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The Wii Balance Board, the next peripheral for the Wii, will hit stores May 21 when Wii Fit debuts with a retail price of $89.99.
That’s a far cry from the $24.99 of the Wii Zapper with Link’s Crossbow Training — although to be fair, that was just a plastic frame to hold your existing controllers in a gun-shaped form. The Balance Board is a sophisticated instrument that gauges your center of balance, body mass index and more. Other games will also make use of the device, such as We Ski.
A game intended to build on the console’s reputation for getting gamers off their couches and moving around, Wii Fit has four training modes – balance games, aerobics, yoga and strength training.
The game also adds a Wii Fit Channel to your console. This means you can perform some Wii Fit activities, such as a fitness test, without the effort of reinserting the Wii Fit game disc. So, you’re set if you’re too lazy to take out Super Mario Galaxy or Super Smash Bros. Brawl and slip in Wii Fit … in which case you probably aren’t going to go for this thing anyway.
A daily test measures your center of balance, body mass index and body control, tells you your fitness age and stores the information to let you compare results over time and against friends and family.