Nintendo of Canada’s Communications Manager, Matt Ryan, has revealed that Nintendo sold 35,700 Wii Mini consoles in Canada since launch. Ryan said that the Canadian market has reacted positively to the system which lacks a lot of the functionality that the original Wii console contained. Nintendo Europe announced yesterday that the system will go on sale throughout Europe on March 22nd. UK retail outlets have begun taking pre-orders for the system which costs £80.
“Canadian market has reacted positively to the great value the system has to offer, and we are seeing this reflected in the sales numbers.”
The Zombi U Deluxe package that Europeans were able to purchase during the Wii U launch looks to be coming to Canada, if two retail listings prove to be correct. Best Buy Canada are offering the Nintendo Wii U 32GB ZombiU Deluxe Set Limited Edition for $399.99. The package also apparently comes with Nintendo Land bundled in (which could be a mistake), which wasn’t present in the European ZombiU package. The bundle is supposed to be released on February 17th.
Nintendo today revealed that the Wii U GamePad Accessory Kit, which includes a cleaning cloth, an extra-large stylus and a screen protector for the 6.2-inch touchscreen controller, launches next month in North America. Beginning February 4th, in the U.S. and Canada, the Wii U GamePad Accessory Kit can be purchased for a suggested retail price of $12.99 from retailers.
“To ensure that Wii U users get the most out of their GamePad controller, Nintendo will be offering a Wii U GamePad Accessory Set to help owners protect their screens.”
“The set will be available at stores on February 4 for a suggested retail price of $12.99 and includes a Wii U GamePad screen protector that fits over the screen to protect it from scratches and dirt, an extra-large stylus for comfortable touch-screen game play and a cleaning cloth.”
Nintendo of America has confirmed, via Twitter, that the Fire Emblem: Awakening Nintendo 3DS hardware bundle is coming to the U.S. and Canada. The downloadable version of Fire Emblem: Awakening is pre-installed on the Nintendo 3DS included in the bundle. Details on the bundle’s pricing and release date will eventually come.
Fire Emblem: Awakening launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on February 4th in North America, and a free demo of the strategy role-playing game will be made available to download from the Nintendo eShop next week, on January 17th.
Update: Fire Emblem Awakening 3DS Bundle Will Retail For $200
The forthcoming Wii Mini doesn’t include an SD card slot, unlike the original Wii and new Wii U. This means that transferring saves is not possible on the compact console; it cannot import or export saves. Also, unlike the six-year-old Wii, Wii Mini can’t connect to the internet and doesn’t play Nintendo GameCube games.The redesigned Wii console launches in Canada on December 7th and will cost $99.99.
Nintendo of Canada’s Matt Ryan also detailed the difference between the Wii Mini and Wii U markets this holiday season, “… they are two very different products for a different type of player. It really depends on the experience that players want and their preferred investment in their gaming console. If a player just wants to play Wii games, Wii mini is a great choice at a great price. If the player wants more from their system, Wii U is the latest innovation of fun from Nintendo.”
Selling an extravagant one million units in Canada alone is something Nintendo are undoubtedly celebrating this evening.
The Wii had sold just under 1,060,000 units in July according to recently released figures by the NPD Group, which tracks the industry. In comparison, the Xbox 360 sold just over 870,000 units in Canada through July while the PlayStation 3 was just over 520,000.
In the first seven months of 2008, the Wii outsold its opposition combined. Canadian consumers bought 376,000 Wiis, compared to 200,000 for the PS3 and 154,000 for the Xbox 360.