3DS will use built-in pedometer to reward players for staying in shape

Great news for fans of casual exercise and unlockable in-game content! In addition to ushering a new age of 3D portable gaming, the Nintendo 3DS will also use its built-in pedometer to promote active lifestyles by rewarding its mobile users with “Game Coins” that can be used to purchase bonus content for participating 3DS titles.

While it's unclear as to how many steps it'll take to accrue Nintendo's virtual currency, the coins will be tallied using the 3DS' Activity Log program and may possibly be integrated with the system's StreetPass feature which – much like the DS systems before it – will allow the 3DS to communicate with other nearby 3DS units while not in use.

Above: The Nintendo 3DS's Activity Log (but will it measure apathy?)

More information as to what the coins will unlock and how the pedometer will fit in to Nintendo's overall portable strategy is expected to be divulged during Nintendo's dedicated 3DS press event on January 19th.

Jan 10, 2011

[Source: Nintendo 3DS Blog]




  • MrDuracraft - January 11, 2011 11:56 p.m.

    Is it the same way as the pokewalker where you can't just put it in a paint mixer? Though, who would but a $300 piece of hardware in a paint mixer in the first place.
  • ChrisCultista - January 11, 2011 11:24 p.m.

  • BlindMarksman - January 11, 2011 5:40 a.m.

    The premise itself is great! Getting people off their chairs and reward them if they do, is a good incentive to, well, actually move for once? But i guess we´ll have to see how it turns out. Oh, and btw, Why haven´t you reported about the 3DS´s crap battery life?
  • gopikmin - January 11, 2011 4:05 a.m.

    I see a lot of broken 3ds in the future. (playing games and a treadmill don't mix, I've tried)
  • 510BrotherPanda - January 11, 2011 3:25 a.m.

    ... No thanks. I like keeping exercising and games separate, and I think the 3DS is to cumbersome to carry around for SERIOUS walking/running...
  • near01 - January 11, 2011 3:18 a.m.

    squeee, i've always wanted a built in pedometer on my to-be 3ds!! :DD
  • Zepaw - January 11, 2011 2:46 a.m.

    I miss using my PokeWalker. I like this.
  • Robusken - January 11, 2011 1:48 a.m.

    I hate to say it, but I like this idea.
  • Thegynecologistwithchipmunkcheeks - January 11, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    Time to warm up my right hand.
  • ThatOneGuy - January 10, 2011 11:59 p.m.

    Probably reading into this too much, but seems kinda like a way to encourage people to carry there 3DS (3DSes?) everywhere.
  • D0CCON - January 10, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    Hopefully nobody disassembled the gadgets they made for the Pokewalker, those things are going to be used again soon.
  • Felixthecat - January 10, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    It truly is a brilliant idea, and I'll be using it all the time.
  • sgh341 - January 10, 2011 10:55 p.m.


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