updated 02:50 pm EDT, Wed May 20, 2009
Nintendo DS pedometer due
Nintendo entered into the world of portable exercise hardware on Wednesday through the imminent launch of its latest addition to Personal Trainer: Walking game for the DS and DSi. Each copy of the game will ship with two Activity Meters, or advanced pedometers, that sync wirelessly with the gaming system and count and record steps during a given period of time. The game's software then converts these into statistics. Each Activity Meter can store up to seven days of data, while the DS/DSi game card can hold up to five years' worth of downloaded data. A single game card can store four users and their data.
Even pets' activities can be saved to the DS/DSi by attaching the Activity Meter to a dog's collar, for example. Daily goals can be set and the data can be analyzed to track when a user is most active. The game will be the first DS title that will allow users to import their Mii characters from the Wii game console or else design their own Mii characters.
To keep users motivated, the game will include a few activities, such as Illuminate that has them walk all over a virtual town, Walk the World that helps them "reach" iconic locations from across the world and even a Space Walk that lets teams reach planets by combining their step totals online.
A Japanese version of the game was first spotted last year. Personal Trainer: Walking will launch in the US on May 26th and cost nearly $50.