Nintendo partnering with American Heart Association

I recently purchased the Wii Fit and platform board for my mother who went out and bought a Wii – her first gaming console since she used to steal my Nintendo to play Tetris on. For Mother’s Day I got her one of the Jillian Michaels Wii games to complement the Wii Fit game that she will eventually get bored with.

The Nintendo Wii as well as copies of Wii Fit and Wii Sports Resort will soon sport a stamp of approval from the American Heart Association. The labels appearing on retail boxes are part of a partnership between Nintendo and AHA to promote physical fitness through “active-play video games,” reads a joint statement.

“Nintendo has been helping people get up off the couch and get playing since the Wii system launched in 2006,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “By joining forces with the American Heart Association, we further our commitment to bringing fun and accessible active-play video games to a broader audience.”

Both Wii Fit and Wii Sports Resort have been huge hits for Nintendo. Last year, the games finished in the top five for video game sales, according to figures from the NPD Group.

About the American Heart Association: Founded in 1924, we’re the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.

Nintendo 3DS release date / anti-piracy measures

Hopefully the Nintendo 3DS will not fall to the same fate as the Virtual Boy did.

Speaking to the Associated Press on Friday, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata revealed that his company’s upcoming Nintendo 3DS will in fact gamers the choice of playing titles in both 3D and 2D. Exactly how one would switch from 3D to 2D and vise versa is unclear, but Iwata mentioned one of the primary reasons for the ability to remove the extra dimension is for the health of children’s eyesight. Also revealed by Iwata was the fact Nintendo is going to introduce a new set of anti-piracy measures with the 3DS. Unfortunately with this one, Iwata would not comment further saying he did not want to give pirates any clues about how the measures will work. Said Iwata on the piracy of video games: “We fear a kind of thinking is become widespread that paying for software is meaningless. We have a strong sense of crisis about this problem.” The Nintendo 3DS is scheduled to make its debut at E3 this June and go on sale in Q1 2011.