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Iwata believes the Wii Fit U trial will bring attention to the console

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Over the past year Nintendo has had a difficult time with investor calls. There’s not been a lot of good news to report on the Wii U, despite the fact that the 3DS remains the best-selling console in Japan month after month. Still, Iwata believes that there are certain measures the company can take to turn its fortunes around. Yesterday it was mentioned that Iwata believes Super Mario 3D World is one such title that can help move Wii U units.

Iwata also has faith in the current Wii Fit U trial promotion, which is offering a full month of Wii Fit U for free. In order to keep the game, consumers can simply purchase a Fit Meter for $19.99 if they already have a balance board, or a balance board and Fit Meter combo if they do not.

This title is not the kind of game whose success hinges on its initial sales… it is true that its initial sales and profits will suffer as a result of this campaign, but Wii Sports and Wii Fit achieved great popularity and large sales over an extended period of time because they managed to create adequate buzz in society.

It seems as though Iwata believes titles like Super Mario 3D World will create buzz around the Wii U console, while this promotion of Wii Fit U will fill in the long-tail and keep people interested.

What do you think?

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  • CMB

    I’m looking forward to wii fit u, the only reason my father ever used the wii was because of wii fit.

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      I am too, actually! The mini-games they’ve shown actually look fun and I like how they show your stats gathered from the Fit Meter. It puts it into perspective how much you walk or run during the day.

      • JuleyJules

        They do look fun and adding what you do during the day may keep me going. I’m guessing that each person in the house would need a wii fit meter to use?

        • BIG Franky

          yes, obviously….. how could they be shared and still be effective.

          • JuleyJules

            Uh duh. Don’t know what I was thinking. In any case it should help to keep you motivated since it tracks exercise away from the Wii U.

          • BIG Franky

            yep… I agree. my wife and I will both be getting a meter. should be fun.

      • Zuxs13

        It would be great if it had some street pass time functions or unlocking abilities like walking around with your 3DS does.

    • BIG Franky

      yep…. my wife is really looking forward to it as well….. she hates video games (literally HATES them, haha)…. and the only things she likes about any of the consoles currently used in the house (of the PS3 and Wii U) are the old wii party game she actually enjoyed very much (fun with groups) and the balance board and old wii fit software…. in fact there are many women in her mom’s clubs that still actively use the wii fit app and balance board… so she is really looking forward to it…. I think the balance board moved a lot more consoles last generation than many gamers realize. i’m not saying I think that wii fit u will be a game changer, but it certainly cant hurt. if they can somehow get the word out to only half the people that still use the old wii for balance board fitness only, then they could move quite a few units.

      • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

        My grandmother regularly went to the senior center here in town where they have a Wii set up with Wii Sports and Wii Fit. The old people there really love the bowling.

        • BIG Franky

          exactly….. these are the kind of thing that attract a wider audience than just “gamers” …at the end of the day, it is stuff that most people that are really into video games (I tend to put myself in that category) wouldn’t necessarily ever be interested in…. but once they actually try them, they fall in love with it and really enjoy it.

          • BIG Franky

            relatedly…. this is the kind of thing that Nintendo should focus on…. Wii Fit U could be integrated into an iPhone or Android app seamlessly along with Miiverse…. that kind of thing is the type of activity that attracts non-gamers to the console and should be fairly easily accomplished…. it makes people want to get involved, it acts as a differentiator, and will therefore sell units…. this should really be done already…. HEY NINTENDO! GET GOING WITH THE MIIVERSE iPHONE/ANDROID APP!!! think about how the Wii Fit component could incorporate a daily calorie counter that you could update throughout your day that uploads into your Wii Fit U each day, providing you with further guidance toward your daily goals…. make it happen, Ninty.

          • Truthteller

            Listen, when you find yourself scrambling for answers, that means that you are already lost. The Wii U has failed and they will call it a wrap after Xmas.

          • SamusPrime

            I think we should start a drinking game, whenever you post and say “fail”, “discontinue”, “fad” or “gimmick” we should all take a drink. You bascially state that Nintendo does the same thing over and over again, yet all of your posts repeat the exact same thing tired line.

          • Truthteller

            OK? I might say the same things, but does it make it any less true?

          • SamusPrime

            Fair enough. I haven’t posted on this site all that long, but I have read a ton of your posts. What is your objective by coming to this site? Do you want people who have purchased WiiU’s to send them back? Do you want Nintendo to fail? I always have a tough time wrapping my head around people who go to sites of products they don’t like just to stir up trouble.
            What drives you to do this?

          • BIG Franky

            it is quite hilarious, isn’t it? … especially after said douchebag has been banned multiple times and keeps coming back after creating new profiles… who has this kind of time? or determination? to what? be an internet troll? LOL… LOL… dude has got to get a life. is this the best you can do with your time? to go to an internet site based on a product you obviously are biased against to post negative comments? damn bro…. momma done screwed up, didn’t she?

          • Gregg

            Likely his mom wont buy him one…. Penis Envy…..

          • readypembroke

            all this guy is is a troll.

          • Mipaol80

            Poor guy is probably just upset because his mom bought him a uDraw thinking it was the Wii U.

          • darkcreap

            Do not feed the troll. Critical users with controversial opinions are healthy and necessary for the community. Pointless trolls who do not even give a sound reasoning for them are the last thing we need. I feel some sympathy for funny trolls, but for this guy? He is not even subtle in his provocations. Ignore him alltogether.

          • Guest

            Hes probably just upset because his mom bought him a uDraw thinking it was the Wii U.

          • Gregg

            Lol. This guy is so sad, he has to use another mans face (with a woman) as his profile picture.

        • Nate

          I volunteered at a nursing home where the dementia patients played Wii bowling for therapy. I had to show them how to use the controls. Some of them really got into it! But, it was amazing how easily they figured it out even though most probably had no experience with video games.

        • Gregg

          Same, my Grandmother, and her 90+ year old friends, love to play Wii Bowling and such.

        • readypembroke

          I went to a VA home and they were using a Wii for Netflix!

        • Mipaol80

          Agreed, when it comes to the Wii/Wii U their seem to be two types fanbases, the Nintendo fans and the Wii fans, while Super Mario 3D World will appeal to the Nintendo fans this will appeal to the Wii fans.

  • Magnus Eriksson

    Hope they will back up the promotion by actually telling people about it. They have to do some commercials out there too, otherwise its just a nice gift to us who already owns a Wii U. I agree though that this is probably Nintendos best card at the moment. Hope they dont waste it.

    Btw, Iwata himself stated recently that Wii U has been a failure. Is that trolling too?

  • Deadpool U

    Well this should bring back people who originally used the Wii for exercise and parents would buy this for their kids who they want to be heathy and active.

  • Linskarmo

    I must say, the Wii Fit Meter looks awesome. The fact that you can use it during off-game exercise makes the game experience so much more immersive in my opinion. It’s changed my opinion on the game from “meh” to “yeah!”
    I’ll download it tomorrow, and see if I like it!

  • Baum 「ツリー」

    I actually think he’s completely right. They started doing more for advertising the Wii U in Germany/Europe lately. I see at least 2 or 3 DIFFERENT ads on TV each day, that Focus mostly on games like Wi Party U, Zelda and the other newer exclusive games (for some reason even Lego City).

    Wii Fit U got just yesterday available as Trial so I guess they’ll air some ads starting next week or maybe even on the Weekend.

    • darkcreap

      I don’t watch a lot the TV, so I don’t track on TV commercials, but it is nice to hear that they are actually starting to market it properly.

  • letzringj

    What time are they putting it up? I tried this morin in at 12 and now it’s 8am PT and still nothing

    • letzringj

      Update, it was at 9 am pt!

  • gtosheex

    who cares about the console – i just wanna get FIT!

    EDIT: this comment was meant to be sarcastic – oh well

    • Ragdoll

      Sell the console and buy a football.

      • Gregg

        Get FIT, then buy a football, SAVE on Medical bills….

  • jjbredesen

    I dont think this will do wonders for Wii U sale, but it should get people who enjoyed it on wii to jump to wii u and perhaps get some non gamer sport people to buy it to? i am not saying gamers dont buy titles like that, but that we will get a greater audience on the system. Hope it will sell a couple of systems, but i think we all agree that MK8 is what will get sales going,

    • Simon Stevens

      This and Wii sports club online should appeal to many non gamers who like to exercise

    • darkcreap

      Take into account that Nintendo targets a very wide audience, both classical gamers and casual gamers.

  • Nate

    I’m going to download the month-long trial version and see if I like it before I buy the Fit Meter. That being said, I don’t see any reason why people would buy a $300 game system just to work out when there are cheaper alternatives like the Fit Bit that syncs with your computer or mobile device. Even, my “smart” phone has a built-in pedometer. And the last time I checked my Wii Fit still works on my Wii. I can’t see the general public going for this when millions already have a similar title on the Wii.

    • Michael DeVore

      Do you know how much a Nintendo equivalent Fit Meter Costs? About 100 bucks http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Health-Fitness-Technology/Step-Pedometer-Activity-Tracker/pcmcat210000050008.c?id=pcmcat210000050008

      Yea cheap ones exist, but not ones that work well.

      Do you know how much the software to “sync” it with a computer or tablet is? About another 100 bucks, or more.

      So in the grand scale of things the Wii Fit and Meter is a bargin. Heck, there was a lawsuit against Nintendo for creating the Balance board because it did all that some medical company could do but they charged 1000 for their equipment. Doctors switched over the the Wii Fit just to save money on the overpriced equipment.
      http://www.polygon.com/2013/6/19/4445974/wii-fit-patent-lawsuit-nintendo-ia-labs-ruling-upheld

      • Nate

        Fitbit software for syncing doesn’t cost anything extra. Once you buy the wristband or pedometer/sleep meter you just download the app on your mobile device (for free) or log on with your computer for free (unless there is some premium version I don’t know about, which is possible). Didn’t have to pay any extra for the fitbit I have. For the $100 it even comes with the USB connector to sync.

        Nintendo does make it more attractive than a lot of these other device companies, but it’s not worth $200 more.

        • darkcreap

          Yes, but think about how many people already have a balance board. Yes, I’ll give you that you have to buy a WiiU, but it’s not like you will use it only for Wii Fit.

          Technically speaking, if you buy the Wii Fit Meter, you get the game for free. Taking into account that a lot of people already have the balance board, it is not such a great cost.

          Unless you don’t plan to use the console for anything else, it is not that a great price.

  • blaster man

    What a joke. Most of the customers have already moved on and those that are still interested in Wii Fit aren’t going to spend $300 to use the “new one”. Wii Fit is not, I repeat IS NOT going to drive sales.

    • Gregg

      They wont? That’s interesting. People regularly spend $100’s of dollars on their fitness, and LIKE IT.

      • blaster man

        No…No they won’t. Wii Fit is like an exercise video series. Folks are conned into buying it for a few hundred dollars. Later they realize it didn’t work or they got tired of it. They aren’t then going to buy the second set of that same exercise video series and for those that are still using it, they’ve got a product that works for them. I own a treadmill, I’m not going to buy another one because it’s newer and “better” than the one I have. When my current one breaks I’ll get a new one.

        • Gregg

          That may be you. Many stick to their fitness and it DOES work for them.
          -G

          • blaster man

            Reading a whole comment before replying to it works for some people too. I already explicitly addressed this. If it’s working, they don’t need it.

          • Gregg

            so, people should do the same thing forever? BORING

    • darkcreap

      That is an opinion, not a fact, actually. Let’s see the outcome in the following months.

      • blaster man

        No one with any common sense will pay $300 for a THIRD of this thing when they already have the first two. Now THAT’S a fact. I’m sorry but WiiFit U is not going to sell consoles. I guarantee that and in a couple of months when they say how terrible the holiday sales are, I will be proven right. It’s a glorified exercise video with a weight tracking scale built in, big deal – once you have the first one that’s enough.

        Hey, Nintendo’s Pii U is going to sell like crap this holiday season and after that they’ll discontinue the product and the 3 people that bought it will be crying like little babies and I’ll buy it for $50 in the clearance bin at the Best Buy.

        http://mynintendonews.com/2013/10/30/iwata-is-naturally-unhappy-with-q2-2014-results-but-claims-major-overhaul-isnt-necessary/

  • Zuxs13

    i Just wished they came up with a better balance board. one not so heavy and cumbersome. Maybe with some more sensors to it as well.

    Oh and where is the Vitality sensor!

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      Well, the reason the balance board is so heavy is its weight limit is 400lbs. It needs to be sturdy to support something that large.

      • Zuxs13

        True, but a Wii Fit Slim would be nice :) I think it would actually be pretty cool if they made a Yoga mat type that had pressure cells in it. Roll it out on the floor do yoga on it etc and it can still sense your pressure. (though it could be done cost effective it wouldn’t work well unless you always centered your feet with in the cells)

      • Ragdoll

        Looks like you won’t be able to use the product.

        • oontz

          Ouch

        • Rinslowe

          You’re all class aren’t you pal…

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Vitality sensor was scrapped. They didnt get it to work properly.

      http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/05/nintendo-wii-vitality-sensor-dead/

  • only god can judge me

    Hey guys sorry to be off topic but I just recently bought the wii u mario bundle today from target and I notice as I came across the home screen that mii verse and eshop was already available so I’m assuming that because this bundle just came out that it is already updated or should I update it anyway.thanks

    • BIG Franky

      it should automatically update for you and/or let you know…. (i.e., the latest versions of everything will be in your initial update/OS download that happens right at set-up)…

      • only god can judge me

        Thankyou for the advice as I notice while I was trying to access netflix I had to update the system anyway again thankyou.

        • readypembroke

          Have fun with NSMBU!! I rented it and LOVED IT!! Will have to buy it and NSLU which I will sometime later this year.

          • only god can judge me

            Thankyou this bundle was too great of a deal to resist.

          • readypembroke

            wow some troll/ idiot thumbed down your original post! also make sure you buy Super Mario World :D !! Nintendo should hurry up to put Super Mario Bros 3!!!

          • only god can judge me

            Thanks and super mario 3d world comes out on my birthday nov 22 and I’m picking ghost on the 5th

    • darkcreap

      You will likely have to update it in the future, but yes, it seems that Nintendo has released their new WiiUs with the firmware already updated. You don’t know how much a pain in the neck it was to update it after unboxing it last year, man xD.

      EDIT: Enjoy it!!!

      • only god can judge me

        Thankyou I previously owned a basic wii u I got on launch day last november in which I later regretted not getting the deluxe version so I waited until a oppurtune time to buy a worthy deluxe bundle until they came out with the mario and luigi bundle on nov1 I had to get it and I eventually like you said I had to update it anyway before I could use netflix.I love the wii u system zelda wii u is the game I’m most looking forward to.Ghost,marioworld,and pikmin3 will keep me busy this winter.

  • BIG Franky

    I also think that Wii Fit U is a title that is more conducive to a digital download as well…. you are more apt to simply power up the unit and hit the app button on the gamepad each day to log in than dealing with the disc.

    • Rinslowe

      If I had my way, that would be every game. Almost…

  • Truthteller

    Nintendo fails to realize what a fad is! If you have Wii Fit on Wii, why do you need it on a Wii U? Besides, most of the women who bought thinking that it was a miracle weight loss systems for the lazy, probably used it for a month or two, then never picked it up again like so many other exercise machine they buy.

    • Nate

      I think you hit the nail on the head with the exercise machine analogy.

    • Gregg

      Fitness is not a Fad. It’s alive and well

    • Yobrolo

      Your stupid if you think a video game gets you in shape. Just like people tought motion controls and wii sport whas gona make gamers more healty

    • mch

      The single and only problem with fitness lays within the human: it´s discipline. Wii Fit U tries to step right in to this and should make you move while having FUN and being able TO TRACK YOUR PROGRESS. These features sure help a hell of a lot of people to keep going. (Sale numbers and ongoing user tracking doesn´t lie, so it does work and the marked DOES exist!) Others sitll won´t keep going. Maybe that is You, poor you!

  • Jack5221

    its been a rough year for Wii U. It’ll get better next year though. Donkey Kong, Mario Kart 8, SSB 4, Monolith X, Bayonetta 2, Yarn Yoshi, and whatever else they haven’t announced. Plus Wii production has officially stopped.

    • Gregg

      And you get downvotes. There are Gamers who actually WANT less games and options to play. I’ll never get that…

    • greengecko007

      I can easily see Mario Kart and SSB causing an increase in console sales, but Donkey Kong and Yarn Yoshi? I also don’t think X will drive sales that much. It seems like the people that want that game already own a Wii U. There are plenty of other AAA RPGs coming out next year on other consoles.

      • NkoSekirei

        sry dude but X is gonna boost the sales for the wii u way up cause it looks to be one of the best rpgs since xenoblade and after seeing the trailer the graphics of it looks sick and bad@$$

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Looking the best doesn’t guarantee big sales. I think people are getting too caught up in he hype. Maybe it will and maybe it won’t. Though, I’m fine if you meant all this as an opinion and not a fact.

        • Rinslowe

          Xenoblade chronicles was a hard to get title. Not sure about now, but it took me about 4 weeks before someone showed up with a used copy…
          X is likely to sell quite well with those that played Xenoblade chronicles and know it’s merits. But out of the gate? That probably depends on how much exposure they give the title before release.
          Hopefully a lot! Because it is certainly looking like a great experience… And every bit as epic.

        • greengecko007

          The graphics look good? I thought they were alright, nothing to brag about, but that’s not the point. I’ll take a fun game over a game with good graphics any day.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Wii production is still ongoing in North America. It was just discontinued in Japan and Europe.

      • darkcreap

        Europe too? Gosh, thought it only affected Japan.

    • oontz

      Broken record.

  • Mickey Mouse

    I just hope Iwata’s right, because almost every time he’s said Pikmin 3 or some other big Ninty franchise will have a lsating effect of Wii U sales it’s never happened. That said, I’m downloading the free trial right now. If I think it’s worth it, then I’ll get the meter at some point.

  • The True Gamer

    No. No it won’t. Families don’t know this thing exists, and people see Wii fit u and they are not going to think its for a new console, just for a new controller. Nintendo is terrible at selling this system.

  • Majora’s Mask

    lame they hope to sell to old people the same game it wont work they ll say why pay 300 $ for just the same game?

  • Gregg

    It’s a bold move, and appreciated. Nintendo is going for it, and what more can we ask for. Plus, maybe it’s for you, maybe it isn’t, but, Wii Fit, is a quality product. Wii Fit U, for FREE…. thats a darn good deal.

    • oontz

      It’s not free. You need a balance board and the wiifit meter, those things cost money.

      • Gregg

        The GAME is free. They did not have to make the game free, just because you buy a meter & already have a Wii Board. Its. great deal. I have 2 boards.
        -G

  • Ricky__Spanish

    Iwata has no clue.

    The Wii fad is over. It’s done. Start appealing to core gamers or you will fail

    • oontz

      Exactly… Nintendo really doesn’t realize the wii actually left a sour taste in many consumers mouths.

  • GameBoy1979

    I’m very intrigued by the Wii Fit Meter & excited to try it out, but honestly don’t think it will bring as much attention to the console as Nintendo may like. Combining it with the Wii’s balance board, it may come across as just another accessory for the original Wii to those who still don’t know what the Wii U is yet. Unfortunately, I personally feel that even at this stage in the game (pun may or may not have been intended) that everything about the Wii U comes across as an add-on for the original Wii to most people, including the game pad itself. I hope I’m completely wrong, though, & this gives the Wii U a much needed boost, because it’s an awesome system & deserves a chance.

    • Nate

      You said everything I’ve been thinking, just a lot better than I could express. They are even using the same logo and colors as the Wii version with the “U” tacked on at the end (the balance board even just says “Wii” on it). If it wasn’t for the free trial of the software I wouldn’t even bother, being I have a Wii and WiiFit already. I don’t need to buy a similar thing twice.

      I love the WiiU and I tell everyone I know how awesome it is and all the potential it has, but just rehashing everything isn’t going to help sell units.

      • GameBoy1979

        Yeah, it sucks to see it being marketed the way that it is because the system has SO much potential even without the graphical prowess of the NextBox & the PS4. I’m all about remakes of games, especially when they are done properly (which I must say Ninty does better than anyone), but they need to present this things full potential in a way that makes people sit at home constantly wishing they had one. I still remember, to this day, how I felt about the original Nintendo & how those crazy commercials made me long for one so bad I could hardly stand it. Now, granted I was a lot younger, but I’m not sure they have the same appeal anymore. The Big N comes across as wanting to give us gamers what we really want & I think they have seen the error of their ways as far as advertising goes, but when it comes down to it, they seem stuck in their very own time warp, unable to move past this debacle. Unfortunately, it’s just not being portrayed as the “go-to system” they want it to be. One can only hope.

  • bizzy gie

    This is good. I’m downloading it today.

  • Noah Umana

    Iwata wll ruined Nintendo

  • Nate

    Is anyone else concerned about exercising with the expensive to replace/repair Wii U gamepad in their hands? It makes me cringe seeing the woman in the trailers putting the gamepad on the floor in front of the balance board. One wrong move….

  • Tecpedz94

    They keep giving the first party games all the attention saying that their games will be a seller but i really want to see more of them saying these 3rd party games will help sell the console….

  • John Andalora

    Which one do you think parents are going to buy their kids/ themselves? A $30 membership to a gym per month, or a $350 console and $60 game to work out?

    Don’t get me wrong, I think Wii Fit probably has its place among casual people who just want to work out, but at the same time the original Wii Fit was released on May 21 2008, when there were 27 million Wii consoles sold worldwide.
    Call it a hunch, but I think the game sold extremely well because the people who bought it had a Wii. I don’t think it’s a system seller. They already had the console for their family, so they could justify a $60 game with accessories. But when they don’t have the console, it’s much harder to justify purchasing a video game console and game.

    Wii Fit would do great if more people had the console. It’s not a system seller.

    • BIG Franky

      while I agree in principle, I think your assumption is flawed in that it requires us to believe that the ONLY reason that the market audience we are speaking about is purchasing a Wii U for the sole purpose of Wii Fit U….. it is safe to assume that those that previously owned a Wii had it for other purposes than Wii Fit, yes? then maybe they will see the added benefits of the Wii U as well with some digging in/research….. (i.e., someone that may not have been in the market for a next gen console may find Wii Fit U the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back)…

      • John Andalora

        I can understand the concern, but if we take into consideration the publics overall confusion as to what the Wii U is, the added cost of a Wii U compared to a Wii, the fact that most people who want Wii Fit U would already own Wii Fit and not need the new one, the recent concerns with most big-name titles not appearing on the Wii U, and the overall lack of advertising for the Wii U, I think the benefits of Wii Fit U to most consumers will be lost, and therefore won’t garner as much attention as Iwata would like to think.

        • darkcreap

          Yeah, you have a point there. No proper advertising might create a problem. I wonder if they are worried about advertising because of the Wii.

          I think they might want to grow the user base relying more on people actually willing to buy a console rather than being a fashionable thing. I think that was one of the main problems with the Wii: it became a fashionable thing that probably didn’t last long enough.

          Nevertheless, I do not think it is impossible for them to actually differentiate Wii Fit from Wii Fit U if proper advertising is made, as long as it actually offers something significantly different from Wii Fit. I know neither, so I haven’t got a properly based opinion.

          • John Andalora

            I agree.

            The issue is that the adverts for the Wii U don’t do a good job at verifying that it is in fact different from the Wii. And I’d be concerned that a new advertisement for Wii Fit U would have the same issue.

            I really hope that if they make something, they show that it’s different.

            I also think they should try to improve the user base through by showing people “This is what we got. This is why it’s cool, now get it!”

            My own personal convictions on the games aside, I think just showing people what it is and giving them reasons to get it would probably get more people willing to invest in it.

    • capitalism1023

      $30 x 12 = $360 for a gym membership for a year so your logic if flawed. For kids who already have a Wii U or want one for Christmas, this will be an easy sale to parents (especially moms) since it’s a one time fee. They can also get a partial return on their money if they don’t like it (selling it back to gamestop) but with a gym membership you can’t do that. Also with a gym membership you have to drive and make time for it where with Wii Fit U, you can just turn on the TV and work out in the comfort of your own home. Also, people who had those 27 million wii’s when the wii fit first came out also had to get a balance board, which I would bet at least half of them still have them. So that means that parents will see a way to use that old balance board(that they paid $90 for) that’s been collecting dust in the closet for the past 2 years. It may not seem like a system seller, but mark my words it will get more parents who were on the fence to put down that money so a new shiny Wii U can be under the Christmas tree.

      • John Andalora

        1) First off, who buys a year membership to a gym immediately? I pay per month when I go, so if there’s time when I’m busy I don’t waste money on it. That way, if I only go for 6 months, it’s just $180 at most.

        However, you can waste money on buying a console and game in one go and expecting to use it constantly. And lets face it, people don’t like to spend so much in one blow. They like to spend conservatively, especially in this economy. So paying as you go is more positive to them.

        2) Also, Wii Fit U doesn’t come with a balance board. So it’s $60 for the game and fit meter, and since you cannot purchase the balance board without Wii Fit Plus or Wii Fit (unless you’re going used), people are probably just going to buy the old one. You say that’s cleared up by the fact that “most people already have one,” but most people already have the old game too (and possibly even their Wiis!). What exactly makes you think they’re going to buy a brand new console and game for $360 rather than just using the old one they had over and over?

        3) As for your argument of “kids with a Wii U,” again, 27 million Wiis were around when Wii Fit first came out. A lot more parents had access to it, and still do. less than 4 million have a Wii U right now, and since those parents that have it probably already have the Wii version or just do something else, it’s not likely for this to make extreme splashes.

        4) And as for the “Oh, you have to make time for the gym,” YOU HAVE TO MAKE TIME FOR EXERCISE ALTOGETHER! Oh yeah, people can claim that they’ll have something in the home that’ll help them work out like Bowflex or a treadmill, but when it all comes down to it you still have to make the time, and the people who couldn’t make the time for the gym couldn’t make the time for something even in their own home.

        5) I again state (because it’s so important to me) if you think that so many parents bought the old game and still have the balance board, why wouldn’t they just play the old game? Even if they had a Wii U in their own home, it’s backwards compatible so it’s all free. Why go out and spend $60 on what already confused parents will assume is the same game with a pedometer?
        And, if they have all these things, WHY WOULD THEY BUY A WII U AND SPEND $300 MORE WHEN THEY COULD JUST USE THE OLD ONE FOR NOTHING MORE?

        • capitalism1023

          1) Whoa bro your really vested in letting people know your opinion on why you don’t like Wii Fit U. This is a article about Wii Fit U for Christs sake. Get a life

          2) There will be a retail version of Wii Fit U that comes with a balance board.

          3) Gym memberships usually come with a contract(usually a year) and if you don’t go with a contract it’s usually more expensive, so my point stands. Also Wii Fit U is still a one time fee, so I could use it for 5 years if I wanted to and not have to pay a penny more.

          4) Your statement about how people should just play the old game is hilarious. Why do people pick up the yearly installment of Call of Duty instead of just playing the first one? Why do people love to play the new mario instead of just playing the original Mario Bros.? I don’t think you thought this one through. People like to play the new games because they have updated features, modes, graphics etc.. I thought this was common sense?

          5) If you don’t like the game or the concept that’s fine. And if you don’t think it’s going to move systems like crazy that’s fine but all Iwata said is that the title WILL BRING ATTENTION TO THE CONSOLE which I believe is true since I think a lot of parents who are on the fence will take the plunge when they see this. Iwata never said WII FIT U IS GOING TO SELL LIKE CRAZY AND IS GOING TO BE OUR SAVIOR so stop acting like he did.

          • John Andalora

            1) Never said I don’t like Wii Fit U. You gonna quote me make sure you put in the correct quotes.

            2) Looked on GameStop and the version only comes with Meter.

            3) guess me gym and every gym I’ve ever been to are wrong. It’s just a one month membership pay as you go. I mean it’s not like planet Fitness or major gyms, but every gym I’ve seen is just per month.
            Also, think about what Wii Fit does in terms of exercise. Some people will choose gym because they don’t want Yoga.

            4) Because COD and Mario actually make changes, small though they may be. But if I may ask, what’s the major change in Wii Fit U besides now having to hold the gamepad?
            But remember, mothers who need to hold a budget are different from teens and young adults who think they have disposable income and buy whatever they want.

            5) You seem to think I hate the game because I don’t think it’ll sell well. Such is not the case. I simply think this game won’t bring attention to the Wii U. With so many people being confused as to what it is and even sales of Wii games doing better than Wii U (look up sales for Skylanders: Swap Force) that this game just isn’t going to garner attention like Iwata thinks. I think it’s going to just slip under the radar to most unknowing parents, and won’t change too many peoples minds who already had the predecessors.

          • capitalism1023

            1) It’s obvious by your novels you don’t like the game bro. Didn’t quote you by the way.

            2) The Wii Fit U bundle with the balance board comes out on December 13. Right on Nintendo’s own page for all to see
            http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/rK_4Ln_ru27SWO1fxusaVkpdEwk3kFQY

            Also the picture of the bundle is on the top of this article if you didn’t notice it. :)

            3) Still, you have to pay $30 a month to go to that gym, which over time can add up to a huge amount of money ($360 for a year $720 for two years) even if you skip a month now and then. Also, kids love technology so it would be easier to get them to work out if the work out is on a new video game console rather than dragging them to the gym. Ask any kid you know and see what they say.

            4) There are a bunch of new balance games, aerobic games, and a new dance section. There’s also gym communities, the pedometer, routines, schedules, workout plans, new strength exercises, new yoga exercises, picture taking, a new calorie counter and gamepad use as you pointed out. Definitely worth $20 for the upgrade in my opinion.

          • John Andalora

            1) Most people who disagree with me think it’s because I hate it. I guess it’s just matter of perspective.

            2) Oh yeah, cause you wouldn’t release that bundle on the day of release. That’s really a good idea. Why not just release with only 2 weeks til Christmas and have a trial that requires you already own a Wii Balance Board?

            3) Kids want to run and play, not sit on a balance board doing yoga. I certainly didn’t want to do Yoga as a kid.
            Also, it’s easier for people to make $30 drops in the bucket overtime than spend $360 at once. That way, if you don’t like it or don’t follow through, you only spent $30 and moved on rather than having a new piece of junk.

            4) Yes, because all kids want to do dancing and aerobics.
            As for the adults, they might enjoy that. However, with their overall confusion because of the U on Wii U, I don’t think they’re going to pay attention or even care about it. I think most people don’t know the difference and won’t pay attention, and without adverts to show them the differences, I don’t think that waves will be made.

        • darkcreap

          Well, as I stated in a previous comment, I did not own a Wii Fit and I haven’t gone to a gym except for a very short period in my life, but my guess about this statement you make (I quoute only the first lines for space reasons):

          “5) I again state (because it’s so important to me) if you think that so many parents bought the old game…”

          is this:

          For the same reason as you would buy another version of Windows, Office: to update. Wii Fit U will likely bring new mechanics that will entertain people. If you are bored of playing with Wii Fit then you have this new game.

          I think you are looking at it from the perspective of a substitute to gym activity. The product is confusing in the sense that it is sold like that, but actually, at the end of the day, it is a game. If the sole reason for its existence would be that practical use, then I would agree with you, but my personal feeling is that after all it is entertainment.

          Do not get me wrong, I do not say that people only buy it for fun. It is obvious that a lot of people buy thinking “well, it could be what I need for my daily exercise”, but the entertaining factor has likely an effect.

          Furthermore, I think that, even if you go to the gym, there has to be some point at which you get bored from doing the same.

          • John Andalora

            See, here’s my reasoning behind the concern:
            Most parents or “kids” who got this game eventually got bored of it and simply put it away. They didn’t want or need to use it anymore, so they just placed it on the shelf or sold it or let it collect dust and didn’t pick it up again.

            The reason most people buy the new thing is because there’s something big that they want out of it. There’s something special. For most games, they want more and more. Most games that have sequels (like Far Cry and Fallout and Elder Scrolls and Mario and stuff) is because they wanted more. For things like Windows 7 or 8 (in a gamer sense) because they’re either looking to play more games or because they are mentally insane.

            However, Wii Fit U was something people tired of quickly. Most people who got bored with it don’t care to purchase another, and will justify keeping it to claim that they’ll use the old one later. And those people feeling the need for a daily exercise can just pull out the old one and use it.

            This doesn’t mean Wii Fit U is bad. It just means that most people who “just want a daily workout” and already have it will just use the old one or not buy a new one.

            And as for the gym, the key is to not do the same thing each time. Mix it up with different exercises each time.

    • darkcreap

      I know some people with Wii Fit. While I think some people might see it as such, I do not think that all of them saw it (and I personally hope they didn’t) as an actua substitute for sport and gym activities.

      I must say that I didn’t have Wii Fit, so probably other people are better entitled to an opinion, but it is pretty clear to me that by no means can we consider it as a substitute. It would be comparing two very different things.

      • John Andalora

        I think that Wii Fit is fine for people looking just to tone their body, but if you’re looking for an actual workout, the Gym is definitely the better option.
        Wii Fit is more of just getting a clue about stretches and movements. Actually working out is not the point of it, though it might tell you so.

        I knew people who owned it, used it twice, and then never again. This seemed to be a common theme.

  • Sylvian Redblue

    How much is the meter and balance board?

  • MujuraNoKamen

    I’m sure it will bring attention to the console… Especially if people know its AN ACTUAL CONSOLE NOT A CONTROLLER! Start advertising it!

  • Pikachief

    I officially am tired of Iwata. It’s called advertising the console and games. Depending on word of mouth and gaming websites is not the way to go.

  • Shigeru Miyamoto

    Get Iwata outta there! he’s ruining the home console company i love!

    • Rinslowe

      Surely you’re not serious. Is it popular to talk nonsense these days?
      He is the same guy that ran Nintendo during it’s most successful console “and” most successful handheld system and he’s gotta go? What are you talking about?

      If the Wii U fails this time next year, has not improved in sales/ market share then he might have to step down before the next transition. But if the Wii U continues it’s upward trend and this time next year is back on track, even somewhat so… Then he’ll be labeled a positive risk taker and rightly so.

      • Shigeru Miyamoto

        true, you do have a point.

  • TheWichi

    Iwata now thinks any game its a console seller, but we hope the system will catch up momentum soon

  • Διονύς84

    Yeah with that name it will definitely happen. Classic Kyoto stuck up mentality. Name it “U Fit” and it might work

  • ATherohatch

    Please…. No.

  • farrellbr

    I already downloaded this

  • farrellbr

    Going to get the wiiu fit meter

  • farrellbr

    i like this game

  • Nicolas Dorion

    The reason why wii fit worked in the first place was because it was new. I don’t see why people who have the original wii fit would buy this, and most people who don’t would rather buy the old one, because it’s less expensive. I don’t see how the gamepad will add to the wii fit “gameplay”. The new mini games look fun but they are just not worth a new buy for me.

  • Nintendoplaystation

    Wii it u is awesome, I liked wii fit too. I like to do a little exercise in morning and evening. I usually do some exercises with the trainer then play a one or two mini games.

  • Rinslowe

    Someone in my house certainly thinks so… Now I have to wait before the boss is finished…

  • The True Gamer

    actually advertising usually helps with that

  • palomino blue

    Loving Wii Fit U. But I can’t find a Meter in any stores near me.

  • Rick Valenta

    Wii sports club, and wii fit.. Can’t wait. Online bowling is going to have some serious addicts..

  • Robyn Hermann

    I just called up gamestop to see if they had the meter and they told me they didn’t even know what it was.