does little in terms of a workout. Wii Fit is designed to take gaming into the workout realm, but of course it’s only useful if gamers can step on the Fit platform without crushing it. The initial Wii launch was followed by a flurry of lawsuits surrounding faulty controllers. Let’s hope that Nintendo learned its lesson and doesn’t find itself in court again as a result of Brobdingnagian feet finding their way through ill-equipped Wii Fit units.

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Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.




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