Satoru Iwata explained some of the finer details regarding Wii Fit U, in a surprise Nintendo Direct this morning. The latest installment in the Wii Fit series will feature 19 new activities, bringing the total up to 77 different ways players can get in shape. Many of these new games make use of the Wii U's gamepad.
He also went on to discuss the Fit Meter, which he explained was not a pedometer. This “activity meter” calculates steps and exercise intensity with a 3-axis accelerometer. A built-in pressure sensor will allow it to detect changes in altitude, giving it a better idea of how many calories the user has burned. In addition to displaying the number of calories burned, the Fit Meter will also display workout time, steps taken, changes in elevation, the user's target goal for calories burned, temperature and changes in workout intensity. The meter can also display graphs showing how many calories have been burned throughout roughly one month, as well as another that shows changes in elevation.
All of this data can then be easily transferred to Wii Fit U by using the IR sensor on the gamepad. Once on the console, the data can be displayed in more detail for further reference.
Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aime explained that Nintendo will be offering a free digital download of Wii Fit U between November 1st and January 31st. Wii U owners will then be able to experience the game for one month. Those who purchase the Fit Meter for $19.99 can continue using the full version of Wii Fit U for free after the promotion ends. A retail version will also be available starting December 13th. Players can opt to buy the game with the just the Fit Meter or with the balance board.