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Wii Vitality Sensor is 'pending,' didn't work consistently

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Wii Vitality Sensor is 'pending,' didn't work consistently

Though you might have guessed from it going dormant for years now, the Wii Vitality Sensor has officially been shelved, at least for the time being. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said he thought the idea was interesting, but the prototypes didn't work reliably enough to bring it to market right now.

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Wii Vitality Sensor holdup explained

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Wii Vitality Sensor holdup explained

Nintendo soon fell silent on the topic of the Wii Vitality Sensor after announcing at E3 2009, leaving the pulse-monitoring peripheral's development progress largely a mystery. Now, the company has explained the holdup with the curious gadget, revealed in a newly-released transcript of last week's financial results briefing.

"This is a totally new type of entertainment, and there are large individual differences in the biological information of humans," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata explained. "For example, if it was acceptable that only 80% of the users thought the result was natural, then we could propose this to consumers right now. However, we are aiming for a level of quality in which 99% of consumers feel comfortable, and that is why this project is taking time to complete." Read more »

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Nintendo <3 American Heart Association

Nintendo and the American Heart Association have joined forces to help people "create healthy lifestyles through physically active play," the unlikely duo announced today.

The "multifaceted strategic relationship" will include a website extolling "the benefits of physically active play," a study to "take a closer look at the synergies and potential benefits of active-play video games and physically active lifestyles" and slapping the American Heart Association logo on Wii, Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort boxes. Read more »

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Nintendo Lists and Details Upcoming Wii Games, Including Zelda, Mario, Metroid and New RPGS

After looking back at the past year with impressive sales figures, Nintendo is now looking ahead to the future, detailing some upcoming Wii games in the process.

As expected, the upcoming year will bring a number of high-profile titles to the popular platform, including Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M, with Japan getting at least two new Wii-exclusive RPGs: The Last Story and XENOBLADE. Read more »

"supposedly a game sort of like break out or arkanoid... but the ball has a personality. I'm ..."
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Report: New Wii Zelda Coming This Year, Motion Control Planned for Future Handheld

An interview with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in the Asahi Shimbun reveals that the new Legend of Zelda title for the Wii might arrive this year and that motion sensing could be planned for the successor to its DS handheld, according to translations by Kotaku and Silicon Era. Read more »

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Nintendo President Talks Lacklustre E3 Reception, Changing Society With Wii Vitality Sensor

"Honestly speaking, none of us at Nintendo thought that our presentation at E3 was as good as it could have been," said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in a recent investor Q&A, explaining the company "could not fully convey the charm of our products."

Four-player platformer New Super Mario Bros. Wii is one such title Iwata feels came across poorly in the on-stage demonstration at E3, as it appeared to be nothing new. Read more »

"The sensor thing is weird. I don't know how I feel about that yet. I'm still trying to reserve ..."
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Wii Vitality Sensor Revealed

Nintendo today announced a new prototype device called the "Wii Vitality Sensor" which will measure a player's pulse.

"Maybe everyone under pressure in our stressful society could use this to relax with a videogame," said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who did not detail any software which made use of sensor.

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"Maybe warioware could use it. hah. Totally seems like a plugin for wii fit."
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