In early November, Nintendo released Wii Fit U on the Nintendo eShop with a 30 day free trial for those who already owned a Wii balance board. To make the deal even sweeter, anybody who purchased a Wii Fit U Fit Meter for $20 would be able to upgrade the trial to the full game and keep it forever. For those who aren't into the digital marketplace, Nintendo has a retail package coming your way soon.
Nintendo announced today that Wii Fit U will finally hit retail shelves on January 10 in two SKUs. The first will include the game, a Fit Meter and a balance board for $90. For those who already have a balance board, you'll be able to pick up the game and a Fit Meter for $50. The one month free trial will remain available until January 31.
“Wii Fit U makes fitness fun. It’s as simple as that,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “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.”
To help promote Wii Fit U's North American launch, Nintendo has partnered with celebrity trainer Kathy Kaehler to promote the game through what Nintendo calls the Wii Fit U Challenge. In essence, the campaign will emphasize the health benefits of Wii Fit U and encourage users to train their bodies using Wii Fit U throughout the year.
“As a mom of three kids, I know how difficult it can sometimes be to find time to go to the gym,” Kaehler said. “The exercises in Wii Fit U are designed to accommodate busy schedules and can be accomplished throughout the day. Plus, it’s a fun activity for the entire family.”
If you want to stay fit using video games and don't have a Wii U, there is another option. Xbox Fitness is a new subscription service that hit the Xbox One in late 2013 that uses the Kinect camera and a variety of trainers to help users stay fit. There's no comparable service yet available on the PS4, but that will likely change in the coming year.
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