Wii Fit U for Wii U is out now, sort of. Nintendo, which seems to be looking for creative ways to sell more Wii U consoles, has an offer that is good from now till the end of January: if you already own a balance board from the original Wii Fit, and buy the new (okay, repurposed) Fit Meter pedometer for $20, you can download the full version of Wii Fit U for free.
If you’d rather buy the bundle with board, meter and game disc, it is coming next month.
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.
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.
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.