UK online video game retailer ShopTo has started taking pre-orders for Amiibo figures and has them listed at £12.85 each. Estimates were at the £6-£12 mark, but of course this is subject to change. ShopTo currently have these figures available for pre-order: Link, Kirby, Mario, Zelda, Peach, Pikachu, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Samus Aran, Animal Crossing Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, Pit, (Kid Icarus), Marth (Fire Emblem) and Fox McCloud. The figures will be used for a range of titles, including Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8.
Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs has taken the crown of the best-selling new IP launch in the United Kingdom of all-time. Watch Dogs outsold Mario Kart 8 and shot straight into the number one position. Watch Dogs easily beat previous record holder LA Noire. Ubisoft says that Watch Dogs is now the 17th biggest game launch in the UK of all time.
The UK video game market has risen dramatically with game sales up 20 percent over last year to £3.48bn. The UK continues to be the biggest video game market in Europe. Console sales are up 38 percent, but boxed software is down 5 percent. Interestingly mobile gaming is up a whopping 83 percent. In total a staggering 626 million pounds were spend on dedicated gaming consoles in 2013.
Bandai Namco UK has announced Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 will be hitting the UK this Autumn. The sequel to Pac’s latest adventure was revealed for North America last month in a startling announcement trailer for fans of the series. Although a release window for North America has yet to be given, UK fans will be able to get to grips with the sequel in October.
Following the animated TV series, Pac is joined by Spiral and Cylindria as they defend PacWorld from Lord Betrayus in a captivating and all-new storyline. Bandai Namco UK’s Marketing director Lee Kirton said the following in support of the game’s announcement, which comes to the 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
“PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures’ has seen a strong launch in the UK and we are pleased to bring the sequel to the new generation of kids and deliver a game that’s incredibly fun to play for all the family.”
Nintendo UK has revealed to MCV that their flagship Wii U title Mario Kart 8 will have a year-long marketing campaign. The first step is a social media programme which is designed to get gamers nostalgic about classic Mario Kart games. This will then lead up to a full-blown online and TV marketing campaign that will run till the end of the year.
It seems as though another UK retailer is clearing Nintendo stock. This time it’s Curry’s & PC World who are selling the Nintendo 3DS XL for £80 while stock lasts. Brash Games reports that a number of high profile retailers are clearing Nintendo stock. The site lists that the Wii Mini with Super Paper Mario was reduced to £31.97 at Curry’s and PC World. The Wii which includes Wii Sports + Wii Sports Resort (with Wii MotionPlus) was reduced to £40 at Sainsbury’s, the 2DS was reduced to £69, the DSi was reduced to £40 at Sainsbury’s and now the 3DS XL has been reduced to £80 to clear at Curry’s & PC world. There’s no word if they’re restocking the console. You can call the customer service team on 0844 561 0000 to see if your local store has stock.
JVM from Gamasutra has posted year to date sales of video game software in the United Kingdom. Nintendo brands in total are down 20% year to date, however both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS have seen software sales rise. It seems as though Wii and Nintendo DS sales have declined dramatically and sales of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS simply don’t make up for it. The figures are estimated from data published in the UK trade press.