Online UK video game retailer ShopTo is currently selling the Wii U for a fantastic and enticing price point. You can purchase the 8GB Basic Model with Bayonetta 2, Bayonetta 1, Wii Party U, Nintendo Land and a Wii Remote Plus for only £179.84. Don’t forget that if do decide to purchase this it’s well worth investing in a external HDD.
Nintendo’s UK marketing boss Shelly Pearce has told MCV magazine that they remain optimistic about Wii U sales. Pearce says sales of the Wii U are up 60% and they believe that there’s momentum. Pearce concluded by saying that the Christmas period will be all-important for the console and they will be marketing it with a big campaign.
“Wii U has had quite a good year so far,” said Nintendo’s UK marketing boss Shelly Pearce when MCV came to visit the company in Windsor this week.”
“Yet Pearce’s positive appraisal comes from her belief that the Wii U has turned a corner. When it comes with competing with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 that ship – for want of a better cliché – has sailed. But Wii U is actually growing. Sales are up over 60 per cent in the UK this year. And from Nintendo UK’s perspective there’s been a change in public opinion.”
“We’ve really seen momentum pick up with Mario Kart 8 back in May,” continues Pearce. “That was when we saw a step change, not just in terms of sales but also people’s attitudes to Wii U. People are starting to consider buying now, which was cemented by our E3 activity. All the software that we showed then gave people confidence that there were lots of games coming that they wanted.”
UK boss Simon Kemp adds: “We’ve felt a real increase in interest and momentum. Compared to 12 months ago, it does feel noticeably different.”
“It is still about driving hardware to Nintendo fans,” says Pearce. “We have some support, but there’s still more out there. And then we will broaden the console out to families around Christmas time.”
In a recent interview with trade publication MCV Nintendo UK marketing boss Shelly Pearce revealed that Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire pre-orders are higher than Pokemon X and Y. Pearce says she’s optimistic that the title will perform well in the UK charts and says it’s a pattern they’re seeing globally.
“Pre-orders for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
are doing really well at the moment. It is pre-ordering more
than X and Y, so we are quite optimistic about that one.”
“With X and Y, we reignited Pokémon fans that have been
playing for years. But we’ve brought in new people as well.
We will be talking to Nintendo fans for these games, but
also newcomers and all the kids we’ve been talking to
over the summer.”
“In terms of marketing support, this is getting a similar sized campaign to what we did on X and Y,” says Pearce. “And in terms of pre-orders it is tracking better. So from that perspective, it is at least at the level of X and Y.”
Kemp adds: “A big part of the audience won’t have been around when the original Ruby and Sapphire was around. And also these games will be quite a different experience.”
“That’s a big part of the campaign,” says Pearce. “We are finding that the demo versions of things are working really well for us. The Super Smash Bros demo was really popular and converted lots of people to purchase.”
Thanks, MasterPikachu6 and Khalid
This week’s UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart Track. The number one title this week is survival horror title, The Evil Within. The excellent Super Smash Bros has slipped from number 11 to 14th in the charts. Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U is still hanging in there at number 40 and Hyrule Warriors has disappeared completely. Here’s the best-selling games in the United Kingdom this week.
01 (NE) PS4 THE EVIL WITHIN (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
02 (01) 360 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
03 (NE) 360 BORDERLANDS: THE PRE-SEQUEL! (TAKE 2)
04 (02) PS4 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
05 (04) PS3 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
06 (NE) XBO THE EVIL WITHIN (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
07 (03) PS4 DRIVECLUB (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
08 (07) XBO FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
09 (06) PS4 MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
10 (08) XBO FORZA HORIZON 2 (MICROSOFT)
11 (NE) PS3 BORDERLANDS: THE PRE-SEQUEL! (TAKE 2)
12 (10) XBO MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
13 (19) PS4 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
14 (11) 3DS SUPER SMASH BROS. (NINTENDO)
15 (17) 360 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
16 (NE) 360 THE EVIL WITHIN (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
17 (NE) PS3 THE EVIL WITHIN (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
18 (NE) 360 F1 2014 (CODEMASTERS)
19 (05) PS4 ALIEN: ISOLATION (SEGA)
20 (12) 360 FORZA HORIZON 2 (MICROSOFT)
21 (15) PS4 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
22 (NE) PS3 F1 2014 (CODEMASTERS)
23 (21) PS3 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
24 (14) 360 SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
25 (09) XBO ALIEN: ISOLATION (SEGA)
26 (18) XBO DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
27 (13) 360 ALIEN: ISOLATION (SEGA)
28 (NE) PC THE EVIL WITHIN (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
29 (22) 360 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
30 (25) PC THE SIMS 4 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
31 (29) 360 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 (DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS)
32 (16) PS4 NBA 2K15 (TAKE 2)
33 (23) WII SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
34 (27) PS3 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
35 (31) 3DS TOMODACHI LIFE (NINTENDO)
36 (30) PS4 THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
37 (28) PS4 SLEEPING DOGS: DEFINITIVE EDITION (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
38 (20) PS3 ALIEN: ISOLATION (SEGA)
39 (32) 360 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
40 (36) WIU MARIO KART 8 (NINTENDO)
Nintendo UK today announces a co-promotion with Yoplait which will see some of Nintendo’s most iconic characters take centre stage on the packaging of the popular Petits Filous Frubes snack.
With Mario, Luigi, Toadette, Baby Peach, Waluigi and Wario featuring individually on the Vanilla Flavour and Bowser Jr., Peach, Baby Luigi, Baby Mario, Super Star, Koopa Troopa, Daisy, Yoshi, Bowser, Goomba and Boo on the Strawberry flavour – everyone will have a chance to have their favourite character join them for lunch!
With each pack of Petits Filous Frubes, you have the chance to win one of 100s of prizes from Nintendo 2DS systems to Nintendo goody bags! To see if you’ve won, just enter the secret code on the inside of your Petits Filous Frubes Super Mario pack at http://supermariofrubes.com/.
Launching at the start of October and available in stores across the UK, the promotion will run until 30th April 2015.
This week’s charts are officially in for the United Kingdom. As expected Activision and Bungie’s Destiny was the best-selling video game this week. The excellent Mario Kart 8 has slipped down to number 27, but interestingly Mario Kart 7 for Nintendo 3DS has re-entered the charts at number 40. Here’s the best-sellers this week.
01 (NE) PS4 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
02 (NE) XBO DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
03 (NE) 360 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
04 (NE) PS3 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
05 (01) PC THE SIMS 4 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
06 (02) PS4 THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
07 (03) 360 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION (MICROSOFT)
08 (06) PS4 WATCH DOGS (UBISOFT)
09 (04) PS3 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION 3 EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
10 (13) PS4 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
11 (07) 3DS TOMODACHI LIFE (NINTENDO)
12 (NE) PS4 INFAMOUS: FIRST LIGHT (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
13 (NE) PS4 NHL 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
14 (19) 360 WATCH DOGS (UBISOFT)
15 (08) 360 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
16 (NE) PS3 NARUTO ULTIMATE NINJA STORM REVOLUTION (BANDAI NAMCO GAMES)
17 (11) XBO TITANFALL (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
18 (24) PS3 WATCH DOGS (UBISOFT)
19 (16) 360 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
20 (18) XBO CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
21 (12) 360 TERRARIA (505 GAMES)
22 (05) PS4 METRO REDUX (KOCH MEDIA)
23 (14) 360 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
24 (NE) XBO NHL 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
25 (NE) 360 NARUTO ULTIMATE NINJA STORM REVOLUTION (BANDAI NAMCO GAMES)
26 (20) PS3 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
27 (21) WIU MARIO KART 8 (NINTENDO)
28 (09) XBO METRO REDUX (KOCH MEDIA)
29 (23) PS3 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
30 (32) 360 SKATE 3 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
31 (10) PS4 DIABLO III REAPER OF SOULS ULTIMATE EVIL (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
32 (17) PS4 MADDEN NFL 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
33 (NE) PS3 THE BORDERLANDS COLLECTION (1 & 2) (TAKE 2)
34 (NE) 360 THE BORDERLANDS COLLECTION (1 & 2) (TAKE 2)
35 (30) 360 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
36 (25) PS4 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
37 (34) XBO WATCH DOGS (UBISOFT)
38 (36) PS4 WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
39 (26) 360 TITANFALL (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
40 (__) 3DS MARIO KART 7 (NINTENDO)
To make the wait for the launch of Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS on 3rd October easier, fans will be able to download a free demo for the all-star fighting game starting on 19th September from Nintendo eShop. As an added bonus, selected Club Nintendo members will receive an email containing four download codes for the demo today, a week earlier.
Qualifying Club Nintendo members will automatically receive four download codes via email. Nintendo encourages recipients to share their codes, as up to three other friends who also own Nintendo 3DS or 2DS systems can play multiplayer together through local wireless even if those three friends aren’t Club Nintendo members. The Club Nintendo demo of the game allows for unlimited play, and features the Smash mode with five playable characters (Mario, Villager, Link, Pikachu and Mega Man), one stage (Battlefield) and the ability to compete in local multiplayer matches with fellow Nintendo 3DS and 2DS owners who have downloaded the demo to their systems.
On 19th September, a demo version of the game will also launch on Nintendo eShop. This demo features the same content and features as the demo that select Club Nintendo members will receive one week earlier, however it can be played a maximum of 30 times.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS launches exclusively on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS on 3rd October at retail or digitally from Nintendo eShop. At launch, smash fans also have the choice to own the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Limited Edition Pack which is a red Nintendo 3DS XL system with a Super Smash Bros. motif on the front and the game pre-installed available while stocks last.