No one can claim that Nintendo doesn’t try some novel ideas when it comes to releasing their games. One of the first major console companies to push day-1 digital downloads is now trying something just as interesting. In the company’s latest Nintendo Direct they announced that players will be able to download and play the full version of Wii Fit U for a month, completely free of charge.
Starting November 1, you’ll be able to access the download: “All users need is a Wii Balance Board and a Wii U system with a broadband Internet connection.” The free download will be available until January 31 with your free month beginning the first time the game is played.
If you end up liking the game and want to play it for more than that month allotted, then Nintendo has got you covered. The company also announced their new accessory for Wii Fit U, the Fit Meter.
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.
If you purchase a Fit Meter and sync it up with your copy of Wii Fit U, then you get to keep the game in its entirety. It’s all yours. The Fit Meter will retail for $19.99 and come in black or grey, set to be released on November 1.
It’s definitely interesting to see Nintendo experimenting with one of their most profitable franchises in such a way. They’re covered though. The game will also launch as a full packaged game on December 13, and the full-priced eShop version will go up on February 1.