Nintendo Says You Need To Be In Shape To Play The Wii

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It's Wii-Day+8 and gamers around the country are simultaneously discovering one thing: they're wildly out of shape. Yup, it seems that many gamers have gotten a bit more than they bargained for regarding how vigorous playing the Nintendo Wii is. One girl described it as "harder than playing basketball" while another complained of sore muscles. You know how Nintendo responded to these complaints?


Essentially, "work out more, fatsos." A Nintendo PR rep said, "If people are finding themselves sore, they may need to exercise more." Wow, how's that for motivation. You know you're out of shape when a Nintendo PR rep tells you to hit the gym. The rep also said that the Wii is not Jenny Craig and should not be viewed as such. Ouch.

So what do the Gizmodo faithful have to say about this? Assuming you've even gotten your hands on a Wii (gold star for you!), is all that flailing a bit much? I doubt Nintendo expected its core audience to be made up of a bunch of Mr. Universes.

A Wii Workout: When Videogames Hurt [The Wall Street Journal via]



There is a funny sort of irony in all of this. Most of us "gamers" don't go out and play golf, baseball, tennis, bowling or boxing. Now they make it into a video game in which the motions for playing the games are realistic to the point that if you play Tennis for a long time you, gasp, actually might get real tennis elbow - or if you box too hard you might actually break a sweat. What is this world coming to? Some day games will be so immersive we might actually have to be fit just to play them - Oh the horror!