Nintendo’s Rob Lowe, senior product manager for Wii Fit told MCV: “Overall it’s the biggest and most ground-breaking Wii campaign we’ve ever done – including the launch of the Wii itself.”
Nintendo’s confidence in Wii Fit follows the highly significant launch of the title in Japan, where the software broke records. “It’s been one of the fastest selling pieces of Wii software released, and the reaction has been absolutely fantastic – especially from housewives, who are one of our key targets for the UK launch,” said Lowe.
Alongside the title’s marketing campaign, Wii Fit also goes some to way hitting back at those who blame the games industry for a lack of health and fitness amongst kids, according to Lowe.
“It definitely answers a lot of the criticisms historically levelled at video games,” he added. “Wii Sports was held up as a less sedentary and more sociable way of playing games – and Wii Fit definitely takes it a stage further.”
But at retail level, there are concerns over whether Nintendo can keep up with the huge demand for the title.
“For a product of this nature our pre-orders have been exceptional. We are expecting huge demand pre and post release. It’s another highly innovative product from Nintendo that will expand the market for games,” said Woolworths head of games Gerry Berkley.
A Nintendo spokesperson told MCV that the company is doing its best to keep up with demand: “With the launch of Wii Fit, as with all our launches, we are working very hard with all our retail partners to be as open and as transparent as possible with allocations. All of Nintendo's direct customers in the UK and Ireland were informed of their day one allocations for Wii Fit by March 10th.”
“We’re disappointed if even one person can’t get hold of one of our products and we are doing everything we can to ensure we have as much Wii Fit stock as possible coming into the UK and Ireland not just at launch, but continually, to try and minimise any potential disappointment as much as possible.”