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Nintendo Wii U does better than expected in UK by selling 40,000 consoles

Nintendo sold 40,000 consoles in Europe in the first 48 hours, did better than expected

Trace Hagan | Dec 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm CST (0 mins, 53 secs time to read)

Leading up to the Wii U making its initial appearance, there was a general consensus that Nintendo would have difficulties in supplying the new console to Europe. With the launch now behind us, it looks as though these fears were unfounded as Nintendo sold nearly double as many consoles as were estimated to ship to Europe.

Nintendo Wii U does better than expected in UK by selling 40,000 consoles |

The 40,000 units sold in the UK pale in comparison to the 400,000 units sold in the United States. Take that number with a grain of salt, however, as it is an estimate as opposed to official numbers from Nintendo. Better was the news that most people were picking up two or more games to go with the Wii U.

Nintendo contributed to the fear that stock would be limited: "Wii U stock levels will be tight on day one," said a Nintendo UK rep, "However we will be providing retailers with regular stock deliveries in the run up to Christmas in order to meet demand as quickly as possible." It's clear now that supply wasn't quite as constrained as was expected.

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Trace Hagan


Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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