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Wii U Sales Improving In Europe Thanks To Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate

No matter how good or innovative a game system may be, if there are no good games available, there’s no way it can sell nicely. The Wii U sales situation has been pretty bad almost everywhere but things are starting to change rapidly, at least in Europe: yesterday it’s been reported that the console sales have increased by 125% last week in the United Kingdom. Today a new report came in from Nintendo France, stating that sales have improved in France as well.

Nintendo France’s Philippe Lavoue confirmed in a recent interview that the system’s sales tripled the week of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate release: Lavoue notes how games like MH3 will help accelerate the Wii U’s sales. Things will definitely be even better once some original games will get released in the future: let’s not forget that MH3: Ultimate is an updated version of a game released a couple of years back. (Wii U)

C-Thunder  +   1042d ago
All it needs is awesome games and Monster Hunter is just that, an awesome game.
AsimLeonheart  +   1042d ago
Every Nintendo fan is cheering for Wii U sales but people forget that "percentages" and "times" are all relative concepts. They mean nothing without the base figures. Nintendo fans are like OMG! ONE HUNDRED TWENTY FIVE PERCENT!! TRIPLED SALES!! However, that means NOTHING because the console has been selling so poorly. An increase from 1000 units to 2500 units is a 150% increase right there but it is still abysmal when quoted for a whole country. Similarly, an increase from 500 to 1500 is TRIPLE sales but they are STILL bad. Wii U sold barely 15000 units for the week ending on March 23 in the WHOLE Europe before the increase in sales so you can imagine what kind of numbers it sold in the tiny UK and how meaningless the 125% increase actually is. Moreover, the huge price cuts have played a major role as well. Keep in mind that retailers were still disappointed with the sales because the increase was not big enough. Finally, the increases are being quoted on a just a single WEEKLY basis which makes them even more meaningless in the bigger picture of months, quarters and years.
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AsimLeonheart  +   1042d ago
Looks like you are mentally unable to make a mature argument so you resort to personal insults. Oh well, what do I care. You guys can fool yourselves all you want. Keep chanting that mantra "everything is fine, Wii U is doing great."
C-Thunder  +   1041d ago
I'm sorry, man, I didn't realize my comment about the WiiU's need for games made me seem so uneducated that I must not understand math.

I agree that it does need to start selling better and I think it will as long as they continue to release good games.
jcnba28  +   1041d ago
Typical drone response LOL

Sounds to me like you're just scared of the competition.
knifefight  +   1042d ago
It's almost like people buy systems when there are good games for them.
lnvisibleMan  +   1042d ago
Shocking right.
GribbleGrunger  +   1042d ago
Yeah. I'm going to stick my neck out here and put my reputation on the line (for what it's worth). I predict that in the future both the Vita and the Wiiu will see an INCREASE in hardware when a major title is released! You may find that a daring prediction ... but I'm willing to go even further! I predict that the following week, after that major title has released, both the Vita and the Wiiu will go DOWN in sales. Remember you read that here first.
deafdani  +   1040d ago
ScubbaSteve  +   1042d ago
I've been semi interested in Monster Hunter but it is one of those games that needs to figure out a better way to title their games. I had played a monster hunter game on the PSP and I think it was called "Monster Hunter Freedom", or "Monster Hunter Freedom Unite". But there was a different one called "Monster hunter Freedom 2" So I thought this one just came out so it must be the third. Then years later I find a "Monster hunter Tri" coming out on the wii and I was wondering if that was just a better quality of the psp game that I played because it was the 3rd one after all.

I gradually came to the understanding the one I played must have been the 2nd because they released a "Monster Hunter 3rd" followed by "Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate".

Long story short... I bought my cat one of those rice hats instead.
Dj7FairyTail  +   1042d ago
lol where are the haters now
oh right positive Nintendo News.

Nintendo Hater Activate *Ignore*
AsimLeonheart  +   1042d ago
I think you should wait for some ACTUAL figures before celebrating based on "percentage" and "times" increase for just a a single week. The console has been selling so badly that an increase of only a few units will mean a big percentage increase. Suppose if the console sold 2000 units originally then 125% increase means sales of 3250 for the next week which are still bad. Therefore, don't celebrate prematurely or you may make a fool of yourself in front of the "haters" when the monthly sales figures arrive.
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ZeekQuattro  +   1042d ago
You spoke to soon. Asim rose to the challenge quite quickly. lol
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PS4isKing_82  +   1042d ago
This is only one game, wait till the big guns start coming out in the fall. I know we're getting wind waked hd but it would be nice if Nintendo made hd version of other GameCube games like Mario sunshine hd and metroid prime hd also. I'm sure hd remakes of other GameCube games would be a big hit since those were some of the best games of that gen.
LOL_WUT  +   1042d ago
Also lets not act like the price cut didn't help, because it did. So, thanks to those retailers who slashed the price of the console. Hopefully this momentum will last longer than 1 week. ;)
lilbroRx  +   1042d ago
It was already confirmed a week before that all the price cuts had done absolutely nothing, so will you please stop beating this dead horse?
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MasterCornholio  +   1042d ago
Of course it didn't do anything. Even with the price cut no one wanted to buy the system because there wasn't any games that interested then. A few weeks later and people are buying the Wii U due to its lower price and Monster Hunter.

A price cut helps when its done with the release of highly anticipated games. Like with what happened to the Vita in Japan for example.

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lilbroRx  +   1041d ago
@Cornholia(really, they allow that name here?), the sales also more than doubled in America last week and there was no price cuts...

Its safe to say that price has nothing to do with the problem. The only people who bring up price as an issue are people who have no intention of getting the console, and they do it simply to promote the belief that the Wii U is weak and should cost what their condescending presumptions of its performance says it should cost.

I've only ever seen people(who weren't biased against Nintendo) raise one issue with the Wii U, and that is that they want more games.
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AWBrawler  +   1042d ago
Yeah cause the WiiU had a price cut in the US too right? I mean how else could it outsell the 3DS in the US? Wait what? No US price cut???
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jcnba28  +   1041d ago
Sony drones trying their hardest to turn this into bad news LOL

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