The Wii has already been available in the United States for a few weeks, but the console only just launched in Europe last Friday. So, how is Nintendo's first high definition console doing across the pond? According to MCV, the console sold 40,000 units in its opening weekend in the United Kingdom.
MCV cites retail sources in reporting the news and these sources that the 40,000 unit figure amounts to a complete sellout on the UK High Street. And, if you were hoping to get your hands on one in time for Christmas, you better act fast. According to MCV sources, stock is still filtering through to retail, but it's "at a trickle." What's more, abundant supplies aren't expected until the New Year.
Shortly after the Wii U launched in the United States, Nintendo talked a little bit about stock. The company said in late November that it expected tremendous demand and that it would do its best to keep up with that demand. Nintendo executive Scott Moffitt said the company would replenish stock during the holiday season and 'refill those store shelves as quickly as [they] can.' Unfortunately, Moffitt also mentioned that the U.S. market could expect more inventory than other territories because the console launched there first, so it looks like promises of replenished shelves during the holiday season may be limited to the United States.
The Wii U is priced at £259 for the basic version, which includes an 8 GB Nintendo Wii U console with AC adapter and a Nintendo Wii Game Pad with AC adapter. The pricier premium package includes a black 32 GB Nintendo Wii U console with AC adapter, a black Nintendo Wii U Game Pad with AC adapter, a Wii U sensor bar, a copy of NintendoLand, an HDMI cable, and Nintendo Premium. It retails for £309. Lastly, the premium ZombiU package boasts a black 32 GB Nintendo Wii U console with AC adapter, a black Nintendo Wii U Game Pad with AC adapter, a Wii U sensor bar, a copy of ZombiU, a black Pro Controller, an an HDMI cable, and Nintendo Premium. This bundle will set you back £349.