When he unveiled the Wii Fit at a games show last year, Nintendo design guru Shigeru Miyamoto called it his dream peripheral for the Wii.
The Fit is a game and a piece of hardware called the Wii Balance Board -- a thing one stands, jumps and climbs on to mimic all manner of physical exercises that are replicated on your Wii screen. Think of a cross between Dance Dance Revolution, Bally's Total Fitness and pilates, though, from the looks of it, actually fun.
The Fit went on sale in Japan late last year, and it's gone gangbusters, selling a million units within its first month.
Soon we'll get a chance to see if Europeans and Americans are as interested in physical exercise. Nintendo tells the Wall Street Journal that it's releasing the U.S. Fit on May 19. Europeans will get it a month early, on April 25.
Oh, one more thing: The Wii Fit, despite its name, is not really meant to keep you in shape. As Miyamoto said in an in-house interview recently,