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Wii Fit U Update Adds New Features, Extra Challenge Courses for Walking and Climbing

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

"If the weather is good, I hope you manage to go out with your Fit Meter"

Wii Fit U, for a variety of reasons, has struggled to have the same major impact as its predecessors on Wii. That's a pity, as it includes the exercises that made those titles popular in addition to a host of new GamePad-driven mini-games, while the Fit Meter is a handy gadget that accurately measures your exertions throughout the day before synchronising with the software. It's an excellent accompaniment to a healthy lifestyle.

Nintendo may count on it being a slow burner and generating more interest as the Wii U userbase grows, and is continuing to apply major content and feature updates to improve the experience. The latest such update has gone live today and the game's director, Hiroshi Matsunaga, has posted on Miiverse to outline the various changes to be found in version 1.3.0. There are plenty of new challenges for the Walking and Climbing Fit Meter activities, My Routines now takes you through each exercise without requiring a button press between each one, and there are improvements to the weight change graph.

The big news for this version is that we’ve added new courses for Fit Meter Challenge! There are twelve new courses each for Walking Challenge and Climbing Challenge.

The new Walking Challenge courses take you on exciting journeys through various countries, and there’s lots of interesting cultural and historical information to discover along the way.

We’ve also added exciting new Climbing Challenge courses, with more famous mountains and buildings from around the world.

Are you ready to tackle these new challenges? You’ll get something really fun at the end of each course, so do your best and try to clear them all!

Now I’ll tell you about another change we’ve made. If you’ve been using My Routines to put together your own training routines, you’ll know that up to now you’ve always had to use a controller to proceed to the next activity. Switching activities has been made automatic in this update, so now you don’t need to pick up the Wii Remote or Wii U GamePad every time. It should make My Routines much more convenient to use.

And one more new feature... When you choose to view your weight changes over one year on the Graph Screen, up to now you’ll have seen only an average weight for each month. With this update, you’ll be able to see individual dates! I think this will be an especially nice feature for those of you who were already training on Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus.

You can find out about lots of other changes too by visiting the Wii Fit U official site.

If the weather is good, I hope you manage to go out with your Fit Meter – and if it’s bad, have lots of fun training at home with Wii Fit U!

Are you still using Wii Fit U regularly, or are you tempted to pick it up this Summer?

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User Comments (54)



Phantom_R said:

It's a shame my Wii Fit Meter grew legs and ran away so long ago...

@ModestFan93 I've seen the bundle at Best Buy. Although if you're going to access something every day, the disc version is going to make things a hundred times less convenient. I can only recommend downloading this.



ThomasBW84 said:

@ModestFan93 There are, yes

Nintendo did get its launch a bit wrong, to be honest, but you should be able to find it online or at bigger retailers.



lckulczak said:

I use the fit meter every time I go running. The distance traveled according to my fit meter is always shorter than my actual distance. Still a great addition to Wii Fit though! Plus living in hilly Pennsylvania comes in handy for the climbing challenges.



bezerker99 said:

I don't have a balance board so I don't have this game. It's a shame too because I run a lot and if the fit meter isn't clunky, I could take it along with me.



DBPirate said:

I would get this but as each person has to have their own Fit Meter thanks!



XCWarrior said:

@lckulczak Yes I have the same problem. I'll go for a 14 mile run, and then it says I run between 11-12. About 6 miles for an 8 mile run. Still, the Fit Meter is nice to have, especially when I don't have time to do Wii Fit itself.

Glad to hear about the running and cilmbing course update. I am close to finishing my 2x around the running courses. Clmbing I wasn't done yet, but that's only because I don't see a ton of inclines where I live.

I still want to see an update though where you can have leaderboards for all excercises with your WiiU friends. I don't think that's asking for too much.

I do need to start using this game/thing more. I used the Wii ones a ton, but with a baby it's harder to do some of these.

And I do miss some of the games they got rid of (Meditation sit, tight rope walking, etc).



TruenoGT said:

My meter on my person constantly like my DS Personal Trainer Walking pedometer before it. I'm almost completed with the last walking challenge, though I've got lots of climbing to go. This is awesome to have new courses instead of needing to repeat them. The fit meter is great and also doubles as a watch for me.



rjejr said:

Bought my wife the Fit Meter for her birthday last Nov so we got the DL game for free. We really only use it for vacation memories when we take long car trips over mountains and hike around alot. It's kind of cool to look at it and say - here's where we walked up 3 flights of stairs, here's when we sat down and ate lunch for 45 minutes, here's where we took the elevator. Fun-scary big brother stuff.

I'm putting this on the Nitnedo backwards marketing list along w/ Nintnedo Land, both are games that should have been marketed after Wii U was selling. And Wii Fit U needs to be differentiated a bit better from the Wii version. Maybe a complete graphical overhaul like some of the PS3 sports/exercise games so people are aware it's completely new. Mii's were fine for the Wii, but the Wii U should be pumping out visuals worthy of being in HD to get peoples attention, yet they are hardly anything the Dreamcast couldn't do 15 years ago. Actually Tennis on the Dreamcast is one of the first photorealsitc games I can think of. I know the Wii U may not be capable of PS4/X1 graphics but it should be a PS3 competitor.

This will likely be a problem w/ Sports Club as well. Nintendo wants people to upgrade, but where's the upgrade? Wii Sports and Wii Sports Club (not even a U) are the same 5 sports w/ almost the exact same graphics. And Nitneod isn't really advertising the online feature just by calling it "club". I don't think its' so much that the casuals don't want to play, it's that they don't want to pay twice for the same game. They're causal gamers, not complete idiots.

So maybe Sports Club coming out will get some marketing behind it that emphasizes the online and Wii Fit U can be added into the campaign. Maybe they'll be smart and advertise playing Sports Club tennis online while wearing the Fit Meter then going online in Fit to tell your friends.

Nah, makes too much sense.



SLiM said:

I left my Fit Meter clipped to my jeans, and then my wife did laundry and washed it. The screen no longer works on it, but it still calculates the calories burned and synchronizes



HAL9000 said:

I wear my fit meter all the time and love how the graphs show my weight change over the past 6 months.



0utburst said:

I still wear my Fit meter regularly. Although I've already returned the balance board a month after I registered the fit meter to get the free game.

Still waiting for a brand new cheap original balance board. Wii Fit Plus white bundle for Wii is 60 bucks I'm still waiting for it to drop to 40.



Nik-Davies said:

I was so close to completing all the walking courses, the climbing courses are pretty challenging as I spend most of my day flat. I'll probably do about 100-200ft per day which sucks. Still on the Grand Canyon and it's taking ages.



mercurio2054 said:

MY GODDDD IT WAS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "/Now I’ll tell you about another change we’ve made. If you’ve been using My Routines to put together your own training routines, you’ll know that up to now you’ve always had to use a controller to proceed to the next activity. Switching activities has been made automatic in this update, so now you don’t need to pick up the Wii Remote or Wii U GamePad every time. It should make My Routines much more convenient to use."/



dumedum said:

It's a fantastic game, Wii Fit U, a worthy upgrade. Should get back into it.



cyrus_zuo said:

Have used my fit meter every day since it came out.
It's really fascinating to see the steps and altitude changes over time.
Glad to have more challenge courses, I was almost out!



heathenmagic said:

I use it the meter everyday too. Great news to hear they updated it.

Wheres TVii in UK though!!! Yes I heard it is not totally amazing, but they did promise it after all



Darknyht said:

Well at least I can tour more areas by walking. I've only managed to climb the Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, and almost to the top of the Pyramid. But then I only get about 3-5 ft a day since I generally walk on flat ground.



geozeldadude said:

@Nik-Davies yeah, i totally have the same problem. i've finished the grand canyon, but the rest are going to be really hard to complete. i need to go to a stadium and climb stairs.



chiefeagle02 said:

I'd heard about the "My Routine" debacle. This should be a good fix for those who use the program (I'm still using Wii Fit Plus).



Sgt_Ludby said:

I lost my Fit Meter =(
Luckily, I registered it and unlocked the full game, but lost the meter only days later!!



Sockymon said:

I use Wii Fit U and my meter every day. Unfortunately my game has developed the glitch where it thinks the time/date has changed so won't measure any of my goals properly. As far as I know the only fix is to set up a new profile, but since I started with the original Wii Fit there is no way I'm losing all my data - so I'll just have to hope a patch is released to fix it (no such luck with the current update)



pepsiman said:

Any chance of an update that adds the missing games from Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus?

Tightrope Walk
Penguin Slide
Snowboard Slalom
Lotus Focus
Segway Circuit
Rhythm Parade
Big Top Juggling
Skateboard Arena



ultraraichu said:

Nice. I don't play my Wii Fit U as often as I should but when I do, I go to My Routine for speed and convenience in the morning (mainly yoga training) which is now a lot more convenient.



sketchturner said:

I just bought this game yesterday, so hearing new content is still being added in is awesome.



Mahe said:

This version just isn't as good as Wii Fit Plus was, and it doesn't look like this update adds anything notable to fix that.



Hy8ogen said:

After 6 months? FINALLY NINTENDO DAMN IT. Time to wipe the dust of my balance board!



iphys said:

I still play it once a week or so to do My Routine, so this update will be especially welcome.



XCWarrior said:

@mercurio2054 Try doing the luge ab workout with a 15 month old jumping on top of you. Adding a squirming 22 pound weight while you are essentially doing a 2:30 reverse plank is quite challenging!



XCWarrior said:

@Mahe Seriously? What? What in Plus was superior to this game? Nothing, besides it has 2 or 3 games still the new one had taken out. Otherwise everything in the old games was in the new games, but with improvements.



XCWarrior said:

@pepsiman Wow I forgot the Penguin Slide is gone. That was the best!

But yeah, all of these games need to return. I wonder why they took them out?



Nintenjoe64 said:

I use my fit meter most of the time. The most interesting thing it does for me is shows how hard I work in a game of football. Unfortunately a shoulder injury has ruined most of Wii Fit's games for me this year.



LittleIrves said:

Glad to know they're still updating older software. I wish they'd provide more Panorama Videos, personally, but I bet they didn't sell too well...?

I pop into Fit U every week or so. The Trampoline game is one of best uses of the GamePad screen, IMO, even if it's not essential.... love looking down and seeing the ground zoom away from me. Really adds that sense of vertigo.



electrolite77 said:

Totally forgot about this. I go walking a lot but don't think I've booted it up since January and I'm not sure where my meter is. Bit too much hassle compared to tracking my progress using my phone.



ULTRA-64 said:

@ThomasBW84 I got lost in all the confusion at launch. I used my free trial ages ago, do I still get the game free if I register a fit meter? If so, can I buy one second hand or are they permanently linked to a nnid? Thanks.



Hy8ogen said:

@ULTRA-64 The Free trial was if you buy the Fit Meter and Sync it to your account before January 31 2014, you will be able to keep the game for free. If you did not sync a Fit Meter to the game after that date the trial version will no longer work.

Also the Fit Meter is not locked to any account. Once it is un-linked, it can be linked to another account.



ULTRA-64 said:

@Hy8ogen cool, cheers for that. I did think there were time limits but I didn't activate my free month till loads after the promotion when the info was gone. Good news about getting a meter cheap but I'll hope for another promotion to get it cheaper I hope.



King_Boo said:

That's great for me. I've already done all the walking challenges, most of the short ones twice even. Too bad I don't actually work out with the software anymore.



element187 said:

I'm glad they fixed 'My Routines'... that required button press made it virtually impossible to use.



SCAR said:

My brother should be happy about this. He uses the Wii Fit Meter, daily, and has all but one course challenge completed, so this will give him more courses to go through. The climbing ones are bit harder to beat, so I would think not very many people have finished those ones.



rjejr said:

As of 11PM ET Wed it still wasn't updated in the US, made for a weird evening trying to figure out what was going on. Maybe tonight after the store update?



djcaetano said:

No update yet. Good to hear I am not the only one trying to figure out why the game is not being updated when I start it up.



Vallu said:

Nintendo is doing this on purpose right after I lose my fit meter.

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