Nintendo: Wii U Sales Increase 685% in th UK due to Wind Waker HD

by William D'Angelo, posted on 11 October 2013 / 11,846 Views

Nintendo has told MCVUK that sales for the Wii U in the UK has increased 685 percent for the week ending October 5. The increase in sales is due to the release of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, as well as a price cut.

This is a good sign for the console which has struggled all year. The Wii U sold just 1,268 units the week before Wind Waker HD, according to VGChartz. That would put last weeks sale at 8,685 units.

Nintendo has several games that will be released later this year that will help keep sales up. Super Mario 3D World, Sonic Lost World, Wii Fit U, and Wii Party U.


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Michael-5 (on 11 October 2013)

If the rest of Europe saw the same boost, that means it sold 38,544 units in Europe. Ignoring any boost in NA, that would put sales around the 73,000 mark, but likely NA saw a boost too. Wii U likely sold over 90,000 units last week. Still not as high as 360, but it's a needed boost.


Shadow1980 (on 11 October 2013)

Indeed. I think the combined effects of the price cut, WWHD (both standalone and as part of the bundle), and Sonic and Wii Party U later this month will drive monthly sales to over 200k. U.S. sales alone in the week ending Sept. 28 were over three times what they were just two weeks before, and for September as a whole they were up over 64% from August despite the price cut being in effect for only the last ten days of the month. If it could hit 65k in America just from that, then I think it could easily hit 100k for October. Add in another 70k for Europe and 30k for Japan (which needs a price cut, too; it's still retailing for ₯31,500, so a drop to, say, ₯26,000 would be good), and you get my 200k figure for October, which is about what the 360 sold in October of 2006. To stay on par with what the 360 did in Q4 2006, it would need to sell a further 3 million units this quarter; if it does 200k this month, it would need 2.8 million for November & December, which is certainly possible with Super Mario 3D World coming out as well, which, along with the price cut and other games, could enhance the spike in sales that consoles get during the holidays (plus it did 2.2 million last holiday, and every system does better its second holiday). And with a lower price and some games under its belt, it can likely sustain its momentum after the holidays this time, and with Donkey Kong and Mario Kart coming in the first quarter, we could see Jan.-March sales of around 1.5 million worldwide, again on par with what the 360 did in Q1 2007. That would bring the LTD total to around 8 million, which is not bad for a system that the skeptics were proclaiming dead.


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Pavolink (on 11 October 2013)

Good for Wii U. Hopefully the planned games can boost or maintain it.


RedInker (on 11 October 2013)

Glad to see some positive sales data for the Wiiu. Hopefully a sign of better times ahead.


binary solo (on 11 October 2013)

Wii U isn't out of the woods yet, but it is good that a price cut has bumped up sales. It's BS that the sales increase is due to Wind Waker HD, so the title of the article is wrong and misleading. At best Wind Waker HD is responsible for a doubling of sales, but the other 585% of the increase is due to price cut. Which is actually what Nintendo would want, the price cut has clearly put Wii U into a price range that a lot more people are willing to buy into.


RenSuzugamori (on 13 October 2013)

It's typical. A lot of people always think sales of a system are fully based on a game(s) it has received, ignoring any price cuts. Same happened with the 3DS. "Mario and Zelda saved it", but no one mentions the 70$ price cut.


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JTurner82 (on 12 October 2013)

This is nothing but good news. If WiiU keeps going at this pace then it'll have a brighter future ahead of it. Also, as for next year's lineup, we don't know for sure WHAT Nintendo's next big games will be aside from MK8 and SMB4, but they could very well have more titles up their sleeves. I think there's a potential for WiiU to outsell PS4 and most definitely XBox One, but mainly if Nintendo plays their cards right. Still, this is a step in the right direction.


thegaminggamer (on 13 October 2013)

You couldn't be more biased if you tried. Rofl "WiiU to outsell PS4 and most definitely XBox One". Nintendo fanboys may grow up and move on, and new generations may take the previous ones place but the cookie mold doesn't change. Its stays the same.


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JTurner82 (on 13 October 2013)

Just because my post sounds like bias to you doesn't mean that I think it is. I genuinely DO believe WiiU has a chance to outsell both systems. Its first year WAS rocky, but it's all uphill from here now.


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Monteblanco (on 12 October 2013)

Wasn't the price cut also introduced this week? As much as Wind Waker helped, I believe that the price cut, which was announced and thus few people would not wait for it, was the major factor. Anyway, it is still good news to Nintendo.


sepoer (on 11 October 2013)

Remember how OoT boost 3DS sales and then Mario come after that.


Nem (on 11 October 2013)

I went to my local games retailer today and there were several copies of the Wind waker for sale. I can see it beeing a significant boost. Nintendo wants to ride the zelda wave with the Wii U.


DamnTastic (on 11 October 2013)

well it's something :) If the whole of Europe follows wiiu will do almost 40K.


cbarroso09 (on 11 October 2013)

I hope for it, 3DS numbers in all regions except Japan (that it seems is locked down by the 3DS).


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JTurner82 (on 13 October 2013)

Good news: according to the front charts, WiiU has indeed increased in Europe. 34k sold, with another 39k in America. That brings its worldwide total to nearly twice the amount of last week's: 87k!


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cusman (on 14 October 2013)

Wow... they are celebrating 8000 units sold due to release of first Zelda HD game... the Wii U continues to be an epic failure.


thegaminggamer (on 13 October 2013)

I have no idea what the big deal is. We all know Nintendos IP always moves consoles, that is never an issue. As good as this news may be, Nintendo still isn't addressing its bigger issues, it's still stuck between a rock and a hard place.


aikohualda (on 11 October 2013)

would they be able to maintain this with ps4 and xb1 on the horizon?


cbarroso09 (on 11 October 2013)

why you ask that as if someone knows that?


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F0X (on 11 October 2013)

Maybe. Thanks to the price cut, Wii U sits right between PS3/360 and
PS4/One, so if Wii U's holiday offering compares well to what is being offered on PS3/360, it has a shot.


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Michael-5 (on 11 October 2013)

Super Mario a week before Black Friday says........PS What?


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Shadow1980 (on 11 October 2013)

Probably. Early adopters of new consoles are likely a very narrow and targeted demographic consisting largely of brand loyalists. I don't think the average consumer will be the ones to buy $400-$500 systems in the early months. In addition, all their major third-party titles are cross-gen, so the older systems are going to sap some of that software lifeblood. There are also potential supply issues to consider. The 360 sold under 1.2 million its debut holiday, and it was running unopposed by any other seventh-gen system. The PS4 and XBO might sell at most 3 million combined by December 31 (might have been more if Japan was getting either of them; the PS4 could have sold 500-600k and the XBO 100k there this holiday). Not only did it get a price cut (that $300 tag may make it more appealing to many consumers), but it will also have several major exclusive titles under its belt that the customers can choose from (Mario 3D World, Sonic, Wii Party U, WWHD, NSMBU, Pikmin 3), and those titles are more geared towards a general audience, which may make it more appealing to some portions of the audience. Every system does better during its second holiday than in its first. The 360's second holiday season was strong enough to where it actually outsold the Wii for the months of November & December. Even the Vita did better during its second holiday, if only marginally, and it arguably had an even weaker library than the Wii U will have by the end of November. So, there's no reason to think the Wii U can't best the 2.2 million it sold last holiday and potentially do better individually than either the PS4 or XBO. While the PS4 and XBO will almost certainly take the #1 and #2 spots next holiday season — though the Wii U should still do well despite a 3rd place finish thanks to Mario Kart and Smash Bros., plus whatever else Nintendo has up their sleeve, so it might not end up being too far behind the competition in 2015, and will almost certainly have better sales for the whole year of 2014 than 2013 — I think this is Nintendo's time to shine. A third place finish is almost guaranteed for the generation as a whole, but I think the system should go on to do around SNES numbers. (P.S.: Sorry for the wall of text. Paragraph breaks aren't allowed in these replies.)


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fatslob-:O (on 12 October 2013)

They could but at the same time it's going to get extremely rough in the holidays when games like watchdogs, COD: Ghosts, BF4, AC4, and GT6 are all there together obliterating the line-up that the WII U has. I most likely think that it won't hold-up considering that this holiday is facing some crazy ass competition everywhere.


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JTurner82 (on 13 October 2013)

Once upon a time, the same question was asked when Vita was about to be released when 3DS was in a similar slump. Well, it's already past that and the winner of the two is obvious (it's 3DS). Based on that, I see WiiU maintaining its momentum. It's certainly nowhere near finished.


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shikamaru317 (on 11 October 2013)

I doubt they can maintain this pace, it is just one game after all. They still have to sell 4.3 million more consoles this year to catch the launch holiday season + 1 year sales of the 360, 5.1 million more this year to catch the launch holiday season + 1 year sales of the PS3, and 15.9 million more this year to catch the launch holiday season + 1 year sales of the Wii. Meanwhile, the PS4 and Xbox One are both tracking quite a bit ahead of their predecessors in preorders, so it's looking like Nintendo is going to lose marketshare this generation while Microsoft and Sony both gain marketshare.


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RoadShow (on 11 October 2013)

While I love Nintendo I can't help but feel they brought this on them selves. With the Wii they had it made but they didn't show enough support and I personally was always disapointed not more games like New Super Mario Bros Wii showed up on the console and then when it did have a good game it stayed at $40 forever. Just a couple months ago Mario Galaxy 2 was still $50. Looks like it's finally $30.00 right now but that's still a 2010 game! In comparison Red Dead GOTY edition is only $22.99!


fatslob-:O (on 11 October 2013)

It's kinda sad that the boost came from a remastered gamecube game. You know that the system is in deep shit if it got a boost from a gamecube game.


S.Peelman (on 11 October 2013)

It's just impossible for you not b*tch about something Nintendo related isn't it?


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luiaots (on 12 October 2013)

I would think the exact opposite( well not exactly but similar) if a gamecube remake can do this , then a real new game would do even better, meaning the system has ton of potential


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fatslob-:O (on 12 October 2013)

@S.Peelman It's over dude. One of the most acclaimed gamecube game didn't do gang busters as expected.

@luiaots I wonder what happened to pikmin 3 and wonderful 101 ?


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benji232 (on 12 October 2013)

Do you even realise how stupid you sound sometimes? It's supposed to be a good sign that a REMAKE boosted sales by 3-4times in ALL territories except Japan meaning an actual NEW game of a BIG franchise will do wonders for the system. And please stop being an idiot, anyone with half a brain wouldn't expect 1 niche game and 1 VERY niche game to boost system sales . Then again, that's probably your case, you think with only half of your brain most of the time. That, or you like posting comments that make no sense (like you just did) that are borderline flamebait. Hence, all the downvotes.

Now go ahead, and SPIN it like you always do in your next reply. Im not expecting a very smart response from you anyways so im already prepared mentally to see the next stupidity you will post.


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RoadShow (on 11 October 2013)

While I love Nintendo I can't help but feel they brought this on them selves. With the Wii they had it made but they didn't show enough support and I personally was always disapointed not more games like New Super Mario Bros Wii showed up on the console and then when it did have a good game it stayed at $40 forever. Just a couple months ago Mario Galaxy 2 was still $50. Looks like it's finally $30.00 right now but that's still a 2010 game! In comparison Red Dead GOTY edition is only $22.99!


froster (on 11 October 2013)

The Wii U is dead. Nintendo has failed to take the customers to the next generation. So no one knows why he should buy a Wii U when a Wii already exists. The technology was too small from the beginning. It has too little power and too little memory . The operation is confused. The GamePad understands no gestures. Wii games only run in complicated emulation mode. At the same with multimedia: no BluRay , DVD or music CD support and Media Center can not be integrated . Not even the LOVEFiLM channel ( Video on Demand) works in Europe, but it is for a year on the home page of the Wii U without function. The sales price from the beginning was too high, the difference between Basic and Premium was too low. Nintedo have only sell 3,6 million consoles in 11 month. But Nintendo had forecast 3 million alone in december 2012. PS4 and SBone comes in 6 weeks. Then the Wii U is definitively dead.


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happydolphin (on 11 October 2013)

You make good points as to why the launch is lackluster but you fail to show how the U is unrecoverable. (ie dead)


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orniletter (on 11 October 2013)

I think you forgot to mention that the WiiU is dead !


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ganoncrotch (on 12 October 2013)

what's an S-Bone? is that the slim model of the Xbone? slim bone?


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fatslob-:O (on 12 October 2013)

LOL @ the thumbs down. People here don't want to face the sad truth. The VITA is currently doing better than the WII U! No I am not joking people the WII U is getting its ass handed to a VITA!


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