Initial launch figures for the Nintendo Wii in Europe only indicated that some 50,000 units had been sold in the first 12 hours, on December 8. Predictably, the Wii continued to sell well during the weekend (since there weren't enough to begin with), and now GamesIndustry.biz reports that the Wii has become the fastest selling home console ever in the UK. According to data supplied by Nintendo and Chart Track, around 105,000 units were sold during the opening weekend - compared to just 70,000 Xbox 360 units shifted during last year's launch weekend.
The games also did pretty well, with six Wii titles already infiltrating the all-formats top 40. Debuting at number #5 last week was, of course, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, topped by Call of Duty 3, Pro Evolution Soccer 6, and EA's unstoppable duo - NFS Carbon and FIFA 07. Add to that another 14 DS titles in the top 40, and you get a nice 50% presence for Nintendo - who also sold around 110,000 DS units in the UK last week!
We don't have the exact sales figures for Zelda, but considering that two thirds of Wii owners bought a copy in the first day, and assuming that the trend continued during the weeked, Nintendo UK probably sold about 70,000 Zelda games so far.
Another notable new entry in the top 10 was the Wii Play bundle (Wii remote plus a collection of minigames), at number #9. Ubisoft also managed to squeeze two Wii games in the top 40: Red Steel (debuting at #19) and Rayman Raving Rabbids (ranked at #30 for multiple platforms).
So far so good then. Just keep them Wiis flowing, Nintendo!
Think I'm getting one... I hope I don't ps myself on Christmas morning. "oh look a wii".
Damn Santa and his commercialism if you strip him of his red suit he just looks like another fat cat.