Nintendo looks to Balance Board as 'new platform' for development

Nintendo looks to Balance Board as 'new platform' for development

By Michael French in San Francisco

March 25th 2009 at 6:30PM

GDC 09: Global sales of Wii Fit and peripheral just a few million behind PS3

Nintendo this morning told attendees to its GDC keynote that the Wii Balance Board has almost outsold the PS3 globally.

Iwata referred to the device as almost a platform in its own right, pointing out that developers now have more options for games development and hardware to target.

"Some developers are already taking advantage of this opportunity," before a Nintendo rep demoed new Wii Ware game Rock 'n' Roll Climber.

"We rapidly expand the installed base by introducing things like the Wii Balance Board," added Iwata, saying that he felt it was Nintendo's duty to just release one or two first party games that use the hardware and let third parties take over from there.