Nintendo today announced that Wii Fit and the accompanying Wii Balance Board will ship May 19 for $89.99.
Wii Fit includes a mix of more than 40 yoga, aerobics, strength-training and balance activities. The game will come included with the wireless Wii Balance Board accessory.
The big question with Wii Fit is not whether the peripheral will work, but whether the unique controller peripheral will actually have a sufficient shelf life to warrant the $90 price. Anyone remember the Donky Bongos for the GameCube? That peripheral was used for less than a half-dozen games before Nintendo canceled one of its own first-party games and moved it — without Bongo support — to the Wii. And the Bongos cost less than $90.
The Wii Balance Board and Wii Fit will let every member of the household set individual fitness goals and track their progress over time.
Consumers in the New York area who pre-order Wii Fit from the Nintendo World store in Rockefeller Plaza will receive a special bonus item. From April 18-20, the first 1,000 consumers who place a $5 deposit for Wii Fit will receive a limited edition Wii Fit T-shirt featuring the image and reproduced autograph of legendary Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto
Since its Dec. 1, 2007 launch in Japan, Wii Fit has sold more than 1.4 million copies.