Nintendo's fitness tool bests Mario Kart Wii as its fastest selling piece of software ever in the UK, generating the third-most revenue for a game launch in British history.
Only two weeks after the runaway success of Mario Kart Wii, Nintendo UK has made history once again as Wii Fit has displaced the multiplayer racer as the company's fastest selling game for the British market. The "body awareness" software and Balance Board accessory have generated the sixth most sales and third most revenue ever for a game launch in the UK during its first two days after release.
Priced at £69.99, Wii Fit has found its way into the hands of about one in ten British Wii owners since its debut across Europe on April 25, earning Nintendo approximately £16.3million. Only Halo 3 (£16.9m) and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (£24.2m) have managed to out-gross Wii Fit in their launch periods, though the release of Grand Theft Auto IV may add to that list shortly.
With Mario Kart Wii occupying the no.2 position (despite a 62% drop in sales from last week), Nintendo held the top two spots of the UK All Formats Chart for the first time since the 2003 launch of Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire for the Game Boy Advance. The Sega-published Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games rounded out a clean sweep of the top three positions for Wii, cementing the platform's current dominion over British software sales.