June 2, 2009

Wii Fit Shipped To 15 Million Users Worldwide

Over 15 million units of Nintendo's "Wii Fit" system have been sold in just over a year, taking advantage of a growing interest in video game consoles for people with physical fitness interests.

In Los Angles at the E3 video game conference on Tuesday, the company said it will introduce a new version of the home exercise game called, "Wii Fit Plus," later this year.

"In the 13 months since it was introduced, "Wii Fit" has been the best-selling game in America," Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales and marketing, Cammie Dunaway, told reporters.

The "Wii Fit" features a shoulder width "balance board" that shifts according to the person's posture and weight distribution.  It can be used to monitor a persons weight in a variety of games and exercises.  The new version will be more precise in its measurements than the old.

Numerous software makers at the annual video game conference introduced fitness games or updates to popular exercise titles that are already available.

Nintendo has overcome the global recession relatively well, with its Wii game console outselling Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3 since its 2006 launch.


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