Nintendo America President Reggie Fils-Aime has defended the latest add-on for the Wii
It looks like something you might see attached to an EEG machine or a lie detector and no one can quite figure out what it’s supposed to be for, but Nintendo America Boss Reggie Fils-Aime has defended the Wii Vitality Sensor.
Speaking to FastCompany’s N’Gai Croal, Fils-Aime compared the Vitality Sensor to the confusion that surrounded the Wii-Mote, saying: “We probably had a similar conversation about the Wii Remote: how is this going to work, how is it going to work with the games that I want to play–I don’t get it.”
“Now I’m hearing something similar for the Wii Vitality Sensor. And all I can tell you is, with the game developers that we have, we will bring forth an experience that you will say, “Wow, I get it,” he continued.
According to Fils-Aime, detractors of the Sensor lack imagination, and the software examples necessary for that eureka moment of realization: “Until you have that software, it’s tough to understand. If I told you that you would be standing on an oversized bathroom scale, and having fun doing it, you probably would have said, “Reggie, I don’t get it.” And yet here we are with the balance board arguably as the third largest development platform across the globe.”
Fils-Aime does make a good point, that it’s software that shifts hardware, and not the other way round, but releasing a new peripheral, that no one can figure out, without any examples of it in play, it’s not hard to see why so many are skeptical.