Wii Fit U to be Offered for Free for First Month, Wii Sports HD ComingLuke Brown |
Starting in November, Wii U owners will be able to download a month-long trial of Wii Fit U, with the hope you'll upgrade to the full version.
On Nov. 1, a digital version of Wii Fit U will be made available on the eShop. All you have to have is space on your hard drive and a balance board to start enjoying the regimen. There are 77 new activities and 19 different training activities. To unlock the full version after your one-month trial is over, all you have to do is purchase the Fit Meter at retail, and sync it to your account.
The $19.99 peripheral tracks a lot of your everyday activity, making it more than a pedometer, but not quite on the same level as a Fitbit or Fuel band. If you don't download the free trail, the only way to get Wii Fit U is by buying the full game (bundled with a Fit Meter) on Dec. 13 for $59.99. A full digital version will also be available in February on the eShop, but there's no reason to not at least download the free trial when it arrives to get Wii Fit U much cheaper.
Additionally, Nintendo announced a new Wii Sports initiative to give Wii U owners high-def remasters of the fan-favorite Wii title. Wii Sports Club brings bowling, tennis, baseball, boxing and golf to the Wii U in a whole new way. The new versions will include new graphics and support for Wii Motion Plus. Wii Sports Club will be a new download available on the eShop starting Nov. 7. Bowling and Tennis will be the first two games released, with the others following in later months.
Anyone who downloads Wii Sports Club gets a 24-hour trial pass for whatever sports release on a given day. Single-day passes can be purchased for $1.99 per sport, while the full sport can be purchased outright for $9.99 each. It's an interesting way to offer people a chance to enjoy the Wii Sports titles with friends and family without having to commit to owning the complete package. Curiously, the $49.95 it would cost to buy all five is quite a bit of money for a revamped Wii Sports, but the a la carte option certainly makes picking up bowling and baseball more appealing.