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Wii Fit U Free Trial Coming to the eShop on November 1

by Zack Kaplan - September 18, 2013, 8:04 am EDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Press Release

For $19.99 you can keep it forever.

Wii Fit U will arrive on the Wii U eShop in the form of a free one month trial on November 1.

The free trial will be available until January 31, 2014 and lasts for one month from the day you download it. You can keep the digital copy by buying a Fit Meter in stores for $19.99 and syncing it with your game.

The Fit Meter, which will come in black or silver, is synced wirelessly through the Wii U GamePad to enhance a user's Activity Log in Wii Fit U and works as a pedometer and activity tracker. It will measure intensity of steps and altitude, and features a "detailed calculation" of calories burned by the user.

Wii Fit U will be available to purchase outside of this offer on December 13 in stores and February 1, 2014 on the eShop.

Nintendo Gives Consumers a Chance to Get Fit for Free With Wii Fit U

Wii Sports Club delivers a new Wii Sports Experience on Wii U.

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo is offering Wii U owners a chance to download a full version of Wii Fit U for free. Starting Nov. 1, Wii U owners can download a complete version of the game and get a head start on their New Year’s fitness goals by trying out all the activities found in the game for a full month – at no cost. All users need is a Wii Balance Board and a Wii U system with a broadband Internet connection. Consumers can keep their trial copies of Wii Fit U at no additional cost by simply purchasing and syncing a Fit Meter to the game. Nintendo announced the special offer along with a number of items related to active gaming during a Nintendo Directvideo. To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct.

Wii Fit U is all about ‘fun fitness’ for everyone in the family,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and COO. “With this special offer, Nintendo is making it easier than ever for families to get active and stay active, making now the perfect time to upgrade to Wii U. This is another example of the kind of value and variety that only Nintendo can offer.”

The full Wii Fit U software will be downloadable from the Nintendo eShop between Nov. 1, 2013, and Jan. 31, 2014, and will work for a month from the day it is first played. During the trial period, users can stay active with 77 different activities, including 19 new training activities, many of which take advantage of the Wii U GamePad controller. Users who want to continue using Wii Fit U beyond the trial period can purchase a Fit Meter accessory and sync it to their Wii Fit U software at any time. This will allow them to continue playing Wii Fit U forever. The Fit Meter will be available Nov. 1 in black/silver at a suggested retail price of $19.99.

The Fit Meter accessory is much more than a pedometer – it’s an activity meter that tracks a wide range of everyday activity. It records not only the number of steps a user has taken, but it also takes into account the intensity of those steps – for example, was the user running or walking? The Fit Meter also measures altitude, so wearers get credit for climbing stairs or walking uphill. All of these data points combined provide users with an accurate overview of their day’s activity, including a detailed calculation of the number of calories they burned. This data can then be transferred wirelessly to Wii Fit U via the Wii U GamePad with just a touch of a button. The Fit Meter transforms users’ everyday lives into workouts, encouraging them to get active and stay active.

Wii Fit U features all of the strength training, yoga and fun fitness games that have made the Wii Fit series so popular. Plus, there are new games that combine the Wii Balance Board and Wii U GamePad, including new dance routines such as hip-hop and salsa that work out various parts of the body through simple dance moves. The game also gives players more ways to create their own custom workout routines. Users can also create or join a Miiverse Gym Community to share tips and support with other Wii Fit U users who have similar goals. Or people can create closed communities made up exclusively of their friends. The communities will help people stay motivated by giving them a venue to discuss their fitness progress with others.

For those who choose not to participate in this special offer, Wii Fit U launches both as a packaged game on Dec. 13, 2013, and as a full game download in the Nintendo eShop on Feb. 1, 2014.

Some other announcements today included:

Wii Sports Club

The five beloved sports from the original Wii Sports – bowling, tennis, baseball, boxing and golf – are making a dramatic and competitive return on Wii U. The games are being released individually as downloads in the Nintendo eShop featuring HD graphics, enhanced controls via Wii MotionPlus technology, as well as a much-requested online multiplayer versus mode, so users with broadband Internet access can face off against competitors online. And that’s where the “Club” part of Wii Sports Club comes into play. Players will be registered to state or regional clubs and will be able to chat with one another via Miiverse during matches. People will be able to play casually against members of their own club, or take on members of rival clubs to increase their club rankings.

Tennis and Bowling will be the first two sports available in the Nintendo eShop on Nov. 7, with Boxing, Baseball and Golf scheduled to launch in the months ahead. Wii U owners who downloadWii Sports Club will get a trial pass that will let them play any available games for a 24-hour period from when the Wii Sports Club game is started. Once the trial period ends, players can purchase a Day Pass for $1.99 in the Nintendo eShop to play all available sports for a 24-hour period, or can buy permanent access to individual sports for $9.99 each.

Wii Street U Powered by Google

An update to Wii Street U Powered by Google is now available that incorporates the Wii Balance Board. People can walk the streets of familiar or exotic locales simply by taking steps on the Wii Balance Board, as the TV displays a streetscape from Google Maps. The Wii Street U Powered by Google application is currently available as a free download in the Nintendo eShop until Oct. 31.

Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visithttp://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.


OblivionSeptember 18, 2013

20 bucks for the digital version of Wii Fit U, as long as you already have the Wii Balance Board? This is the first time I've ever seen Nintendo ahead of the game with their digital content. With the exception being the 2 week early WW, though.

azekeSeptember 18, 2013

Thinking of getting balance board somewhere... Will just connecting it to Wii U be enough to download free trial?

OblivionSeptember 18, 2013

You don't even need the balance board to download it.

Do_WhatSeptember 18, 2013

I am surprised at nintendo even doing this much. It's baby steps, but it's something. Being able to ingerate with something other than nintendo was too much to ask for though. There's already a lot of pedometer things and little fit bits and nike+ gizmos around and I'm not sure if people will be willing to grab this specific one for a console they don't own yet and a peripheral that's been in their attic for three years.

I will spend $10 on bowling though.

OblivionSeptember 18, 2013

You want Nintendo to make Wii Fit U to work with non-Nintendo products? Why do you think that's reasonable?

Leo13September 18, 2013

Yes just connect your balance board to wii u and download.

I watched the Nintendo Direct this morning. It mentions that the wii fit meter can tell the difference between walking/running and traveling in a car and it won’t could the car travel. It makes me wonder if it can do any measurements of cycling. If not I’m still good since basketball is my most common form of exercise.

Quote from: Do_What

There's already a lot of pedometer things and little fit bits and nike+ gizmos around and I'm not sure if people will be willing to grab this specific one for a console they don't own yet and a peripheral that's been in their attic for three years.

And even if you don't use the game, the device is cheaper than those alternatives (and there was a study a few years back that found the Pokéwalker was actually more accurate than similar expensive devices). This is a great deal.

BlackNMild2k1September 20, 2013

Now this is a deal I can get behind.

Nintendo you have my attention, and I possibly a reason to turn on my Wii U atleast 2-3 times a week.

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