It may not be quite the exercise package some had come to expect, but it appears Wii Fit may have benefits in other applications. A recent study by Kansas State University found that use of the game in the recovery programme of an injured soldier helped to improve his balance after a serious brain injury.
Shawna Jordan and Laurie Hildebrand researched the Wii's benefits in a rehabilitation context, and their study shows the soldier's balance improved and had a positive effect on his mental state too. Wins all around, then.
With this case study now a done deal, researchers are looking into using the Wii for other conditions, from ankle sprains to knee injuries. With the American Heart Association approving Nintendo's titles and now this study, it looks as though the Wii's health benefits are more robust than perhaps first thought.