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Wii Breaks Sales Records in UK 74

pluke writes "According to the Daily Telegraph, the Wii has sold 1,000,000 units during 38 weeks in the UK. This makes it the UK's fastest selling console ever, beating the Playstation 2 (50 weeks) and the Xbox 360 (60 weeks). Some industry analysts are also reporting that the Wii has overtaken the XBOX 360 to now become the worlds market leader across console and handheld fields. 'The sales figures are particularly impressive because the Wii was in short supply following its much-heralded launch just before last Christmas [ie, Xmas 2006], and has only recently become easily available again.'"
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Wii Breaks Sales Records in UK

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  • -insert funny comment about how my Wii is big enough to break stuff in the UK-
    • I'm thinking a Chuck Norris fact could certainly apply.
  • by Eddi3 ( 1046882 )
    Not only is the Wii the cheapest next-gen console available, but it's also the only one being sold at a profit, it's breaking records everywhere, and it's a universally liked console. The people over at Nintendo must be happy.
    • Re:Heh (Score:5, Insightful)

      by faloi ( 738831 ) on Friday August 31, 2007 @09:47AM (#20423809)
      The people over at Nintendo must be happy.

      Relieved is probably more like it. They had one shot as surging back to prominence, and they nailed it. Now hopefully more and more game developers will realize it's worthwhile to develop on the console, and hopefully they'll develop stuff using the consoles unique control methods effectively.
      • by vux984 ( 928602 )
        They had one shot as surging back to prominence, and they nailed it.

        Oh I don't know about that. The gamecube was pretty much neck and neck with the xbox one, and because its still being sold while the xbox has been discontinued means that in the final analysis it will have sold more.

        It was also profitable, which made the endeavour worthwhile, while xbox lost money hand over fist. I'm sure they were disappointed to be in 3rd, and the lack of 3rd party developers didn't help. But of all the console makers --
      • I would disagree with the statement that they had one shot. Nintendo will have mind share for at least another decade, and the gamecube wasn't that bad. With the gameboy they could fund a few generations of mistakes if they wanted to.
      • Congratulations Nintendo! A job well done. They could have reached the 1m target a few months earlier, had they the ability to surply the demand for wii packages. Presently they are still hard to get at most shops. I can't see the situation improving until next year. [] Wii Player : AKA Emma :
  • "Some industry analysts are also reporting that the Wii has overtaken the XBOX 360 to now become the worlds market leader across console and handheld fields" did the poster even RTFA? or have I gone blind? I don't see anything even remotely resembling this statement anywhere in the article. It says the Wii sold 1Mil units faster, but it doesn't say that it has sold more units in total than 360/DS or any other console (except PS3, but that hardly counts)yet. If there's another article being quoted, it ought
    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward [] - maybe? There are others about.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by ookaze ( 227977 )
      It's no fact nor fiction. Or rather, it's a fact, but not officially approved yet.
      Even the most conservative analysts and sites analysing sales have admitted that the Wii is market leader, and reached that status in August, perhaps even in July. Except joke sites like nexgenwars of course, but they always were completely wrong (they had XB360 at 10 millions sold in January !!).
      Actually, the only region that causes problems is Europe, as the informations are scarce.
      But we know that among the big 5 of Europe
  • You mean a console designer made something for the people rather than for themselves and it's working? that's preposterous. You mean people don't want to spend more on one gaming console than they have on their computer!? that's crazy!

    Nintendo has always been about gaming. Sure, they've missed the boat a few times (I still think DVD's should be natively supported) but for the most part, I think we could all pretty easily agree that they've done a good job. Graphics don't make games, gameplay / fresh ideas
  • Readily available... (Score:5, Informative)

    by RootsLINUX ( 854452 ) <rootslinux@gm[ ].com ['ail' in gap]> on Friday August 31, 2007 @10:35AM (#20424463) Homepage
    Mind sharing WHERE it is readily available? I go to game/electronics stores every so often, always with the premise that "if I see a Wii console in this store, I will buy it". In almost a year, I can sadly report that I have not been able to lay eyes on a Wii box :(
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by archen ( 447353 )
      Same here. And actually up until a month ago I hadn't actually seen another living person that owned one - well, i don't get out much, but still. Then about 3 weeks ago I had friends from various parts of the U.S. (and Canada) call me asking me if I was still looking for a Wii because they could now get one (since I went on and on about it before it even came out). So I'd say you'll probably be in luck within the next month or so. They're actually starting to stick on shelves. After the Christmas seaso
    • by joe 155 ( 937621 )
      If you live in the UK pretty much every GAME has them for sale... as does HMV, and pretty much all other music shops. Gamestation seems to have them in too; as does amazon (periodically)
    • Here in Jackson, Mississippi [US - I realize this story is about the UK], Wiis are everywhere. I saw three in Wal-Mart a few days ago, there are two in-stock at the local GameStop. All the rednecks want are copies of "Deer Hunter 2005" and maybe a few racing games for their 360. Of course, that would entail being in Mississippi.
    • Did you ask the sales people if they had a Wii? When I got mine, there were none on the shelves, but they had a couple in the back so I could get one.
  • 1. Zelda is worth it - buy it when you get your Wii.
    2. If Wii Sports is not in your bundle, buy it ... your Mii will thank you.
    3. Rayman Raving Rabbids rocks! You so have to get that.
    4. Excite Truck is cool.
    5. FIFA 2008 is not yet out, so you footy fans will have to wait a bit.
    • Uh Brits AND Scots? Scotland IS part of Britain!
      • You can take our lives, but you can never take our FREEDOM!

        oops, sorry, force of habit there.

        I'm sure the Scottish Parliament might not agree with what you said.

        And to my direct ancestor in Wales, sorry I forgot to mention you. And sorry if I offended anyone in Northern Ireland, but it's a bit of a touch subject, even if my first two romantic girlfriends lived there.
        • Just because you call your state parliaments houses of representatives doesn't mean we have to
          • Ha.

            So, that wasn't a Referendum that I read about in Scotland?


            Regardless, my advice is still sound. At least you'll get the cool new games at Christmas when we do - so it should be even more fun when you get a Wii! Lots of choices.
        • Brit refers to British, as in Great Britain, or even including the entirety of the British Islands if one wants to be pedantic(which includes all of Ireland, IIRC, I'm not from the UK, I just work with em and pronounce things like them now[Worcester = Woostah]). This includes Scotland, and arguably some parts of Ireland, as well as IIRC, the Welsh. Now, English and Scots otoh... that's different.

    • by LBt1st ( 709520 )
      Resident Evil 4!!!

      And don't forget about the Virtual Console. There's over 100 games on there now. For those of us who never had an N64 or other consoles, the VC is a goldmine of great games.
      • oh, yeah, and there's Opera too, in addition. sorry, spaced that.

        looking forward to the Wii versions of My Sims and Animal Crossing II as well - and you'll get them when we in the States get them!

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