Wii Fit, WiiWare fitted with launch dates

Posted by Mark Raby

San Francisco (CA) - Nintendo today announced launch dates for Wii Fit, which broke sales records when it came out in Japan, and WiiWare, a digital download service for the Wii that will offer "bite-sized" games for casual gamers.

Nintendo made the announcements at this week's Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco.  

WiiWare will essentially be like the Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation 3's "Playstation Store."  The first WiiWare titles will be available on May 12.  Confirmed titles for the new service include Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King, from Square Enix, and a game called LostWinds from developer Frontier, though it is unknown if these will be among the premiere slate of titles when WiiWare goes live in May.

Additionally, Wii Fit has finally been given a US release date - May 19.  Wii Fit uses a new controller called the Wii Balance Board, which has users literally getting up on their feet to perform in activities ranging from Yoga to casual mini-games.  

In Japan, Wii Fit has already become a big success story for Nintendo.  Since its launch there on December 1, it has sold more than 1.4 million units and became the fastest Wii title to reach the one million mark, until Super Smash Bros Brawl overtook that record earlier this month.