If you have over-indulged during the festive period and made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape, you will no doubt appreciate any encouragement you receive from friends and family to stay on track.

During today’s Nintendo Direct it was announced that the upcoming Wii Fit U will let players create their own user communities on Miiverse from within the game, to encourage one another to reach their fitness goals. Satoru Iwata suggested that the experience could be comparable to the user-communities used in Mario Kart 7.

Given the popularity of internet forums devoted to exercise, diet and weight loss, this seems like it could be very popular indeed. Players will be able to share their weight changes, BMI and exercises with other Miiverse users so that the community can encourage each other to stay motivated on their healthy lifestyle.

What are your thoughts on these new social features?