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Wii U Sells 40,000 Units Over UK Opening Weekend

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.

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  • memadmax
    Better get it before the UK gov'ment puts a WiiU tax on it like the TV tax >_>
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  • esrever
    I never got why people bought consoles at launch. Next to no good games and really pricy to boot.
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  • tiret
    great! another 40,000 wining kids taught to play games on a Wii and then want to play Call of duty, Diablo 3, battlefield etc.
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  • thomasf94
    This is crazy.
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  • JOSHSKORN
    40k? Oh boy. Really setting records there!

    /sarcasm
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  • gardoversoza
    tiretgreat! another 40,000 wining kids taught to play games on a Wii and then want to play Call of duty, Diablo 3, battlefield etc.COD, D3, BF3?? LOL another wannabe-gamer troll who evaluates games solely on graphics.

    I dare you try Nintendo Land. There's a reason why the Wii U has been selling out.

    Gameplay > Graphics
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  • tiret
    gardoversozaCOD, D3, BF3?? LOL another wannabe-gamer troll who evaluates games solely on graphics.I dare you try Nintendo Land. There's a reason why the Wii U has been selling out.Gameplay > Graphicsmy comment had nothing to with graphics - it is related to casual console gamers who cry when they try their hand at "real" games with hardcore players because all they know is mario bro's.

    anyway i can see we on different sides of the fence - no point.
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  • blazorthon
    gardoversozaCOD, D3, BF3?? LOL another wannabe-gamer troll who evaluates games solely on graphics.I dare you try Nintendo Land. There's a reason why the Wii U has been selling out.Gameplay > Graphics
    Diablo 3 doesn't even have good enough graphics to remotely make up for it being little more than a click fest.
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  • blazorthon
    tiretmy comment had nothing to with graphics - it is related to casual console gamers who cry when they try their hand at "real" games with hardcore players because all they know is mario bro's.anyway i can see we on different sides of the fence - no point.
    Most WiiU gamers who go on to play PC games aren't likely to care so much about winning or losing to the point where they cry/whine when they lose.
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  • tiret
    gardoversozaCOD, D3, BF3?? LOL another wannabe-gamer troll who evaluates games solely on graphics.I dare you try Nintendo Land. There's a reason why the Wii U has been selling out.Gameplay > Graphicslol i just checked nintendo land out... what a wank fest. are you serious???
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