Euro Wii sales hit 325,000 in two days

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess bought by the majority of purchasers; Nintendo says a "steady supply" of consoles will arrive in months to come.

Last week, UK gamers queued up on Oxford Street and outside shops around the country to get hold of Nintendo's latest console at its midnight launch. The Wii started selling at a rate of more than one console per second as Brits bought 50,000 of the units in the first 12 hours that it was available. Predictably, many of the Wiis have ended up on eBay, where they were selling at around £300 (around $590) at the time of writing, compared to the retail price of £179 (around $350).

Nintendo today announced that sales of the Wii hit the 325,000 mark in Europe after two days on sale, which the Mario factory claims makes it the "fastest selling home console in history." The Xbox 360, which was hampered by hardware shortages, launched with 300,000 units in Europe, and Sony's PlayStation Portable sold 185,000 units in its first week in the UK.

In the Americas, the Nintendo Wii sold 600,000 units within the first eight days of launch, and Japanese gamers snapped up around 400,000 consoles on its December 2 release in that territory.

Laurent Fischer, marketing director for Nintendo Europe, commented, "Wii has become an overnight success in Europe with people of all ages rushing out to get their hands on the console."

Fischer also sought to assure Europeans still looking for a console that their time would come, saying "more stock is already on its way and we are doing everything possible to ensure that a steady supply of Wii units is shipped to stores across Europe throughout December and into 2007."

The console's launch titles have also helped boost Nintendo's revenue. More than 240,000 copies of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess were sold in Europe on the launch weekend, which suggests almost 74 percent of gamers who bought the hardware also took a copy of Zelda home. Wii Play (which is bundled with a Wii Remote) was purchased by 50 percent of people who bought a Wii.

Nintendo's cheer wasn't just contained to its sales of the Wii. It has also released sales figures for the Nintendo DS today--515,000 units of the portable were sold across Europe last week, which the company claims is the "most any console across all formats has ever sold in a week."

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AHDOAH
AHDOAH

Everyone loves Nintendo..... Those who dont really need to reflect it is because of whom that you are playing video games today.

ov3rdance
ov3rdance

i'm Happy with Nintendo back on top.

Mirai_Trunks
Mirai_Trunks

515000 DS's in one week? Incredible. I officially proclaim the DS King.

master_spoon
master_spoon

Um AliasUK do you know why only 600,000 units were sold in the US within the first 8 days? I couldn't be because that was the total number of units that Nintendo released here, could it? I mean if Nintendo only released 600,000 units, it would not be possible to purchase any more then that would it? And to your other question, No, Europe is not as big a gaming area as the Americas. We had people camped out for one week to stand in line just for the chance to get a PS3. We will see if that happens there. Plus we have crazy people here that literally are willing to kill for one.......bet not the case in Europe.

xanst
xanst

Why are people complaining about not getting one when they only were waiting in line for 3 hours? I stood in line for nine hours and din't recieve one. ;o;

AliasUK
AliasUK

We have a few Wii's in stock in our Game Store in Southend, although that was yesterday. Also to anyone who said that Europe isn't as big a gaming territory as NA and SA, shut up lol. 325,000 in 2 days compared to 600,000 in 8 days, work it out. PS3 should've be released here before them.

Timoteus_X
Timoteus_X

I'm sooo annoyed... I spent ages saving up for a Wii, but I was foolish enough not to pre-order one. Now, I'm told that the UK won't get anymore Wii's in until Jan/Feb 2007 :( Anyone know any major UK game/electronics stores that will have some in earlier than that..? If not, I might just go and get a 360 instead....

Derrick1479
Derrick1479

I stood 3 hours in front of Dixons (Holland) on the release date before they opened, then to hear from the first employe that got there that everything is sold out. I got so pissed because they told me the day before that if you're early you'll get a Wii. Today I went to Dusseldorf(Germany) and went immediately to Saturn( the mega electronics store) and I asked one of the employer if they have any Wii's left, he told me NOOOO. As I was just about to leave the store I saw an old man walking with a Wii in his hands, I walked back to the gaming area and I saw an employer dragging a cart of newly arrived Wii's....Some of the guys working there didn't even know that they have received a new shipment of Wii's today....Got home... Tested the Wii, and I have to say that it ROCKSS.....

samuelroberts
samuelroberts

Gamespot, this is lame. Update your news at least once in four days, please.

Tesley
Tesley

wooo, go ninty :D

Prowler_88
Prowler_88

It's good to see Nintendo doing well...hopefully the 3-way battle will have no losers this time round, and us gamers will get the good end of the battle...more great games. I'm not a fan of the Wii at the moment, however. I love the concept of the console, but after having played it for a good few hours round my mate's house, I became bored and frustrated. I could see all the potential there, but Wii Sports and Wii Play have no replay value...and my mate beat everyone at basebal by standing there spinning his hand round for the whole thing (which led to many of us getting very annoyed). I also played on Zelda for a bit, and wasn't particularly impressed. Hopefully the second generation of games will persuade me to buy one, but for now my gaming pleasure lies elsewhere. Everyone that has one though...have fun Wii-ing over Christmas!

antonioscordo
antonioscordo

I've seen first hand the popularity of the Wii transcend the typical gamer (me). My wife returned to work yesterday after maternity leave (I snagged a Wii at launch, but am saving it for Christmas). Her 45 ish (maybe 48?) teaching assistant, was excited about us getting a Wii for the "kids for christmas" . . . I've already had it out a couple of times after the wife and kids were in bed . . .did I mention I don't sleep much anyore????

zidder
zidder

wow! only Nintendo ;)

Goku-stream
Goku-stream

6 1/2 hours of waiting at Game led to gaming heaven, well done Ninty :)

Mangafan2
Mangafan2

The european Wii's, it's games and it's controllers are way more expensive than the USA and Japanese ones sadly. =(

fartys
fartys

I live in Europe (Wales) and out of all those consoles sold I didnt get one, even after going to my nearest superstore at launch day as soon as they opened and ringing every game store within 5 miles I still havent got one i am so pis*ed off it is un-believable!

rikardo10
rikardo10

holy **** 515, 000 in a WEEK!!!, thats like a...LOT!!! ,good job ninty, hope u do as well with the wii

Tommi88
Tommi88

i think wii is a really great console and its cheap but wait...hmm how much did the controller cost the nunchuck costs *30dollar and the wii remote costs like *50 dollars thats a fricking robbery right there i mean this console is meant to be played with friends so while the console is cheap as hell the controllers are expensive as hell , but still its so fricking fun to pwn my friends in boxing and bowling >DD *i live in sweden and thats how much they cost here

nintendonerd101
nintendonerd101

Nintendo has produced one of the most, if not the most, successful launch consoles ever. This is because of their different take on games that shows potential to interest the hardcore (Zelda, Mario, Metroid, Smash Bros. Brawl, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles 2 ect.,) and the casual (Wii Sports, Elebits). People are saying that this strategy will dry up as time moves on, but one inevitable fact is that the motion sensing detection and graphics are bound to continually improve and with all the revinue comming in from the quite successful launch, the company will have more than enough money to begin making even more quality games for both categories of gamers that will draw even more people to the system as years come. Long live Big N.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

nintendo are recalling 3.2M wrist straps, just because some idiots cant hold on to the controller, I'd have said tough, your an idiot its your fault you broke your tv

ice_rocman
ice_rocman

$200* I don;t know about the BS you're dishing so I won't comment on that.

her0carn
her0carn

Because a console has a bluray player and costs $100 more then an xbox doesnt make it fail. It makes its popularity for it immense and only those who have one will be getting it for what its worth Grow up please.

eric2mrng
eric2mrng

ive had the new console since european release n so far its really amazing..

pixleking
pixleking

Damn it, Im gonna explode if I don't have a Wii soon! I pre-ordered it, and I never got one. I love Nintendo like the brother I never had and now i am sitting in my lounge pretending my Playstation two is a wii by waving the pad around my head and smashing up my furniture in the process. Why, Nintendo Why!

Aaron_130
Aaron_130

funny how all the yanks diss UK gamers for buying 'rubbish' like Football games and get it to number 1 but when a bit of praise comes Nintendo's way, they be like 'ooooh you rock' :P

coasterlove
coasterlove

As great as that is for Nintendo, I'm most impressed by the sales of the DS. Selling over 500,000 in a week just in Europe is incredible. The handheld has been for about two and for it to sell that much in a week really says something about the popularity and the staying power the Nintendo handheld. And it's looking like the Wii may have that sort of popularity and success too.

cesare
cesare

Nintendo is really cleaning up!!

rdnapper
rdnapper

Finally Nintendo are back on top! Long live Nintendo! :D

pandaramaster
pandaramaster

Wow, well done Nintendo! Nintendo have done the amazing and down right impossible in this day an' age by simply sticking to their simple promises. A great console that is affordable, accessible and downright fun. A great wonderful package. Beware Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo is hitting back. And it's hitting back hard! :)

magnolio369
magnolio369

2007 is go'na be nintendos year.we've past the dark ages and were on to the golden age! "santa" has my wii and i can't wait to get my hands on it! (maybe i'll freeze myself till christmas!)

aashkii
aashkii

To all of the Euro gamers who waited in line for the Wii: Congrats on getting one!

ewjim
ewjim

Would it be this good if it costs little more? I doubt!

02sfraser
02sfraser

Well im one of them and the Wii bloody amazing :)

toyzer
toyzer

What I really like is that I can now have conversations about the Wii with older generations (grandparents) and they understand what I'm talking about. Where as before, they'd just call it a "tv game thing" and know nothing else.

Valmier
Valmier

ttyl, Sony. Microsoft will stay just behind Nintendo (which will rule the world with the Wii), but Sony's fall is imminent, I'm afraid. I'm not a big fan of a lot of stuff that Sony does, but, I must admit, I would be sad to see them fall from glory with such a messy splatter. They have their place in history, and I respect them for that, but I really wish they would go down in style.

NagaSadow
NagaSadow

bamf03 Normal ppl, like your parents and girlfriends dont give a rats arse about graphics power. Sales for Wii in some territories see games like Wii Sports and Wii Play totally outselling everything else, including Zelda. You will see games like Rayman, Brain Training for Wii...stuff like that totally outselling anything traditional. I've talked to ppl who wouldnt even think about picking up a games-system talking about the Wii, as if it was the second coming of Jusus Christ! Believe me, theres a VERY good chance Wii will WTFPAWN both PS3 and X360 saleswise ...exactly like Nintendo DS is destroying the PSP. You can see exactly how PSP's superior visuals is helping Sony gain market dominance in the handheld sector...yeahright:D And btw! Upcoming games for Nintendo systems like, "Bratz Ponyz" ( a pony simulator) and "Passion for Fashion"(yeah, guess what that is) will both see to that Nintendo ends up untouchable in the near future. Your precious Sony is just, frankly, screwed;)

CLeRKSfan4life
CLeRKSfan4life

Awesome. I'm glad I was lucky enough to pre order early on otherwise I woul've had no chance of getting one!

bamf03
bamf03

Very good for Nintendo but will it last for years to come or will it see the same fate as the Cube? The crazy thing is that when the Cube was introduced we could see it could compete graphically and had some interesting titles coming and yet still didn't do that well. The Wii is far behind in terms of power and graphical quality and the games are less interesting on the Wii compared to what was for the Cube when it first came out. That's the problem, I think the Wii has been pushing away other gamers of other systems, like me. Nintendo hasn't targeted its's main audience and they're not bringing any real potential sellers that other console owners would want. Instead of having a huge catalogue of Wii games where Nintendo and 3rd party have concentrated on bringing titles to the hardcore Nintendo fans, both Nintendo and 3rd Party have narrowed the gap of hardcore titles and are widening the gap for playful games to target families. So your gonna see less system sellers games that may lure other gamers and less hardcore games for fans. We all like FPS but to only have Metroid Prime 3 for the Wii for the next few years doesn't sound promising to me. I also think there are too many games for the Wii that seem like they've been ported from the DS with no graphical improvements. So it is expected to see these sale figures. Usually the console is your primary gaming system with the handheld coming second to it for when your out and about. For the Nintendo fans the DS has been their primary system with the Cube being non-existent. With the Cube being dead and buried and no games coming out for it for years, you can see why there are so many fans wanting to get the Wii. As with the PS2, the console is still going strong out selling other consoles and they're are plenty of titles still to come. For many millions of PS2 owners, they're not ready to jump to next-gen as of yet.

Alucard7321
Alucard7321

See, while Sony and Microsoft were busy fighting, Nintendo sneak attacked with a console that actually works and is cool! :) Good job Nintendo, good to see you guys are back on form with such an early success! :)

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

The more consoles sold = the more chances we have for better third suport! Oh please I want some good third suport! :D Ah by the way I am in the 5th temple in zelda and omg that game is more than great I love it. I am going to pass that game like 5 times!! And its hell long! 30 hours for 5 temples, other 5 to go!

nirvanasource
nirvanasource

A lot of people have underestimated Nintendo - namely 360 owners. They seem to think Gears of War will sell the 360 system massively. The fact is that in places like Europe, Fifa 07 will sell more. Casual gamers aren't interested in games that us geeks are. So games like Lost Planet aren't necessarily system sellers.

shamarke
shamarke

THATS CRAZY GO WII GO WII GO WII!

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

It's awesome to see the Wii doing so well....while the PS3 doing so horrible!:lol: :lol: I hope Nintendo at least comes in 2nd place this gen. Go, Wii60!!

eggsiboss
eggsiboss

I agree with ebonyflame, they just have to back it up, they cant let it suffer like the cube, I would get rid of my 360 if this would go online and had enough games! Needs more games where you can use created Miis, Wii Sports is so good, keep it up, get more games out cos the only one on the list I want is Mario, which I think is a crying shame for a console that is this much fun! COME ON NINTY, its time!

ebonyflame
ebonyflame

I just pray that Nintendo keeps good quality games for its two little systems coming as thatwill be the determining factor in its success. Don't let the sofware be your downfall like it has been for the last few years. Its good to have a few stellar titles over the course of 4-5 years but fans require more than a few stellar titles. We need lots of interesting titles, across all genres. Sales prove its not always about pretty graphics if these machines outsell the 360 consistently and at the current pace looks to be outselling all its competitors in the next year or so.