Wii sales surpassed 30 million units in Europe during the week ended December 25, 2011, Nintendo said today.
Somewhat bizarrely, the milestone figure was announced in a press release trumpeting the fact that the Wii Balance Board has been awarded a Guinness World Record for becoming the best-selling personal weighing device, after consumers snapped up over 32 million units worldwide between launch and November 2010.
Nintendo also said that Wii Fit and follow-up Wii Fit Plus had sold a combined total of close to 42 million copies as of the end of September 2011.
Nintendo of Europe marketing and PR boss Laurent Fischer said: “The launch of Wii Fit with the Wii Balance Board revolutionised the way people got active at home, making it fun and easy to exercise in the comfort of their own living room.
“As the Guinness World Record shows, sales of both Wii Fit andWii Fit Plus have remained healthy since the day they first went on sale and, with Wii now having sold over 30 million units across Europe, Nintendo hopes this trend will remain strong.”
2011 was a quiet year for the Wii, with headlines naturally focused on its successor, which was officially unveiled at E3 in June. Nintendo of Europe launched a revision of the ageing Wii hardware, available at a lower price with Wii Sports and Wii Party but no backwards compatibility with GameCube titles, in early November.