Atari have announced Family Trainer for the Wii which will be in competition with Nintendo’s own Wii Fit.
Family Trainer lets all the family and friends get physical by engaging the whole body in a variety of easy-to-understand, fast-paced and wildly entertaining activities. Family Trainer is scheduled for European release in September 2008.
The game includes the specially designed Family Trainer mat controller which, when combined with the Wii Remote, lets players get totally physical in a series of crazed challenges.
There are over a dozen frantic single and multiplayer challenges to choose from all based on outdoor challenges amusingly interpreted for the world of Family Trainer, such as river rafting, mine karting, log jumping, rope skipping and much more. The activities take place in a variety of colourful locations including jungle forests full of ancient ruins, a haunted mansion complete with hordes of zombies, and a fairytale world where riding on toys and floating amongst the clouds is the order of the day.
I think it’s great how Nintendo seem to have carved out a niche in the games console market for family and exercise based games. Wii Fit has taken off really successfully and perhaps by the time Family Trainer is released, people might have got sufficiently bored by Wii Fit to want a change.
Unlike Wii Fit, this sounds like a much more multiplayer game so it’d be interesting to see what it’s like when it comes out.