Wii U: 40,000 consoles sold over UK launch weekend – report

Monday, 3rd December 2012 12:09 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii U launched in the UK on Friday, and its launch software line up has failed to set the UK charts alight. Sources claim that Nintendo sold 40,000 consoles during the consoles first 48 hours on sale. See the report below.

MCV writes that retail sources have placed Nintendo’s console sales total at around the 40,000 mark, which is reportedly a sell-out on the high street (physical stores, not counting online stores).

Sources also suggest that stores are seeing re-stock from Nintendo, but in small quantities, with a full resupply expected in the New Year.

Treat MCV’s reportage as rumour for now, as the site admits the figure has been reached by piecing together reports from its sources, but a complete sell-out would be no surprise, given the furore over the original Wii when it launched, and given its strong sales in the US.

We’ve asked Nintendo for comment.



  1. KrazyKraut

    UK is a weak gaming country. Thats why games so cheap in UK (in compa. to Germany, France etc)
    I would like to know how much they sold in France, Germany etc…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 “UK is a weak gaming country”

    I’d like to officially challenge that.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. CyberMarco

    @1 I think it’s the opposite compared to Greece-Italy (at least from my experience). I can buy games from UK retailers like Zavvi, Play etc. way more cheaper than buying from here. Not mentioning that new games here tend to start from 60€+.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Showmeyomoves!

    @1 KrazyKraut: It’s just Nintendo that’s less popular over there. The UK is Sony territory. The other two countries you mentioned, however, are very much Nintendo-centric.

    Don’t ask me why, though!

    #4 2 years ago

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