However, it never really took off to the extent that one would have imagined or Nintendo would have hoped. Sure some people do have some success with the Wii as a fitness device but it hasn’t lived up to its full potential.
But that hasn’t deterred other gaming companies. EA (Electronic Arts) for example is onto its 2nd version of EA Active and it even has its own heart rate monitor.
EA Active 2 builds on the workouts from EA Active 1 with proper training sessions that could well be found in a gym. The addition of the heart rate monitor to the game makes it all the better as a workout tool because you can see for yourself which cardio training zone you’re in (there are different zones for different types of cardio training) and the ‘game’ can also be used to analyse your performance over time with the data collected from your workouts.
Dubious testimonials are available on the website for those who doubt the ability of the software to help you lose weight, but in theory everything is there and it really should contribute to helping you get fitter.
Software is available for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii (so there’s no excuse to get fit…) and priced at $100 (…or maybe there is).
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)