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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:25

New Wii makes a splash in the UK

Written by Nick Farrell



400,000 in a week


Nintendo’s new Wii, which has a touchscreen remote control and full-HD graphics has been doing rather well in the UK.

In the last week Nentendo sold over 700,000 consoles during the last week, 400,000 of them Wii U units and the remaining 300,000 sales of the six year-old Wii. In the US the company is believed to have sold more than 1.2 million units, including the Wii U, Wii, and handheld 3DS and DS consoles.

Chart Track figures in the UK show that 60 per cent of launch sales were of the Wii U Premium 32GB Nintendo Land pack, followed by 30 per cent for the Wii U Premium ZombiU pack, and just 10 per cent of the Wii U Basic 8GB. Games industry news site MCV estimated that Nintendo sold 40,000 Wii U consoles over the weekend.

The sales seem to indicate that Nintendo has managed to stay in the console war, despite looking rather weak lately. Last year the company reported the first annual loss in their history, as their new portable games console, 3DS, initially struggled and sales of their record-breaking Wii console fell.

Nick Farrell

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