Nintendo has provided further details on Wii Fit U via a new Nintendo Direct online presentation.
During the presentation, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata officially revealed Wii Fit U will include a pedometer-like device Nintendo is calling the "Fit Meter".
The 3-axis accelerometer device designed to be attached at the hip and will measure activity and calculate steps and exercise intensity. It also includes a pressure sensor, which can measure changes in altitude and calculates activities like climbing up and down stairs.
Other metrics shown by the Fit Meter include calories burned, target calories, elevation from home, time, temperature, METs graph, an elevation graph, and one month of calories burned in graph form.
The data can be transferred from the Fit Meter to the Wii U via the IR port on the GamePad. Through the Wii Fit U software the data can then be explored with greater detail.
Nintendo has confirmed the Fit Meter will be released on November 1. The company will also be offering a one-month free trial of Wii Fit U to those that already have Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus. A trial of Wii Fit U will be available to download for free from November 1 to January 31 2014. This can be played using the balance board released alongside the Wii entries in the series,
According to Iwata "this is not a demo version, it contains every mode available in the game. However, you can only use it for a month beginning from the day it is started up on the Wii U."
If a Fit Meter is purchased, that aspect of the game can continued to be used after the trial period expires.
Wii Fit U will be available to download from the eShop, but Nintendo will release a disc version bundled with the Fit Meter, and a second bundle including the game, the Fit Meter and the balance board, on December 6.
In June 2013 Nintendo delayed Wii Fit U and Wii Party U; the former to this winter and the latter to October 2013.