Premium pack accounts for 60 percent of UK Wii U sales

Shoppers opt for pricier Wii U premium pack over basic in UK; Nintendo Land highest Wii U software chart entry at 11, Far Cry 3 debuts at two.

The 32GB premium Wii U pack accounted for 60 percent of sales following the launch of Nintendo's latest console in the UK last week. A further 30 percent of sales went to the Zombi U Pack, while only 10 percent of shoppers opted for the 8GB basic edition.

On the software side, the premium pack's bundled Nintendo Land was the highest Wii U entry in the UK chart at number 11. New Super Mario Bros. U entered at 14, while Ubisoft's survival horror game Zombi U only managed to enter at 17.

Ubisoft had more success with its critically acclaimed open-world shooter Far Cry 3, which debuted at number 2, making it the ninth biggest launch of 2012 following last week's Hitman Absolution. Call Of Duty: Black Ops II held onto the number one spot for a third week.

Elsewhere in the chart Hitman Absolution saw a 51 percent drop in sales, falling from two to four. Assassin's Creed III fell one place to number five, while Just Dance 4 had a 48 percent boost in sales, moving up one place to number six.

LEGO The Lord of the Rings fell one place to number seven, Halo 4 dropped three places to number eight, and Skylanders Giants fell from eight to nine. Need For Speed: Most Wanted fell one place to number 10, despite a 28 percent increase in sales.

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Madkramdam
Madkramdam

I got the premium with Nintendo Land for ± € 320 and bought Super Mario Wii-U great fun. In a couple of months they bringing out two patches to speed up loading games and apps. But yes still playing Metroid Prime Trillogy through the Wii-menu. The system needs more core games.

Endofme
Endofme

I really don't think Wii was a mistake, I like alot of games from the Wii console.
And I think Wii U will be even better. Nintendo has games that are nonlike the other consoles.
I like PS3 and Xbox 360 aswell. But I have more fun playing on me Wii, 

osirisx3
osirisx3

32gbs is still to small 

trugs26
trugs26

That's a suprising amount of basic bundles sold. I expected a ratio closer to 80 - 20. 

katharsis369
katharsis369

i was selling my wii u yesterday... after i read an articel about all hot games are coming 2013. not one game that interests me is coming on wii u... ... ... wii u will be the same mistake like the wii (and i owned it too). nearly every game what is really cool --- you can play better on an other system (except mario, zelda.. i will rent a console everytime when these titles will be released)

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

 @NkoSekirei  you can already hook a usb external hard drive but any how , i dont see memory being  a problem  cause like i pointed out one can buy an external usb hard drive for it  or sd cards up to 32 gigs ,   unlike xbox360    the wii u is much more like ps3 in terms of quality and consumer value -   in fact it uses similar disc space disc ,   so thats another plus for wii u   , for people who are concerned with it ,  

MAS_LUDICREN
MAS_LUDICREN

It started with me when I got the Nintendo with Robby the robot and the light gun. WiiU is the best Nintendo system ever!!!

NkoSekirei
NkoSekirei

and besides the new nintendo wii u online service is awsome including miiverse and we can draw stuff to show everyone on there

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

At the rate they're going with the mandatory updates, the 8gb owners will have to trade in for bigger hardware.

tommynj
tommynj

Selling like hotcakes as expected. So glad I tossed out my 360 for a Wii U!

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

megakick limitations lol like what -the ability to use a 3 tb hard drive haha

megakick
megakick

I hope so The 8gb Wii U is as attractive as the 2gb XBOX 360. Doesn't help that the Wii U OS is 5GB+. Wii U has a lot of limitations that I can't overlook.

BradBurns
BradBurns

Who cares about U.K. sales figures? It's an insignificant market on its own. I'm really not sure why GameSpot is highlighting the U.K. exclusively when the console launched in the rest of Europe on the November 30th too..not just the U.K.

 

I swear, Europeans do themselves a huge disservice by releasing separate sales figures.

 

I'm an American, and in my terms that would be as if I single out "Great Wii U sales.. in the Alabama game market (Yeaa!)". My point is we need to see total European Union region sales in order to get a more clear picture of how the the launch went, not just one small country.

powerfulone1987
powerfulone1987

I hope Nintendo learned is lesson after these barbaric sales and sens reggie-fil-a packing. Maybe Jimmy Fallon will take him in.

Agelu
Agelu

It's all about Nintendo Land.

 

And the shiny, sexy black.

exclusive786
exclusive786

by next year, i expect the premium pack to replace the basic pack so 299usd and be available in white.

the basic pack will likely be discontinued.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Well maybe its because the so-called 'entry-level' WiiU price is not that much lower than the premium packs - and who wants an 8gb machine? .

Its like the same with the new 'basic'  PS3 super slim - having no HDD space on a modern console is ridiculous - especially PS3 considering all  those software updates I get first time I play nearly every new game.

botsio
botsio

yeah! far cry 3  deserves to among the big games of the year!ubisoft scored a number of hits this year with their various titles!looking ahead to seeing watchdogs!

franzito
franzito

The pricier package is better, simple as that.

tgwolf
tgwolf

I can only assume that the value was returned and justified in the software and that this somehow made good sense, because the extra onboard memory certainly isn't necessary unless the new games promise to eat up GB of hard drive space...But that just simply wouldn't make sense, not when the basic pack only sported 8 GB.

darkspineslayer
darkspineslayer

With all the pack ins, it would be foolish not to. I'm not really sure who the basic pack is marketed to.

Matty_gamer
Matty_gamer

So? People in UK are smart after all. :)

kbaily
kbaily

That's kind of a no brainer.  I mean you spend an extra 50 dollars for more memory and a game packed in and I really hope Nintendo continues this practice of packing a game with the console at launch.  I hated it when consoles stopped doing that or waited until a few years down the line when they had surpluses of games they wanted to get rid of.

BonoBoy
BonoBoy

Thank goodness I was able to get my WiiU into my entertainment centre alongside my other consoles...the black is dead sexy but could be the absolute worst finish for fingerprints since the Phat PS3. I don't know how long the basic WiiU sku will be around...I would expect an announcement by the spring saying it's gone bye bye...the 32GB model will become the norm without Nintendoland packed in...and I would expect them to offer the customer a choice of white or black.

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

Obviously people like the color black.

baxwam
baxwam

not surprise the basic set is balls 

NkoSekirei
NkoSekirei

 @TrueProphecy22 not quite theres a new hard drive coming out for the wii u and it carrys 320gb extra memory which im getting for my deluxe so i can store a whole lot of games on it

megakick
megakick

 @mariokart64fan

mariokart64fan. obvious- obvious. The new Wii U hardware is at par with 7 year old XBOX 360. You see nothing wrong with that? You can see the Wii U being around as long as the XBOX 360? For 7+ years?

_Bakasama
_Bakasama

 @megakick Honestly, I guess Nintendo just didn't want premium to be 'regular' and the white Wii U to be "barebones".  I mean, if you already have a hard drive, and don't want Nintendoland, I guess you have your options laid out for you.

ashdryden
ashdryden

 @digi-demon I actually found the price of the 500gb PS3 console quite extortionate, I bought myself the 12gb then opted to add my own hard drive, saving me about 50 pounds.

mediarays
mediarays

 @botsio Yes i like AC3 ghost recon and FC3 seems they beat rockstar and EA on their upcoming titles.I also waiting for watch dogs 

_Bakasama
_Bakasama

 @tgwolf 50 bucks pricier for a 60 dollar game included, and 10% refunds on all digital purchases (in the form of 'points') more than returned the value;  There's really no two ways about these figures.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 Matty_gamer. Generally, yes, but google The Jeremy Kyle show for an introduction to our country's gutter scrapers. Oh the shame.

_Bakasama
_Bakasama

 @kbaily And NintendoLand looks more promising than Wii Sports did...

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

 @BonoBoy I know, it seems like nobody gives a crap about the white wii u LOL.  The console and gamepad are fingerprint and dust magnets though. :/ They look so sexy at first, but after a week of use.. your gamepad will look ugly all fingerprinted up :(

Celsius765
Celsius765

 @baxwam if they offered it as a holiday bundle with nsmbu it'd be worth picking up. but since it doesn't the only benefit you get buying it is fingerprints are less visable

NkoSekirei
NkoSekirei

 @megakick  @mariokart64fan  no dude wii u is 80 to 100 percent more powerful then the current gen consoles even the the third party developers have said it themselves and besides they havent tapped the full power fo the system wait till next year thats wen well get some series game running on 1080p resolutions and realistic graphics

botsio
botsio

 @mediarays it looks awesome with cool gameplay mechanics that enhances the game overall!

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @Bangerman15  @BonoBoy 

I actually wanted the white one but had to get the deluxe. I have a microfiber cloth (which I keep with my 3DS) so I constantly wipe off the finger prints after use. 

_Bakasama
_Bakasama

 @tommynj  @megakick  @mariokart64fan Tell that to PC users.  We get crappy ports on a constant basis and graphics constantly lag behind due to developers developing for consoles, which stay weak for 7 years and don't even catch up to current PCs when new ones come out due to the price point of graphics cards.  Technology waits for console users.