UK numbers company Chart Track has confirmed that the Xbox One which was released on November 22nd has outstripped the Wii U’s overall lifetime sales in the United Kingdom. The news comes after the company announced that the PlayStation 4 had already outsold Wii U’s life to date figures when it was released on Friday, November 29th. Xbox One sales are now up to the 170,000 mark and Wii U sales in the UK are still around the 150,000 mark after a year on sale.
Nintendo 2DS sales in the United Kingdom have shot up by sixty four percent week-on-week. This means that Nintendo’s latest handheld comfortably became the best-selling console last week without including the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo 3DS XL. The console was originally meant to retail for £110 , but last week a number of major retailers including Amazon and Tesco cut the machine to under £100 to coincide with the school half-term.
Those of you who have yet to purchase a Wii U may want to check out this deal on Amazon UK. The popular retailer is offering the Wii U 32GB Premium console and two other games for a reasonable £240.00. If you’re interested you could grab the well-received Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman Legends as part of the deal. You can check out this offer, right here.
Just ten days after release a number of high-profile UK retailers have discounted the Nintendo 2DS to £99.99. Nintendo’s latest handheld was originally retailing at £109.99, now retailers including Sainsbury’s and Tesco Direct are offering the Nintendo 2DS for £99 in-store and online. Argos will begin selling the system for £99.99 with two games, Lego The Lord of the Rings and Moshi Monsters: Katsuma. This particular deal will begin October 23nd and finish October 26th.
The latest edition of MCV magazine has arrived and with it comes news that the arrival of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD saw Wii U sales soar by 685% last week in the United Kingdom. Sales for the struggling console rose due to a number of factors including the new Wind Waker HD hardware bundle along with software and pricing. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD made its debut in the UK charts at number four.
Nintendo UK has finally opened its UK retail store to consumers. The store allows you to purchase the latest Nintendo software and hardware. However, you should be warned that the pricing is pretty steep compared to online retailers such as Amazon. Games such as The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and the forthcoming Super Mario 3D World are retailing for the recommended retail price of £49.99. Still, it’s nice to finally have an official store in the United Kingdom.
GfK Chart-Track has reporting that 5.17m boxed games were sold in the UK last month. This was in no small part helped by Grand Theft Auto V and FIFA 14, with Rockstar’s critically acclaimed game accounting for 52 percent of games sold last month. Grand Theft Auto V has already sold over 2.6m copies in the UK alone. Gfk says 45 percent more games were sold in September 2013 compared with the same month a year before.
JVM from Gamasutra is reporting that Wii U software sales in the United Kingdom are up sixty percent from June 2013. Wii U software sales are admittedly still rather dire in the UK, but it’s good to see them rising due to the new software that has been released for the struggling platform. With the Wii U seeing a 60% increase in unit sales, that means there has been a 70% increase in revenue to go along with it.
- June: 24K/5 weeks = 4.8K/week
- July: 31K/4 weeks = 7.75K/week
- August: 32K/4 weeks = 8.0K/week
Nintendo fans will be given the ultimate chance to meet one of their heroes on the 7th September when Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario and Luigi, comes to John Lewis on Oxford Street in London for a special Mario themed event from Nintendo.
The event, which runs from 9.30am to 8pm on Saturday 7th September will cater to fans and shoppers of all ages. As well as meeting Mario and Luigi costume characters and Charles Martinet, Nintendo fans will have the chance to try out the latest Mario and Luigi games to come out on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS consoles. There will also be an hourly Mario Kart 7 competition where the best racers can win a trophy and Nintendo themed colouring in books and jigsaws to keep younger fans entertained.
Charles Martinet is an American voice actor who has played Mario since 1995. He also currently provides the voice for Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Toadsworth, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi among other characters. He will join the Mario and Luigi costume characters at Nintendo’s fun filled event on Saturday 7th September between 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm, where he will be available for autograph and photo opportunities.
Games available to play at the event include:
- New Super Mario Bros. U
- New Super Luigi U
Nintendo 3DS XL
- Super Mario 3D Land
- Mario Kart 7
- Luigi’s Mansion 2
- New Super Mario Bros. 2
News emerged yesterday that the Wii U will receive a price cut, but Nintendo UK wouldn’t confirm just how much will be taken off the price in the United Kingdom. It now appears as though retailers will be taking around £30 off the console in the UK. This won’t take effect until October 4th, however. The new price will take effect alongside the Wind Waker HD bundle which includes a 32GB hard drive, a special Zelda-themed GamePad, a digital copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and a digital version of the Zelda Hyrule Historia book.