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Parent Trap: Wii Fit U Accepts Our Varied Bodies

Wii Fit U Accepts Our Varied Bodies

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson has another look at Nintendo's fitness title

Video games reflect wider society’s desire for the perfect body. Having children only presses this issue home and means I’m pickier about the shape of our video-game protagonists. However, I have been happily surprised then to see how Wii Fit U handles this. Rather than...

Video: Family Gamer TV Is Putting Wii Fit U Through Its Paces This Christmas

Family Gamer TV Is Putting Wii Fit U Through Its Paces This Christmas

Fight the flab

With Christmas approaching and the excess that goes with celebrating the season appropriately, our thoughts will soon be turning to reclaiming our former vigour. Don’t worry though — Wii Fit U is at hand, and what’s more you can try it for free for a month (up to January 31st). If you like it you can then get the full game by...

News: UK Study Finds No Link Between Video Games And Behavioural Problems In Children

UK Study Finds No Link Between Video Games And Behavioural Problems In Children

11,000 youngsters accessed in scientific research

A study by The University of Glasgow of around 11,000 children has found that no connection exists between playing video games at an early age and problems with behaviour later on in life. Researchers asked mothers to note the amount of time their children played games and to report on any issues...

News: You'll Be Able To Use Wii Fit U For One Month Free Of Charge

You'll Be Able To Use Wii Fit U For One Month Free Of Charge

Trial download available from November

Nintendo has announced that it will be giving Wii U owners the chance to fight the flab for free with a entirely gratis one-month trial of the forthcoming Wii Fit U. From November 1st, North American and European Wii U owners will be able to download the game from the Wii U eShop and take part in 77 different...

News: Nintendo "Didn't Know What To Do" With The Wii Vitality Sensor

Nintendo "Didn't Know What To Do" With The Wii Vitality Sensor

Neuro-technology professor gives his take on the vapourware heart monitor

The Wii Vitality Sensor was announced in 2009 but has never seen the light of day — and Professor Roger Quy thinks he knows why. Speaking at the recent NeuroGaming Conference in San Francisco, Quy passed his own opinions on why the strange peripheral never made its way to...

News: Research Discovers That Old Timers Are Far Happier If They Game

Research Discovers That Old Timers Are Far Happier If They Game

Video games are good for you after all

It's not just surgeons who benefit from a spot of video gaming - old people do, too. A newly published academic study has concluded that older people are happier and gained a higher level of well-being through frequently playing computer games — even if only for short spells at a time. Researchers at the...

News: Evidence Indicates Wii Fit Is Beneficial For Children With Movement Difficulties

Evidence Indicates Wii Fit Is Beneficial For Children With Movement Difficulties

Some positive press attention for gaming, for a change

A UK-based pilot study has uncovered evidence that using Wii Fit could aid the development of children with movement difficulties. The study is a collaboration between Sussex Community NHS Trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust and academics at Goldsmiths, University of London and Oxford...

News: Games Do More Damage Than Passive Smoking, says Doctor

Games Do More Damage Than Passive Smoking, says Doctor

Excuse us while we smoke a Wii Remote

Despite the best efforts of Nintendo to turn gaming into a healthy pastime, the potential link between poor health and video games will be mined for countless years to come, with one such study claiming the negative effect of video games are more widespread than first thought. Craig A. Anderson, PhD's article...

News: Nintendo Refutes Claims of Widespread 3DS Headaches

Nintendo Refutes Claims of Widespread 3DS Headaches

Responds to refunds, too

Lynchpin of tabloid sensationalism The Sun has recently kicked up a fuss over the Nintendo 3DS, claiming thousands of users have suffered headaches and dizziness as a result of using the machine, but have been refused refunds at retailers. Now Nintendo UK has stepped in to respond, a spokesperson stating: Recent reports are incorrect. The number of calls and emails with..

News: 3DS May Be Beneficial to Young Players' Eyes, Actually

3DS May Be Beneficial to Young Players' Eyes, Actually

Could help with diagnoses

Nintendo's no doubt covering itself with its recommendation that kids under 6 don't play 3DS, but the American Optometric Association has issued a press release stating the machine could actually have benefits. In fact, optometrists, professional health care providers committed to children's vision and eye health, say 3D viewing may actually help uncover subtle disorders..

News: Nintendo Issues Warning on 3D Image Safety for Kids

Nintendo Issues Warning on 3D Image Safety for Kids

Kids under 6, stick to 2D

We've heard plenty of times over recent months that 3DS could cause eye problems in later life, and now Nintendo is taking no chances by issuing a formal statement aimed at parents of young children, advising them to play with the 3D effect turned off. Nintendo quotes vision researchers who claim: There is a possibility that 3D images which send different images to the..

News: New Study to Investigate Benefits of Wii for Parkinson's Sufferers

New Study to Investigate Benefits of Wii for Parkinson's Sufferers

£35,000 grant to fund research

Can playing Wii games help to combat Parkinson's? That's the question being asked by Queen's University Belfast's Dr Cathy Craig, who's just received a grant of nearly £35,000 to investigate the console's possible benefits to sufferers of Parkinson's. In a recent survey of Parkinson's sufferers, 68% of respondents claimed they felt the console helped them manage..

News: Dropping Tetrominoes Might Help with Post Traumatic Stress

Dropping Tetrominoes Might Help with Post Traumatic Stress

Stacking blocks good for you

Anyone who's played Tetris – i.e. everyone ever – can attest to its soothing qualities as they stack block after block aiming to create those lovely lines. Now a new study suggests that playing the game isn't just good for fun, it may help to reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Scientific journal...

News: Wii Responsible for Worrying Wave of Bystander Injuries

Wii Responsible for Worrying Wave of Bystander Injuries

Won't somebody please think of the children?

When the Wii was first launched there was practically a media frenzy regarding the supposed flood of waggle-related mishaps. People reported cut hands, broken TV sets and black eyes, among other issues. Nintendo duly issued rubber jackets for the Wii Remote and took measures to strengthen the fabric wrist strap, and all was seemingly well with the world..

News: Wii Fit Helped Injured Soldier to Recover

Wii Fit Helped Injured Soldier to Recover

University study finds balance board works out

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..

News: Wii Sports an answer to Parkinson's?

Wii Sports an answer to Parkinson's?

"Wii-hab" proving useful for sufferers

A hope of improving the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease could very well lie in an unlikely source! Over the course of summer, the Medical College of Georgia researched the effects of “Wii-hab” on people with the disease. 18 people were asked to play Wii Sports for an hour a day, three times a week for four weeks. The results have shown that all..