USA Today: Designer Miyamoto makes video games pulse with life
NEW YORK — Shigeru Miyamoto, the father of iconic Nintendo mascot Mario, among many others, doesn’t just bring characters to life in his video games. He injects his life into his creations.
That’s why his latest project, Wii Fit, which arrives in stores Wednesday, is not really a game at all.
It’s a $90 software-and-gadget fitness package for Nintendo’s revolutionary Wii, reflecting Miyamoto’s interest in his own physical health. Wii Fit, which comes with a balance board, has a built-in virtual trainer that helps players with yoga, aerobics and muscle toning.