Wii Fit and the main controller – the Wii Fit balance board was released by Nintendo last May 2008. This balance board was a great innovation in game playing, as well as for exercise and fitness. Many of the sports games, especially the fitness and exercise games, make the most of the board. The Wii Fit balance board is a sensitive controller that is capable of sensing weight distribution. It is composed of four motion sensors that are capable of sensing the movement of the participant’s body , as they shift their weight back and forth and from side to side. While many Nintendo Wii game manufacturers were initially rather slow to fully utilize this technology, there will be over 35 Nintendo Wii games that make some or use the most of this technology, to various degrees, by May 2009.
Sporting games were the first games that utilized this technology. While Wii Ski was one of the first games to use this controller, it only really used two body motions and shifts in the player’s body movement. It was only capable of sensing body weight shiffs from left to right. Where as many of the skate boarding and snowboarding games were capable of sensing the bodies movement in several different directions, ie left to right, or forward to backwards, etc. Shaun White’s Snowboard Road Trip, was able to sense several different body motion combinations that the participant can achieve on the Wii Fit board. . Many of the Nintendo Wii sports games and exercise games now use this Wii Fit innovation, so that participants can make the most of this Wii Fit controller. Many of the sports games in the future will be able to make the most of the Wii Fit balance board and the shifts in the participant’s center of gravity. Don King’s Boxing, which will be released shortly, and will use this Wii Fit controller for the gamer to train for his bouts, but it does not seem to use the it for the boxing bouts, which is kind of disappointing.
Now, even non-sports games are starting to use the Wii Fit balance board, such as Wii Music, Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party, etc are just a couple of games that come to mind. While Wii Fit may seem like an expensive game at $90, but acquiring this game is well worth the price. It adds another dimension to your Nintendo Wii game playing. If you are one of the lucky few to obtain this game at a department store or a video game store, by all means purchase the Wii Fit You can use the board for many of your Nintendo Wii sports games and some of the non-sports games.