Wii Fit U Direct Reveals Tons of Details

Get fit in November! And it might not be as costly as you think…

By Kyle England. Posted 09/18/2013 06:35 3 Comments     ShareThis

This morning, Iwata returned for yet another Nintendo Direct focused almost entirely around Wii Fit U, the newest entry in the popular fitness series. He gave us a slew of new details on the game, and a few surprises as well.

The new Fit Meter compatible with Wii Fit U was detailed in full, revealing an array of great features. First of all, the Fit Meter is more than a pedometer– it’s a fully featured activity meter with advanced technology. The Fit Meter will be able to more accurately track exercise with a small accelerometer inside. The meter will also be able to track not only the amount of movement you do, but the intensity of your exercise. In addition, the meter will be able to track changes in altitude!

Iwata demonstrated the Fit Meter’s interaction with Wii Fit U by transferring some data from an employee’s day out. On the Wii U, users will be able to look at highly detailed graphs of their activity. Exercise and movement is displayed by the hour, with changes in intensity and elevation clearly visible so you can look at trends. Daily calorie-burning goals can be added to the Fit Meter, and tracking your activity can help you meet these goals.

Iwata also talked about the Miiverse integration into Wii Fit U. Players will be able to create Miiverse sub-communties or “Gym Communities.” In these places, players with similar fitness goals can work together to inspire each other to stay healthy. The communities can also be made private, so players can feel more comfortable talking about things like their weight in positive environments.

Finally, Reggie took the stage of Nintendo Direct to reveal some pricing and release details about Wii Fit U. The game will be available as a free download on the Wii U eShop for players who already own a Wii Balance Board, and they can play this version for a month. In addition, the Fit Meters will be sold separately for $19.99, and players of the Wii Fit U free version who buy a Fit Meter will be able to keep the free version forever. The free download promotion for Wii Fit U will only last until January 31, 2014. Reggie also noted that the game has a large size, so be sure to have enough space on your Wii U or use an external drive.

Standard retail versions of Wii Fit U are also coming– one version just includes the game and a Fit Meter, and the other includes the whole bundle with a Wii Balance Board. The downloadable version is coming on November 1, and the retail versions of Wii Fit U are launching December 6 in Europe and December 13 in North America. If you already own a Wii Balance Board, you’ve got nothing to lose by just trying the game for a month!

Source: Nintendo Direct

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