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Record Wii and DS Sales in Europe

December 13, 2006, 2:30 pm PST
Total comments: 6

325,000 units in two days makes Wii the fastest selling home console in history and DS breaks its own records with 515,000 sold last week.

Wii CAME, Wii SAW AND Wii CONQUERED!

- Wii sells out across Europe with 325,000 units sold in two days –

13th December 2006 – Wii made its highly anticipated debut across Europe on Friday 8th December, with thousands of people desperate to get their hands on Nintendo’s new console. As the must-have product for the festive season Wii was an instant hit. Attracting vast crowds and selling out in stores all over Europe in just a matter of hours, a breathtaking 325,000 units were sold in the first two days making it the fastest selling home console in history.

Demand for Wii has been so great that shops all over Europe had large queues forming outside for up to three days before the launch and hundreds of shops opened their doors at midnight on launch day to allow gamers to get their hands on Wii. After just one weekend on sale, shops across Europe sold out of Wii consoles and daily shipments are now arriving across Europe to replenish stock.

The Legend of Zelda®: Twilight Princess, proved to be a favourite for avid gamers, with 240,000 copies snapped up over launch weekend in Europe, representing 74% of all hardware purchasers. Wii Play was also a big hit with over 50% of people buying the game (which includes a Wii Remote) along with their Wii console.

Laurent Fischer, Marketing Director for Nintendo Europe commented:

“Wii has become an overnight success in Europe with people of all ages rushing out to get their hands on the console. Even at this early stage it is clear that Wii is delivering on its promise to expand the gaming market, with a uniquely diverse audience all keen to experience the sensation for themselves.

For those who were unable to buy Wii during the launch weekend, rest assured more stock is already on its way and we are doing everything possible to ensure that a steady supply of Wii units is shipped to stores across Europe throughout December and into 2007."

Commenting on the launch Tim Ellis, Head of Games, HMV UK said: “"The demand for Wii has been truly amazing, and the official launch at our Oxford Street store was one of the biggest events we've ever staged there. HMV has received a huge amount of customer pre-orders - beyond anything we've ever seen before, including from family shoppers as well as dedicated Nintendo gamers. This suggests that while Wii is obviously one of the must-have items this Christmas, it also has the potential to appeal to a huge mainstream audience over the longer-term."

Wii mania in Europe follows the phenomenal success of Nintendo’s console in the Americas and Japan, where over a million units have been sold in just three weeks. In the Americas, where the console launched on the 19th of November, 600,000 consoles were sold in the first 8 days from launch. The Japanese launch saw similar success with around 400,000 units being shipped to stores for launch day and selling out during the first morning on sale. After just a few days of sales in Europe the Wii seems to be achieving similar success.

While Wii enjoyed a hugely successful launch Nintendo DS also had a record-breaking week, with 515,000 units sold across Europe last week, which is not only the highest weeks sales since the console’s launch but also the most any console across all formats has ever sold in a week! Nintendo’s handheld phenomenon has taken Europe by storm since its release in March 2005, with over 8.5 million consoles now sold across Europe.

Talkback

NinGurl69 *hugglesDecember 13, 2006

WEDNESDAYTON

MarioDecember 13, 2006

"Solid, if not spectacular"

"ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE"

Indeed

I'm seriously loving this, Nintendo have earned it all the hard way.

IceColdDecember 13, 2006

Over 30 million DSes sold worldwide... two years in!

Jome20December 16, 2006

Is Nintendo really taking over? Or are these sales just grossly inflated due to the high-demand of "hot items" during the holiday season?

The way things are going right now I think Nintendo will become #1 again in both the handheld and the home console market again this generation. A couple things need to happen, 1) They need to start getting more systems out there. There is such a high demand for them right now that I think if there was another million units out there they would also sell completely out. And #2) The first four or five months of 2007 are going to be very important. There's Wario Ware and Wii Play coming out but there's not a ton of games listed for Wii to come out January through March. Hopefully this is where Metroid Prime 3 and possibly Super Paper Mario could fill the gaps in the earlier months. And then Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros Brawl should help towards the 2nd half of 2007. If Nintendo can keep a good amount of games coming out, both for the Wii and the VC they very well may take #1 worldwide.

KDR_11kDecember 16, 2006

Wii Play is a launch title (remember we're talking about Europe) and I guess they shipped way too many of them (from what I can tell most stores have stocked more Wii Play than normal remotes or even Wiis), stores have huge piles of them sitting around unsold. Reviews are bad but what do you expect from a 10€ game?

MarioDecember 16, 2006

Reviews suck because the game is great. Europe still has Excite Truck to look forward to though so you can swap it with that. My money is on no Mario Galaxy and SSBB til the end of the year, especially SSBB. All they really need to get out is the next "Wii Something" game, hopefully Wii Motorsports or whatever will have Airplane in it!

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