Wii in Action

Feb 22, 2007, 12:25 AM, Posted by Chinwe Onyekere

I just came back from a demonstration of Wii. Very interesting and quite fun. I think they have a convert!  I was able to play the bowling, boxing and tennis game. All of them were pretty fun and they sure get you moving. I almost broke a sweat on the boxing game. They all are really good for increasing range of motion.

One of the things that I found interesting was that Nintendo did not do any market research around the physical activity aspect of the Wii. Their goal was just to make gaming much more interactive and to get people up and moving. The connection to physical activity was really not on their radar.

But now with all of the attention they are getting they are starting to think about the added benefit of games that support physical activity. And that is a good thing!

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.