It's that sequel to one of the most popular games released on the Wii! That's right, it's Wii Fit U, the perfect excuse to break that old Balance Board out of the closet and burn some calories one more. Nintendo announced Wii Fit U will be launching extremely soon, on November 1 to be exact. Best yet, if you already have a Balance Board, there's a free 30-day trial of the full game after downloading. Even better, after thirty days you just have to buy a $19.99 Fit Meter to unlock the entire game. Forever.
What exactly is the Wii U Fit Meter? Why, I just couldn't wait for you to ask so I could provide you with a summary that Nintendo wrote up for us:
"With Wii Fit U, the workout goes wherever the user goes. People can work out at home, or take the Fit Meter with them to track steps taken, elevation changes and calories burned. One button press syncs the Fit Meter data to the in-game profile, so people get credit for their physical activity, even if they aren’t at home for a traditional Wii Fit U workout."
All things considered, $20 is a bit more than I'd like to pay for a step-meter/calorie-counter, but if ithat's all that's required for full access to a game then that's a more than reasonable price. Still, how cool would it be if you could just carry around your 3DS and it would work in a similar way? Brilliant, right? At least up to the point that the 3DS bounded out of your pocket and shattered on the ground while you were jogging.
Wii Fit U will be released November 1 with a free 30-day trial once it has been downloaded. Keep in mind that it requires a Balance Board to use, which could cost a bit more than most folk would expect. After the thirty days are up, purchase of the $19.99 Wii U Fit Meter is required for further use of the Wii Fit U program.