Troubled UK retailer HMV has decided to take action against declining Wii U sales in the United Kingdom and has slashed the pricing of the Wii U 32GB Premium Console with Nintendo Land and ZombiU to £199.99. That’s a £140 saving on the recommended retail price. Nintendo said earlier this week that it plans to meet with UK retailers to help boost sales of the console.
Famed Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has told Digital Spy that he believes that the UK games market is a joke. The UK games market has suffered enormously over the past few years with a number of leading retailers claiming bankruptcy including GAME, HMV and Blockbuster, and the refusal of GameStop to expand into the market. Here’s what Pachter had to say about the volatile market.
“The UK games retail market is a joke, with retailers pricing below cost to drive traffic.”.
“That’s great for consumers, but retailers can’t make any money on games, hence the bankruptcies of GAME, HMV and Blockbuster, and the refusal of GameStop to expand into the market.”
Troubled music, video games, and DVD retailer, HMV, has announced that it’s due to close sixty-six stores throughout England and Scotland. The sixty-six stores will close in order to help save the company, which has been struggling to keep up with a changing market. Sadly, 930 members of staff at HMV will lose their jobs. The first closures are expected in a month’s time. Other stores could remain open longer.
“This step has been taken in order to enhance the prospects of securing the business’ future as a going concern.”
“We continue to receive strong support from staff and are extremely grateful to them for their commitment during an understandably difficult period.”
- Administrator Nick Edwards
HMV is delighted to announce that its flagship store in London’s Oxford Street will play host to the Official Midnight Launch Event of Nintendo’s hugely anticipated new home console – Wii U.
With much of the UK’s stock of Wii U consoles in high demand through pre orders, HMV have channeled extra stock into its flagship store so that customers will be able to purchase their Wii U on the night, so a large turnout of enthusiastic gamers are expected to attend when the doors open at 11.00pm on Thursday night, 29th November.
Additionally, the first 100 customers queuing to attend the event will be entitled to a free copy of New Super Mario Bros U as well as another Wii U game of their choice from a selection that will be offered. The next 100 people in line will be entitled to a £5 gift voucher for redemption on the night. *NB This voucher will only be valid against Wii U hardware and software. The first 500 people in the queue will receive a Wii U goody bag and there will also be opportunities to win Wii U related prizes during the evening.
To lend further excitement, Ubisoft and Nintendo will be demonstrating ZombiU *, Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros U during the build up to midnight, when the console and associated games officially go on sale. Guests will also be able to sample a number of Wii U titles during the evening, while a range of Nintendo promotional characters, from New Super Mario Bros U and ZombiU games, will be on hand to add even more atmosphere to the evening . * NB Zombi U is PEGI rated 18, so demonstrations/sales to any customers aged under-18 will not be possible.
HMV has apologised for a point of sale display that one of its stores put up which displayed a fan-made image of the Nintendo 3DS XL complete with a second Circle Pad. A company spokesperson says it was a simple mistake by one of its stores, and that the retail chain wasn’t deliberately trying to mislead consumers.
“It’s apparent this was just one particular store being a little over-enthusiastic, and the poster has been removed.”
“If it’s caused anyone any issues then we’re sorry, but I’d say it doesn’t take much to work out this doesn’t represent the company’s retail offer for this release.”
A reader from Nintendo Gamer magazine found a point of sale display in his local HMV store which mistakenly advertised the Nintendo 3DS XL console as having a second Circle Pad. The image, which was taken from the store, is actually a fan-made mockup of how the Nintendo 3DS could look with an additional Circle Pad.
HMV has announced that they’re partnering up with Nintendo and X Factor band One Direction to give out One Direction Mii characters on the Nintendo 3DS.
From Monday August 22nd, Liam from One Direction will be distributed as a QR code on the One Direction Facebook and Twitter feed. From Friday August 26th the rest of the band will become available from HMV stores. If you purchase a Nintendo 3DS then you’ll also be able to obtain the QR Codes for the band members.