This week’s issue of MCV magazine arrived today and within it comes news that Nintendo has shifted two million Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS consoles in the United Kingdom. It falls short of the figure achieved by the Nintendo DS at this stage in its lifecycle, but it’s good going considering the competition from smartphones and tablets.
Gamasutra has revealed just how much software was sold in the United Kingdom for dedicated gaming platforms. The Wii U has only managed to shift 650,000 units of software after being on the market for a year. The Xbox One hasn’t fared too badly, as it has already sold 475,000 games in the UK. However, it should be noted that Chart Track have included the Forza 5 and FIFA 14 bundles. You can check out all the formats software sales from Gamasutra in the chart above.
UK online retailer Play expects the Wii U to be the most wanted present for kids this Christmas, beating both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. Play.com owner Rakuten claims that the Wii U has seen a 75 per cent sales spike in October, due to a number of high-profile releases. The company says that Wii U and iPad will be the most wanted presents for children this Christmas.
“The marketplace’s social media analysis surprisingly showed that the brand new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles are trailing in second and third place respectively behind the Wii U and iPad.”
“This is despite the fact that both new consoles sold out on Rakuten’s Play.com during Black Friday, which have since been restocked. It appears that those on the hunt for the latest consoles are gamers rather than consumers buying for their loved ones.”
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.