Wii U sales rise 685 percent in UK following Zelda release

Sales of Nintendo's struggling HD platform jump in United Kingdom after launch of Wind Waker HD; no specific unit figures provided or data for other regions.

Wii U sales in the United Kingdom jumped by more than 685 percent last week, a Nintendo representative told trade site MCV today.

Specific unit sales were not provided, nor was data for other regions, like North America. A Nintendo of America representative was not immediately available to comment.

The rise in Wii U sales followed the October 4 launch of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD in the UK, which came in at the No. 4 position in the region's all-formats sales chart.

Earlier this week, Nintendo announced three all-new Wii U bundles for the UK, set to go on sale in time for the holiday shopping season.

The Wii U has struggled worldwide, selling 3.61 million units officially to date, below internal expectations for the system. Nintendo is expected to provide an update on the platform when the company reports earnings for its second quarter on October 30.

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Jedilink109
Jedilink109

If I actually had money at all I'd buy one....friggin job situation man.  It's bull crap.

leandrro
leandrro

10.000 + 685% = 68.500 units = 1% of total PS4 sales = disaster

AzatiS
AzatiS

Now UK will save Nintendo !! Oh yeah! 

Ninties... If it was WORLDWIDE boost of 685% , we could talk. 685% in UK market only ... Pathetic.

drokmore
drokmore

Just think if they actually made a new game how it's console might sell

steelmouth
steelmouth

a 600% rise is a pretty awesome feat by any measure

ed6565
ed6565

I have to admit, Wind waker HD is artistically beautiful

Queuingreturns
Queuingreturns

@ed6565 

I have to admit, Journey is way better both artistically and technically than Wind Waker. Fart.

Oh, it's exclusive to PS3.

ed6565
ed6565

yeah, journey was pretty beautiful, and itd be bad ass to see it running on next gen hardware, so you got me there

GreekTheGeek
GreekTheGeek

Zelda Mario and luigi bros games plus mario world, best selection of old school games including earthbound, wii u can't be written off just yet . Personally Can't wait for next year to see what will come out for the system

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

This is only the beginning. When Mario Kart 8 comes out next Spring, expect sales to boost at least 700% in the US.

LeoPalhano
LeoPalhano

If they released an HD remake of BANJO-KAZOOIE/TOOIE + DK 64, sales would rise 1000000000%. Too bad Rareware is long gone (and dead)

Zabiam
Zabiam

@LeoPalhano Allso HD Banjo-Kazooie/Tooie are allready on Xbox Live I`m afraid... (Damn you RARE!!!!)

vegard1985
vegard1985

@LeoPalhano Hell yeah, I would buy a WiiU for Banjo Kazooie & Tooie in HD. Any other games would be just gravy.

buying1999
buying1999

This is great news. I hope nintendo can turn it around for the little system that could.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

This is a great show, but at the same time, it's the problem with Nintendo.  Their last major spike was after the Xbone reveal, when many (including me) were afraid that PS4 would have the same restrictions.  Given that the terms of next-gen are a lot more agreeable, Nintendo needs to figure out how to lure people other than their faithful into the fold.  Unless they've just decided to write  the Wii U off and focus on 3DS, their home console can't continue on months of nothing followed by one or two franchise staples.  That doesn't make for steady, consistent sales.

RS13
RS13

@YukoAsho It's too late.  Nobody but nintendo is making games for the Wii U, and I don't see how they can change that.  And if they don't change that, this is what you get.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@RS13

I recall the 360 getting a buttload of exclusives while the PS3 was getting passed up between 2006-07 yet that changed when developers finally figured out how to properly use the hardware and sales picked up. 

Also last I checked, Platinum, Atlus, SEGA, Namco-Bandai, Mistwalker, Ubisoft, Activison, Capcom, as well as a great deal of Indie developers are making games for the Wii U. Far from "nobody." 

ra-seru
ra-seru

@RS13 @YukoAsho Are you mad? there s tons of developers working on Wii U games, AC 4  n' Bayonetta 2,for exemple

megakick
megakick

Why COD BLACK OPS 2 is $39.99 for Wii U?

Unless you like Mario and Zelda there is like no games for Wii U...

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@megakick 

Except for the upcoming Sonic Lost World, as well as games like Rayman Legends, The Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3 and next year is looking very strong for the system. 

Starsailor_IT
Starsailor_IT

@megakick if you look for shooters on Wii U, then you bought the wrong console, its not Nintendo to have a problem.

ignautius
ignautius

A 685% increase isn't actually that big when they only sold 4 last time (and 3 were by accident).

If the console had been selling even mediocre to begin with, that number wouldn't be so absurd.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@ignautius Yep, this.

Depending upon the number, nearly 7 times a trifling amount will either only get you a less crappy number or a mediocre one at best.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

The Legend of Zelda Wind Walker is a great game and I still cant wait for the other great Nintendo Wii U games to come out this year and next year. I Highly Recommend you all get a Nintendo Wii U they are so much fun! 

Games like; 

Super Mario 3D World, 

Super Smash Bros, 

Mario Kart 8,

The Legend of Zelda,

Donkey Kong, 

Kirby,

Yarn Yoshi,

&

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

what is 685% in numbers? will that break 6 digits? seeing as the wii u barely did 160k in 3 months i doubt it

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@veryDERPY 

Sales have improved in the last couple of months, not tremendously but much better than the "160k in 3 months" in which that 3 months was during the time where basically NOTHING came out for the system. 

famicompenguin
famicompenguin

@veryDERPY The Wii U is doing far better than what it did a few months ago. Few months ago, the Wii U had NO worthy releases or any releases at all to make the system appealing to any audience. Now, the library can still be called "boring", but it's improved and improving fast. 

The Wii U sold around 163K in the past three weeks according to my calculations using vgchartz. So the Wii U just outsold it's previous quarterly year sales figures in three weeks. That's how much it improved.

famicompenguin
famicompenguin

The Wii U week sales from September 28 to October 5th are on vgchartz. And the Wii U did okay, but improved a lot. During the week, the Wii U sold 83,504 worldwide. 38,478 in the US, 33,947 in Europe, and a very sad 3,888 in Japan. It improved in the US and Europe, but it fell in Japan, possibly due to Pokèmon XY because sales of all consoles except the 3DS lowered in that region.

krystyla
krystyla

For all we know that could be less than 90k units per week sold

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@krystyla 

685% of 90k is over half a million so that's really good. 

krystyla
krystyla

@abHS4L88 @krystyla the calculation takes the global numbers of last quarter 160k divides it by 13 (3 Months ~ 13 Weeks) which makes 12.3k units per week globally. If we assume the Wii U is doing everywhere as good as it is in the UK we still only have about 84.3k units per week sold globally. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@krystyla

Keep in mind that that 3 months was when the Wii U has practically no noteworthy releases. The system has been getting more big named titles as of late and is continuing that momentum so sales should be higher than that, which this article clearly indicates. 

mtait01
mtait01

ahhhhh the power is Nostalgia.

Sales of the PS4 would probably rise by 1000% is they release a FF7 Remake.

locknuts84
locknuts84

WWHD is a nice start. I thought the original was a blurry, boring mess. But the Wii U version is a beautiful, engaging adventure. More games like this, but original ones please Nintendo! Unless you want to remake Metroid Prime, then by all means,  go nuts!

NoSoul81
NoSoul81

@locknuts84 I can understand blurry but boring? They're the same game other than some very minor changes. But you won me over when you mentioned Metroid Prime.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@NoSoul81 @locknuts84 Boring is a matter of opinion anyway.  I actually did find the back half of the game to be very boring compared to other entries in the series but as a whole I do recognize and appreciate the tremendous production value in the Wind Waker.  It's not my favorite Zelda game but it is a really good one overall.

Metroid Prime... I have no words to express my love of that branch of the Metroid line.  A truly great trilogy.

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

See Nintendo holding back your first parties is a bad idea.... Maybe when we finally get ZeldaU I'll get a Wii U, until then I'm more than content with my 3ds.

Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

@ZeroX91 I wish I liked hand-held gaming. I'm dying for an Animal Crossing game...I just don't want it on a hand-held console.


RS13
RS13

@RoadStar1602 Come now.  Sales dramatically increased when they released a good game.  That means that people were waiting for the Wii U to have something worth playing before throwing their money down.  Surely that's less sheep-like than buying a PS4 or Xbone on launch day?  

(PS.  I don't own a Wii U and hoping the it fails and nintendo quickly goes the way of Sega.  Shame I had to add this, but someone would call me a N-fanboy if I didn't.  yay internets!)

DaneGamer
DaneGamer

It's a positive sign, but when we don't know the exact number, AND we know that Europe is the part of the world where the console is selling worst, we can't assume much. Japan saw record low sales at 4k units the same week that Zelda came out in the country. 4k guys. The Wii U sold 22k the same Pikmin 3 came out over there, they wouldn't possibly prefer Pikmin to Zelda (?).

685% sounds like much, but it's only the UK, so we're probably still way below the 50.000 mark, and honestly, it should be selling 130.000-150.000 each week to be considered a succes. 

The fact they needed to sell the system with 1 game to earn a profit, but they now sell it a reduced price, with several games, that's not exactly a good sign..

A lot of assumptions go in play, but the Wii U is a Nintendo-only machine. I own one and like it, but to anyone who considers to ever rival other next-gen consoles must be out of their mind. These consoles are dependant on 3rd party support, especially Nintendo that can't break free of it's own IP's, and Nintendo acted on arrogance due to the succes of the Wii, and didn't actually deliever what the 3rd party wanted.

NOW WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND is how this machine is getting completely dismissed based on it's tech. Sure it's not as great as next-gen overall, but it has a nice GPU and ESRAM, and even if it can't run Direct 11, future games can be modified to run on 10, i don't believe it to be an issue. Shin'en Multimedia has said themselves, that the Wii U is a more than capable machine, and those guys are tech wizards, just look at the amazing F.A.S.T. Racing League for the Wii, which was 40mb in size, and looked sharp and ran fluintly.

Nintendo must've been extremely offensive or done something to distance themselves completely before releasing the Wii U, 'cause from a business perspective, everyone should've run with the Wii U. Then again, the 360 and PS3 did sell better together, and to have multiplat hit the Xbox One and PS4 would probably be better than to stick to the Wii U...

In any case, it's a fine machine, but it's already dead and gone the next year :) Might pick up on sales somewhere down the line, when it's priced like the Wii, and the library is a bit more interesting to those who don't dare to venture into new franchises like Wonderful 101 (which is amazing btw) and other stuff.

Can't say for sure, but the Wii U is cursed hardware, and i think Nintendo should take some of their gazillion dollars and invest them in great hardware aswell as great marketing. They could snatch the whole industry with one swoop if they would just stop compromising like psychopaths, and deliever a good full package! The Wii U has compromised because of the stupid GamePad controller, and everything else is just a so-so experience. The software is great, but it could be just as great, if not better on other systems.

DaneGamer
DaneGamer

It's a positive sign, but when we don't know the exact number, AND we know that Europe is the part of the world where the console is selling worst, we can't assume much. Japan saw record low sales at 4k units the same week that Zelda came out in the country. 4k guys. The Wii U sold 22k the same Pikmin 3 came out over there, they wouldn't possibly prefer Pikmin to Zelda (?).

685% sounds like much, but it's only the UK, so we're probably still way below the 50.000 mark, and honestly, it should be selling 130.000-150.000 each week to be considered a succes. 

The fact they needed to sell the system with 1 game to earn a profit, but they now sell it a reduced price, with several games, that's not exactly a good sign..

locknuts84
locknuts84

@DaneGamer It sold around 83000 that week according to VGChartz. Not amazing, but A LOT better. At least it means it might have a decent Christmas.

nathanjones007
nathanjones007

The Wii U needs to sale a lot more! However it is a step in the right direction!

abbasreza
abbasreza

If the games library increases I will definitely be looking into buying one