Nintendo has shared some interesting tidbits about upcoming Wii U fitness title Wii Fit U during a Nintendo Direct broadcast earlier today. The game will debut as a free downloadable trial version this November, with access to all of its minigames so long as you have a balance board.
A new 'Fit Meter' device acts as both a portable pedometer and means of unlocking the full, and will be sold either separately or in retail bundles containing the game and balance board. We've got the full Nintendo Direct presentation below, followed by all the pertinent details.
Nintendo has finally embraced an exciting new business model with Wii Fit U, releasing the game as a fully-featured free version from November 1st. This 31-day trial includes all 77 minigames and is compatible with original Wii Fit balance boards, meaning that series fans can get involved immediately at no cost. Once the free month is up, the Fit Meter accessory (sold separately at $19.99) unlocks the time limit and full version once you sync it with the game. Should you want a more traditional purchase, retail copies of the game including a fit sensor and/or new balance board will also be available from December 6th.
The Fit Meter uses a 3-axis accelerometer and pressure sensors to calculate the intensity of your workouts and calories burned, the results of which can then be transmitted into the game via the GamePad's IR port. Its pressure sensor is reportedly able to detect whether you're climbing stars, tweaking the calorie count accordingly, and factors in the ambient temperature. It's a shame we can't use it as a Pokewalker too, but them's the breaks.
It's great to see Nintendo experimenting with digital distribution and multiple ways to pay. Will Wii Fit U help to get their console into more living rooms this Christmas?