Today, Nintendo hosted a Nintendo Direct featuring Wii Fit U, along with the announcement of Wii Sports Club!
The direct started off with our favorite new Smash Bros. Brawler, the Wii Fit trainer. After giving us a quick breathing exercise, she tossed the camera over to Iwata, who started to give us many details of the game and it’s new features.
The game, of course, uses the Wii Balance Board accessory. In addition to 19 brand new activities that uses the Wii U gamepad, the game features a total of 77 different activities for the player to enjoy.
Purchasing the game brings along the Pokewalk- err the new Fit Meter! It’s much more then a pedometer! In fact, it is an Activity Meter. The new Wii Fit U Fit Meter brings many features to the game, including:
- Calories Burned
- Steps Taken
- Target Calories
- Elevation Difference (from home)
- METs Graph
- Elevation Graph
After a long day of walking up mountains or biking to work, you can transfer the data stored to Wii Fit U via the Wii U gamepad. The software is used to monitor graphs that go into more detail than just calories burned. The main graph shows two different details; elevation and physical output. So say I walked up a local 500ft mountain carrying the Fit Meter. It would keep track of that elevation, and know when I walked, ran, or even if I drove a car up the mountain. When I transferred that data to the game, it would show every detail of my day.
Say your target calories of the day was 300, but when you connected your Fit Meter to the game, you only burned 250. The game would automatically recommend activities to perform to make up for those calories you didn’t burn. It’s a nice feature that perfectly combines activities inside and outside of the game.
Another feature you can use the Fit Meter for ‘walking up’ landmarks. You can select a famous landmark, such as Mt. Everest or the Statue of Liberty, and as you walk throughout the day, your steps are counted towards the goal. When you sync the Fit Meter to the game, it will show you your progression up the landmark.
There is also online functionality! You can talk with other players who have similar goals, and join a separate community with them, where you can inspire and encourage each other to exercise and keep track of your diet.
Iwata passed the camera over to THE REGGINATOR for some Nintendo of America news on the game.
Here is the exciting news. If you already own the Wii Balance Board, you can download and play the game for free for one month, any time between November 1st and January 31st. But that’s not all. Anyone who purchases the Wii Fit U Fit Meter (for a suggested retail price of $19.99) within that month, can keep and continue to use their digital copy of Wii Fit U for FOREVER at no additional cost. To me, that’s a great deal, and if I owned the Balance Board, I’d take advantage of that in heart beat.
Reggie took a moment to remind us that the game if pretty big, and that they didn’t put a lot of memory into the Wii U consoles, so you might want to get an external hard drive to download the game to if needed be.
Beginning December 13th, the game will become available on store shelves in two packages. One package is the Wii Fit U on disc with the Fit Meter, and the other package comes with the same as the first package, but including a Balance Board. No prices for these packages were announced.
Iwata took the stage again to let us all know that the Google Street View, a free app that became available on the Wii U’s eShop a few months ago, is now armed with a free update that allows you to use the Wii U balance board to walk in place towards a destination. This feature adds to help immerse you in the game. The app will be free until October 31st, where it will then have a price tag.
Next, we talked about Wii Sports. You know, the game that was with every single Wii when it released? Well, Nintendo has updated each of the original five games and is releasing them onto the Wii U eShop through a game called Wii Sports Club. Each sport is used exclusively with Wii Motion Plus technology, and there is also online compatibility for each game, due to popular demand. You can also join a local sports club, where you can compete against other people from your state. It will become available November 7th, with bowling and tennis being the first two sports available.
However, the games do not come for free. There are two different purchase methods; a Club Pass and a Day Pass. The Club Pass allows you to purchase each individual game for $9.99. EACH! A little pricey in my opinion. The Day Pass gives you unlimited access to all of the sports for 24 hours for just a price of $1.99. To just try out the game, you will be given a 24 hour trail pass that starts when you load the game up for the first time.
So that’s all that Nintendo had to show us for the day? How do you feel about Wii Fit U and Wii Sports Club? I’m certainly excited about one of these games! Leave a comment below to tell us what you think!
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