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Old 05-14-08, 03:53 PM
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Does anyone know if the 21st is an official street date? It's the date I've seen in all the official Nintendo promotional material, but it's possible that smaller retailers or specialty stores could sell them early if it's not a Nintendo-imposed "do not sell before" date.
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Originally Posted by tbird2340
I haven't been keeping up w/ the thread so stone me now..

Is the board also going to be sold separately?
As steebo said, not initially, but they are advertising the fact that some minigames can be played by multiple people with multiple balance boards, so I bet they'll offer it separately at some point in the future.
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Originally Posted by UncleGramps
Does anyone know if the 21st is an official street date? It's the date I've seen in all the official Nintendo promotional material, but it's possible that smaller retailers or specialty stores could sell them early if it's not a Nintendo-imposed "do not sell before" date.

The guy at the hollywood video was pretty emphatic about the 19th. I even told them about the 21st being the street date, and he said "we will have it on monday"

So who knows. I'll post pics on monday if I get it then.
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Originally Posted by superdeluxe
The guy at the hollywood video was pretty emphatic about the 19th. I even told them about the 21st being the street date, and he said "we will have it on monday"

So who knows. I'll post pics on monday if I get it then.
Nice.

It may be a "soft street date" so that Best Buy and similar stores can advertise it as being available on the 21st, and specialty stores can sell it earlier in the week. My Amazon order is supposed to ship on the 21st, for whatever that's worth.
Old 05-15-08, 12:42 PM
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Walmart.com has them up for pre order again, I just ordered one. It says it won't arrive till after the 30th of May, but I can wait.
Old 05-16-08, 09:18 AM
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I found this on MTV's gaming blog:

People went crazy. I’m not kidding. Walking around the MTV.com floor with Tracey’s copy of “Wii Fit” caused a commotion like I’ve never seen before for a video game. The thing is, this wasn’t your normal advance-copy-o*****ame-insanity from the gamers on the floor. No. This ruckus came from the people who I thought could care less about games. They came running out of the woodwork, asking if they could see it, try it, and even borrow it. The answers were yes, maybe, and no respectively. [Tracey’s note: Definitely “no” to the last one.]

If there were any doubts about how big this game is going to be all you would have needed to do was see the audience I attracted just to calibrate the board. “Wii Fit” is going to be huge.
Old 05-16-08, 09:46 AM
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Amazon is showing a May 23 delivery estimate for my preorder. Since they estimate delivery for preorders 2 days after they ship, that means they're planning to ship on the 21st.

They already sent my copy of Wii Ski, and now it's sitting on my shelf, taunting me that I don't have a balance board.
Old 05-16-08, 09:59 AM
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I'm getting the We Ski on saturday, then will be picking up the Fit on Monday.

Also planning on picking up the yoga pad and rechargable battery
Old 05-16-08, 10:02 AM
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Interesting Story about Wii Fit (and exer-gaming) on NPR:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...oryId=90448872

(You can listen or read).

This caught my attention:
One new game involves a hula-hoop challenge, which exercise researcher Alastair Thin demonstrated at the conference in Baltimore...

The game has obvious amusement value. Thin says that at first glance, the Wii Fit might not appear to have exercise value. "I know what exercise is. I can measure exercise on a bike or treadmill," he says...

But when Thin hopped off the board a few minutes later, he put his finger to his wrist to take his pulse: 156 beats per minute, definitely in the range of aerobic activity.
It appears you really can get a work out!
Old 05-16-08, 03:55 PM
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There's an article in this month's Nintendo Power where one of the editors kept a 14 day wii fit diary. It was pretty amusing and he lost 3 pounds.
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Wiifit has been out in Australia for a week now. Sold out everywhere !

I really like it and i didn't get it to get fit or get in shape. I do boxing and i already do 15-20 hours of training a week.

But wiifit is great fun, well presented and for people who currently don't exercise at all, it would be a good workout.

I love being able to track your weight, that is very useful even if you don't use the rest of wiifit

Plus i know there are other games which will use the balance board, that was another reason to buy it

Definitely worth the money
Old 05-17-08, 11:00 AM
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Reading alot of news articles stating that it will hit stores May 19th.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - For years, video games have been blamed for turning kids into idle layabouts who only venture off the couch to fill up on potato chips and soda.

Nintendo Co Ltd now aims to shatter that image with a game that aims to get players off the couch and lead them to stretch, shake and sweat their way to a healthy life.

"Wii Fit," which arrives on U.S. store shelves on Monday, is expected to draw new customers to Nintendo's wildly popular Wii video game console.



http://www.reuters.com/article/newsO...41507620080517
Old 05-17-08, 12:58 PM
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The second I heard about Wii Fit, I knew that something like this would hit the news somewhere:

"Obesity experts condemn Nintendo's Wii 'Fit' game after it tells 10-year-old girl she's fat"

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...70&ito=newsnow

Obesity experts today slammed Nintendo after its Wii Fit game told a 10-year-old girl she was fat.


They fear the game could damage children's body image and called on the company to warn parents it is not suitable for their offspring.

The £69 game, which sold out within hours when it went on sale in Britain last month, uses an electronic "balance board" to monitor a player's weight.

Once the player has entered their height, the game uses BMI, a measure of body fat based on an adult's height and weight, to calculate their level of obesity, placing them in categories such as "underweight" and "fat".

Players can then be guided through yoga exercises or play games to improve their balance.

However, a father from the South-East spoke today of the embarrassment when his stepdaughter played the game and was labelled fat.

"She is a perfectly healthy, 4ft 9in tall 10-year-old who swims, dances and weighs only six stone," said the father, who did not want to be named for fear of embarrassing the girl further.

"She is solidly built but not fat. She was devastated to be called fat and we had to work hard to convince her she isn't.

"I know it is just a game but we already have to worry about young girls starving themselves to look like magazine models and now we have a game that tells them they're fat. This to me is very worrying."

Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum called for children to be banned from playing the game, claiming the BMI measurement was misleading.

"I'm absolutely aghast that children are being told they are fat," he said.

"BMI is far from perfect but with children it simply should not be used.

"A child's BMI can change every month and it is perfectly possible for a child to be stocky, yet still very fit.

"I would be very concerned if children were using this game and I believe it should carry a warning for parents."

Nintendo said today it would not be placing a warning on the game.

A spokesman said: "Nintendo would like to apologise to any customers offended by the in-game terminology used to classify a player's current BMI status, as part of the BMI measurement system integrated into Wii Fit.

Wii Fit is still capable of measuring the BMI for people aged between two and 20 but the resulting figures may not be entirely accurate for younger age groups due to varying levels of development."

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I'm surprised that the game uses the word "fat" instead of "overweight".
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I highly, highly doubt the game actually calls someone fat. It likely says "overweight", and people get bent out of shape over it.

Yahoo has it on their front page now:

http://us.i1.yimg.com/videogames.yah...i-fat-/1213585

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I just read that. It's amazing that parents don't want to hear that their kids are little tubs of lard.
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Originally Posted by Brent L
I highly, highly doubt the game actually calls someone fat. It likely says "overweight", and people get bent out of shape over it.

Yahoo has it on their front page now:

http://us.i1.yimg.com/videogames.yah...i-fat-/1213585

It was a outrageous headline made by one of the tabloids in the UK.

Also, the girl's BMI was 18.4 or something, which is not overweight, so either it was operator error, or there was a bug.

The game does not call you fat, it calls you overweight. Also I think Nintendo has issued something that you can't use BMI for 100% to track children's healthiness, because they are still growing.
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Originally Posted by slop101
I'm surprised that the game uses the word "fat" instead of "overweight".

The game does not use the word fat. Its the Daily that likes to sensationalize everything.
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The BMI measurement really doesn't mean too much because it doesn't take into account bodyfat percentage

You can have two 25 year old men both weighting 168 pounds. One could have a physique like Roy Jones Jnr, another could be skinny muscle wise but covered in fat and weigh the same amount
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My Amazon status is "Shipping Soon". Woo hoo!
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Originally Posted by superdeluxe
The guy at the hollywood video was pretty emphatic about the 19th. I even told them about the 21st being the street date, and he said "we will have it on monday"

So who knows. I'll post pics on monday if I get it then.
I saw it for sale in a Hollywood Video today. Didn't get it though because I don't know if I really want it.
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Originally Posted by HotThang
My Amazon status is "Shipping Soon". Woo hoo!
Same for me.
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Originally Posted by HotThang
My Amazon status is "Shipping Soon". Woo hoo!
Mine is shipping soon as well, but still expected to ship on the 27th? This sucks. I forgot to cancel my order, as I was just going to pick it up at Best Buy with this 10% coupon I have laying around. Now I have to wait an extra week for the Amazon order to get here.
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So is Fat the new "F" word? Lighten up people.
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Originally Posted by edstein
Lighten up people.
Ugh, it's bad enough we have a video game telling kids to lighten up...

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