11 October 2007

Get fit playing a video game

Video game giant, Nintendo, is launching a new fitness balance board for its hit video game console, Wii, in December.

Coach potatoes beware: Wii owners will be able to get an even more vigorous workout from December when Nintendo launches a new fitness balance board for its hit video game console.

The "Wii Fit" board and software can be used for exercising, sports and games including yoga, virtual snowboarding, ski-jumping and aerobics.

Aimed at a bigger market
The board, which looks like a bathroom scale, is the latest salvo in Nintendo's battle to widen the appeal of video games beyond just teenagers locked away in their bedrooms.

Nintendo announced Wednesday that the package would go on sale in Japan from December 1 for 8 800 yen (around R500). Launch dates for other countries were not announced.

New console strains elbow
Last year's launch of the Wii and its motion-sensitive controller - which can be used like a tennis racket, golf club or bowling ball - triggered a slew of reports of aching backs and sore shoulders in homes around the world.

It even led to injuries that have been dubbed "Wii elbow", a complaint not dissimilar to the inflamed elbow joint common among tennis players, prompting warnings from medical professionals.

Nintendo said it discouraged players weighing more than 136 kilos from using the new balance board. – (Sapa/AFP)

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