The launch of Wii Fit seemed to go off without a hitch in Japan, but you had to know that as soon as it found itself in the hands of sensitive Westerners, trouble would occur. The game has barely hit the UK, but already the first Wii Fit controversy has kicked off, “devastating” one girl by calling her overweight. Uh oh …
“My [relative] came round this weekend and we let her play on our Wii Fit,” claims a poster on the DIS forums. “We have all laughed and joked about being told that we’re fat and need to lose weight but I was gobsmacked when it told her that she is overweight.”
To be fair, this looks like a bit of a problem with Wii Fit itself. The ten-year-old in question is 4’9″ and weights six stone, which is actually a pretty healthy weight. Either way, the girl was upset by Wii Fit‘s judgment and apparently it took some effort to convince her she wasn’t fat. “I know it is just a game but seriously we already have to worry about young girls starving themselves to look like the magazine models and now we have a game that tells them they’re fat,” the concerned relative states.
Rest assured, this is only the beginning. A game like this is fine in Japan, but just you wait until the sensitive, unaccountable American housewives get their claws on this thing. It’ll be sh*tstorm central and no mistake. Personally, I don’t need a piece of plastic pretending to be a set of scales telling me I’m fat — I can tell from looking at the tits.
If I were Nintendo though, I would seriously look into toning down its classification of “fat” before hitting the States, because there will be blood in the streets.