GDC: Balance Board has almost outsold PS3, says Iwata

Thursday, 26th March 2009 14:18 GMT By Mike


According to MCV, Satoru Iwata announced at his GDC 09 keynote yesterday that the Balance Board has almost outsold the PS3 on a global level.

No direct quote was forthcoming but Iwata apparently went on to say that the Balance Board was a platform in its own right and offered developers great opportunities.

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  1. wz

    Pizza outsold Hot dogs in 1973.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Blerk

    The balance board is a platform. Literally. Boom boom!

    #2 6 years ago

    I like this new quote without a quote system!

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Shatner

    But.. but.. Nintendo keep telling us that they’re not in competition with Sony or Microsoft so why would they want to draw this to our attention??

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Mike

    Strange. He said it right before the Rock Climbing demo apparently, although MCV seem to be the only ones with the story.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Tonka

    I could have sworn I read it in either the EG or VG247 feed.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Mike

    P’raps. It’s just the internet usually headlines statements like that with quotes seconds after it’s uttered.

    Oh well. We all missed I suppose. Kudos MCV.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Tonka

    From EG
    16:47:02 -

    GRAPHWATCH: another horizontal. The installed base of the Balance Board is almost matching that of the PS3 – looks about 14 million to 16 million for PS3.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Lutz

    Tonka: I read this yesterday, and I was reading the EG feed. Must be there.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Mike

    Fair play.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Tonka

    There are more balance boards in Japan than PS3s btw. Make a story about that.

    Stupid people say “No”.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Mike


    #12 6 years ago
  13. deftangel

    It would also be a lot cheaper to make a Balance board game than a PS3 one, by and large. Especially if it’s a fitness product. That Jillian Michaels thing is doing pretty well for itself in the US and EA have certainly noticed…

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Tonka

    The Rock n Roll Climber doesn’t look overly expensive either…

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Cort

    I’ve read elsewhere that Nintendo are claiming that the PS3 is at around 16-17 million. Sony said a month or two ago that they had passed 20 million (SCE use sold to customer, not shipped to retailer).

    Also, Nintendo are saying that the balance board is only a million or two behind the PS3. Going by their own PS3 figure (where did they come up with that?), it means the balance board is at around 15 million – or to put it another way, over 5 million behind the PS3.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    Cort, Sony don’t use sold to customer. They used to use shipped to warehouse, and then they changed it to sold to retailer. No-one uses sold to customer numbers as it’s virtually impossible to track on a global basis.

    #16 6 years ago

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