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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. (Wii U)

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TemplarDante  +   1065d 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-Assassin  +   1065d 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
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kingPoS  +   1065d 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-Assassin  +   1065d ago
woops repost
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Nimblest-Assassin  +   1065d 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
WiiUsauce  +   1064d 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
darthv72  +   1064d ago
similar to the 3DS
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_Yeah  +   1064d 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.
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WiiUsauce  +   1064d 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.
darthv72  +   1064d ago
games like
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.
Tetsujin  +   1064d 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.
CyborgNinjaGreyFox  +   1065d ago
No surprise there then.
jimbobwahey  +   1065d ago
Even the Wii U console is doing terribly in the charts. I was browsing the Nintendo charts on Play.com 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.
CyborgNinjaGreyFox  +   1065d ago
Nintendo for you
live2play  +   1065d 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!!!
dkgshiz  +   1065d 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.
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WiiUsauce  +   1064d 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.
SilentNegotiator  +   1064d 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.
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metroid32  +   1064d ago
who cares its doing better than 360 and ps3 did ?
lilbroRx  +   1065d 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.
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krisdeancooper  +   1065d 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_toad  +   1065d ago
Great point on the price difference. Didn't even think about that.
Kran  +   1065d 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_miz  +   1065d ago
I go between Sheffield, Bolton and Manchester regularly and WiiU games are £49.99 in all 3 of those in GAME
DeadPixel  +   1064d 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.
krazykombatant  +   1065d 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.
R6ex  +   1064d ago
Steam is the way to go, if price is the concern.
rainslacker  +   1065d 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.
LOL_WUT  +   1065d ago
Not looking good ;)
Root  +   1065d ago
So much for it selling out and being the number 1 thing going this Christmas, I knew it was just a marketing stunt...like every new console released near Christmas.

At least this might slow Nintendo down a bit, knock them off their high horse so they'll stop with the gimmicks and focus on new IPs again like the good old days.
JohnApocalypse  +   1065d ago
No shit. They cost more £10 more then 360 and PS3 games here
Thepcz  +   1065d ago
lol at the idiotic articles manipulation of info
of course wiiu software cant compete with ps3/360/ds software sales at the xmas period.. right after its launch!

those consoles have established user-bases going into the tens of millions. wiiu only launched so therefore its user base will be small. not big enough to make an impact on the charts, which charts the sales of games available to the millions who own ps3/360 etc.

so this article is simply BULLSHIT. cant believe people read it and totally agree with it without thinking about it and doing the math.
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metroidfusion2  +   1065d ago
Exactly someone knows what they are talking about on this shit site
lilbroRx  +   1065d ago
How exactly do they expect them to have huge sales? Do they expect people to buy more games than there are consoles in the public?

The sales are relative to the number of people who own the console vs. the desire for the games themselves.

Most Wii U games are "terrible" ports of mediocre games from the PS3/360 that have been out way longer on those consoles, and they cost more on top of it. Who would buy them? The only people who own the console are hardcore gamers given that Nintendo didn't advertise well enough for standard consumers to take interest, and they know which games are good and which are not.

Now if the games that were actually "good" didn't sell well(Nintendo's titles, ZombiU and the Nintendo Network Downloads) then I would say this is something bad.
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josephayal  +   1065d ago
Next-gen consoles will be the last
ozzywazzy  +   1065d ago
The wii u struggling to survive. No surprise here, move along.
PopRocks359  +   1065d ago
It's actually doing fairly well in the US and Japan. So I don't know what you or all of the negative comments are talking about.
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herbs  +   1065d ago
Struggling to survive no surprise, lol your stupid. These doom a gloom Nintendo articles are such bullshit and the people who actually buy into them are dumber than shit (truth)
Hingle_Mcringleberry  +   1065d ago
So a one month old console's game sales are struggling to keep up with 6/7 year old consoles that have MILLIONS of units in peoples homes?
Colour me shocked /s
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MultiConsoleGamer  +   1065d ago
Only 40,00 units shipped to UK = small user base.

The rest is bullshit and trolling.
Tei777  +   1065d ago
It was outsold by the Vita last week, I'm not sure whether thats credit to Sony or whether its sign of a weak launch for Nintendo. Maybe Nintendo just undersupplied Wii U units the UK market?

I've personally seen the amount of confusion there is regarding the system and whether its a merely a controller etc. but even if the marketing was crystal clear I'm still not sure the concept of the system is that compelling. I'ma pick one up when pikmin gets released but I'm a avid Gamer, I'm not sure if they actually have any software lined up for Q1/2 to entice the majority.
PopRocks359  +   1065d ago
The Vita sold about 13,100 Vitas this week.


Also your suggestion that the Vita outsold the Wii U this week is completely off the mark.


Look, if you don't like the Wii U, that's fine and all. But don't lie and spread false information to convince others to think the way you are, especially by suggesting that a platform that is selling worse than the Dreamcast did



Than a system that is statistically having a better launch than the 360 and the PS3.


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PopRocks359  +   1065d ago

I love how I'm stating facts and even providing proof of it and people still have the nerve to hit the disagree button. Good show, you maniacs.
Tei777  +   1064d ago
Firstly, I'm obviously talking about UK numbers, the only numbers relavant to this article which clearly reads "Wii U Games Struggling At Retail In The UK". The emphasis being the word UK. The 13,100 figure you grabbed is for japanese sales and every other link you posted is for complete different regions (aussie gamer??) or talking about world wide sales.

Now I based my info on Vg charts UK sales chart. The Vita sold 15,297 whilst the Wii U sold 14,020.


Don't be so quick to assume that anyone who questions the system is troll, as I said I'm picking one up in summer when Pikim arrives.
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Knushwood Butt  +   1065d ago
Funny thing is that the original Wii is still selling pretty well, despite the fact that nobody is developing games for it.

Those same consumers are potential Wii U buyers, but why bother buying a Wii U when you can spend less and get a console with a big software library and still keep the kids happy (before the gimmick thrill wears off).

Then, you've got millions of original Wii owners, who have the simple question, 'Why bother buying a Wii U?'. There's no compelling reason for your average casual consumer.

So it's not all doom and gloom for Nintendo, but the Wii U is going to be a very hard sell going forward.
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Sgt_Slaughter  +   1065d ago
The Wii U is awesome and I know people think that they can base a whole consoles success on the first months sales from ported games that are cheaper on current consoles, but give it a little something called TIME!

The PS3 and 3DS both got off to weird and kind of sluggish starts, but look at them now! 2 of the best systems ever released!
Qrphe  +   1065d ago
With the hardware userbase and higher software prices, what else did you expect?
A sgicking stort would be if the software was outselling other platforms for examole.
DivineAssault  +   1065d ago
its gonna be too late by the time it has a chance to show its true abilities.. If bayonetta 2 or rayman legends dont smash records, ps4/720 will murder this console with little to no effort.. There are 1st party games being prepped for launch with the new beasts & wii u really didnt have anything that made it attractive
stuntman_mike  +   1065d ago
it would help WiiU sales here in the UK if the games wasn't so wildly priced some shops 39.99 others 59.99??. I personally prefer to buy online..

also the average person on the street still don't know what the WiiU is, compared to the Wii coverage.
1upgamer99  +   1065d ago
Big deal, Look at the PS3's game sales for the entire first 3 Years! LOL
YoungPlex  +   1065d ago
Yea, the 3DS was struggling in the UK as well, look how that turned around... It's going to do well in most parts of the world but like all things it will struggle in other parts as well. Nintendo will just have to focus on different marketing strategies and possibly a different price in the UK if it continues on. When the going gets tough, Nintendo knows how to climb up when pushed so it shouldn't be too much of a concern.
strigoi814  +   1065d ago
well i just saw some people grab the wii mini today than the wii u at bestbuy this boxing day..consumers are likely misinformed..but who knows maybe some like the wii more than the wii U..( ü)
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metroid32  +   1065d ago
wiiu is doing fine i have one and my cousin has one everyone that see's one buys one so no wrorrys oh they have sold 150,000 in UK as far as i know.
wiiulee  +   1065d ago
lol...bunch of clowns...i guess wiiu was suppose to come out and sell 70 million systems so their games can sell as much as systems that's been out for years...but wii on the other hand which these two other systems are trying to catch up to has the best selling game in the world right now...just dance4....wiiu will be up there..its outselling every other systems launch so far.
StrawHatPatriot  +   1064d ago
It's because of what I said in another article:
It's because it's a bit too much of a gimmick. I always feared that while Dual Screen gaming is extremely convenient (watching the Pats game, then playing a bit more of Final Fantasy during commercials sounds awesome) and can be useful (playing a football game with the plays on the controller's screen so your friend won't see) for a lot of games, but there's not enough you can do with the Wii U that makes it better than the 360 and PS3. The fact that it can be argued that it's less powerful than the PS3 doesn't help at all, and most of the games don't really make the system worth getting, as there are a lot of PS3/360 games with the gamepad, that don't heavily improve the experience. Instead of using a tablet style controller, Nintendo should of used like a Gamecube type of console - low price, high power - and I know the gamecube didn't sell well, but that was because of how strong the PlayStation brand name was compared to now. instead of using a tablet, use like a Dreamcast type controller with expansion ports that allow you to put accessories to immerse your gaming experience, because dual screen gaming is only useful for some games, others need a hud right near the gameplay.
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aLucidMind  +   1064d ago
Well this was kind of obvious; here in the US, there's been buy one get one XX (40%/50% off; free) sales almost every single week in Target, Toys R Us, and Best Buys since the Wii-U's release.
crackforgangstas  +   1064d ago
I have nothing against Nintendo... but, weren't they already struggling everywhere? I mean, maybe less in the U.S. but from what I understood things weren't going too well...
younghavok  +   1064d ago
They arent doing as good in the UK as they are everywhere else, but WiiU is still selling pretty damn good. 2million consoles sold, 2 million sellers, a 3rd party mature new ip in a not so popular genre has already sold over 300k, and quite a few other games, all 3rd party over 100k and still rising. It looks like a pretty successful launch imo. If things dont pick up in the UK yeah itll suck, but if things stay as they are now it wont make a world of difference in the long run.

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