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Wii Fit U will be released in the first half of 2013

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Joystiq reports that the Wii Fit version for the Wii U platform, Wii Fit U (clever name!) will be coming in the first half of 2013.  The game will come with a pedometer in addition to the familiar balance board, so maybe they’re waiting for weather to be nice enough for walking here in the northern hemisphere.

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New Wii bundle includes Sports and Resort for $130, but you still can’t plug in a mat

Fall 2012 Wii bundle

Nintendo wants to move a few classic Wii consoles before the new Wii U comes out next month, so they’ve put together a bundle that includes Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort (both on one disc), a Motion Plus Wiimote and a nunchuck, all for a suggested retail price of $130.  It should be on store shelves in a couple of weeks.

Be aware that this is the horizontally-oriented Wii that was introduced last year, that eliminated the four controller ports of the original Wii, so don’t expect to play DDR, Active Life or Cyberbike on it.  It can still be used for many other fun games, though, like the Just Dance series, Walk It Out (using a balance board or Wiimote), the Gold’s Gym games and many more.

(Via Joystiq)

Wii U console, Just Dance 4 for Wii U, and Your Shape 2013 will be released on Nov. 18

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According to My Nintendo News, the Wii U game console will go on sale November 18, as will 22 Wii U games.  Those games include Just Dance 4 for Wii U, and Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 which is only coming on Wii U, it looks like.

Wii U will come in two versions: a “basic” version with 8gb of internal memory for $300, and a “deluxe” version with 32gb of memory for $50 more.  Both versions have HD and a Game Pad controller, and are supposed to play all Wii games as well (except for ones that require plug-in controllers, like DDR, Active Life games and Cyberbike).  You would need to buy a Wiimote and nunchuck separately.

Wii Fit U, the successor to Wii Fit, isn’t included on the Nov. 18 launch list, but Walmart is preselling two Wii U bundles that include the console, a Wiimote and a choice of games (including Wii Fit U) for $100 more than the console by itself.

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.

Oh where, oh where can the Nintendo 3DS exergames be?

Count real steps in Nintendogs + Cats for 3DS (courtesy Nintendo)

My daughter loves her Nintendo 3DS, the handheld game console that succeeded the Nintendo DS, and I agree that it’s a nifty little gadget.  Among many other features, it has a pedometer built right in, and an Activity Log on the main menu automatically records your daily steps if you go for a walk with your 3DS.  The built-in pedometer means that games can also have the ability to give you bonuses for getting up and walking around.  No need anymore for 3DS games to have peripheral pedometers like the Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver Pokewalker or the pedometers that came with Personal Trainer Walking or My Weight Loss Coach for DS.

So there should be more 3DS walking and activity games than you can shake a walking stick at, right?  Doesn’t look that way.  Even though there were several walking and general health and fitness games for the old DS console (see the list here), my active game list for 3DS remains empty.  You can play any DS game on the 3DS, and it is easier to have a tiny pedometer clipped on than to carry the 3DS console in your pocket all the time, but it would still be great to have more games that take advantage of the built-in pedometer technology.  Besides, you’re less likely to put your pants in the washing machine with the 3DS in the pocket.

It’s not easy to even find which 3DS games give you bonuses for walking.  One that does is Nintendogs + Cats, a fun simulation game in which you adopt and pamper a virtual puppy.  You can take Rover for a fake walk by just steering with your stylus, but if you take the console for a real walk with the game turned on, not only do you burn real fat and gain real fitness, you also get presents from your dog, and not the kind you have to scoop.  Gifts depend on how many steps you take; according to the list at Nintendogs Wiki, they range from a dog biscuit for 10-99 steps all the way up to a gold bar for 99999+ steps.

The Street Pass feature built in to the 3DS is another feature that might encourage walking, or at least getting out of the house.  With Street Pass, you leave the wireless internet detector on in the 3DS as you walk around, and if another wireless-activated 3DS is in the vicinity, your Mii avatars will “visit” each other and sometimes exchange gifts, or show off their Nintendog or Nintenkitten.  We’ve walked extra loops around crowded malls just to try to collect Miis.

Do readers know of any other 3DS games that encourage walking?

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