Wii U Games Struggling At Retail In The UK

When Wii U launched in the UK last month its software struggled to make an immediate impact on the sales charts, with only Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U making into the all-format top 40 at 26th and 36th respectively. Considering only 40,000 Wii U systems were out there, it didn't appear too distressing.

Sales since then, however, have not improved, with last week's sales chart providing some disappointing reading for Nintendo UK. New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land have both failed to make it into the most recent top 40. Of course there are still fewer Wii U consoles out on the market right now than other consoles, but Nintendo will hope this improves in the coming months.

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TemplarDante1972d ago (Edited 1972d ago )

Uh oh...
They havnt even named many 1st party exclusives for 2013...
A Wii U Pokemon game would set the charts on fire..
1st gen Pokemon though.. please.

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Nimblest-Assassin1972d ago (Edited 1972d ago )

Pikmin 3... but thats it

I'm not picking up a wiiU unless I see a Zelda, Star fox, 3D mario, metroid, (no samus talking or team ninja please), f-zero, smash bros, etc

But... what would make me jump for a wiiU is Mario Sunshine 2

I'll also pick up Xenoblade, since I have heard good things about it

kingPoS1972d ago

I second you on metroid. It was fine when she was otherwise known as a mute, but then someone had the bright idea of giving Samus a voice.

Nimblest-Assassin1972d ago (Edited 1972d ago )

woops repost

Nimblest-Assassin1972d ago


It could have been cool, I mean it has worked before giving silent characters a voice (ex Isacc Clarke)

Problem is they made every character in other M unlikable, made samus this uber dependant stereotype so monotone that it hard to take seriously

Basically they f**ked up a decent idea

WiiUsauce1972d ago

Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, Game and Wario, Lego City, and of course, there's always the unannounced stuff like Nintendo EAD's, Retro Studios' and Monolith Soft's new games.
It's still pretty early on in its life span. Even though it would be awesome, you can't expect everything all at once. It's no biggy for me though. I can wait for the awesome first party Nintendo titles to come. In the meantime, I'll be playing Ni No Kuni, The Last of Us, Halo 4, Beyond Two Souls, and Sly 4. aaahh the beauty of being a multi-console gamer :3

darthv721971d ago (Edited 1971d ago )

meaning that while the initial launch of titles was geared to the 3DS, many who bought the system were playing more of their DS titles on it.

Who is to say that isnt happening with the Wii-u? Not every new game has that appeal to make it a 100% pick up automatically. I would venture the majority who bought a wii-u also bought a wii-u game but there is also a good possibility that they also use their existing library of wii games on it as well.

the games i have for the wii i bought because they appeal to me. To buy a wii-u, i am not bonded into buying the current wii-u selection if it does not appeal to me. yet i can play the wii games i have on it and (as many have reported) enjoy them in an upscaled fashion.

Will there bee wii-u games that appeal...of course there will be. Looking at sales of the titles available and seeing them as a sign that things are bad is very premature.

It would be a completely different story if the wii-u DIDNT have BC for wii games and these findings were the same. the attach rate of new games to a new system can differ especially if that new system were purchased in lieu of the previous model.

It can be said that people dont buy new systems to play old games but when the library of old games is triple if not quadruple that of the new games then they have more selection than originally thought.

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Oh_Yeah1972d ago (Edited 1972d ago )

I want to see Nintendo games mature a little, they've been the same since I was a kid. Let's give characters of Zelda, Mario, and all the other mute franchises some damn voices already, let's give pokemon an open world console game,let's throw some realistic graphics/artwork around. Bring back and reinvent games like actraiser, contra, double dragon,earthbound, I can keep going, they have a alot of classics stashed away they could bring back..yet you hear nothing of it. Come on ninty take some chances.

WiiUsauce1972d ago

Contra, Act Riaser, and Double Dragon are not owned by Nintendo. Heads up, there's a brand new Double Dragon game on XBLA/PSN called Double Dragon Neon and it's damn good.

darthv721971d ago

contra, gradius, blaster master and castlevania have all been given a retro rebirth on the wiiware service.

they were created in that manner for those who remember when games were meant to be fun and enjoyable time wasters.

To change the dynamic to "modernize" them would negate some of what those games are remembered for. Plus, we have seen more mature versions of contra, castlevania and the sort.

They certainly do look purdy but by no means do they have that feel that we grew up with.

Tetsujin1971d ago

I'm only saying this off of what I was told/read, so if someone knows different feel free to say so:

The main problem is no mandatory achievement/trophy system on ALL games; I guarantee if every game had it sales would be a lot higher than now. If people read my past posts I don't favor them however I can see a lot of people using some sort of achievement system as a factor in purchasing games. Price being a close second since a lot of games are on PS3/360 that's cheaper.

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jimbobwahey1972d ago

Even the Wii U console is doing terribly in the charts. I was browsing the Nintendo charts on and the Wii U was somewhere around 70 or so? They had the console in stock as well.

I think after being burned on the original Wii, a lot of people are being sensible this time and not jumping to give Nintendo their money a second time round after the original Wii ended up being such a tremendous disappointment.

Considering all the bad things we've heard from the poor people who actually bought one of these things at launch, I'm just glad that I wasn't suckered into the hype as well.

live2play1972d ago

you mean game sales of a console that JUST released can't compete with the game sales of the two other consoles that have had a chance to establish a good user base in 6+ years...??? (and some wiiu games cost more than the others)

well thats outrageous!!!

dkgshiz1972d ago (Edited 1972d ago )

I had fun with the JRPGs that came out for it. Xenoblade and The Last Story. I played a little bit of the typical Nintendo stuff. Mario, Zelda, etc. Also with Dolphin I didn't even have to purchase a wii this gen (even though I did but sold it quickly after I bought it.)
The worst thing about the wii was the gimmick wii mote. I hated it and still hate it to this day. Luckily all of the JRPGs on the wii supported the classic controller.

WiiUsauce1972d ago

lol what are all the bad things happening to people you've been hearing about?? I've had absolutely zero problems with my Wii U since I got it at launch. And I've played NSMBU, ZombiU, Black Ops 2, Darksiders 2 (still just as buggy as on PS360), and Ninja Gaiden 3. If anything I have had an absolute blast experiencing everything the console can do.

I'm actually responding to your comment on my gamepad while listening to some Sublime on YouTube on the same console. The Wii U has been 100% worth the 350 dollars I spent on it. I also work at Best Buy and from what I hear when I ask customers how they like the machine, I haven't heard any negatives. Except that oh, you have to wait 1 hour to update the console out of the box?! waaaaaah!!:'(

And I donlt understand how were you burned from the original Wii?? There were a plethora of absolutely amzing software and some awesome gems on that console. Plus add the fact that it has all the Virtual Console games, the Wii is a haven for old school at heart gamers like myself.

SilentNegotiator1971d ago (Edited 1971d ago )

EVERYONE has Wii U in stock and has HAD Wii U in stock. Don't fall for the "we can't keep up with production!" hype BS.

And you know what? It's a Nintendo console. No one can truly expect success with it other than Nintendo, because they do very little to accommodate for third parties, unlike the other 2 of the big 3. Nintendo consoles have had poor software attach rates for the last decade.

metroid321971d ago

who cares its doing better than 360 and ps3 did ?

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lilbroRx1972d ago (Edited 1972d ago )

Most of the games on the console aren't worth the money. They're just old 360/PS3 games.

Now if the games that actually had real effort put into them didn't sell, then this would be a problem.

Pretty much everyone, even in the comments on the article, is unanimous on what the problem is, and it had nothing to do with problems with Nintendo.The costs are too high.

I dread what's going to happen with Orbis and Durango. The prices will be even higher.

This generation just may kill gaming if companies are not careful. They've all forgotten what gaming is about. They need to stop catering to big name devs who only want whats in their best interested and star worrying about the people who actually by the stuff.

krisdeancooper1972d ago

I own a Wii U and I'm in the UK. I can tell you the exact reason these games are struggling; price. I have 4 games but I refuse to pay £49.99 for multiplatform games that cost £20 on PS3 and 360. It's an absolute joke and they need to slash the price of software quickly to get some momentum.

camel_toad1972d ago

Great point on the price difference. Didn't even think about that.

Kran1972d ago

Not that I'm disagreeing, but I live in the UK too and the games are on average £39.99, not £49.99. If they cost THAT MUCH, then theres no way I'd touch multiplatform games on a console again.

Everything would be PC for me.

Jay_miz1972d ago

I go between Sheffield, Bolton and Manchester regularly and WiiU games are £49.99 in all 3 of those in GAME

DeadPixel1971d ago

I live in Manchester and the wii u games are between 44.99 and 49.99 even HMV are cheaper than game these days. By the way i own a wii u and it's awesome. I've nearly finished AC3 and i dont have a bad thing to say about the console nearly all the launch issues have been fixed with the last update i don't even notice the menu load time anymore plus netflix, the web browser and mii verse make up for any remaining issues for me.

krazykombatant1972d ago

Well thats pretty much the game prices, utter b.s. Like today for the most part Game and HMV the place is packed and there is basically no deals, the same crap with maybe 5% discount on top of the regular sales.

Also the only interesting game for launch I already got (tank tank tank, super mario bros u and I have to say Nintendo Land is probably some of the best fun i've had in ages. That being said I can't wait for something deeper.

R6ex1972d ago

Steam is the way to go, if price is the concern.

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rainslacker1972d ago

Could be because some of the big games on release day were older games that were selling at full price, and many people that were interested in them may have already played them. Zombie U is more of a hardcore game, so may not appeal to any casuals that pick up the system. Mario is Mario so no doubt it sold well, and NintendoLand was bundled with a lot of systems(although not a majority of them. They had some other good games in there, but they weren't the kind that receive widespread recognition(Epic Mickey, Scribblenauts). I don't know about assassins creed, it may have taken a hit because of no achievement system in place. The rest of the games were party/casual stuff that doesn't appeal to the hardcore, and were what I would consider over-priced for what they were.

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