Brits buy 50,000 Wiis in 12 hours

Wii fever continues in the UK as 50,000 are sold in half a day; Nintendo estimates one unit sold every second in console's early going.

With each region the Wii is released in, impressive sales numbers have followed. American gamers bought 600,000 Wiis in the system's first eight days in North America. In Japan, 372,000 Wiis were sold in just two days. Late last week the Wii went on sale in Europe, and the first sales figures are in.

Nintendo says 50,000 Wiis were sold in the UK in the console's first 12 hours on the market. That translates to more than one console sold every second.

The Mario factory has yet to announce how many units were shipped to Europe, and as in other regions, the Wii remains a hard find for gamers.

"We are doing everything we can to meet demand throughout Christmas and the new year," said Nintendo UK general manager David Yarnton.

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cammydude144
cammydude144

yay i got my wii couple days ago god its sooooo good recommend it to anyone Wii kicks ass :p

Necron91
Necron91

i'm getting my Wii in the new year i hope i always thought there would be selling Yellow Wii's just for the in-joke...

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

That's quite a low number, actually.

pp222
pp222

Awesome! Bye bye PS3! :lol:

Lord_Regnier
Lord_Regnier

Demand for the Wii has been amazing here in the UK:D

bobreturns
bobreturns

my mum sed she dnt think she can get me a wii for christmas cos there all sold out near me :(

69PS3cool69
69PS3cool69

the wii seems to be doing well for itself but thats not too unexpected seeing as to how everything else costs so much

KingChainz31684
KingChainz31684

hmm i love the whole childish thing how all games produced for nintendo are E rated. I mean i can't say i think zelda or marios would be any better if when you jump on a goombas head it splatters in to a big mess of blood that really wouldn't do it for me as far as making the game any better. It might get people who don't know anything about gaming more interested cuz there is a M instead of a T but thats it and if thats what you need to want to pick up a game i feel bad for you. With Silicon Knights, EA, Capcom and other producers making games from Nintendo it will have a fair amount of the better Mature games on the market. It just won't have some of the nuggets that don't flush like killzone. The Wii is sweet hope everyone ends up getting one thats in the market. Stop selling on ebay or just stop bidding so redicously high I mean seriously stop giving people a reason to sell the stuff on ebay and you would find a lot more of them in the store. first person to bid 250 dollars should get the system so that way people can actually go to the store and buy the thing cuz people wouldn't go buy 10-15 of them just to sell them on the internet. I mean my friends dad wants to buy one but he won't be able to till mid january prolly cuz he has kidney dialysis on MWF morning and can't go wait in lines over night for the system.

mononokehime316
mononokehime316

"I need to get a Wii pronto! My mum pre ordered one from Woolthworths.co.uk but it hasn't been sent yet! She pre ordered it on the 29th of October as well. I'm scared... " im sorry to say this but you have no chance of getting one if u preordered that late. i preordered on september 17th and im not getting one currys told me until the new year.

mononokehime316
mononokehime316

"For the Ds its the best handheld but for WII i wont bye one theese E rated games keep coming to the consol i meen every one is there one horror for the WII no there is this stupid monkey ball I'm not intersted in that saw Make real games and i will be the first in the line " you wont buy a game as its an E rating how childish. Just because a game if not filled with gore dont mean its crap. Id take monkey ball any day over the crap that was the scarface game and the joke that are the dragonball Z games.

mononokehime316
mononokehime316

the 50k number is the sold out number. wii is impossible to get in uk i know as i live in England and cant find a wii anywhere. i even went 30 or 40 miles to north wales and could not fine any there either.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

so is this 50k the sold out number? (or did wii even sell out in UK?)

ufopuller
ufopuller

So, they joined the rest of the world

LexLas
LexLas

Wow ! Is Wii breaking records or what ?

princeofgames90
princeofgames90

For the Ds its the best handheld but for WII i wont bye one theese E rated games keep coming to the consol i meen every one is there one horror for the WII no there is this stupid monkey ball I'm not intersted in that saw Make real games and i will be the first in the line

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

One unit sold every second? Nintendo surely hit the jackpot with Wii.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Yeah, the Wii is very difficult to find here in the USA. Go, Wii60!!:D

shizwill03
shizwill03

Another awesome for the house of Nintendo! ....Speaking of this I need to buy some Wii points so I can download some classic cames.....-Makes Mental Note-......

ocdog45
ocdog45

way to go brits! enjoy the wii

aldrenar47
aldrenar47

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chickmagnet_1
chickmagnet_1

Shadow, thats freakin retarded man. Either way, Walmart still got money. Why did they fire you? See, Walmart sux. Don't fret about getting fired man. I'm sure there are a lot of better places that you could be working. I recommend going through a temp agency to try and find a job. Temping may even help you get your feet wet in a lot of different jobs, to find out what you prefer. I would recommend trying out Snelling, when it comes to temp agencies. They are wonderful. Good luck man. Oh yeah, and screw Walmart.

tjharwin
tjharwin

I need to get a Wii pronto! My mum pre ordered one from Woolthworths.co.uk but it hasn't been sent yet! She pre ordered it on the 29th of October as well. I'm scared...

VengenceZero
VengenceZero

Sony, Microsoft, take notes. THIS IS A LAUNCH! Go Big N!!

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

Kinda ironic that Sony will make more money selling replacement televisions that people break with the Wii than by selling their new console.

ranger_waha
ranger_waha

Shadow, Good job. You'll find a better job with the increased hand-eye co-ordination your wii gives you, I'm certain.

Dace67
Dace67

I wonder how many more they sold because of the PS3 delay. Well at least Europe has the awesomeness that is Wii.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

I've said it before and I'll say it again...That's a lot of Wiis.

ShadowMstr121
ShadowMstr121

Yeah, the return wasn't opened, so I thought I'd hit the jackpot. No one informed me of the employee ban, which they ENFORCE TOOTH AND NAIL. Was it worth it? Compared to the 360... yes. But they didn't have a game like Twilight Princess (currently their Gears of War) at launch. I'm going to return my 360 the week they announce a price drop, and buy a new one then. See how Wal-Mart likes me then. And to lithus - no. Just... no. But yes to your avatar.

antonioscordo
antonioscordo

"ShadowMstr121 Someone returned a Wii at my local Wal-Mart, where I worked. I was the first to see it in the returns bin, so I bought it. Then got fired. " So . . . . was it worth it?

jburde
jburde

That's pretty impressive. Wish I had a Wii :(

lithus
lithus

and another 12 hours later they start returning it for a 360.

ShadowMstr121
ShadowMstr121

Someone returned a Wii at my local Wal-Mart, where I worked. I was the first to see it in the returns bin, so I bought it. Then got fired.

motang
motang

Wow, impressive! Way to go Big N.

interpolred
interpolred

Impressive! Nintendo's doing really good with the Wii.

daqua_99
daqua_99

This is gonna put a lotta strain on the availability of the Wii. Nintendo must now produce and ship Wiis to every region in the world. I think that the forecast for worldwide sales will increase, but that might mean consoles destined for the US may need to be converted to Japanese or PAL consoles becasue of supply-and-demand ....

TryMe01
TryMe01

the world needs more Wii, ser-Wii-ously

perfect_chao
perfect_chao

w00t i got 3 wiis, kept 1 and sold 2 made £320 off of one and £307 off the other, over a 250 pounds worth profit :)

Dante565
Dante565

Nice job thats a ton of Wii's to be sold that quickly.

GrimBee
GrimBee

My local gamestation had.... 12 wiis.... .... .... The store had over 60 pre-orders, its a small store, small town.. but essentially, if they only get 12... thats 48 people left without a wii before christmas! They said that they will get more in a few days. So I hope that Nintendo can consistently make the console, and ship it every week. So at least the pre-orders can get done by christmas. Wii's going on eBay uk are going for about £400 give or take. One hopeful wants £1000 starting bid! what a rip-off!! I guarantee that Nintendo will definately have loads and loads of wii's by the end of the year. I mean, they anticipated demand this high, I mean, they advertise it all over the place. And the DS is a monumental success, too. It's not like they are suddenly going to have some diode problem or whatever, its nintendo! So I think gamers will have a good chance of picking up a wii before the year is out, without going on eBay :)

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

I managed to preorder 3 Wii's, got them all as well and I didn't put a single one of them on Ebay, I have 1, my dad has 1 and my daughter has 1. Its a great console, anything that can make my wife want to play on is fantastic, even though she beat me at bowling