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Wii Fit U Retail Release Delayed a Week in Europe

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

A bit of a stretch

Wii Fit U is already available as a free trial on the Wii U eShop, with a synchronised Wii Fit Meter then allowing that download to become a permanent purchase. Naturally Nintendo is accommodating those that prefer a disc copy or didn't pick up the original Wii software and balance board with retail releases, which are due in stores in December.

Originally due at retail on 6th December, Nintendo of Europe has now announced via Twitter that these bundles are delayed a week, from 6th December to 13th December.

As for Nintendo of America, its press site lists "Holiday 2013", while the product pages on nintendo.com list the same release date of 13th December. This does strike us as very late in the shopping season, potentially missing out on shelf space in the busy weeks beforehand; the contrary view is that with these release dates Wii Fit U will at least have a relatively clean run, with plenty of other major titles and products already out of the door.

Do you feel this change in release date is a positive or negative, or will it make no difference? Let us know in the comments below.

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User Comments (21)

Ichiban

#1

Ichiban said:

Any sane Wii U owner would be playing Mario 3D World anyhow!
(I'll be busy with my PS4 by then, joy!)

Marshi

#2

Marshi said:

Whats with all the delays, Nintendo have delayed EVERY SINGLE ONE of thier first party software this year, aside from Mario, and im calling it if they delay Mario even by a week there will be major shots fired at Nintendo's already crumbling reputation

MAB

#3

MAB said:

Oh no! a casual fitness game is delayed... We will all cry and get angry about it ;)

cookiex

#4

cookiex said:

Not a big deal since:
a) It's only by a week.
b) You can play the game digitally right now.
c) WiiU owners will still be playing SM3DW anyway. ;)

SMW

#5

SMW said:

Sucks for those who want it but don't own a Balance Board.

mch

#6

mch said:

Sucks for Nintendo, because there are other ways to get a Balance Board. Auctions are very in and distances between sellers and buyers are small here in Europe.

Mk_II

#8

Mk_II said:

I couldn't find a Fit Meter in the shops today... bought a Luigi Wiimote instead.

RetroBillyT

#9

RetroBillyT said:

Should have released early November anyway to capture the Xmas market. One week's dealy won't make any difference now...

rjejr

#11

rjejr said:

Does the 31 day trial get extended?I tmigh tmatter to anyone who has been using the trial wile they wait to buy a hardware bundle.

I ordered a Wii Fit U Meter from Amazon a few days ago but they still don't have it in stock. (I ordered it anyway b/c it brought my total to $35.87 for the new FS requirement.)

element187

#12

element187 said:

@sinalefa the cycle repeats... It's inane right? Is it really a big deal this is delayed? Does it prove the trolls right once and for all that Nintendo is anti-consumer? It's almost like people go looking for a reason to bash the company.

I never thought I'd see the day people would be hyperventalating over a Wii Fit game. If they delayed 3D World, I could understand this reaction. Heck I would be devastated. But Wii Fit?

ArkOne77

#13

ArkOne77 said:

For folks looking for a Wii Fit U Meter in stores (In the U.S.) Toys R Us seems to physically stock them and for some reason got a jump on the other retailers. Otherwise you have to buy one from Gamestop Online or Amazon or somewhere like that. Not sure why this is but I figured I'd share the info.

ArkOne77

#14

ArkOne77 said:

I had a heck of a time getting the sales associate at Toys R Us to locate the Wii U Fit meter in the back and then had more issues when their system said it wasn't available until December 31st! I finally got the manager to look up the available release date for the meter and they fixed it in their system and sold it to me. (25 minutes of waiting and explaining to the manager)

RedYoshi999

#15

RedYoshi999 said:

The retail bundle is overpriced anyway. If (like me) you don't have a Balance Board, just buy one on ebay and then buy a Fit Meter to get the full game. Only cost me $70 compared to $140 for the complete package.

ArkOne77

#16

ArkOne77 said:

Gamestop has a crap ton of pre-owned balance boards for about $22. They are usually kinda dirty looking cuz they don't bother cleaning them when they are traded in..... but those "magic erasers" make 'em look brand new. Sure beats buying a new one or a boxed set.

Banker-Style

#17

Banker-Style said:

To be honest it's released too late, by mid December most people have already got their ideal Christmas items, So I can't see this doing well, Ninty should've released it early next year.

Kirk

#18

Kirk said:

Could this be to maybe give them time to address the lag issues?

Uberchu

#19

Uberchu said:

@rjejr FS Requirment?

Also Does the meter come in colors? EU has 3 different versons, and I'd like a non black one. (red x white and/or red x green I think)

rjejr

#20

rjejr said:

@Uberchu - FS Requirment?

I your asking what FS means it stands for "free shipping' which Amazon just recently raised from $25 to $35. And they currently are only advertising black. But my wifes birthday is in 14 day so that's what color she's getting. Well if they get it back in stock by then. I think they are too busy stocking their warehouses full of PS4 and X1 consoles, games and accessories.

luvzwiifit

#21

luvzwiifit said:

These delays are driving me crazy! I pre-ordered this the day the Wii U was released, and have received so many email updates about the release date changing that I almost don't believe it exists anymore. Why Nintendo, why?

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