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Namco's Family Trainer Sells Over a Million

by Nick DiMola - January 29, 2009, 4:00 pm PST
Total comments: 11 Source: Namco Bandai

Known in America as Active Life: Outdoor Challenge, the family sports game crosses the million sold mark in worldwide sales.

Namco Bandai announced recently in a Japanese press release that their Family Trainer title, known in America as Active Life: Outdoor Challenge, has crossed the million sold mark worldwide. According to Namco Bandai's sales figures, the title moved 140,000 units in Japan, 540,000 units in America, and 320,000 units in Europe.

The title is a revival of the Famicom Family Trainer series which made use of the Power Pad peripheral. The most recent edition of the game uses an updated version of the Power Pad called the Active Life Mat made specifically for Wii. The use of a stepping peripheral drew comparisons to Nintendo's Wii Fit title; however, according to Nintendo World Report, "Active Life: Outdoor Challenge separates itself from Wii Fit as its own game, and succeeds quite well at it."

Talkback

This is a bit of a surprise!

GoldenPhoenixJanuary 30, 2009

I don't even know what this game is.

Have a look:

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/reviewArt.cfm?artid=17457

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJanuary 30, 2009

Perhaps seeing the US package would jolt your memory...

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61lyXrGSnBL._SL500_AA280_.jpg

Anywhoo, this can't be right... third party games don't sell!

They do when they're clones of one of Nintendo's brilliant ideas.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJanuary 30, 2009

Isn't Wii Fit actually a clone of Namco's NES Family Trainer games? :p

I welcome the return of the Power Pad!

TJ SpykeJanuary 30, 2009

The game has gotten good reviews (I think Game Informer even said it's a good alternative to Wii Fit if you don't want to spend the $90+tax Nintendo charges).

KDR_11kJanuary 30, 2009

I don't know what it's called here (Family Trainer, too?) but I recall that mat.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterJanuary 30, 2009

Quote from: Lindy

They do when they're clones of one of Nintendo's brilliant ideas.

If you are talking about Wii Fit, not really. The game looks like an in-spirit sequel to the NES Power Pad games, including the running games.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJanuary 31, 2009

Quote from: pap64

The game looks like an in-spirit sequel to the NES Power Pad games

I don't know if you can really call it a "spiritual" successor - remember, the original NES Power Pad was released as an accessory for the Famicom by Bandai (the company that now makes up the last half of Namco-Bandai).  They even call it by the original name in Japan (Family Trainer).  Granted, it's a few years delayed, but I think it's a true squeal.

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