One study reported an improvement in depression symptoms and cognitive function in elderly people with mild depression following 3 months of regular 35-minute sessions of Nintendo’s Wii™ sports games that included an exercise program


Another study examined the effects of an intervention using a computer-based cognitive-training program (CogniPlus) that targeted improvement of cognitive functions in patients with Parkinson’s disease, compared with patients who engaged in a motion-control computer game (Nintendo Wii™)

The results revealed that the Wii training group exhibited better attentional function than the CogniPlus group [15].

Interactive sports video games provide a unique medium suited to the achievement of several requirements for effective interventional rehabilitation. Specifically, therapy can be provided within a functional, purposeful and motivating context.