Reuters reports from Chiba, Japan:
Nintendo announced that "Wii Fit" would go on sale on December 1 in Japan for 8,800 yen ($75), sending its shares to a record high. Wii Fit features a pressure-sensitive floor mat called the "Wii Balance Board", which can sense a player's movement and enables the player to "head" a soccer ball, ski jump, or exercise yoga and aerobics in a video game. Wii Fit will launch overseas in 2008.
Analysts have said that Wii Fit is likely to be the next major sales driver for the Wii. Nintendo's announcement came just a day after Sony had said it would cut PS3's price and launch a new model in Japan. The announcement sent Nintendo's shares up 4.9 percent to a record closing high at 65,800 yen ($561), while Sony fell 0.7 percent to 5,780 yen ($49) and the Nikkei average was up 0.1 percent.