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Holy crap! Look how many Wii balance boards have been sold. This deserves a Guinness World Re... oh

So what if everyone who bought Wii Fit and its Balance Board peripheral has long since gone back to sitting around and eating pies? So many people bought the board and had a go, it's picked up a Guinness World Record. Well, it's more like it set a Guinness World Record as the 'best-selling personal scale' category isn't famous for its hot competition. But cynicism aside, guess how many units it's sold to claim such an accolade...

Try 32,114,428 units. Gulp. Let's just take a moment to put that into perspective, shall we? That's more than three times the number of Sega Saturn consoles ever sold, worldwide. And three times the number of copies of Super Mario 64 sold on N64. In fact, it's as-near-as-dammit the exact same number of Nintendo 64 consoles (32.9 million) sold worldwide. Ever.

Above: Ever seen the bottom of a fitness freak's shoe? Well BAM!

But what's even more scary is that these figures were only counted between the balance board's launch and - wait for it - November 2010. No, we don't know why that date in particular either, especially as it was launched in April/May 2008. So, in theory, there could be another million or three on top of that. 

By comparison, Microsoft's Kinect add-on has sold 18 million to date (not to mention the prospect of a PC version coming in February) and Sony's PlayStation Move peripheral has reported sales of 8.8 million units as of June last year.

So balance board is teh winzorz, so to speak. It's testament to the incredible foresight Nintendo had when designing the Wii and tapping into the casual market like no-one else.

It's doubtful the success of Wii Fit will ever be matched again. Just as doubtful as the likelihood of any of those millions of boards still being in daily use. Now where did we put those pies...?

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23 comments

  • jwoolman - January 22, 2012 4:14 p.m.

    I can believe the numbers. The Wii Fit attracted a whole new audience, people not interested in video games but needing ways to exercise at home. The younger set doesn't understand it so well because they are naturally more active and their bodies haven't started to deteriorate... Older folk in sedentary jobs have a lot of health problems but often not a lot of time outside job and family duties to get the kind of continuous exercise that would really help. Definitely I still see a lot of interest in the Wii Fit and the balance board in discussions by the older crowd looking to solve health problems (often to lose weight). Those who have one seem very enthusiastic about it. Long ago in the 8-bit NES days, though, I discovered that it is much easier to hold the controller comfortably when standing up. I often played video games on an exercise bike or stepper also. Handhelds have also always been usable that way. Now I use walk-in-place exercise to keep the circulation going while stuck at a computer many hours a day. The side-step movement is the best for reading on a phone or playing games on a handheld like the DS or iPhone.
  • winner2 - January 16, 2012 7:24 p.m.

    18 million Kinects? I don't believe you Justin, there's just no way. It's impossible...I hope.
  • AuthorityFigure - January 13, 2012 5:58 p.m.

    The dimensions of the board are 511mm (20.1in) wide by 316mm (12.4in) long by 53.2mm (2.1 in) thick. If you multiply that by 32,114,428, you get a volume of: 3,211,796,058,708 square cms. Can someone check that? It seems way too big.
  • brickman409 - January 10, 2012 7:29 p.m.

    there's about 5-10 of these stacked up in the back corner of a gamestop near me selling for only $15 a piece
  • Bawheidbob - January 10, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    Quite amazing number when stacked against the others. Yet the biggest surprise to me is 19 million kinects....i mean what
  • db1331 - January 10, 2012 9 a.m.

    I think it would be even more depressing to know how many inflatable Kinect rafts were sold.
  • TheCakeIsaPie - January 10, 2012 1:04 p.m.

    One BIRRION!
  • db1331 - January 11, 2012 7:02 a.m.

    That's probably racist.
  • winner2 - January 16, 2012 7:24 p.m.

    The lulz commeth
  • DannyMB - January 10, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    Jeeeez... wow. What are the figures on the wii then? They must shit in solid gold crappers at Nintendo HQ.
  • BladedFalcon - January 10, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    And people thought that the fad of buying useless plastic novelty peripherals was over... This is one thing that always has annoyed me, and will always annoy me of nintendo. they are experts at pushing and selling hardware and add-ons that really will only be used a couple times, then forever be forgotten by everybody. And I'm not just talking about this or the wii peripherals. How about those GBA connectivity cables? thee-card reader? or that GB camera and printer?
  • BladedFalcon - January 10, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    And you can bet they are gonna do it aaaall over again once the Wii U comes rolling out... And based on these sales figures, people are gonna still eat it up.
  • Mezolitik - January 10, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    You're crazy. I've got plenty of use out of my bowler hat peripheral.
  • shawksta - January 10, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    You cant blame them for experimenting though, they want to give different experiences for those who want it instead of Forcing it on us. The card reader and Printer, never had them, didnt know what they were. The GBA connectivity cable, from my knowledge, was useless unless you want to play Zelda Four swords,Pokemon,Super Mario Kart and so on with your friends, THAT was usefull before DS's wireless play. And that gamecube GBA slot thing that lets you play GBA on your TV, along with N64 rumble pack, its only if you want it, Nintendo doesnt force it unless it ACTUALLY helps like Wiimotion plus and Skyward Sword. The WiiU's gonna have ALLOT of potential, that it wont need a perpheriphal, We'll just wait and see.
  • BladedFalcon - January 10, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    ...I'm sorry, but the "They want to give us different experiences" argument doesn't fly with me anymore. True enough that they don't force people to buy them. But it's still bad enough that they create these peripherals of very limited application with the intention of having easy cash grab. They market it under the promise of being something that will enhance gaming, and quickly abandon all support for it in less than a couple months. Note that I never said they forced anything of it on us. What I meant by pushing it was that they heavily market it to make you want to buy it, then abandon all support. It's a good tactic though, since it has made them money even back since the days of the game boy. So you'll see, even if it doesn't need an extra peripheral, that won't stop nintendo from later selling short lived peripherals.
  • gmcb2011 - January 10, 2012 9:42 p.m.

    Hey, it pays for the games like Skyward Sword to be made. Cheap grab at cash? Maybe. But it's Nintendo, the creators of ROB. You kinda have to expect this and ignore what doesn't interest you. Simple as that.
  • BladedFalcon - January 11, 2012 5:30 a.m.

    ...Wow, seriously? That's how you justify it? "Just because Nintendo makes good games, it's alright for them to rip people off!" Only way this argument would be valid, is if all the companies that keep making constantly good or great games did this... And they don't. Prime example: Valve. They are known for making really excellent games constantly, and they haven't had any need to release shameless cash grabs to do so. Sure, they have steam to help them, but the thing is that steam is a really, reeeeally good store that keeps getting constant support from valve, which is why it keeps thriving to this day. I get that you love Nintendo games, and that's fine they ARE pretty damn good games, among the bets in the industry. But using them to defend the company's crappier business moves is just ridiculous. Because if that was the only way a company can make great games, then how do you justify all the other awesome games that do NOT come from Nintendo?
  • shawksta - January 11, 2012 4:50 p.m.

    Hmm, your perspective DOES give a point, but you DO realize that Nintendo's BEEN making new game concepts,Success,Abandoned,and Failures since they came to business, so you cant just easily say its Cheap Cash grab if thats how they roll, if it works it stays, if its a wreck its abandoned, and some will just be there for the time being that it worked, Ill agree, some were just ridiculous,and some need to stop, Thank god that finger touch feeling nunchuck died before it came, but Nintendo's about new concepts, even now with Miyamoto's New IP is %95 gonna be a new game concept from his life experiemce and not a "BEST GAME EVER MADE from a concept already existing" im hoping too the Wii U wont need any more but with Nintendo's open mind, anything can happen
  • BladedFalcon - January 11, 2012 5:24 p.m.

    "Nintendo's open Mind" Just to remind you, we're talking about the company that for years, and even now, has resisted to effectively use and take full advantage of the Internet. Friend codes are anything but "open minded" Thing is, some things, I agree, were risky things that nintendo obviously put support behind but simply didn't fly, like the oft maligned virtual boy. But all of nintendo's later gadgets, the e-redaer, the link cable, the wii balance board, the zapper. These are all gimmicky stuff that never got Nintendo's support, and they never meant to support them properly.
  • codystovall - January 10, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    Sigh...................................

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