Wii Fit doesn’t make you fit

November 11, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  
Filed under News, Nintendo

Nintendo Wii

In shock news, it turns out that wobbling around on a balance board doesn’t make you fit. 

The American Council for exercise has released a report on Wii Fit, based on research by the University of Wisconsin. It turns out that Wii Fit’s boxing, for example, burns only 1/3 the calories of actual boxing, while the other four most intensive modes – Free Island Run, Super Hula Hoop, Advanced Step, and Free Step – only burned between 100 and 160 calories every 30 minutes of exercise.

The report also found that while Wii Fit burns more calories than a regular game, Wii Sports actually burns more.

Nintendo acknowledges Wii update problems

October 2, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  
Filed under News, Nintendo

Nintendo Wii

It seems the Wii system update 4.2 has been “bricking” some Wii consoles in the USA, according to many reports on the Nintendo of America support forums. After installing the update, people have seen their consoles freezing and refusing to reboot. Nintendo tech support staff have responded on the forums:

“Some of you have reported problems with your Wii console after updating to the Wii System Menu 4.2. The symptoms most people are describing usually occur when the Wii has been modified. However, some of you also mention your system has never been modified.

We’d like to help get your system working properly again. If you’re experiencing problems with your Wii console after downloading Wii System Menu 4.2, and you believe your system has not been modified, please give us a call. If we find that you have a normal system and the update caused your system to not work, we’ll repair it at no charge.”

There is no information yet on whether these problems are occurring in other countries.

Nintendo drops Wii price in US and Japan

September 24, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  
Filed under News, Nintendo

Nintendo Wii

Nintendo is to cut the price of the Wii by 20% in the US and Japan. The trade price will be dropped in the UK and the ROI, but it will be up to retailers to decide how much of the price drop they want to pass on to consumers.

The current price of a Nintendo Wii is £199 in the UK, although it’s possible to find it for £179. The Wii has sold more than 52 million units worldwide, comapred with the Xbox 360 (over 30m) and Sony PlayStation 3 (over 23m).

Nintendo hopes the lower price will encourage a new wave of interest in the Wii, which has seen a drop in sales figures this year.

A Sony spokesman said:

“Our aim has always been to expand the gaming population and there are still many more people out there who have not yet experienced the fun of video games”

Nintendo can see your future

September 8, 2009 by Ash Kendall  
Filed under News, Nintendo

wiihoroscope

Nintendo have announced that the ‘Today and Tomorrow’ channel will launch for free tomorrow. Want more info? Of course you do!

Check your daily fortune and get hints on relationships, activities and even the types of food that your horoscope recommends with the free Today & Tomorrow Channel

As well as providing your fortune, the Today & Tomorrow Channel can also give you lifestyle tips, including activities that can improve your daily life and suggestions about what to eat, all based on your horoscope. You can even check the compatibility of different Mii characters for the day. Use this feature to see how you will get along with your friends and family – could be useful if you are planning a long car journey!

Personally, I’m a little bit sceptical, but then that’s bloody typical of a Pisces.