Wii Fit U will come with a pedometer and make use of Game Pad tablet

Nintendo just announced details of their new Wii U console and Wii Fit U game, both supposed to hit the market this year.  Wii U (which will also work with all previous Wii games and controllers, except DDR and mat games) has a new Game Pad tablet controller, and Wii Fit U will make use of both the pad and the Wii balance board.  In the video they streamed today, they demonstrated a luge game where you sit on the balance board and steer with your hands (similar to the pipe slider game in Active Life Outdoor Challenge), a trampoline game, and a cute “dessert” game where you walk on the balance board and balance the Game Pad like you’re delivering a tray full of desserts.

Then they showed off a pedometer, which looks like the old Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver Pokewalker in new shades of white and green.  As with the Fitbit, the Wii Fit U game will record your steps and activity throughout the day, including calorie burn and altitude.  Neat!  I was hoping to see some sort of integration with 3DS which contains its own pedometer sensor, but this is a lot handier than carrying a 3DS in your pocket all the time.

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Posted on June 5, 2012, in Console games, Exergaming, Game consoles, Game previews and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Sorry, Sue, I haven’t been keeping up with the console wars. Is this the answer to Kinnect? I have been contemplating getting a Kinnect, but I need to buy the whole system and that will have to happen when my husband is out of town for a few days so I can get it in the basement workout room without his knowledge. TIA

    • Hi Renda,
      The Wii U isn’t out yet, and they haven’t given a release date or price, just “this holiday”. If you want to get a Kinect bundle, and you have the 7-8 feet of space from the TV, go for it – the price has come down in recent weeks (Amazon has an Xbox, Kinect, Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures bundle for $300) and prices of good games like Just Dance 3 and Dance Central have dropped to $30 or less.

      • Hmmm. Thanks. So now I am concerned that lower prices mean they are phasing it out. See, never happy ;-). Thanks. I will start looking into it more.

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