Wii Fit U to Hit Retail Jan. 10 for New Year Resolutions

Nintendo's health-inspired Wii Fit U gets a retail version next week. When it hits stores Jan. 10, Wii Fit U will help gamers meet their New Year goals.

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New Year 2014 is upon us, which means a whole ton of New Year resolutions to keep. Nine times out of 10 those resolutions have to do with weight loss and/or getting fit. If you own a Wii U, Nintendo’s giving you an excuse to put off your resolution routine at least one more week. On Jan. 10, the retail version of Wii Fit U will hit stores.

Wii Fit U lets users get active by navigating a luge course, spraying a water hose, bouncing on a giant trampoline and grabbing the new Fit Meter peripheral to continue their workouts on the go. The game obviously makes use of the Wii Balance Board as well. The Fit Meter, a new gadget, can be purchased separately for $19.99.

Wii Fit U features some of the best activities from the original Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus games, plus some new activities that incorporate the Wii U GamePad. Wii Fit U bundles also come packaged with a new activity meter called the Fit Meter, which is designed to sync up with the game and track daily routines. People can carry the Fit Meter with them anywhere they go and then sync it to their Wii Fit U profiles to track daily activities like steps taken and calories burned.

If the user doesn’t reach the calorie target, the game will propose a variety of Wii Fit U exercises to help bridge the gap. All members of the family can even own their own Fit Meter, allowing them to create their own profiles and compare their fitness progress and activities with each other.

Wii Fit U is the most customizable and shareable game in the series. Users can create their own personalized workouts or select from multiple recommended workouts based on their fitness goals, then track those workouts using Miiverse. Members of Miiverse gym communities can view their favorite workouts, as well as track popular activities and total community calories burned.

Wii Fit U requires the use of the Wii Balance Board accessory. A bundle that includes the Wii Fit U game, a Wii Balance Board and the Fit Meter will be available in stores for $89.99. It’s also available on Amazon here if you prefer to pre-order online. For those who already own a Wii Balance Board, an additional bundle with the Wii Fit U game and Fit Meter will be available in stores for $49.99. The Amazon version of it is identical but has a slightly lower price. In addition, a one-month free trial of the full game experience can also be downloaded in the Nintendo eShop until Jan. 31.

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