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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266 comments
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

Garm31
Garm31

The WiiU will be dead by the time Zelda comes in 2015. WiiU = Dreamcast. Only the Dreamcast actually had great games.

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)

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.

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...

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.

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

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

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!

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.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@Garm31 I doubt it'll be dead.  It'll probably be doing ok. Not great or even good. Just ok. Some of the games that are coming out between now and the next Zelda will keep it afloat. It's still a far cry from old Nintendo standards though.

Starsailor_IT
Starsailor_IT

@Garm31 you wish it for it to die, don't you? So we will be left with PS4 and XboxONE.. I would be careful with what you wish if I were you. My bets are that XboxONE will take the fall. Dreamcast suffered the arrival of PS2, but did not offer anything different from a PS2. the WiiU is a completely different gaming experience from the PS4. And this is a fact.

vegard1985
vegard1985

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

Zabiam
Zabiam

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@krystyla 

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

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.

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

leandrro
leandrro

@Starsailor_IT @Garm31 yes, a stupid low res single touch tiny screen, PS4 cn be played with a high res, multi touch big screen of vita, totally different experience

nickscho
nickscho

@Starsailor_IT @Garm31 It doesn't matter if Dreamcast had great games and WiiU does not. Nintendo has the Mario brand, and the Pokemon brand. That basically means that the Nintendo executives are going to be rolling around naked in $100 bills. 

Please go ask the Mom who is spending $500 on their child this Christmas what "Super Mario" or "Pokemon" is, and she'll tell you. Then ask her to name two good Dreamcast games, or even what Dreamcast is. She'll probably tell you it's some sort of alarm clock, or maybe a pillow. That's the power of the brand, even if the games suck (even though many 1st party Nintendo games do not suck).

Personally, I'll probably be playing my PS4 about 80% of the time this generation. The other 20% will probably go to the two or three really good 1st party (although recycled) Wii-U games. Same exact ratio as PS3 and Wii.

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

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." 

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. 

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.

Starsailor_IT
Starsailor_IT

@leandrro @Starsailor_IT @Garm31 thats simply inaccurate. The Wii U pad is currently used in most of Wii U games for asymmetrical gaming. To this day there isnt one single PS4 game in the works that will use asymmetrical gaming with the PS Vita. That is the different experience.. using two screens together that interact with each other. Thats the whole point about Wii U. 

matman01
matman01

@nickscho @Starsailor_IT @Garm31 Considering Nintendo have been making an operational loss over the past few quarters I seriously doubt that any Nintendo execs are rolling naked in $100 bills - unless its their severance pay. 

The DS in all its incarnations is what keeps Nintendo afloat, and yes Mario, Pokemon and Zelda will sustain that platform for the foreseeable future - but the Wii U is a lame duck and is on borrowed time.

Starsailor_IT
Starsailor_IT

@nickscho @Starsailor_IT @Garm31 I want to remember you that the PS3 spent many years in the situation in which is the Wii U today. Very few good new titles, many bad sub-par ports. Now everybody is so excited about the PS4...all I see so far is a mandatory PSN plus subscription fee and not one really interesting game coming at lunch (The Wii U had Zombie U and Super Mario Bros U). I would have totally got the Dreamcast in the 90s if I had the money, who cares if it lasted only a few years, it is still a great console. 

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.