Wii Fit U
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Wii Fit U (WiiフィットU Wī Fitto Yū?) is an exercise video game developed by Nintendo for the Wii U console, and is the successor to the Wii games Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus. Wii Fit U utilizes both the Wii Balance Board and the Wii U GamePad in gameplay, and is bundled with the newly introduced Fit Meter, an activity meter accessory. It was released in Japan on October 31, 2013, followed by North America and Europe a day later.
Like its predecessors Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus, Wii Fit U focuses on engaging the player in physical activities, including yoga and strength training, through use of the Wii Balance Board, a platform peripheral upon which the player stands during play that measures the player's weight and center of balance. Wii Fit U introduces additional activities that add the Wii U GamePad into gameplay. Existing Wii Fit (Plus) owners can transfer all saved data into Wii Fit U.
Wii Fit U can display output on a television screen or only use its GamePad touchscreen. All retail copies of Wii Fit U are bundled with a foldable Wii U GamePad Stand and an activity meter (pedometer) called the Fit Meter, also available separately, which is carried while jogging or otherwise moving. This is the same concept as with the Pokéwalker from Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. When the Fit Meter is placed near the GamePad, its data is transferred via Infrared to the Wii U.
Wii Fit U, like Wii Fit, has been used for treatments in physical therapy and not just for basic exercise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, has used games that involve light to moderate activity in those with brain damage to aid in the patient's recovery. Research has found that users feel a better sense of balance and upper body motion, initiating a healing for those with brain injury.
Concerning basic exercise, users have found that Wii Fit U is not fit for intensive exercise but rather moderate exercise and conditioning. The game includes different types of exercises, but whether diversity of the exercises creates more physical growth is unknown.
Wii Fit U, overall, is well received by critics, having a score of 72 out of 100 by 19 critics on Metacritic. One Metacritic review described it as being "friendly" and not "as hardcore as some fitness buffs may like." Nintendo World Report praises the game for revolutionizing the exercising genre of video games by building upon its predecessor Wii Fit with "robust and customizable routines" and the gym community for motivation. On the other hand, gaming magazine Polygon criticizes Wii Fit U as "too light-weight to be a contender" for actual exercise.
The game became available for purchase, in standard and Wii Balance Board bundles with Fit Meters, in December 2013 in the PAL regions and in January 10, 2014 in North America. In Japan the physical copy became available on February 1, 2014, despite it coming out earlier on the eShop than North America and the PAL regions.
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