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News: Wii U Hits 40K Sales in UK Launch

Wii U Hits 40K Sales in UK Launch

Might not sound like much, but it's a sellout

Although Europe-wide figures are yet to surface, it appears that Wii U has been a sell-out success on its launch weekend in the UK. According to MCV's estimates, 40K units were sold throughout the UK, with retailers reporting that this effectively meant a complete sellout. Weeks ago there were worrying...

News: Wii U Titles Make Début in UK Top 20

Wii U Titles Make Début in UK Top 20

Early beginnings for a small install base

It may be tempting to read the headline that Wii U titles are just in the top 20 of the UK software charts and wheel out the "Nintendo is doomed" line, as anything other than number one is a disaster of epic proportions. Of course, that's not how the real retail world operates, and the early results for Wii...

Talking Point: Nintendo Shrinks Prices and Consoles

Nintendo Shrinks Prices and Consoles

It's all about the money, mini, money

When we first reported the rumour of a Wii Mini, we made the mistake of including a slightly mocking tagline that referred to flying pigs. With the existing Wii models already selling at such low prices, the concept of Nintendo arranging the manufacturing, packaging and advertising for a new model this late in...

News: Game Designer Says "Wii U Isn't Sure of Itself, and That's its Greatest Virtue"

Game Designer Says "Wii U Isn't Sure of Itself, and That's its Greatest Virtue"

Nintendo tackles modern technology habits

There are plenty of us, outside of North America at least, that are waiting to spend serious time on Wii U, so concepts such as asynchronous multiplayer are still shrouded in some mystery; even early adopters are likely to still be discovering new uses for the system's GamePad controller. Plenty is already...

News: Reggie: Sony and Microsoft Need To React To What Nintendo Is Doing With Wii U

Reggie: Sony and Microsoft Need To React To What Nintendo Is Doing With Wii U

"Faster processors and pretty pictures won't be enough"

The Wii U has its fair share of plaudits but its fair to say it also has an equal share of doubters as well. Since the new console has launched many developers have taken a swipe at it claiming its lack of power will make it outdated and irrelevant once Sony and Microsoft throw their new...

News: Wii U Shifts 400K Units in Début Week

Wii U Shifts 400K Units in Début Week

It's "essentially sold out of retail"

Nintendo's revealed its sales results to incorporate the Wii U launch and the Black Friday festivities, with NoA COO Reggie Fils-Aime weighing in with the company's perspective in an interview with CNET. Nintendo's total hardware sales — according to internal data — hit around 1.2 million units in the U.S.,...

News: GoldenEye 007 Wii Dev Suffers Major Job Losses

GoldenEye 007 Wii Dev Suffers Major Job Losses

"Focusing mainly on mobile opportunities moving forward"

Eurocom, the development studio probably best known for GoldenEye 007 on Wii, has today announced a large number of redundancies as part of a restructuring effort. The company has confirmed that its number of employees has dropped from over 200 to just 50. Eurocom has been in business since...

News: THQ Enters Forebearance Agreement With Creditors

THQ Enters Forebearance Agreement With Creditors

Foreclosure delayed, for now

THQ has been going through some difficult times lately. The developer currently has $16.4 million outstanding on its facility and two weeks ago it defaulted on a loan worth $50 million. Things were looking bleak, but it appears the company has entered into an agreement with the finance company Wells Fargo Capital Finance...

News: 2K Boss Has No Doubts That Wii U Will Be Successful

2K Boss Has No Doubts That Wii U Will Be Successful

"Nintendo always impresses and surprises me"

2K Games president Christoph Hartmann is clearly something of a Nintendo fan, and has made some incredibly positive noises to UK trade publication MCV. Speaking in an interview which goes live on MCV tomorrow, Hartmann was effusive in his praise: Nintendo always impresses and surprises me. The team...

News: Wii U Becomes Profitable With One Game Sale

Wii U Becomes Profitable With One Game Sale

Buy a game, make Mario say wahoo!

It was confirmed in late October that Wii U will be sold at a loss, which gave the retail price some context and perhaps made some supporters nervous about the financial impact on the company. According to comments from Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime, however, the loss on each console is evidently small...

News: Wii U on Plenty of U.S. Christmas Lists

Wii U on Plenty of U.S. Christmas Lists

The kids are alright

With the Holiday season upon us, there are a number of gadgets vying to be the hottest attraction for shoppers, with Wii U doing its best to join in. Of course, so much money at this time of year is spent on kids, and according to surveys conducted by research firm Nielson, Wii U is high on a lot of wishlists. Of those...

News: Reggie - Wii U Is "Absolutely The Beginning Of A New Generation"

Reggie - Wii U Is "Absolutely The Beginning Of A New Generation"

Hints at some launch window surprises

One big debate that has surrounded Wii U ever since it was revealed is whether or not the new console is the last through the door of the old generation, or the first to break into the next one. With the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 coming towards the end of their product life cycles it seems inevitable that their...

News: Nintendo UK Appoints Simon Kemp As General Manager

Nintendo UK Appoints Simon Kemp As General Manager

Simon says sell systems

Nintendo UK has announced Simon Kemp as its new general manager earlier this afternoon, MCV has reported. A newcomer to the video game industry, Kemp previously worked in GlaxoSmithKline's Mergers and Acquisitions department, as well as a number of other marketing roles beforehand. He replaces David Yarnton, who stepped down...

Talking Point: The Wii U eShop Could be a Developer's Dream

The Wii U eShop Could be a Developer's Dream

Nintendo hands over the reins

When it comes to download game platforms, Nintendo's had to evolve rapidly. The arrival of the DSi and Wii online stores brought the famous company into the realm of the download market for the first time; both services have produced a number of top-notch gaming experiences, and in some cases proved to be the making...

News: Jack Tretton Wishes Nintendo Every Success With Wii U

Jack Tretton Wishes Nintendo Every Success With Wii U

"Nintendo has a great heritage in the business"

President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America Jack Tretton has wished Nintendo every success with Wii U, ahead of the official launch in just a few short hours. Speaking about his own company’s heritage on the latest Official Playstation Blogcast, Tretton took the time to talk about Wii...