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Miyamoto: "Wii Fit is a video game"

Miyamoto: "Wii Fit is a video game"

Wii Fit may offer some fun ways to get fit, but we definitely wouldn't call it a game.

Our office copy of Nintendo's Wii Fit plopped into the office early yesterday, but it wasn't until that evening that I managed to get it back to my flat for some alone time with the new Nintendo balance board. One thing though was immediately obvious; Wii Fit is definitely not a video game.

The 'game' uses a new Nintendo peripheral, the balance board, to detect movements in weight and force as the player stands on it, allowing the Nintendo Wii a whole host of new abilities - just think of the potential for a Tony Hawks game!

For the launch title though, Nintendo has gone for something a little tamer than Pro Skater, but with more of a mass appeal - a fitness program. The program guides players through fitness exercises and yoga positions after measuring height, age, weight and BMI - and if that doesn't sound like much of a fun game then you'd be right because, while the program definitely has it's place, it lacks enough explosions for us to qualify it as a game though.

Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo boss-man, though disagrees. In an interview with MTV, the current Lord of The Living Room said he definitely would describe Wii Fit as a game.

"Well, yes, in my mind, I would say it is a video game," said Miyamoto.

Us though? We think it's definitely more of a simulation than a game, but you can catch our full thoughts in a few days in a full review. Until then, why not head to the forums and figure out why nobody else has done something like this with consoles before?

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kenco_uk 18th April 2008, 14:06 Quote
Needs moar lol.
lewchenko 18th April 2008, 14:20 Quote
Its not a game. Anyone who claims otherwise is delusional !

However... it will keep my wife occupied for many hours, and thus provide me with extra proper gaming time that I can put to good effect on my GAMING PC or PS3 !

Im sure it will sell millions, and the vast majority of the sales will be to women. Wii = The Official Womans Console.
Baz 18th April 2008, 14:28 Quote
Does this mean pics of Joe in his PE kit are inbound?
kenco_uk 18th April 2008, 14:29 Quote
Well, what's the alternative?
cjoyce1980 18th April 2008, 14:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by lewchenko
Its not a game. Anyone who claims otherwise is delusional !

However... it will keep my wife occupied for many hours, and thus provide me with extra proper gaming time that I can put to good effect on my GAMING PC or PS3 !

Im sure it will sell millions, and the vast majority of the sales will be to women. Wii = The Official Womans Console.

try playing mario kart wii, i bet after 5 minutes you will be hooked and you'll be a girl too!! :)
Silver51 18th April 2008, 14:39 Quote
I don't get the news segment, I think the clue is in Wii Fit's name. Rather than promoting a device, like the PS3 for portly fellows to sit motionless in front of, Nintendo is selling a peripheral to get people moving in their living rooms.
Jonagon 18th April 2008, 14:49 Quote
"Us though? We think it's definitely more of a simulation than a game"

Would you not call simulations like flight sim and Driving simulators games then?

You could put forward a good argument that strategy games are "war simulators" rather than games..
liratheal 18th April 2008, 15:00 Quote
I always wondered about this WiiFit thing.

Why not just go for a run or to a gym if you want to get in shape? If you can find time to balance and do weird things on (And possibly with) a board and a Wii, then surely you could find time to do something else that probably doesn't include eye-strain..

But that's the cynic in me.
Thacrudd 18th April 2008, 15:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by lewchenko

Wii = The Official Womans Console.

Wii = The Official ANYONES Console. Do you have a problem with women and children enjoying the same sonsole/games as men?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jonagon
"Us though? We think it's definitely more of a simulation than a game"

Would you not call simulations like flight sim and Driving simulators games then?

You could put forward a good argument that strategy games are "war simulators" rather than games..

Exactly. It is a game.
on a console - check
has objectives (to get fit) - check
do it for entertainment/fun - check

what part of it is not a game?

You can call me a fanboy, that's alright. :D
themax 18th April 2008, 15:06 Quote
I just don't understand the whole concept. Who wants to simulate being fit? Why not do the real thing; which is also possible from the comforts of your own home (The same cost of the Wii Fit is slightly more than what I spent on at-home equipment to do light workouts with). I don't know what it is, but to me there is definately a difference in simulating fitness (we're pretending to be doing Yoga now?) than simulating A barrell roll in a Boeing 747, or drifting in a driving sim, and flanking in a war/strategy sim.
Orca 18th April 2008, 15:12 Quote
I think the use of the word "Fit" is quite deceiving here. I can see this selling out everywhere because people think you can lose weight and "get fit" and have fun because it's on the Wii. To me this is simply a novelty item and cannot replace a good workout. Not by a long shot. It is however perhaps a good introduction to exercise - which is promising if more people get out there and do some as a result of Wii Fit.

I hope that people buy this because it's a fun and good way to get off the couch, but not be fooled into thinking it's an alternative to real exercise.
Mister_Tad 18th April 2008, 15:17 Quote
Wii is of course a woman's console. Games for guys don't necessarily have to be fun, but they do have to be violent. /sarc

The beauty of the Wii is that just about anyone, male or female, old or young, technically inclined or not, can find something for them on it. (I sound like ninty marketing here, but its true)
Anyone seemingly except for the FPS junkies that think that a game without killing isn't a game at all
(Don't get me wrong, I love a good shooter, but I dare anyone to try to play monkey ball without having fun)

is DDR a game? singstar? etc
themax 18th April 2008, 15:25 Quote
Arguably,exercise is fun yes. But is it as fun as the dancing in DDR? Is it as fun as Kaereoke? That is what it seems to confuse me. I love working out, but working out doesn't stimulate me the way a good time at Kaereoke does or dancing. I've played DDR and watch people play it. There just seems to more of a "fun" factor when it comes to a game that emulates those kinds extra activities when compared to doing a Push Up on the Board for Wii Fit. I don't see me and my friends having a blast doing Yoga multiplayer, or finding out our BMI. I will admit, the soccer mini-games looks definately fun, but the rest of Wii Fit really doesn't.
chiper136 18th April 2008, 17:11 Quote
I would argue that games take a person out of reality and allow them to perform a role that would not normally be reasonably avaliable or possible at all.

To give an example, playing WoW allows a group of people to step out of their lives and become fantasy characters which can wield swords and magic. It give you something reality lacks.
A driving or flight simulator is identical. For a start the age restriction on piloting aircraft and driving cars, also the issue of the time/money it takes to learn/own a plane/car stop a lot of people doing it.
An FPS allows me to fight in a war/hunt terrorist without any danger or firearm training.

All of these are games, they take us out of reality and place us in fantasy.
Doing step aerobics has to be the lamest fantasy i have ever heard of. Whist I feel that this will sell very well due to the gimmicky nature of the Wii and its large audience of women. I cant call it a game because at the end of the day if you replaced it with brick of the same dimensions you would have the same experience.
Th3Maverick 18th April 2008, 18:24 Quote
Though, I'm not entirely sure. I think there could be some merit to the fact that it's a game, though. Though, the potential for saying it's not a game, though, certainly gives more opportunities for liberal use of the word "though", though.
EmJay 18th April 2008, 19:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Juppun
I can see this selling out everywhere because people think you can lose weight and "get fit" and have fun because it's on the Wii. To me this is simply a novelty item and cannot replace a good workout [...] I hope that people buy this because it's a fun and good way to get off the couch, but not be fooled into thinking it's an alternative to real exercise.

I don't think that's what it was designed for, though. There are lots of people who can't do 'a good workout' - such as the elderly, or people with foot or back injuries. Look at it as interactive yoga - it gets people working on their balance and range of motion, without being bored out of their minds (a common excuse for not exercising!) It's not going to take the place of a five mile run, but it can help people with very basic exercise needs get up and moving.

I'm also curious to see games developed to use this controller - Mario, anyone? Lean to make him run, jump to make him jump? That could be incredibly dorky, but somehow rather fun.
atanum141 18th April 2008, 20:42 Quote
This guy needs to stay off the crack
Neji 19th April 2008, 00:33 Quote
If you play the game, You'll find out that it really is a lot of fun as all games should be. It becomes more fun when you get the rest of your family in on it too. The Yoga isn't simulating Yoga. It's just Yoga. The sit-ups and push ups and double jack knives are real too.

If dressing up in a penguin suit and balancing on a block of ice trying to catch fish isn't a game, then I don't know what is.
Cthippo 19th April 2008, 06:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by chiper136
I would argue that games take a person out of reality and allow them to perform a role that would not normally be reasonably avaliable or possible at all.

To give an example, playing WoW allows a group of people to step out of their lives and become fantasy characters which can wield swords and magic. It give you something reality lacks.
A driving or flight simulator is identical. For a start the age restriction on piloting aircraft and driving cars, also the issue of the time/money it takes to learn/own a plane/car stop a lot of people doing it.
An FPS allows me to fight in a war/hunt terrorist without any danger or firearm training.

All of these are games, they take us out of reality and place us in fantasy.
Doing step aerobics has to be the lamest fantasy i have ever heard of. Whist I feel that this will sell very well due to the gimmicky nature of the Wii and its large audience of women. I cant call it a game because at the end of the day if you replaced it with brick of the same dimensions you would have the same experience.


I agree with you completly, but here's my question...

If people play games in order to expierience things they wouldn't otherwise expierience, what's the attraction to the Sims, Second life, etc? :|
knuck 19th April 2008, 07:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Thacrudd
Wii = The Official ANYONES Console. Do you have a problem with women and children enjoying the same sonsole/games as men?

I agree with him and I doubt he was saying this in a negative way. It's just the 'first time' that a console gets the attention of everyone (as you said), including women (as in the example of his wife)


take it easy ;)
completemadness 19th April 2008, 17:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cthippo
If people play games in order to expierience things they wouldn't otherwise expierience, what's the attraction to the Sims, Second life, etc? :|
Your stuck in your life, due to money or time constraints you cant change it a lot, those games let you life another life, probably one you would like to live yourself

My question is, do you class wiisports as a game (i think i would) and if so, whats the difference between that an wiifit?
I think it class is a game, not one i might enjoy much, but still a game
CHiwi 21st April 2008, 07:58 Quote
From the article:
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...figure out why nobody else has done something like this with consoles before?

I only discovered Jackie Chans version now, had anyone else seen or heard of it? http://www.xavix.com/products/j-mat.html

Alot of the products on the page are very similar to Wii Sports too.
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