Wii outselling rivals in UK

A rise in the number of Wii units dished out to retailers has lead to chocolate-like popularity of the console this Easter, with Nintendo telling GamesIndustry.biz it had sold more than 25,000 last week in the UK alone. Leaked Chart-Track figures showed that 17,000 PlayStation 3 units were shifted during the same period, while the figure for Xbox 360 stood at 11,000. A spokesperson for Chart-Track declined to comment on the data. According to a Nintendo spokesperson, "Last week was Wii's third biggest sales week since launch. Everything we are shipping, we are selling." The spokesperson conceded that the figure was boosted by the availability of more stock than usual last week, stating, "Sales in previous weeks weren't as strong as 25k. More units are shipped some weeks than others."

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I think its fairly obvious to see that the Wii is pummelling the PS3.

I was in my local Blockbuster Video this weekend and was frankly stunned to see, stuck in the window, two adverts.. one was to show that they had "very limited" stocks of PS3's reduced to £399.. and that you could also pre-order a Wii if you wanted one. I admit, that is just one shop.. but I can't believe PS3's have already undergone some price reductions, and you still can't even get a Wii...

I admit, I sold my Wii a few weeks ago.. I dunno.. i'm impatient, there were not enough interesting games out, and the novelty wore off. Looking at it retrospectively the PS3 isn't a bad deal considering the Blu-Ray and HDMI but I guess thats only of interest if you actually want those features..?

Combine the normal level of demand from us typical consumers, tie in factor of the cruise line wanting to supply it's cruise ships....and we're going to be waiting quite some time!

PS3's around our area are collecting dust....XBox 360's are still moving a bit...but the space for Wii's remains empty.

That’s very impressive but it sounds all too fishy if you ask me. Nintendo clearly know what they are doing and i don't believe they have any problem keeping up with demand now after what nearly 5 months and they still continue to send out only a handful of units to retailers to keep the hype up to make it a hard to get hold of-must have toy. I believe they deliberately made more units for the Easter period as they knew they would sell more than ever and the more demand would be there since everyone has been trying to get one for ages, However the supply will dry up again now and won't sell as many per week as last week even though they will sell out again...what a coincident don't you think? How long is Nintendo planning on using this tactic? What is wrong with them making enough to put on store shelves? How hard can it be for Nintendo to keep up with demand for last gen hardware?

It not a case of Nintendo selling them all as soon as they make them and get them into retailers, they just deliberately don't make near enough and create more demand because of that thus more people want one e.g People that wasn't even interested to begin with, now want one.

"Everything we are shipping, we are selling" meaning we are making less than the actual demand = no wonder its selling out.

"Sales in previous weeks weren't as strong as 25k" LOL you made more units for that week only as you knew there would be more sales due to easter.

I don't get it. They've sold more than the other new console that is readily available. They sell out all of the time, while Sony doesn't. They may not be able to satisfy demand, but their demand is outstripping the demand for a PS3, at least in those markets that have PS3s.

PiracyX said,
It not a case of Nintendo selling them all as soon as they make them and get them into retailers, they just deliberately don't make near enough and create more demand because of that thus more people want one e.g People that wasn't even interested to begin with, now want one.

And you know this for a fact because...you work for Nintendo? Or do you work for the factories producing the Wiis? Oh I know! You're just assuming this is the case because you want to disprove any good news about Nintendo that makes your precious PS3 or 360 look bad.

Show me one source for your total bs and I'll believe you. Nice assumptions, but completely and totally wrong.

spacer said,

And you know this for a fact because...you work for Nintendo? Or do you work for the factories producing the Wiis? Oh I know! You're just assuming this is the case because you want to disprove any good news about Nintendo that makes your precious PS3 or 360 look bad.

So you are saying i am the only person would think this? So what if i have a opinion which obviously it differs from yours and proberly every Pro-Nintendo person but that doesnt make me wrong. I may not work for Nintendo no and no i don't know this for a fact but don't you think its really strange they after all this time nintendo hasn't done anything about the shortages whatsoever and you believe that crap. You think i'm bs? It seems to be Nintendo is bs infront of your faces. I won't deny they are selling well because they are and the demand is there but partly "due to hard to get hold of" hype . And for the comment about making me pro-PS3/XBOX360 and against the Wii, are you kidding? I only own a XBOX360 but I brought a Wii about a month ago only to take it back the same day because it doesnt appeal to me yet i got caught on the bs from nintendo with the demand and i thought it must be good....not for me but for other people. btw where are the games? Does everyone buy a Wii for just WiiSports? cos that was pants.

I have nothing against the Nintendo Fans ok but all this crap i kept hearing about the bs of Sony with their PS3 people was saying and for once i actually praise them. At least they managed to get them on store shelves on day one unlike XBOX360/Wii and why? Cos they made enough to go round unlike Nintendo.

Before making outlandish comments please do some homework. Sony doesn't have plenty on store shelves because they made enough to go around, they have them on store shelves because they aren't selling. Pure and simple. The Wii isn't on store shelves because everyone is buying them including older people and retirement homes are buying them in bulk now for their residents too. Not to mention the cruise liners as someone said below. Don't believe me? Check out Cnn.com where they did a report on it. The Wii has hit a market that has never been hit before, and because of this they are selling out as soon as they hit shelves. It's not a marketing ploy, it's not some giant conspiracy, the demand is there and the supply isnt.

and gee just a couple weeks ago they were trying to say the wii wasnt selling well and the PS3 was selling faster then anything...

whYeNQue said,
yeh... if we get the consoles, we will buy them... the demand is so much greater than the supply at the moment.

No kidding. Everyone wants one but theres non around!