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Wii U: Nintendo sees 125% sale spike in UK

Tuesday, 2 April 2013 12:47 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii U console sales leapt 125% across the UK last week, according to retailers. The boost is thanks in part to Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate’s release.

MCV reports that several retailers enjoyed the rise in sales, suggesting that recent price-cuts have worked a charm. For example, the site highlights HMV’s £140 price-point for the basic Wii U model as a particular success.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate also accounted for almost 50% of total Wii U software sales for the week, which should delight Capcom.

We’ll update if and when exact figures are released into the wild.

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24 Comments

  1. Showmeyomoves!

    I waited a looong time for this game. Feels good to finally play it! It’s only been a week and I already spent 80+ hours on it… D:

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Goffee

    So, if retailers sold 1,000 last week, this week it was 2,250? I can’t say I’d be wild about that given in Japan console sales can leap 400% on the arrival of a single game.

    Without specific information, this news is meaningless. Welcome, but meaningless. Bet MCV won’t run a story next week if sales are down 100%…

    Come on VG247 dig out the real numbers!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    yah… vg247 give us the real numbers.. this is a joke.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. viralshag

    An increase is always good but as others have stated percentages are useless without actual numbers. At this stage they could pretty much make up whatever they wanted as it would all just be an attempt to get people in the store to buy a price-cut WiiU.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Gheritt White

    You mean it sold 25 units this week? LOL

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Djoenz

    You guys are like totally missing the point. Its about the fact it increased its sales this much just because of one single game.

    -__-

    Well 50% :P

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Francis O

    Got a bunch of trolls in here, an increase is an increase…

    And if Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate made the sales jump, what happens when a Zelda, 3D Mario, Metroid, Smash Bros, and Mario Kart come out for the system?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Goffee

    #7 – No, if VG24/7 is a proper games news site, shouldn’t it do some investigative digging to find out real facts, rather than feed us company spin?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Djoenz

    @7
    Agreed! Zelda oh I might buy a WiiU just for Zelda HD alone. Nintendo should make more rpg’s for WiiU mature rpg’s.

    @8
    Read the last sentence no?:

    “We’ll update if and when exact figures are released into the wild.”
    Patience good Lord.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Francis O

    #9

    Xenoblade 2, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, The Last Story 2 (or Mistwalkers secret Wii U game)

    All of those games have a mature theme to them. Fire Emblem has permadeath.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. dreamcastnews

    It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad news, the trolls will continue to do what they do when it comes to Nintendo, I shouldn’t worry about it.

    Don’t forget it’s the same mentality that has counted Sony as the next gen winners when Microsoft haven’t even shown anything yet.

    The Wii U can clearly become a ‘second console’ for most gamers much like how the Wii was in the last gen, I’ve got a Wii U and I’m certainly not ruling out a PS4 or XboxNext even though I’ve always been a Nintendo/Sega gamer – it’s all about the games and Nintendo platforms are starting to take shape.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Lengendaryboss

    @10 Its such a shame that “mature” games are on such a causal console, its like shoving causal games on an hardcore console.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. dreamcastnews

    @12……

    Which is what Kinect and Move are for?

    Doesn’t ‘casual’ mean that the Wii U would sell bucket loads…? Cos, it ain’t……

    #13 2 years ago
  14. viralshag

    Are people really trolling though? I don’t think asking for solid numbers is trolling. I think accepting any bit of “good news” without question is a bit more fanboyish than asking reasonable questions is trollish.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Djoenz

    Sony’s first party games are hardcore and Nintendo’s tends to be casual its a fact. Except Zelda thats a whole other level for me.

    That game might persuade me to go WiiU.

    Besides Kinect and Move are optional.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. dreamcastnews

    @14 I think mine was a blanket response for later comments that will be left here, everyone’s so far seems fair and balanced – even that PS3Fanboy, that’s saying something!

    #16 2 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    “Sony’s first party games are hardcore and Nintendo’s tends to be casual its a fact.”

    More of an opinion wouldn’t you say DJ?

    I mean LBP vs Mario/Donky Kong/Kirby

    LBP Kart/Modnation vs Mario Kart

    Uncharted vs Metriod/Zelda

    I also think it depends on the game in question, the persons defenition of hardcore/casual. And all it really boils down to is on persons opinion vs another persons. Neither one can truely be wrong in the eyes of said person. But also, neither one could be objectivly refered to as a fact either.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. dreamcastnews

    @15, I’ll agree that a larger percentage of Nintendo’s titles are aimed at ‘evergreen’ audiences, but there are more hardcore titles than just that one – they just don’t sell. I like the fact that Sony are still willing to risk on new IP, it’s one of the reasons I’ll keep buying Sony machines in future (except Vita, of course) .

    Last gen Nintendo published things like Disaster, Another Code R, Xenoblade, Last Story, Pandora’s Tower, Trauma Centre, Inazuma, Zac & Wiki, Resident Evil 4, Project Zero II, Metroid…. All of these weren’t casual but yes, I get where you’re coming from.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Lengendaryboss

    @13 They were accessories to extend the life-cycle of PS3 and Xbox360, is that the answer you were you looking for :)
    @18 yeah Nintendo do publish/house hardcore titles but unfortunately due their image it is very hard to see anything other than the family friendly company.
    @17 Its amazing how you left out God of War, The Last of Us and Beyond Two Souls in lite of LBP and Uncharted.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Djoenz

    @18

    I get where you coming from too. It seems I missed out on a lot. Those titles you mentioned of last gen Nintendo titles will there be HD remasters for WiiU?

    Im mainly pointing out Xenoblade and Last Story cause I have heard great things about those two games.

    Zelda oh boy that brings back memories. OOT.

    @19
    Not to mention Infamous and Resistance.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. dreamcastnews

    Heavy Rain was my favourite game for the PS3 I’m hoping Beyond will also live up to my expectations.

    @20 I’d hope that they do remake Another Code, Disaster and Xeno/Pandora/LS as they were really overlooked when launched, the Wii had some awesome games as well as some outright terrible ones, I just hope the Wii U evens the balance and gets Nintendo back into getting 2nd party titles out there.

    I’d personally like the see Nintendo adopt a ‘trophy/achievement’ style approach, they have the interface in Miiverse… It worked to a certain extent when putting easy gamerpoints in games that were terrible – the games still sold, maybe Nintendo could do with this to sell a few 3rd party efforts.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Francis O

    @ LegendaryBoss, why are you so worried about Nintendo’s “image” why don’t you just play the core titles we mentioned and STFU. You say the Wii U is a casual console… for reasons you haven’t even proved, we mention hardcore titles, then you say their image is casual????

    That doesn’t make sense. Nintendo is pushing out more core titles to the Wii U, the PS3 and Xbox 360 also have a large amount of casual titles as well. Kinect, Move, Wonderbook, Kinect Sport, Kinect animals and what not.

    Be a real gamer and play good games, don’t worry about a companies image. Just worry about the games. Xenoblade 2, Fire Emblem, and Bayonetta are core titles for core gamers, and have nothing to do with Nintendo’s image your bitching about.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis Whoa take your hostile behaviour elsewhere, not going to resort to your behaviour. I not worried about Nintendo’s image (you always love imagining stuff i am not saying) I am just stating thats the image Nintendo created, use it well and they can lure in more causal buyers. I can’t “play the core the titles you mentioned” because i don’t and i never plan to buy the Wii U. I say the Wii U is causal console for reasons i haven’t stated, true i guess i haven’t explained it well enough, i get to it soon. Nintendo pushing out more core titles, your right there are plenty of upcoming hardcore titles like you have mentioned. PS3 and Xbox360 Have causal titles true but although again i never said otherwise. I am a real gamer and i am just stating what i believe in. Now the majority of my message is just comprising with you, because i don’t have the energy to keep this up.

    The Wii U: Reasons for it being a causal console:
    The Image Nintendo created is the family friendly company, so anything assiociated with them is most likely aimed at the causals.
    Hardcore games will never sell well on Wii U (Personal Opinion) and causal games will sell very well.
    Nintendo’s output of games is more causal than hardcore. Even though their causal games are accessible to all ages its clearly aimed at the causals.
    Its predecessor the Wii is definitely a causal console so people automatically assume its successor is also causal.
    I would put more reasons but like i said i don’t have the energy to keep this up. I am not denying the Wii and Wii U have hardcore titles, just they won’t be successful like the causal titles.
    Satisfied now?

    #23 2 years ago
  24. dreamcastnews

    Some fair and balanced points here tonight, this is what I expect of gaming debates.

    #24 2 years ago

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    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

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  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]