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Has Kinect made the Balance Board Obsolete?

Yes, Kinect has the Crown 4 30.77%
 
No, Balance Board is still King 4 30.77%
 
No, there is room for bot... 4 30.77%
 
Other See Post 0 0%
 
GRR I hope all movement devices die! 1 7.69%
 
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Global sales by year of the pack in gamesWii Fit and Fit Plus (measuring Balance Board) and Kinect Adventures (Kinect).  The rank is include in parentheses.

2009  

8.8 million (4th best selling)

Kinect not out yet

2010

Wii Fit Plus 8.6 million (6th best selling game of 2010)

Kinect Adventures 7.2 million (7th Best selling of 2010)

2011

Wii Fit Plus (Pack in for Balance Board) 3 million (22nd best selling)

Kinect Adventures (Pack in for Kinect) 7.9 million (4th biggest selling game of 2011)

2012

Kinect Adventures 4.6 million 8th biggest selling

Wii Fit Plus 1 million 70th best selling

When the Balance Board launched it was a great hit.  In 2009 it was the 4th best selling game globally.  When the Kinect was released in 2010, it was still beating Kinect, but Kinect was only for sale 2 months in 2010, and still managed to come in 7th place, just behind the Balance Board.

But, how the mighty has fallen, as the Kinect was the 8th best selling game of 2012, while the Balance Board fell all the way to 70th.  You can use the Balance Board with the current WiiU, so it still current.  Nintendo plans to have a WiiU Fit game out soon.

Has Kinect rendered the Balance Board obsolete?

Note:  These numbers are for total Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus sales.  There are some duplicates, with people buying Wii Fit Plus the game only.  If someone has a way to get only the Balance Board numbers I would appreciate it.



 

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Duh!! Balance board obviously is the winner.



Balance board! I used mine yesterday :D



Why do your numbers for Wii Fit only start in 2009 when the game was released in December 2007 in Japan? Sales of the Balance Board are guaranteed to be above 30m, so it's pretty much a done deal that it will stay ahead of Kinect.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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Because I didn't see the point in going back much before it was sold – this is an idea I got from Jay520’s question has Microsoft taken the casual reins from Nintendo.  I am looking at trends, vs total sales.  And the trend is down on both of them, but Kinect is still  higher in current sales.  But for Total Sales, yes, the Balance board is higher.  But as you pointed out, it has been on the market twice as long.

Also, remember these numbers are inflated for the Balance Board, as many people bought the upgraded Wii Fit Plus game, who already had a Balance Board.  So the balance board numbers after 2009 are exenterated.



 

Really not sure I see any point of Consol over PC's since Kinect, Wii and other alternative ways to play have been abandoned. 

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I think a more important question to ask about the Balance board and Kinect is; who is the biggest loser? And by that I mean which accessory helped it's users lose the most fat and get healthier.



Zappykins said:

Because I didn't see the point in going back much before it was sold – this is an idea I got from Jay520’s question has Microsoft taken the casual reins from Nintendo.  I am looking at trends, vs total sales.  And the trend is down on both of them, but Kinect is still  higher in current sales.  But for Total Sales, yes, the Balance board is higher.  But as you pointed out, it has been on the market twice as long.

Also, remember these numbers are inflated for the Balance Board, as many people bought the upgraded Wii Fit Plus game, who already had a Balance Board.  So the balance board numbers after 2009 are exenterated.

If you want to compare lifetime sales of two peripherals, you pretty much have to start at the points of their respective releases, don't you think? Anyway, each Wii Fit sale equals one Balance Board sale, because the game was never sold as stand-alone. Wii Fit was phased out after the release of Wii Fit Plus and at some point Nintendo stated that around 50 % of WFP sales were including the Balance Board. I think it was during their financial results in April 2010, but I am not sure.

As for trends, it's not really interesting. The release of Kinect coincides with Nintendo's abandonment of the Wii, so the numbers show what full support from Microsoft did against a Nintendo peripheral that pretty much had to rely entirely on software that was released long before Kinect came to the market.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

A Biased Review Reloaded / Open Your Eyes / Switch Shipments

I'd say: the lost interest in motion controls has made both obsolete. Include Wii Motion Plus and PS Move as well. To me it seems like asking: "VHS or Beta - Who will be the global winner?" instead of "Who still cares for any of them?" in 2013.

When was the last time someone here on vgchartz did an honestly enthusiastic thread raving about the terrific fun he had with the motion controls in game XY? The enthusiasm for the tech and the possibilities is over; the only kicks some people still seem to get out of motion controls is when they are mentioned in press releases with what they consider to be positive news for their favourite company.