Wii U Sells 40,000 Units In UK During Its Opening Weekend

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The Wii U managed to sell 40,000 units in the United Kingdom during the first 48 hours of the console going on sale. Sources have told MCV that the majority of stock that retailers had secured have sold out. Stock is apparently filtering through retail at a trickle but should pick up in the New Year. Sales of the console could have been higher if Nintendo had provided more stock.

58 thoughts on “Wii U Sells 40,000 Units In UK During Its Opening Weekend”

  1. More stock is definitley needed, but money is tight here, plus Christmas coming up, so i think the amount sold is unsurprising

  2. So that rumour from a while back about seriously low stock for the UK launch turned out to be true then!

    Although it’s a little higher than the 25k that was suggested.

  3. Pretty sure it’s not true, i know it’s in stock in many places. It’s a bomba (though it has done absolutely fine in USA to be fair). BUT that’s good, Nintendo will go panic mode and we’ll get more stuff to hear soon at E3 (or before).
    Also UK isn’t all Europe

  4. Its not the stock… We have plenty of wii Us here, but nobody cares for a 400 euro console (500+ bucks), that is nothing special from the current ones… Nintendo must face the truth. The earlier release of wii U in the US, gave us a very good sample of user comments and what wii U finally is… at least for me, does not appeal to me.
    I dont decline the console, but if “as they say” its a next gen… prove it… lol

      1. It is not “next gen” when people are talking about specs, which is clearly what the term “next-gen” is being used as in virtually every scenario the Wii U is being mentioned.

        Then some smartass (or at least an attempt to be one) proceeds to make this very kind of comment right here, when they KNEW what “next-gen” is being used as in the context.

        Let it be known now that everyone knows what a “new hardware generation means”, they however are not talking about release dates and it’s clear the majority do not consider the Wii U, hardware-wise, next-gen. Just like the Wii wasn’t.

        Very simple shit.

          1. Wii U is a last generation console comprised of mildly updated components: 1997 CPU architecture, 2008 GPU architecture and among other dated trinkets.

            This console has been released several years too late and is prancing around calling itself “next generation”…

            …In release date and spirit alone.

            Have a nice day.

            1. So it’s not next gen???? So take call of duty/ AC3 for an example…. It took ps3 about 5 years to produce those graphics….and for THE WII U… THE FIRST DAY!!!!! LMAO at who ever says it’s not next gen HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

              1. This logic is so flawed and full of AIDS I don’t even know where to start.

                I don’t think I will either, this needs to be left right here for everyone to see in all of it’s mind-melting glory.

            2. Wait, the CPU Architecture is from 1997? Have Nintendo really used something that old? That’s … wow.

              I’ll still get one though, a couple of games have intrigued me.

            1. The very fact that Epic is apparently not *officially* supporting the Wii U with UE4 is all that needs to be said, really.

              They were even recommending UE3 over it, folks.

        1. you’re an idiot. a next generation console is just one that succeeds a previous console. while actually playing games, they obviousky look better than previous consoles, and guess what, ITS FUCKING NEW! so it is a next generation console, saying that it’s not is fucking retarded. and you still check up on a blog about a company you hate? nice to know you still dont have a life.

          1. Wii U is not next generation in any way that actually matters.

            It is next-gen in literal definition alone, not in gamer talk. End of discussion.

            1. ugh, have you even played a wii u? who am i kidding, ofcourse not. well anyway, if you compare the likes of assassins creed 3 and batman arkham city side by side with the same games on the xbox360, they run smoother, and have better visuals with updated antialiasing, higher resolution textures, better lighting, and even directx11ish fabric tesselation. and the fact that you can pause your game at any time and go on the internet and watch youtube videos or check miiverse, go on the eshop, and jump right back into your game is nothing special right? god damn you’re dense.

        2. I’m not going to argue with an idiot. Next gen clearly means what I said it means. It is a fact and you can damage control it all you want.

      2. It’s NEXT GEN because it took 5 years for PS3 to produce today’s graphics while it takes the WII U the first week……F@CK OFF if you beg to differ!!!!!

          1. So are you. :) Because you’ve been dragged to their level. It is so sad that you have nothing to do, but to bash Wii U. Really, now, that is childish. How old are you, by the way?

            1. By the way he argues, I would say he is a normal growing child with some grudge issues, or a very stupid adult. I hope it is the former…

  5. Its not the stock… We have plenty of wii Us here, but nobody cares for a 400 euro console (500+ bucks), that is nothing special from the current ones… Nintendo must face the truth. The earlier release of wii U in the US, gave us a very good sample of user comments and what wii U finally is… at least for me, does not appeal to me.
    I dont decline the console, but if “as they say” its a next gen… prove it… lol

  6. Meh, the UK isnt Nintendos Audience, Now if Japan has these numbers, well lets say itll be 3DS all over again. Plus 400,000 in one day in the U.S. is really good.

  7. i got the piss ripped out of me at work for buying the wii u. one guy said it was for kiddie’s and another guy ironically asked if it was a new controller for the wii. same thing happened when i met up with my mate’s on saturday night, there was about 20 blokes taking the piss out of me and my mate who also got one.

  8. UK, forgot that country or kingdom is Americas lap dog, so what American xbox butt hurt journalists say, the UK quickly follows.

  9. The guys in this picture should have put the game on pause before turning around to cheer and frown at the meddlesome player 3.

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