Nintendo has announced today that the Wii Balance Board has been awarded a prestigious, new Guinness World Record for the best-selling personal weighing device.Wii Balance Boards were sold worldwide between launch and November 2010. This figure comprises 22,663,321 bundled with the original Wii Fit software and 9,451,107 bundled with Wii Fit Plus software. Since breaking the record, Nintendo has now sold over 22.67 million copies of Wii Fit and more than 19.31 million copies of Wii Fit Plus worldwide.
“The launch of Wii Fit with the Wii Balance Board revolutionised the way people got active at home, making it fun and easy to exercise in the comfort of their own living room. As the Guinness World Record shows, sales of both Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus have remained healthy since the day they first went on sale and, with Wii now having sold over 30 million units across Europe, Nintendo hopes this trend will remain strong.”
– Laurent Fischer, Managing Director of Marketing & PR of Nintendo of Europe
And all from the idea from which Miyamoto’s wife Yasuko bought a set of scales home- that is the actual reason (not lying).
He got the idea of pikmin from gardening. His messanger bag he brings everywhere has all sorts of stuff. He gets ideas from anything.
Yeah that’s right. Amazing what ideas Miyamoto has come up with. What’s the next thing going to be? Mario DIY by putting a new shelf up in his house?
Pokemon was invented by Satoshi Tajiri bug catching. :/ great ideas are made weirdly.
Sumo wrestlers need 2 sets of scales. That’s were the idea came from. Liar.
Then why would I tell a lie when I read this from the ONM?
You both are right. He got the idea from the sumo wrestlers needing 2 sets of scales for weighing themselves-thing and he tried it out himself on two scales at home, which he thought would work out great for a balance board accessory for the Wii.
Well yea… What are they competing with, the weight watchers scale? There is no end-all must have home scale so this is the only thing worth mentioning in that category.
Unless you work at a company that makes scales I doubt you have a serious opinion on how competitive the new models are.
Not to rag on Nintendo, I love what they do, but this is a niche achievement. I think just writing sales figures themselves is more impressive than putting it next to choice #2: walgreens deluxe home scale.
Basically this, but eh.
It’s just amazing how many things Nintendo has been recognised for. Surely the amount must be unparalleled by its competitors. So many software/hardware records in terms of both sales and quality. Nintendo has managed to cement the face of gaming with their franchises. Something that can never be taken away from them.
Is a well deserved award, even my grandma plays wii fit.
What is the source for this news?
Guinness world records, lol.
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Miyamoto is just a genius when comes to gaming. Ever since 8th Grade I been inspired to join Nintendo.
Going to get wii fit plus and the board! one more copy sold!
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im glad i wasnt part of this :l
simple concept but hugely effective!
well, until the “iWeight”
That will be funny! If Apple makes a big-ass iPod and make app where you have to stand on the iPod itself and try to do Wii Fit rip-off mini-games! But considering the fact that they make iPod Touches to be able to use heat sensors to know what your tapping and also trying to make the screen able to stand the weight of a dieteer (as I call them, respectively), that’s going to be expensive and unlikely… Still funny though!
It shouldn’t really count tbh, it isn’t a weighing device, that’s just a single function.
You fat bitches :P lol
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What has the world come to
I got my Wii Fit for a birthday. I like it but I wish they support it more. :(
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In questo nulla in vi e credo che questa sia un’ottima idea.