Nintendo Reveals Wii Fit U Free Trial and Wii Sports Club
Say what you want about Nintendo, but they sure have been knocking out the Nintendo Directs recently. Speaking directly to the fans is a smart move, and they've certainly made some major announcements during their NDs since they've started doing them. The latest was devoted to one of their biggest selling franchises (if not what you'd call a fan favourite) Wii Fit. The original game is one of the biggest selling games of all time, which is no mean feat when you consider how much the balance board bundle set back each customer. It was also key to the expanding of the Wii's user base, and arguably helped gaming's image as a whole. So of course Wii Fit was always going to come to Ninty's newest home console, but now we have some more concrete details.
Wii Fit U will contain 77 activities in total- including those from the original version and it's expansion Wii Fit Plus, and 19 entirely new activities. These will include new dance based work-outs and games making using of the Gamepad. But the newest incarnation's biggest innovation is the Fit Meter, a little doo-hickey (that's the technical term) which tracks activity ouside the game, including calories burnt and more.
Nintendo are offering Wii Fit U as a download from the eShop starting November 1st, until January 31st. If you already have a Balance board, you will be able to play the full version of Wii Fit U for free for one month. If you decide you like it, you will be able to unlock the full game by buying a Fit Meter. This will cost in $19.99 in the US, but the European price has not been specified. The game will also be available on disc and as a Balance Board bundle.
Coming out of nowhere Nintendo also announced an updated Wii Sports is coming to Wii U. Begging the question, what took them so long? Each sport (tennis, bowling, baseball, golf and boxing) has been enhanced with motion-plus control, online functionality and more. Each sport can be downloaded separately from eShop for $9.99/£8.99, or a 'daypass' will buy you access to all five for 24 hours.