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'Exergames' Can Actually Help Keep Kids in Shape, Study Finds

Looking for a legitimate excuse to play video games instead of going to the gym? Bill Bailey has it. Bailey, a professor of Exercise Science at BYU, recently discovered that kids who play physically intensive video games can actually get enough exercise to meet federally recommended requirements for physical activity. In his study, Bailey examined 39 middle school-aged children, of various...

'Wii Fit' Balance Board Gives New Meaning to Baby-Mobile

Nintendo has suffered through a fairly miserable summer. The Xbox 360 recently seized the Wii's established position at the top of the console sales charts, and Sony continues to encroach on Nintendo's once dominant peripheral standing. The revered company definitely experienced some admirable breakthroughs, though, particularly with 'Wii Fit.' The American Heart Association now promotes the...

Navy Considers 'Wii Fit' and 'DDR' to Whip Recruits into Shape

Share A little more than a week after the American Heart Association (AHA) vouched for Nintendo's 'Wii Fit,' the U.S. Navy has decided to use video games as a training tool. According to the Navy Times, the military branch plans on using games like 'Wii Fit' and Konami's 'Dance Dance Revolution' to build the endurance of new recruits. Navy Surgeon General Vice Admiral Adam Robinson says, in a...

Study Tries to Debunk 'Wii Fit's' Exercise Effectiveness

In the crushing quest to shed all that unwanted weight picked up over the years -- or just the holiday season -- some might go the traditional route by signing up for a gym membership. Others jonesing for a more creative, entertaining outlet, however, will probably give the popular 'Wii Fit' a shot. But is Nintendo's collection of stretches and aerobic activities an effective antidote to love...

College Students Get Credit for Playing 'Wii Fit'

At the University of Houston, there's a converted racquetball court that houses an aerobics class. Yet, this isn't your traditional aerobics class, no spandex-clad instructor stands at the front of the room. Instead, students turn their gazes to a television screen. That's because they're playing 'Wii Fit,' and it counts as college credit, too. According to NPR, students who enroll in PEB 4197...

With Wii on Top, Nintendo Focuses on Good Games

Nintendo's Wii didn't get much respect when it was unveiled at E3 a few years back, but the Big N quickly silenced the critics when gamers worldwide bought every Wii they could get their hands on, out-pacing the competition by miles (it's now the number 1 console in the U.S. in terms of sales) and spawning something of a cultural phenomenon along the way. But, many of those gamers are now...

'Wii Fit' Showing Up in Middle School Gyms

We're still on the fence about whether or not the 'Wii Fit' could actually help you lose weight. Sure, swinging your arms around playing fun games like 'Wii Tennis' is one thing, but standing around on one foot and perfecting your balance? Most folks would get bored long before shedding any pounds. But that's not stopping some New York City schools from adding the devices to their exercise...

Man Drops Dead While Playing 'Wii Fit'

According to the British tabloid The Sun (we know, not the most reliable news source), the 'Wii Fit' can kill you in addition to helping you lose weight and have fun. The fit and seemingly happy 25-year-old Norfolk, England native Tim Eves was with his girlfriend Emma Tuck and friend Lewis Hickin when, while jogging in place playing 'Wii Fit,' he dropped to his knees, collapsed, and died. Tuck...

Fitness Guru Prepares to Launch Wii Fit Class Action Lawsuit

Well, this was probably bound to happen. A fitness "expert" named Michael Torchia says he's now preparing a class-action suit against NIntendo which will apparently seek to remove its Wii Fit from the shelves unless they add warnings to the product. The offense? Torchia claims that the Wii Fit actually contributes to obesity, essentially because it claims to be something that it's really not...

Paralyzed Irish Girl Walks Again, Thanks in Part to Wii Fit

Since a virus struck her at the age of six, ten-year-old Nicole Cahill, of Enniscorthy, Ireland, has lived with paralysis, incapable of taking so much as one step. But, thanks to medical treatment and a new Nintendo Wii Fit, Nicole has begun to walk again, reports the Belfast Telegraph. This past December, returning to Ireland from a New York hospital where she took her first steps in four long...

EA Planning a 'Wii Fit' Competitor?

The Wii Fit might have some competition brewing, if Men's Fitness magazine is a publication worthy of the public's trust, that is. The details are vague, to say the very least but, here's what we "know": Dave Kushner, executive producer at EA Sports, told the magazine that the company is planning an 'unnamed fitness game' with a 'new peripheral' which will connect the Wiimote to the player's...

Wii Sales Still Strong Despite Slowing Economy: Big Money For Nintendo

ExxonMobil isn't the only company registering record profits -- video-game maker Nintendo reports today it will achieve record profits, largely fueled by consumer demand for the Wii platform, when its fiscal year ends next March, with about $3.6 billion flowing into the Japanese company's coffers. While most entertainment and media companies expect a downturn this quarter, Nintendo attributes...

'Wii Fit' Set to Outsell 'Grand Theft Auto IV'

Unafraid to incite elitist gamer geek unrest, respected video game industry analyst Michael Pachter has supported a prediction by GigaOM that Wii Fit will outsell 'Grand Theft Auto IV' this year. Yeah, you read right: the latest entry into what is arguably the biggest hardcore video game franchise around is gonna get whooped by an exercise tool -- we're not shocked, we're just laughing. 'GTA4'...

'Wii Fit' Girl Makes Her Boyfriend Do Pants-Less Dance on 'Tyra Banks'

Remember the briefly Internet famous Wii Fit Girl? We almost forgot about her, too. Lauren Bernat (the aforementioned Wii Fit Girl) went on the 'Tyra Banks Show' last week to drag out her 15 minutes of fame just a little bit longer. On national television, the saucy dame took her revenge on her boyfriend, Giovanny Gutierrez, who was the guy that originally posted the video of Bernat playing...

New York Gym Offering Nintendo Wii Workouts for $110 Per Hour

Okay, so we all know that everything is overpriced in the big city, and we don't just mean rent. Food, bottled water, parking, movie tickets -- you name it, it'll cost you twice (or more) as much as the same thing would cost you in some nice, small town. Paying $110 to get some supervised play time with a Wii, though? That's a bit exorbitant, no matter where you live. According to the New York...