Ever since the Wii came out, Nintendo has been on something of a fitness kick.
Well, maybe not a fitness kick, but they have at least expressed the desire to get our butts off the couch.
And this trend continues on with Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
The two new games will come with a Pokewalker.
The Pokewalker appears to be a pedometer which connects to the upcoming Pokemon DS games via infrared that allows you to “take your pokemon out for a stroll.”
When you load up a Pokemon into the Pokewalker, it gains experience based on how far you walk. You also earn points that can be used to buy things. And there also appears to be Pokewalker mini-games that let you find items or rare Pokemon that can be used in the main game.
Finally, the Pokewalkers can communicate with each other, something else that will get you a gift.
I’m not sure how much this will do towards getting people up and walking… and there is going to be a problem with lost Pokewalkers I’m sure… but it is certainly something new for the Pokemon franchise.
If you see me walking around after March 14th, I might have a Pokewalker in my pocket.
Or I might just be happy to see you.
More information about the Pokewalker included with Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver is available at Pokemon.com, the official Pokemon web site.