For those of you who are old enough to remember, the days of video Pong are long gone. Don’t forget to add the numerous other games like Atari, Intellivision, Sega Genesis and Nintendo Entertainment System to the storage closet of your mind.
You may have thought that spending time in front of the TV with a video game controller was a just fading memory of your youth. Well, the Wii is about to change that. You no longer simply play video games. You now engage in a full-on gaming experience.
Introduced by Nintendo in September of 2006, Wii has arguably become the most popular game unit of the last 5 years. From grade schoolers to grandparents, it’s for people of all ages. According to Nintendo.com, there is a whole new reason to get together with family and friends. Wii can almost be considered the new millennium’s version of the classic board game.
Young players can choose from a variety of sports, racing, battle or fantasy games. Mature players might focus their energy on the newly released Wii Fit. This game is fun and easy way for those with all levels of fitness to get off the couch and start exercising. You can choose from 40 different activities and games that incorporate strength, aerobic, balance and yoga movements.
So, let the games begin and the whole family can have fun working up a sweat. The hardest part may be moving the furniture out of the way.
A few interesting facts about Wii:
- According to Nintendo’s 2008 first quarter financial earnings statement, 29.62 million Wii consoles have been sold worldwide since being released.
- The Gravity Fitness Center at Le Parker Meridian hotel in New York offers a one-hour Wii personal training session for about $120.
- The Rehabilitation Center at the Cortland Regional Medical Center in Cortland, NY is using the Wii as a therapy tool with the clever name, Wii-hab.
Have you added Wii to your workout routine? Let us know!