Nintendo is giving Wii U owners the chance to get fit for free. Starting Nov. 1, Wii U owners who own a Wii Balance Board accessory and have access to a broadband Internet connection will be able to download a Free Wii Fit U trial version from the Nintendo eShop. The trial software is not an abbreviated version of the game – it’s the full Wii Fit U experience.
The Free Wii Fit U trial version will be downloadable from the Nintendo eShop between Nov. 1 (this Friday) and Jan. 31, 2014. The game won’t be functional that entire time — it will work for 31 days from when it is first played — but that’s the window Nintendo is giving owners to download the demo.
Any Free Wii Fit U trial participant who buys a Fit Meter accessory and syncs it to the game will be able to continue playing Wii Fit U forever – a great value for anyone looking to keep calories from Halloween and Thanksgiving at bay. The Fit Meter has many of the same features of modern activity meters, and people can purchase one at select retailers and online for $19.99.
With Wii Fit U, the workout goes wherever the user goes. People can work out at home, or take the Fit Meter with them to track steps taken, elevation changes and calories burned. One button press syncs the Fit Meter data to the in-game profile, so people get credit for their physical activity, even if they aren’t at home for a traditional Wii Fit U workout.
The free Wii Fit U trial, as in the full game, also lets people create custom routines of their favorite activities, review their progress and see what their friends are up to in online Gym Communities and Miiverse. With more than 70 different activities to choose from, Wii Fit U combines fun and fitness in yoga, strength training and fitness games that get people up off the couch and moving.
One thing to notice in the full game and the free Wii Fit U trial is that for the first time it includes dance activities. Players can try eight different dance styles, including salsa, hula and hip hop.