Electronic Arts try to outdo Wii fit with EA Sports Active

Ok imagine you’re a big games studio wanting to dominate the world, you suddenly notice out of the corner of your eye that Nintendo are making millions of dollars by selling a fitness game and peripheral for the Wii. Which of the following would you do?

  • A) Encourage gamers to play Wii Fit to try and perhaps get themselves on track with their overall fitness.
  • B) Jump on the bandwagon by developing your own software and peripheral.

If you said A it suggests you are a kind hearted person who tries to do the right thing. If you said B it suggests you are a ruthless in whatever it takes to make money.

Enough of the cynicism, let’s look at EA’s new fitness software in a little more depth. Called EA Sports Active, the game is exclusive for the Wii and it has been developed with the help of fitness experts with women’s fitness in mind, though just like Wii Fit it can be used by the whole family. EA Sports Active for the Wii will use Nintendo’s Wii balance board for certain exercises but generally focuses more on cardiovascular exercise rather than the balancing elements from Wii Fit. The game also comes bundled with special leg straps that will hold the Wii Remote and Nunchuck for the rigorous exercises like Running or Jogging; whilst unessential it’s a nicer alternative to placing them in the pocket of your jogging pants as suggested by Nintendo. We’ll keep an eye on the progress of this up until the EA Sports Active release date of spring 2009 – meanwhile check out the EA Sports Active trailer.

If you can’t wait that long to exercise in front of your TV then you can buy Wii Fit from Amazon as they currently have the hot selling device in stock (still rare, even after a year). While you’re there don’t forget to pick up a spare Wii Fit rechargeable battery pack for your Balance Board to make sure you don’t run out of juice whilst getting fit.

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