Not Everyone Can Smoothly Finger the Wii Vitality Sensor

The Wii Vitality Sensor, which supposedly sensors your vitals, debuted at the 2009 E3 gaming expo. Then, it was too mellow for E3 in 2010. What about this year? Don't hold your breath! » 4/28/11 8:00am 4/28/11 8:00am

Entertainment That Changes Based On Your Biological Response

You're slowly creeping along the darkened halls of a haunted mansion, waiting for the next zombie to come shambling around the corner. It's a familiar situation, and you're not afraid. Sensors convey this information to your game console, and suddenly an ear-piercing shriek fills the air behind you. Your heartbeat… » 3/14/11 9:00pm 3/14/11 9:00pm

Has Nintendo's Vitality Sensor Flatlined?

At the 2009 E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles, Nintendo revealed the Wii Vitality Sensor for the first time. The peripheral was M.I.A. at the following E3. And at a recent investors meeting, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata didn't explicitly provide an update. » 11/02/10 5:00am 11/02/10 5:00am

Patent Application Hints At Vitality Sensor's Games

A patent application filed by Nintendo mentions a Wii Vitality Sensor game in which players control the flight of a cartoon character with a combination of Wii remote gestures and - wait for it - breathing. » 10/10/10 7:00pm 10/10/10 7:00pm

The Glaring Omissions of E3 2010

Missing in action. Conspicuous by their absence. The elephants not in the room. E3 delivered a cornucopia of news about new games, devices and concepts, but there were plenty of no-shows, too. These are the Glaring Omissions of E3 2010. » 6/22/10 6:20pm 6/22/10 6:20pm

Wii Vitality Sensor Too Mellow For E3?

The Wii Vitality Sensor, unveiled by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata a year ago is a no-show at E3 2010, despite signals iit would be here. A Nintendo spokesperson told Kotaku today that the peripheral wasn't right for the show. » 6/15/10 7:10pm 6/15/10 7:10pm

Will The Next Zelda Game Change Based On Your Pulse?

Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto may be toying with new ways to shake up The Legend of Zelda, adding more than just Wii MotionPlus support for the next adventure of Link. Is he also considering Wii Vitality Sensor-based gameplay? » 3/22/10 8:00pm 3/22/10 8:00pm

Super Guide, Vitality Sensor and Netflix DS: A Conversation With…

While both Sony and Microsoft are focusing on their own forms of motion gaming this year, Nintendo plans to continue their efforts to change the way we play games. » 3/22/10 2:00pm 3/22/10 2:00pm

Nintendo Trademarks Wii Relax In The U.S. Too

The Wii Vitality Sensor may be put to good use with a product known as Wii Relax, which Nintendo registered a trademark for in Europe late last year. It has since done the same in these United States. » 1/12/10 8:30pm 1/12/10 8:30pm

Is 'WiiRelax' the Vitality Sensor's Debut Title?

In April, an Italian company announced "Wii Relax." Siliconera notes that, not only is that company's product site gone, Nintendo has now trademarked "WiiRelax" in Europe. Maybe they muscled in on the name after seeing I had shrewdly registered "WiiSittingOnOne'sAss." » 12/19/09 5:00pm 12/19/09 5:00pm

Iwata Explains The Pitch For An Early Wii Vitality Sensor "Game"

You've had your laughs at the Wii Vitality Sensor, at least in part thanks to Nintendo's utter inability to explain what the thing is actually for. Well, during a Q&A with analysts, Nintendo's Satoru Iwata has shed a little light. » 8/10/09 8:30am 8/10/09 8:30am

Reggie: Be Patient, The Wii Vitality Sensor Will "Wow" You

Nintendo's announcement of the Wii Vitality Sensor at E3 was met with some amount of befuddlement and a heap of "WTF?" But Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime says, eventually, you will say "Wow, I get it." » 7/09/09 8:40pm 7/09/09 8:40pm

Kotaku's Best of E3 Awards: Hair Dragons, CatBats and Light Graffiti

This year's annual E3 Expo gathering of video game developers, publishers and players brought with it an unprecedented look at the games we'll be playing over this year and next as well as the technology that will shape the games to come. » 6/12/09 7:40pm 6/12/09 7:40pm

Nintendo: Wii Vitality Sensor Targets Gaming Hold-Outs

Nintendo's announcement of the Wii Vitality Sensor was one of the most mystifying product announcements at the show. We asked for more information. » 6/11/09 6:20pm 6/11/09 6:20pm

How The Wii Vitality Sensor Actually Works

When Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata took to the stage last week to unveil the Wii Vitality Sensor, he didn't really tell us how it all worked. No, that information now comes a week later. » 6/10/09 4:30am 6/10/09 4:30am

Wii Vitality Sensor Gets Smoothly Fingered

Nintendo announced today that it was adding the Wii Vitality Sensor to the list of things one can attach to the Wii Remote. Nintendo's official announcement claims it will expand the appeal of video games. » 6/02/09 7:20pm 6/02/09 7:20pm

The Wii Vitality Sensor Seems...Nice

Nintendo announces the Wii Vitality Sensor, a device that attaches to the tip of the player's finger that measures their vital signs and helps them relax. » 6/02/09 1:07pm 6/02/09 1:07pm