Nintendo recently announced that Wii Sports Resort has reached 500,000 units sold between July 26 and August 3rd in the U.S. and 600,000 in Europe since July 24th. Add in Japan’s 828,000 and you have one of the most successful titles in Wii history. The question will be whether Wii Sports Resort can continue a strong sales pace into the holiday season.
Nintendo has recently applied for a patent on a peripheral device for the Wii that is similar to an inflatable kiddie horse, complete with a set of reins. It is a small inflatable cushion reminiscent of the “Hoppity Hop” that has a dock for the Wii remote. When you bounce or move, the controller registers the movement. Nintendo cites in their patent, the ability to ride bulls, whales, dragons, griffons, unicorns and giant eagles through the use of the inflatable cushion.
Although it is only just a patent with no guarantee of production, I really, really hope they make them if only for the entertainment value - think of all the YouTube videos just begging to be made
For those of you who are desperately trying to spur the economy this upcoming holiday season and have a hardcore Wii gamer in your life, have we got a holiday gift idea for you! The solar powered Wii. Built last year by Tom’s Hardware, it comes in at just over $1400 and can be built in less than a week. Click on the image below to get the full story from Tom’s Hardware.