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Wii Sports Resort Already Sold Over 500K Units In North America

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Not bad for nine days on sale.

I haven't picked up Wii Sports Resort yet, but based on figures released by Nintendo today, certainly a lot of you did.

Between the game's release on July 26 and August 3, a whopping nine days, the sequel to the most significant pack-in game this side of Tetris managed to sell more than half a million units.

To put it in perspective against other titles in the Wii series, Wii Play sold 317K in its first two weeks of life and Wii Fit shifted a mammoth 678K (at a $90 price point) in its first week. Numerically, Resort has seen equal success over in Japan, shifting just about the same amount in its first two weeks as in North America. Then again, the Japanese population is significantly smaller than the American one, so it's done even more impressive numbers over there.

Things certainly are looking good for MotionPlus. The full press release is below, if you're up for some corporate gloating.

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo has provided staycations to thousands of people nationwide since the July 26 launch of its Wii Sports Resort™ game. More than 500,000 units of the game for the Wii™ console sold in the United States through Aug. 3, according to Nintendo’s internal tracking numbers. The collection of 12 fun resort-themed sports lets players of all ages escape to a tropical island for some year-round summer fun. The game comes with one Wii MotionPlus™ accessory, which brings unmatched accuracy to games that have been specially designed for it.

“Through Monday we sold one copy of Wii Sports Resort roughly every 1.5 seconds continuously since it launched in the United States,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “This tells us consumers were eagerly waiting to get their hands on these fun activities, and it’s a great start for a game that will have long-lasting appeal.”

Wii Sports Resort includes archery, Swordplay, table tennis, basketball, golf, bowling, Air Sports, Power Cruising, Frisbee®, cycling, canoeing and wakeboarding. The game is easy enough for novices to pick up but contains a tremendous amount of variety and depth to keep veteran players and their friends and family members entertained for hours on end.

Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other Wii features, visit

Wii Sports Resort is available at a suggested retail price of $49.99. Additional Wii MotionPlus accessories are available at a suggested retail price of $19.99 each. For more information about Wii Sports Resort, visit

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User Comments (40)



Bassman_Q said:

I mite buy it eventually, but I dont have the money now, since Im saving up for Other M and the next Zelda Wii



TourianTourist said:

This is very good news. Nintendo has to win confidence in MotionPlus, so they're going to use it in Zelda Wii.

And I love Wii Sports Resort. Worth every cent.




have it, love it, knew it would sell like crazy. I expect it to outsell Wii Fit.



jpfan1989 said:

I'm saving up to either (A) fix my Wii or (B) drive to Reno Nevada and save my best friend out of a a homeless shelter



TwilightV said:

I love it! I made it to pro in the Duel mode of Swordplay in a single play session without losing once.



KnucklesSonic8 said:

I can easily see this surpassing sales of Brawl. The game's really great and so worth the price of admission.



Machu said:

It's gonna be huge! Nintendo, printing money again, fan-boy's whincing & wooting everywhere. Woot!



Ren said:

why not kill more birds with the same stone and release "Wii sexy sports with motion control"?

I still have to get it. No dough though, after I move I'll get it; Seems like it's worth waiting to get it and another mo+ at the same time.



brandonbwii said:

I own it and it's fantastic. There are no true duds (I even like a bit of cycling) and the overall game has a very polished, consistant feel. Combine these numbers with the rumored 400,000 motionplus' sold before and thingd are looking quite well indeed.



calculon said:

I wouldn't get too excited about this one yet. I reckon sales will slow pretty quickly after the first month. No way is this game going to be anything like WiiFit in terms of sales.

I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole and there's no way Nintendo are talking me into buying another piece of plastic crap like MotionPlus either.



OorWullie said:

@ Calculon
Out of all the nintendo peripherals,you could hardly call the Motionplus a piece of plastic crap.If youve got a wii and you enjoy playing it then surely its a good thing.You cant put it in the same bracket as the zapper,wheel or all the crappy sports peripherals you get.So unless youve got something decent to say,SHUTUP!



calculon said:

I do - I don't want to buy something else to play games that really shouldn't need it in the first place. It's not my fault that the Wii and its base peripherals are woefully inadequate and the fact that Nintendo have once again failed to attract a permanent audience without the need to keep forcing games that require some gimmick to keep their interest.

Like I've said several times, the Wii is my only console but it's well known that right from the start I don't particularly rate it. Eventually, people will get tired of wasting money on gimmicks and gadgets for Nintendo's half-arsed money vacuum. Maybe I was a little harsh - MotionPlus should be categorized as a gadget, which is a more socially acceptable label for a worthless peice of junk that's overly expensive and gains social acceptance for all the wrong reasons.



JimLad said:

This is a slow burn seller, the intended audience won't discover it for a month or so probably.
I want this to sell well more than anything because I want WMP to thrive and get as much third party support as it can.



JimLad said:

Calculon, you're thinking about this too much.
Why don't you just buy the game an enjoy it, your protest isn't going to change anything.
Yeah WMP should have been a part of the controller in the first place, it pains me to think what could have been achieved by now with it.
But that's just the way it happened, it's not going to stop me from buying and enjoying it.
Maybe they're ripping us off (not by much mind) with peripherals, this isn't new, Nintendo have been selling us closet clutter for years now.
It doesn't matter if it's trivial expansion or seemingly pointless piece of plastic, if there are people enjoying it I say why not. £40 is hardly breaking the bank.



LinktotheFuture said:

It is a great game, and everyone I have shown it too also thinks it is a great game. It is going to sell a lot of copies.



Ristar42 said:

Its actually a really fun game and works very well. Considering the WMP was included in the price of a 'standard' retail game (about 40 quid 'ere) with Sports Resort I found it a decent price too - It aint exactly the 32X is it?



Ian_Daemon said:

The 32X was kick-booty for all seven of us that bought it...

Oh and Wii Sports Resort is frickin' awesome.



Rocky said:

@ Calculon WOW! Might be time to pick up a new hobby. Doesn't seem like video games are your cup of tea.



Ristar42 said:

Yeah - OK, I hear 32X Starwars arcade and Virtua Racing were pretty good. Way out of my price range at the time though, especially with the Saturn on the horizon...



chadthegamer said:

Me and my brother love this game. Hopefully Nintendo will use the wii motion plus in more of their games.



aaronsullivan said:

I was pleasantly surprised by this game. The online reviews were good but I was concerned about how particular reviewers tastes were. Almost every review would rate a couple to half of the games very poorly and there seemed to be no consensus on the good and bad games.

For me, though? I'm loving all the games I've played so far. My four year old daughter and I have already gotten our money's worth out of sword fighting and archery alone. My wife is best at archery though.

There's also enough details here and there to leave room for surprises. I love chopping up the candles and bread into little pieces for instance. Breaking ties in 1-on-1 sword fighting is fun.

I agree with someone on here that said this is a slow burner. I have extended family that is going to flip over this once they get their hands on it. I imagine it's what the bulk of Wii fans wanted after Wii Sports.

Nintendo did what it had to regarding the tech. It was monetarily and apparently physically impossible to bring us this tech when the Wii launched, so the tech hadn't caught up with many gamer's imagination yet. Thing is, it's here now.

I just hope the healthier third party situation gives us some amazing stuff to go with it. Grand Slam Tennis and Tiger Woods Golf are good signs.



Ian_Daemon said:

"...Hopefully Nintendo will use the wii motion plus in more of their games..."

"..Grand Slam Tennis and Tiger Woods Golf are good signs..."
Agreed again!

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