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Iwata Confirms Wii Vitality Sensor Dead Due to Poor Performance

Nintendo demoed their Wii Vitality Sensor way back at 2009 to mixed reactions, then the sensor quietly went away. In a recent talk with investors, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata confirmed that the device is dead in the water.

According to Iwata, the reason for this was because the sensor would only work for 90% of people and they just couldn’t get it to work with that 10%. Iwata explained that since they couldn’t get it to work “as expected,” they shelved the product, but he left the door open, saying that if they can get it up to 99.9%, it would be commercially viable. I wouldn’t hold my breath.

I wanted to title this article “Nintendo Shelved Vitality Sensor, Hopefully to Work on Real Games.” When they first announced the device, I was one of the ones whining about more games and less gadgets, but in the time since I actually came around to the idea, imagining all the cool possibilities when it came to survival horror games. We may not see this come to fruition through Nintendo, but biometric gaming has become a new thing to watch.

via The Verge

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