Nintendo’s taking the 3DS a step further with a built-in pedometer

There’s a lot of excitement in the gaming world about the upcoming successor to the handheld Nintendo DS, the 3DS (named for its glasses-less 3-D screen).  Now exergamers have reason to be excited also:  according to Kotaku, the new device will have an on-board pedometer, and as you walk around with it, you’ll earn virtual coins that will help you power up games that support it, such as fueling your Pokemon with watts, buying Mario a snazzy flying raccoon tail, etc.

This means you won’t need a separate device like the pedometers that come with Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver, Personal Trainer Walking, or My Weight Loss Coach.

One more giant leap to keeping gamers active and fit!  I just wish the 3DS was as compact as a pedometer – it’s supposed to be the same size as the current DS Lite – but you can be sure they will come out with holsters, belts or even deep-pocketed walking shorts for it.

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Posted on January 11, 2011, in Exergaming, Game consoles and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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