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Wii Fit Sees Healthy Sales in Japan
Game and Balance Board sell a million copies in little over a month.
By Andrew Joy 01/09/2008 10:39:24 PST

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Wii Fit's Body Mass Index graph

With its fitness-minded software and specially designed, balance-sensing accessory that requires users to not just flail their arms but engage their whole body (in such activities as yoga, step aerobics and skiing), Wii Fit seems like something of a gambit for Nintendo, despite the mind-blowing sales of its latest console.  However, if Japan is any indication, the Big N has nothing to worry about.

According to Japanese business publication Nikkei (subscription needed), Wii Fit has already sold a million copies in the Land of the Rising Sun, despite only being available for little over a month.  While it is not uncommon for a game to reach such numbers, Wii Fit is especially noteworthy not only for the time it took, but also because the game is, so far, only available in Japan.

While no specific dates have been announced just yet, Wii Fit is expected to hit North America and Europe sometime early in 2008).  Whether or not its foreign success will translate so well elsewhere remains to be seen, but if the same health-conscious non-gamers that helped make the Wii and Nintendo DS a success around the globe continue to play a role, it just might.

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