Nintendo Gives Consumers a Chance to Get Fit for Free with Wii Fit U

  Nintendo Gives Consumers a Chance to Get Fit for Free with Wii Fit U

        Wii Sports Club Delivers a New Wii Sports Experience on Wii U

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REDMOND, Wash. -- September 18, 2013

Nintendo is offering Wii U owners a chance to download a full version of Wii
Fit U for free. Starting Nov. 1, Wii U owners can download a complete version
of the game and get a head start on their New Year’s fitness goals by trying
out all the activities found in the game for a full month – at no cost. All
users need is a Wii Balance Board and a Wii U system with a broadband Internet
connection. Consumers can keep their trial copies of Wii Fit U at no
additional cost by simply purchasing and syncing a Fit Meter to the game.
Nintendo announced the special offer along with a number of items related to
active gaming during a Nintendo Direct video. To view the Nintendo Direct in
its entirety, visit

“Wii Fit U is all about ‘fun fitness’ for everyone in the family,” said Reggie
Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and COO. “With this special offer,
Nintendo is making it easier than ever for families to get active and stay
active, making now the perfect time to upgrade to Wii U. This is another
example of the kind of value and variety that only Nintendo can offer.”

The full Wii Fit U software will be downloadable from the Nintendo eShop
between Nov. 1, 2013, and Jan. 31, 2014, and will work for a month from the
day it is first played. During the trial period, users can stay active with 77
different activities, including 19 new training activities, many of which take
advantage of the Wii U GamePad controller. Users who want to continue using
Wii Fit U beyond the trial period can purchase a Fit Meter accessory and sync
it to their Wii Fit U software at any time. This will allow them to continue
playing Wii Fit U forever. The Fit Meter will be available Nov. 1 in
black/silver at a suggested retail price of $19.99.

The Fit Meter accessory is much more than a pedometer – it’s an activity meter
that tracks a wide range of everyday activity. It records not only the number
of steps a user has taken, but it also takes into account the intensity of
those steps – for example, was the user running or walking? The Fit Meter also
measures altitude, so wearers get credit for climbing stairs or walking
uphill. All of these data points combined provide users with an accurate
overview of their day’s activity, including a detailed calculation of the
number of calories they burned. This data can then be transferred wirelessly
to Wii Fit U via the Wii U GamePad with just a touch of a button. The Fit
Meter transforms users’ everyday lives into workouts, encouraging them to get
active and stay active.

Wii Fit U features all of the strength training, yoga and fun fitness games
that have made the Wii Fit series so popular. Plus, there are new games that
combine the Wii Balance Board and Wii U GamePad, including new dance routines
such as hip-hop and salsa that work out various parts of the body through
simple dance moves. The game also gives players more ways to create their own
custom workout routines. Users can also create or join a Miiverse Gym
Community to share tips and support with other Wii Fit U users who have
similar goals. Or people can create closed communities made up exclusively of
their friends. The communities will help people stay motivated by giving them
a venue to discuss their fitness progress with others.

For those who choose not to participate in this special offer, Wii Fit U
launches both as a packaged game on Dec. 13, 2013, and as a full game download
in the Nintendo eShop on Feb. 1, 2014.

Some other announcements today included:

Wii Sports Club

The five beloved sports from the original Wii Sports – bowling, tennis,
baseball, boxing and golf – are making a dramatic and competitive return on
Wii U. The games are being released individually as downloads in the Nintendo
eShop featuring HD graphics, enhanced controls via Wii MotionPlus technology,
as well as a much-requested online multiplayer versus mode, so users with
broadband Internet access can face off against competitors online. And that’s
where the “Club” part of Wii Sports Club comes into play. Players will be
registered to state or regional clubs and will be able to chat with one
another via Miiverse during matches. People will be able to play casually
against members of their own club, or take on members of rival clubs to
increase their club rankings.

Tennis and Bowling will be the first two sports available in the Nintendo
eShop on Nov. 7, with Boxing, Baseball and Golf scheduled to launch in the
months ahead. Wii U owners who download Wii Sports Club will get a trial pass
that will let them play any available games for a 24-hour period from when the
Wii Sports Club game is started. Once the trial period ends, players can
purchase a Day Pass for $1.99 in the Nintendo eShop to play all available
sports for a 24-hour period, or can buy permanent access to individual sports
for $9.99 each.

Wii Street U Powered by Google

An update to Wii Street U Powered by Google is now available that incorporates
the Wii Balance Board. People can walk the streets of familiar or exotic
locales simply by taking steps on the Wii Balance Board, as the TV displays a
streetscape from Google Maps. The Wii Street U Powered by Google application
is currently available as a free download in the Nintendo eShop until Oct. 31.

Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the
content their children can access. For more information about this and other
features, visit

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