‘Wii Fit U’ Releases Early For 2014

Nintendo’s Wii Fit U release is coming in time for a new year’s resolution. In fact, it will be here next week.

Speaking to Business Wire, Nintendo of America’s Scott Moffit announced the retail release date for Wii Fit U along with the official press release. Wii Fit U will arrive on store shelves January 10, while the digital version is currently available for purchase via Nintendo’s eShop storefront on the Wii U.

“Wii Fit U is a great option for busy moms and families who want to stay active in the comfort of their own homes – which is perfect during the cold winter months.”

Wii Fit was a hit for the Nintendo Wii console, selling well over 22 million copies and making it the 6th best selling Wii game followed closely by Wii Fit Plus at 20.86 million. With the Wii U not making any significant inroads against the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, Nintendo is hoping to increase its market share with an HD version of a game that helped make the Wii the best selling console of the last generation.

Continuing the theme of physical fitness at home, Wii Fit U will focus on the player using the Will Balance Board along with the new Fit Meter to take part in yoga, light cardio, and strength training exercises. Players who have data from the original Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus will be able to transfer that data over to the new game if they wish.

Wii Fit U has some great features making it a compelling purchase. One of these features takes advantage of the Wii U Game Pad, allowing the player to use the Game Pad to play the entire game without having to use the television. Other features include social circles called Gym Communities in which family and friends can exchange results for friendly competition as well as a pedometer that can measure steps, intensity, altitude, and caloric burn.

Wii Fit U comes with the the game, the new Fit Meter, and Wii Balance Board for $89.99. If you already own a Wii Balance Board from Wii Fit, then you can purchase a cheaper version with just the game and the Fit Meter for $49.99. Stand-alone Fit Meters will be available for $19.99.