Nintendo announces Euro dates for Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii

April sees the release of two major Wii games across Europe, complete with dedicated Wii channels.

Wii owners who have been putting off their New Year's resolutions to get fit may finally run out of excuses in April. Nintendo announced today that European gamers will be able to buy Wii Fit, which comes bundled with the Wii Balance Board, from April 25, 2008.

The game is designed to provide a daily fitness programme based around four categories--aerobic exercises, muscle workouts, yoga, and balance games--that contain over 40 individual activities. Up to eight people can track their progress within the software on a single console. It has already sold one million copies in Japan, and you can find out more about the activities in GameSpot's hands-on preview.

The application also adds the Wii Fit Channel to the Wii Menu. Nintendo says that once this is installed, users do not have to insert the disc in order to complete basic tasks such as using the balance board to calculate their Wii Fit Age.

Nintendo has also announced the European launch date for Mario Kart Wii. The game, which will be released in Japan on April 10, will be available throughout the continent the day after on April 11, at the estimated retail price of £39.99 (around $80) for the UK. The game adds 16 new tracks as well as a variety of new vehicles, including bikes. For more information on Mario Kart Wii, see GameSpot's recent preview.

Mario Kart Wii will also include the Mario Kart Channel, which will let players check their ranking from online racing against others, as well as sharing and accessing ghost data. Nintendo says that the channel will open up "a host of new online features," which include "special worldwide events organised by Nintendo." The game will come bundled with a new accessory, the Wii Wheel, but will also support the Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Classic, and GameCube controllers.

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santiagochile
santiagochile

Mario Kart better not cost more than $50. Who cares about the cheap piece of plastic. I already have two controllers. Don't rip us off, Nintendo.

dnp25
dnp25

MARIO KART did someone say mario kart

grizly-sword
grizly-sword

Worldwide MK, thats great. Europe gets wii fit first hopefully, since we dont seem to know if Brawl is coming out or not. "The Dollars up down, you better buy the pound, !..!

Nintendo2Brawl
Nintendo2Brawl

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Onkz_94
Onkz_94

yaaay, and yeah, I hope they dont get delayed cos I've been waiting 4 long

stevo-millz
stevo-millz

hmm im looking forward to both these games i wonder if they will be delayed like brawl when we get closer to release day.

hobobski
hobobski

80$!? i hope they change that before the release for North America-or Canada at least!

missy6062
missy6062

to crabwalker... £40 over here is 80$ to you.. which might be steep for you but our economy is different and to us that isnt expensive. Thats why when i go to America things are cheap to buy!!

crabwalker23
crabwalker23

man 80$ woah thats a little bit outta there

KingKoop
KingKoop

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chocolate1325
chocolate1325

This game will keep me occupied until Brawl is released in Europe.

Dark_Dude701
Dark_Dude701

MARIO KART WII WILL DOMINATE THE WORLD!!!!!

LuiS-07
LuiS-07

Mario kart Wii Rock Band (wii) Super smash bros Brawl !! I CAN NOT WAIT ANY LONGER!! 8-) im going to freeze myself till the release date just like cartman on south park!!!

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

I picked it months ago, we will get Mario Kart before Brawl.

pigfish2
pigfish2

this is the best news European gamers have had in a long time

dom1000
dom1000

ca va prendre un estie de boutte avant que ca sort au canada

Pete5506
Pete5506

Mario Cart, O'man its going to rock

MatthewNintendo
MatthewNintendo

Dread to think how much wii fit will cost. But I'm really looking forward to both of these games. They are being released a lot earlier than I expected. funny how in europe we're ending up getting mario kart months before smash bros. when we know heaps about that and near enough nothing about mario kart lolz.

Kraige
Kraige

Awesome can't wait for both of these games.

6952khan
6952khan

this wont sell for $80 in the usa, for u ppl its gonna be around the normal top price wii games so im guession $40 - $50 just an estimate idk in the uk the top range of wii games costs £40 which is around $80 but thats just economics for u lol

Yodax007
Yodax007

ghost, you obviously havent played need for speed or other racing games on the wii. using it like a steering wheel works perfectly fine, as long as you motor skills are partially developed. and on a side note for matrix man, mario kart does have online racing, so you will most likely be completely satisfied.

matrixman2k
matrixman2k

1 day after the japanese lot... sounds like progress, already made a note in the diary. Still online challenge would have been good.

ghost867
ghost867

Don't really care about Wii Fit, but I'm kinda scared for Mario Kart Wii. I'm pretty sure you'll have to buy a Classic or Gamecube controller to play it right, since anything with the Wiimote/Nunchuck will probably be awful, and I could say the same for the Wii Wheel. Let's just hope they keep some competitive aspect of the game and don't make it all casual like they planed to when they announced this game last year. I'll keep and open mind, but I'm worried.

bgres077
bgres077

$80... just because it comes with a peace of plastic? Lame nintendo, lame. Give me the game without the wheel please or I will be very angry with you.

sun_spirit
sun_spirit

I agree with talkingpie, the wait for Smash Bros is insane, I'm just glad it's worth the wait so far!

talkingpie92
talkingpie92

What about smash bros? Have they even announced that game for the UK yet? What gives? I need SMBB!

ChrisJCapel
ChrisJCapel

No no no no no. I think you misheard every Wii owner in Europe, Nintendo - we don't want Mario Kart, we want Smash Bros. Please amend this immediately or we will be forced to collectively kick you in the nuts.

Whellock
Whellock

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssss! At last, the UK and Europe are getting Mario Kart Wii and Wii Fit first before the US does. Excellent stuff there. It's our turn now, because most of the time in the past the UK and Europe had to wait for ages after our counterparts got it first. Ha Ha!

respessz
respessz

Guess its almost even (key word ALMOST) Europe gets MK before America America gets SSBB before Europe Remember the phrase ALMOST?

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

Oh yea, I'm definitely gonna pre order this.

Miss_Wacy
Miss_Wacy

woot april gonna be a good month mario kart and GTA 4 :D

chng_bat
chng_bat

hmm, anyone else notice how at the moment, on the info page for mario kart wii, the euro date is set too MAY 11th not april? nice typo =p hehe

GrimBee
GrimBee

this is going to sell like crazy, stores are having a tough time stocking mario and sonic and wii play, and even the wii zapper with zelda crossbow training. Wii sales are going to be really insane!

02sfraser
02sfraser

that was unexpected haha. well guess i will be playing it sooner than i though :D

dannyodwyer
dannyodwyer staff

Wow, MK has barely been shown off and its out in around 8 weeks :P

leonchamp
leonchamp

Pre - ordered my copy of Mario kart from HMV last month at a good price at £32.99, can't wait to play this and compete against you guys. Ill wait and see about Wii fit though.

fwept
fwept

Hmm abit annoying its getting released like 10days before gta IV

SaintRasmus
SaintRasmus

Only a few days before GTA 4 !! Big Surprise;)

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

I can't wait I pre-ordered my copy of Mario kart this morning!! :D, i'm still shocked it's being released here before the states.

bobbetybob
bobbetybob

Yes, wow that's really not that far away, I can't wait, after No More Heroes this'll probably be my next game, except maybe Bully. Only 1 and a half months! Woo!

andjeff
andjeff

YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What about SSBB?