Source: The Star Wars cantina of game discussion known as the NeoGAF Forums.
What we heard: On Tuesday, the Web lit up with news of an inflatable horse-riding peripheral for the Wii. Today comes word that Nintendo may not be limiting its simulated conveyance to the equestrian realm. NeoGAF user "Kswiston" has posted a purported market-research presentation slide that shows what appears to be a bicycle-peripheral-based Wii game.
According to the slide, the unnamed $89.99 single and multiplayer title will let players "pedal their way to fitness!" Accompanied by pictures of a round, white pedal controller with three resistance levels (pictured top), it will have over 30 maps based on actual locations. Accompanying images show a variety of locales on all continents but Africa and Antarctica, including Monaco, Paris, the Grand Canyon. A Hawaiian level is also shown.
The Wii biking game will also feature over 60 activities, with road races, downhill, dog-walking, and pedal-powered paragliding on display. Though the cardiovascular-intensive game will track calories burned with a Wii Fit-like interface, one of the activities its simulates is a high-fat barbecue, with players cranking the pedals to simulate turning a spit roast.
Speaking of Wii Fit, Kswiston also posted a slide which appears to detail Wii Fit Plus, the sequel to NPD's best-selling non-PC game of 2009 from January to June. Though not named specifically, the title is described as "a new version game of Wii Fit" (sic), and will feature "original Wii Fit activities"--something no non-Wii Fit game could do. These activities can be combined with just six new training and yoga exercises into workout playlists like EA Sports Active, or players can choose from preset 20, 30, or 40-minute workout routines. The game will also feature workouts targeted at certain parts of the body, including abs and arms, as well as stress reduction techniques.
Besides the workouts, the slide promises Wii Fit Plus will sport 15 new balance board minigames, including skateboarding, "rhythm kung fu," and a series of flapping games involving a chicken suit. The game will let players weigh their dogs or cats directly--versus subtracting the weight in the original Wii Fit--and, judging by an image, will allow players to create Miis for their pets. The game will apparently cost $29.99 on its own or $99.99 when bundled with the Wii Balance Board.
Finally, Kswiston said there was a third game in the market-research presentation which featured resistance bands a la EA Sports active, as well as video of the pedal device in action.
The official story: Nintendo reps declined to comment on the slides.
Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus. The pictures look at little complex to be mere forgeries, and the descriptions carry a very Nintendan tone. Adding credibility are the Miyamoto-esque flourishes like the barbecue simulator and chicken suit, as well as the fact Wii Fit Plus slide shows a senior citizen--reportedly one of its target groups.