UK Wii sales surpass 6m

Reaches milestone more quickly than any other console has


You can question the platform's longevity, but there's no doubting the Nintendo Wii is a sales success. Especially now market data shows it to be the UK's fastest-selling console.

During the week ending 28 November 2009 - week 48 - total local Wii sales surpassed 6m units, market watcher Gfk-ChartTrack has revealed. That milestone was reached in just under three years.

The Wii went on sale over here on 8 December 2006. Some 105,000 units were sold in the first weekend, with pre-Christmas numbers quickly reaching 185,000. During 2007, some 1.81m of the consoles were purchased, followed by 2.73m in 2008, GfK said.

This year's tally is 1.31m units. Christmas isn't yet passed, so there's room to growth that number further, though Nintendo will have to sell a lot if 2009 is to beat 2008's total.

Has the Wii's popularity peaked? Or is this just a brief, recession-induced dip? We shall see. ®

Wead our Wii weview here

Similar topics


Other stories you might like

  • Octopath Traveler: Love letter to JRPG golden age has great combat but retro graphics highlight the genre's tedium
    You sure have to press 'A' a lot

    The RPG Greetings, traveller, and welcome back to The Register Plays Games, our monthly gaming column. 2021 continues to move slowly for the world's biggest entertainment industry and while we did ask Square Enix for a copy of new looter-shooter Outriders, they blanked us. So instead we are picking up a style of game Square is better known for – Octopath Traveler, originally a Nintendo Switch exclusive now on PC.

    The release of Final Fantasy VII in 1997 was a bit of a watershed moment for '80s kids. The main character, Cloud Strife, gazed out moodily from the covers of various PlayStation and gaming magazines for months on end, and we all thought his ridiculous, spiky blond hair and oversized sword were cool as heck. Pretty much everyone who was lucky enough to own Sony's first console grabbed the game, and it continues to hold a special place in the hearts of many.

    If you live under a rock, Final Fantasy is pretty much the definitive JRPG (Japanese roleplaying game), a distinct take on the genre mainly characterised by turn-based squad combat, walking about pressing "A" on people and things, and reading a lot of dialogue.

    Continue reading
  • Hacker given three years for stealing secret Nintendo Switch blueprints, collecting child sex abuse vids
    Ryan Hernandez continued to raid gaming giant's systems even after FBI gave him a warning

    A young man caught hacking into Nintendo’s servers to steal secret Switch blueprints has been sentenced to three years in prison after ignoring an FBI warning to stop.

    According to court documents [PDF] Ryan Hernandez of Palmdale, California, is now 21 though in 2016, while a minor, he requested help on a Nintendo forum. An engineer at the Japanese giant clicked on a link in that post and was taken to a malicious website that secretly obtained the staffer's login credentials for Nintendo's developer portal. These were then used to gain administrator access on the internal site.

    From there, he stole reams of Nintendo's confidential information, some of it on the yet-to-be-announced Switch console, that he then posted online. This attracted the attention of the FBI, who turned up at his parents’ house in October 2017, and extracted a promise from Hernandez that he would stop his hacking activities.

    Continue reading
  • Nintendo revives Game & Watch portable proto-console, adds color to 2.36-inch screen
    Retro-Mario brought to life for a few short months

    Nintendo has revived its first mobile device, the crap-tacular Game & Watch.

    For those of you too young or too faded-of-memory to know of the device, they were about the size of a four-bar KitKat, boasted a small LCD screen, a single game and whatever buttons were needed to play it. 1982’s Donkey Kong incarnation of the Game & Watch featured Nintendo’s first D-Pad and the company made wide use of the device in subsequent models and later on console controllers.

    As the name implies, the device also functioned as a digital watch.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022