First unveiled over three years ago at E3 2009, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said that the next big leap for the Wii Remote would be the Wii Vitality Sensor. It was basically a finger sensor that could read heart beats and then translate those pulses into statistical information fed to a game. Everybody assumed that Nintendo would release some kind of extended version of Wii Fit with the dongle, but then last year’s E3 came and went with nary a mention of the device.
It is widely assumed that the device might have met a quiet death as Wii sales have since slowed down and Nintendo is preparing for the Wii 2/Project Cafe/Stream. According to one source, the Vitality Sensor is still alive and kicking, but is delayed because it only works 80 percent of the time and Nintendo could not get it to work 99 percent of the time.
I’m with Destructoid on this one: Nintendo should just scrap it. To be honest, no one really was looking forward to the Vitality Sensor anyway. It’s already stressful enough to play heart-thumping games, how much more fun could it be to know how fast our heart is going? No thanks.