The Atari 2600 Fitness Board – 25 Years Before Nintendo’s Wii Fit!



25 years before the Wii Fit Balance Board, Amiga released the first balance board for home consoles: The Joyboard. The Joyboard was a balance board that was released for the Atari 2600 in 1983. Amiga made a couple of sports titles for it as well as a “follow the leader type of game. Released in the midst of the video game crash of 1983, the Joyboard is an often forgotten piece of gaming history.

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27 Replies to “The Atari 2600 Fitness Board – 25 Years Before Nintendo’s Wii Fit!”

  1. Wrestling With Gaming

    Don't worry, my next video will be an in depth documentary. This is just a quick video on the Joyboard, a quirky little balance board that Amiga made for the Atari 2600, all the way back in1983. It's something that not a lot of people know about and I thought it'd be fun to cover in between the larger documentaries.

    My next video will be on the 90s multiplayer modem for the Genesis and SNES, the Xband. It's going to be a deep dive into its history, the people behind it, and some REALLY exciting stuff going on with it today.

  2. Redd Floyd

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  3. failed channel

    What most people never realised is that Irving Gould only green lighted the purchase of Amiga was out of spite for Jack Tramiel. When Jack Tramiel had told Gould to stop using company assets, like the company jet, like his personal property Gould told Tramiel to GTFO, and the bitterness remained until Tramiel died. This is why Commodore had no idea what to do with Amiga (aka A1000), hell they didn't even market the machine at all for a whole year before the Amiga 500 and 2000 projects were finished. Almost all the cost cutting to make the ugly A500 could have been done to the much more saleable A1000, saving 2 and a half years in the process.

  4. BlackburnBigdragon

    I remember, back then, that peripheral getting all kinds of negative reviews, from cost, to reliability. From my understanding, it was a piece of garbage. It was unresponsive and it tended to break. Very few reviews were kind to it. The only positive endorsements I ever saw for it were in advertisements or magazine articles specifically about it (that were pretty much paid advertisements).

  5. Vince19

    I love your channel. Truly original content and very well researched. You did a good job here of giving background info as well as actually telling us what it would be like to play games on the joy board. And it doesn't hurt that your video editing is among the best (possibly THE best) I've seen from YouTube gaming channels.

  6. Adam Hovey

    Good "filler" episode. I had never heard of that as far as I can remember. But I'll tell you what I am going to do now because I watched your video, I'm going to go look it up on the interwebs.

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