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GAME: UK Pre-Orders Are "Exceeding Expectations"

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

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With Wii U's arrival just two months away, or slightly less if you're fortunate enough to be in North America, there's plenty of focus on whether the system is going to sell well and generate buzz at launch. There's little doubt that Nintendo's succeeded in North America with most retailers, notably GameStop, closing Wii U pre-orders in the U.S.

That said, we were curious to know whether similar positive results are happening elsewhere. We reached out to GAME UK for feedback on pre-order success, or otherwise, so far; as we'd expect there was an unwillingness to provide solid figures, but we have been provided with the following short statement.

As expected with such a highly anticipated announcement of Wii U, we’ve had lots and lots of interest. Pre-orders are exceeding expectations with the black console proving the most popular so far.

It's encouraging, at least, that there's no talk of increasing interest or planning additional marketing, but a clear confirmation that pre-orders are "exceeding expectations" with the more expensive bundle, the Premium Pack, performing the best; though the Europe-exclusive ZombiU offering costs the most coins, of course. While closed pre-orders aren't a reality in the UK as yet, there's hope that sales targets can be hit prior to launch.

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User Comments (23)

Nintenjoe64

#3

Nintenjoe64 said:

I ordered both (Zombiu and nintendoland black Wii Us) off Amazon until I saw the lack of nintendoland in the zombiu and cancelled it.

I might gamble and get a few preorders now before they go just in case they become as sought after as the wii was. I had 4 preorders for that and donated them to needy friends but this time I might make some monies!

Check out my cool tshirt!

Suportedcofe

#5

Suportedcofe said:

I'm really curios of how well the pre-orders are going in Sweden but I have a bad feeling about it for some reason.

Ernest_The_Crab

#6

Ernest_The_Crab said:

Hm...preorders haven't been closed in Canada yet either. Seems EBGames is treated differently than GameStop in regards to the preorder stuff. My friend (he's the one running the shop in my mall) told me they haven't been notified on a console cap for preorders. He had no issues telling me how many preorders and of what type they are either (43 units, all deluxe).

luminalace

#7

luminalace said:

It's goes to show that Nintendo have very loyal fans throughout the world! Hopefully they can bring in some of the casuals from the Wii and no doubt Wii U will be a great success!

Wildfire

#8

Wildfire said:

I would love to pre order a zombie u pack but the majority of the stores in Portugal doesn't even know what a Wii U is. Sad but true.
I guess I'll have to wait for a near launch preorder.

Alundra-1998

#10

Alundra-1998 said:

@warnerdan I have preordered a Nintendo Wii U Premium Pack with a copy of New Super Mario Bros. U, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed and finally a Nintendo Wii U PRO Controller.

super-nintendo

#11

super-nintendo said:

I still can't find a Deluxe pre-order. :( But no big deal, i'll find one and i'm happy it's selling good.

Slapshot

#13

Slapshot said:

The last figures (estimated) that I saw put the preorders significantly less than the PS3. Even if that isn't true, it's still too early to tell. It'll be the months after launch that really tell how well Wii U is being received in the market. The PS3 looked set to exploded at launch, but jeez did that fire burn out quickly.

All the Nintendo loyalist that I know personally have preordered a Wii U, but outside of that, not a single one.

gefflt

#14

gefflt said:

It's good to know that there's a lot of people interested in the Wii U - interested enough to buy it at launch - but what I'm interested in is if sales are going to stay strong for the year following the launch, onward...

CerberusAzdin

#16

CerberusAzdin said:

Bit 50/50 on getting it on day one for this one. I'm quite happy waiting till it either goes down in price or Pikmin 3 comes out. Either that or wait for Monster Hunter Ultimate to come out. Hopefully they will release a bundle with it or something.

Played it already though and its absolutely wicked! Decisions, decisions....

scrubbyscum999

#17

scrubbyscum999 said:

This is obviously some secret sign that Nintendo is going to fail and die! That's what everyone is saying! Nintendo is going to fail! Somehow if I keep on saying it it will magically come true!

Bankai

#18

Bankai said:

I spoke to the folks at EB Games here (the only game-focused retailer in Australia) and they are really unhappy with Wii U preorders here.

Obviously Australia is only like 4 per cent of the global gaming market, but still.

ramstrong

#19

ramstrong said:

I think it's time for me to search the Internet and cross off my list the names of people who says Nintendo needs to get out of hardware business from people to follow.

Sean_Aaron

#20

Sean_Aaron said:

I've put in my pre-order at Amazon (though whether I'll have the funds to complete the transaction remains to be seen) for a deluxe model - the Nintendo Network membership (oddly not mentioned in the description of "what's in the box") sealed the deal for me.

My first time getting a console at launch and unlike any other console I can ever remember I'm pretty jazzed about the launch titles. Roll-on 30 November!

Marioman64

#21

Marioman64 said:

my mom got on the waitlist for the pre-order, and she was told she got on the next pre-order list and they will call her and then wii-u deluxe for christmas for me :D

TimboBaggins

#23

TimboBaggins said:

lucky europe and your zombi u bundle - bout time ya'll got an exclusive that noone else has, not even in japan.

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