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Amazon UK: Wii U Sales Rank Jumps 875% Following Microsoft’s Xbox One Reveal ***Update***

The Xbox One’s disappointing reveal has shot up sales of the Wii U on Amazon.com. The system was at #390 before the conference, but now has shot up to #40 due to Microsoft’s glorified TV box.

This momentum should carry Nintendo right into the summer as they have big plans for the Wii U at E3 and this fall. The console race has just begun but it’s good to see gamers are picking up a system that’s dedicated to gaming first, and multimedia second.

Check out the massive leap here 

These numbers where based on when this article went up, not currently. Nobody is claiming the Wii U is selling more than everybody or anything like that. The point of the article is interest spiked after the Xbox One was revealed. And for the people who are saying it was because of the price drop and not the Xbox One reveal, that’s not necessarily the case. There have been multiple price drops in the UK and sales never spiked on Amazon like this. So it can’t be just because of the price drop. If anything, it’s a nice combination of both.

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121 Responses to Amazon UK: Wii U Sales Rank Jumps 875% Following Microsoft’s Xbox One Reveal ***Update***

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  4. Alxias says:

    lmfao I'm a hard core xbox lover but with what microsoft pulled with this shitty TV box, I was actually thinking of transferring to be a complete PC gamer. But this article.
    LOL

  5. xx598ghxx says:

    in your face haters

  6. rubix8702 says:

    I know numbers are all relative to what they are being compared to, but a momentum push is a momentum push. The naysayers may think that this is just blarney and insignificant news, however, the reality is the Wii U is already out. IF Nintendo pushes a big add campaign the way they say they are, and IF they blow E3 away with their Directs, I don't see how they won't sell systems. The games are going to be quality, we already know that as a public. The defacto trigger now is getting the console in the people's hands.

    If people used a little more of their emotional quotients in relation to goods, they wouldn't be hoodwinked so easily. The Wii U is an awesome buy for the value: there is no subscription to Nintendo TVii, there is no fee for wifi or the internet, there is a fully integrated use of Miiverse,Wii U chat is free, the controller has NFC (think about that, do you know how many devices use NFC?), there are pro-controller options, off screen play, access readily available to Facebook and Twitter (via the web), games can be paused in game to answer incoming chats- I mean, do I even need to go on?

    The backlash the Wii U received was unwarranted and prejudicial anyway. So, now that the blinders are off, people can finally see the system for what it really is. Will RG3 make the system better (even though he is awesome)? Will speaking with the NFL commissioner improve game play mechanics? Will having international soccer players talk about the dedication of their craft make the OS of a console better? The answer to all those questions is no, and that's why Nintendo doesn't go that route. They don't need Usher to sell their systems. They have Mario to do that.

    I just think the American gaming media placated such a bias towards the Big N, that the fanboys were looking at the company with blinders on their faces. Now that the blinders are off, and all the consoles can be seen for what they really are, I'm not surprised Nintendo got a boost. I expect this boost to get greater as time goes on, and who knows, maybe the noxious entity known as the American gaming media will give the Big N their due credence. As it stands, I'm not at all surprised that the Big N is getting a boost.

  7. demfacts says:

    erm … the best selling item in amazon uk gaming is a one year XBL subscription. Not sure what they 'story' is about? Even the XBOX is outselling the WiiU on amazon.

    • Furious Francis says:

      At the time it was written, the Wii U had jumped in sales rank. Nobody said anything about the Wii U outselling the Xbox.

    • timg57867 says:

      Excuse me, but did this article even mention the Xbox 360, which has been on the market for 8 years with an enormous back catalog I might add? Thought so…

  8. timg57867 says:

    Just passed 27,000 FREAKING VIEWS with NO STOP in sight. Shooot…. O_o Needless to say, I sure turned up traffic! XD

  9. coregamer says:

    The real sales jump for the Wii U will come when 3D Mario, Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3, Mario Kart, Bayonetta 2 has been released later this year. On top of that the third party games like Assassins Creed 4, Watch Dogs, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Batman Arkham Origins, Rayman Legends, Deus Ex Directors Cut, etc.

  10. Ogya says:

    I can't even write properly with all the excitement.

    I wanted to say "This is still the console that supposedly has no games to play on"

  11. Ogya says:

    I think most people on this site had no doubt that the Wii U will sell, the timing of this increase is what makes the news splendid.

    This is still the console the still supposedly has no games to play on. Lol

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  13. Etermal7 says:

    This is great news for nintendo :)
    I love my WiiU and Ps4 is another console im going for…
    Microsoft, you can keep your generic controller and VHS console…
    Nintendo and Sony are top dog now

  14. koopzilla says:

    EA better get ready to start kissing some ass.

  15. Matthew Wesley says:

    Let's list the way's microsoft has messed up; 1: No used games in the conventional sense 2: ''Always'' on drm, so yes, you need internet 3: They're keeping their draconian indie dev policy. 4:No backwards compatability… with xbox live DOWNLOADABLE games (wtf!) 5:They had the audacity to put on that bs conference, with artificial applause, manual screen transition, and ''new engine'' graphics. 6:Microsoft has an ''unprecedented'' relationship with EA. I do believe that Microsoft has just handed the next generation console war to Nintendo and Sony. If anyones going to be the next Sega, it's Microsoft. If the X-one doesnt sell well, and becomes a money pit, I can very well see Microsoft going 3rd party.

  16. bigchad says:

    now Earthbound is #3 on movers and shakers uk at 190 from 3345 rank. with a 1660% increase in sales. Francis just helped move Earthbound units too. good job guys.

  17. timg57867 says:

    DANG! I DIDN'T KNOW OTHER SITES WOULD GET IN ON THIS! This story's already being posted on sites Nintendolife, MyNintendoNews, WiiUdaily, and more while N4G has this in the front! Man, this is going to get overblown by journalists and haters for sure! XD *sigh*

    • RicardJulianti says:

      Once it gets on GoNintendo, those other sites pick it up and then it spreads. That's why I tried to get my articles on there….with no luck, haha.

      This is bananas! 13k views and counting. When you've got all the buzzwords in the headline….it is bound to get noticed. "Wii U" "Sales" "Microsoft" "Xbox One Reveal"…..winning.

      I love how the community is this like….hive mind almost. We all go out and hunt down every bit of news about everything and post it for all to see. Respectful disagreements, unless someone else is disrespectful first, and a general consensus on just about everything.

      Best community ever. Hands down.

      • Titan64 says:

        13k views, JESUS….And its not even E3 yet. I am still trying to figure out the sales figures in the UK but until then, Nintendo and Sony just got the biggest boosts in their life, mostly Nintendo. And Iwata set the dates for the next direct and a pokemon direct as well. This is gon be good.

      • revolution5268 says:

        i hope late in this site it does not end up like those site with hundreds of trolls.

        • RicardJulianti says:

          Francis bans trolls….no worries, he won't let it get like that. He might provide warnings….but he will definitely ban them.

          If people would just state their opinion without getting ridiculous about it, there wouldn't be a problem. Nothing wrong with having a different opinion just as long as it's put forward in a reasonable manner (as others have pointed out, the increase is sales rank, not necessarily sales…..but it's the increase in interest that really matters) Sadly, there aren't very many level headed people on the internet.

      • Furious Francis says:

        And that's how it will stay. This will be a respectful community. I will ban trolls and keep things clean…..And that's the bottom line, cause Furious Francis said so!!!!!!
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXSn1cPz9eg

  18. POS NUMBERS says:

    so thats how this website works? Someone points out how your article is flawed and you delete the comment?

  19. javier says:

    i strongly believes that nintendo will be "the empire strikes back" for the Microsoft and sony rebellion against nintendo wii in the last years that the latter has weakened his forcé. And that will happen very soon.

  20. timg57867 says:

    Good to see I could point attention to an interesting occurrence. Right now, I just hope journalists don't run away with this and kick the console wars into overdrive! People will probably spin this in a way that makes us look like brainless fanboys. Oh well, let them. More press for Nintendo. :)

    • Ray01 says:

      Oh yeah, that mental retard RXL is already damage controlling, saying that its "only from 1 site in the UK…Irrelevent".

      So much Denial, the truth hurts. XD

    • RicardJulianti says:

      While this has absolutely no bearing on pretty much anything Wii U related…..it does have to do with the Xbox…

      CDPR isn't confirming an Xbox version of Witcher 3 yet. o.O I don't see why they wouldn't….the only downside is being associated with the shit-storm but others haven't had any issue…
      http://www.gamespot.com/news/is-the-witcher-3-com

      Definitely strange. Apparently CDPR thinks DRM is the "Worst thing in the gaming industry"…..soooo?????

      Edit: CDPR created GOG.com…and this was a tweet of theirs yesterday: https://twitter.com/GOGcom/status/337185539012849

      Wii U just to screw with MS????? (I kid….90% sure that isn't going to happen) PS4 exclusive??

  21. Ronnande says:

    When the price of the PS4 (£450+) get revealed I imagine Wii U sales will also get a solid boost by that. The WiiU need to get the big systemselling games out there first and foremost tho.

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  23. Shortiloe says:

    dont forget NSMBU, MH3 and LC:U are pushed too, and they got no price cut, maybe 5£, but not more. Only ZombiU.

  24. ThankyouMicrofail says:

    Top lel. Nintendomination forever

  25. TraBuch says:

    Are you people slow in the head? There was a £70 price drop, no shit it sold a bit more. The same thing happened when the Vita had some sales going. The fact that people actually think the Microsoft reveal had anything to do with this just boggles the mind.

  26. Geese says:

    Guess Microsoft gave Nintendo the best third party support they could get.

  27. SoIidSiIver says:

    You know whats even crazier about this backlash? No matter what Microsoft says/does at E3, the damage is done. Not only that, but I'm sure Nintendo and Sony have taken note on this and know exactly what they aren't going to do this generation. Microsoft has basically handed their competitors a free guide to overtake their product, and discourage others from buying it. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if the console is DOA, or massively delayed in order to fix all of these problems.

    • Kittykat says:

      I agree with you SolidSilver, but if microsoft had done it the other way around, presented the gaming first and made gaming their main "presentation" they could have added all this TV entertainment features as a "and, it is not just gaming, but also this!" and it would have seen like the best "add on features" ever…but yeah, microsoft really blew the console with this.

  28. Ray01 says:

    NEVER count Nintendo out. They're like Rocky, U can knock'em down, but they'll keep getting back up!

    This gif is perfect for this situation: http://i.minus.com/iVTT7iHZ0KMgK.gif

  29. John says:

    This is great, hope PS4 don't follow the same way that Xbox One!

    • Teratus says:

      I doubt it will

      Sony's focus is going to be games games games they've said that much already

      Microsoft still have a chance to turn people back as long as they don't screw up E3
      gamer's want to see games man that's all they care about lol

  30. TwinTails says:

    I guess people finally got tired of Microsoft's bullsh-t. 875%, That's huge!

  31. Gryphonofmight says:

    This is the best marketing push the Wii U has ever gotten. And its all free ( at Microsoft's expense)

  32. Aiddon says:

    somewhere Michael Pachter is having a stroke

    • koopzilla says:

      Hahaha. I was just wondering what kind of stupid ass crap Pachter is going to say about all this.

    • RicardJulianti says:

      Maybe he's having a Pach-Attack of the heart variety.

      I wonder if he can Skype the authorities in time. "Killer-app" indeed.

    • Matthew Wesley says:

      I guess that Pizza hut app just wasn't cutting it. I never saw the allure of that app anyway. I wanted to say to my xbox friends who got this app ''You have a phone or computer right, well then get off your fat ass and order the pizza, cheezus!'' My goodness, xbox just made a generation of gamers even lazier!

  33. TsUaS says:

    That's actually quite interesting considering all the stories you keep hearing about the Wii U in the UK. Are there any actual numbers? Does anybody know? It' be nice to put a number to that percentage to better put it into perspective.

    • Furious Francis says:

      It not about the actually numbers, it's about the interest. And how it shot up after the reveal.

      • TsUaS says:

        I'm not trying to be down on this news as it's positive, but having an actual number helps in the context of putting things into their proper perspective. That's only where I'm coming from. A sale is a sale in my book, but 875% of 4 is 35 while 875% of 100 is 875 units. That right there is a really big difference between an increase and a huge one.

        Thing is though, that without putting that percentage into proper context, trolls are just likely going to come around here and be all out douches if we find out later that the actual number of units sold is low. Just trying to help out by making sure things that being reported on are warranted. It only fans the flames of trolls if those numbers turn out to be nothing to get excited about, especially when it's something positive going Nintendo's way.

  34. Piee90 says:

    So fanboys is Nintendo stilled DOOMED.

  35. Ninjahound says:

    ZombiU also increased by 250%
    NSMBU increased by 111%
    MH3 Ultimate increased by 92%

  36. Comire says:

    So is that why the Wii U has been selling so poorly? The larger gaming community were just playing the field, waiting to see all their options before deciding one way or the other? I didn't realise we were so cautious.

    • EuroMIX says:

      That would make a lot of sense though. Gamers weighing up all of their options and now many may have realised that Wii U may be the best choice next to PS4. I am surprised to see people acting before all of the information is given at E3 though. Perhaps the Xbox One system looks so bad that many aren’t even considering it at this point, even if it DOES have some good games at E3.

    • Teratus says:

      Considering the estimated price point of the next generation consoles this was to be expected

      The Wii U was the obvious call when deciding the least powerful of the 3 and that launched with a £299 price point (for the better model at least)

      many gamer's quickly jumped on the idea that Xbox one would probably be around £300 to £400 and Ps4 being just plain unaffordable lol

      so many were just waiting for all 3 to be announced and then deciding on which one to get or which one to get first

      although I have to admit the Boost the Wii U has gotten far exceeded my expectations
      if it was 200% I would have gone Wow lol
      but almost 900%… my mind is blown lol

  37. timg57867 says:

    Thanks for posting Francis. Oh, it dropped a bit, but it's still pretty high.

  38. brianc6234 says:

    So instead of selling one Wii U Amazon sold 875? These numbers are really meaningless. If you don't sell many of something and suddenly sell a thousand it will look like a huge jump. Gamers are more likely to buy a PS4 than a Wii U.

    • Furious Francis says:

      We'll see about that. We don't even know about the price of the PS4 or it's full launch lineup. We do know that the Wii U has killer apps like a brand new 3D Mario, Zelda, Pikmin, The Wonderful 101 and more coming this year. Plus a cheaper price point

      • RicardJulianti says:

        Also, the Wii U is available NOW and has some great games already.

        People will be able to afford it and save up enough money for whatever the PS4 costs at launch, there's still plenty of time left.

    • timg57867 says:

      Looks like someone doesn't know how to interpret numbers. Plus this is significant. When it comes to casuals, Microsoft is Nintendo's TOP competitor and they've practically screwed their system before it hits the market. Sony will probably get a bigger chunk of the hardcore, but what about the casuals hmm? Haven't you noticed that games like Lego, Disney, Skylanders, and other family-oriented games do better on Wii and Xbox 360 than PS3? Let's see how the masses respond to Mario Kart U.

      PS: This isn't determining who will win the console wars. It just shows how pissed people are about the Xbox 1.

      • Teratus says:

        Im very interested to see the actual sales numbers for this jump

        was it thousands, hundreds of thousands heck it could have been a million or two

        we just don't know yet
        but I really want to know lol

    • WiiULover69 says:

      You are a fucking idiot… instead of 1 it would be 8.75 dumbass

      • RicardJulianti says:

        Now now…..no need for such language. Let's try to keep it at least semi-civil, yeah?

        Yes his math was wrong, but there's no need for names.

    • Guest says:

      You just went full retard

  39. SoIidSiIver says:

    Lmao poor Pachter, I guess Pizza Hut, and TV Tuners weren't as "popular" as he thought they were.

  40. ZainreFang says:

    Lol, thank you Microsoft.

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  42. animegamingnerd says:

    M$ did a better job at selling PS4'S and Wii U'S then sony and nintendo could ever do

  43. Matthew Wesley says:

    You know what, I hope EA gives Microsoft the clap!

  44. Shokio says:

    This is insane lol.

  45. rickmodus says:

    lovin it lovin it, all of a sudden according to new wiiu buyers it doesn't realy matters if the console doesn't have a shitload of technical thingies inside after the xbone reveal.

  46. Frank Urbanski says:

    What does this represent? I don't really get it. Is this sales expectations? Consumer interest? Actual sales (surely not…)?

    • RicardJulianti says:

      I think it actually is based on sales…..

      I don't know what the sales rank for the Wii U on Amazon Canada were before the reveal, but I saw it as high as #25 after…..

    • Ninjahound says:

      this is actual sales

    • Furious Francis says:

      Amazon Movers & Shakers
      Our bigger gainers in sales rank overs the past 24 hours. Updated hourly.

      Sales and pre-orders

    • derpface says:

      I think its exactly what people were talking about before, if either of the two (PS4, Xbox One) other consoles don't impress them, then they'll figure out their two system combo, or have all three, or just one. I think some of those people figured out their first console, and the PS4 will be the second console they get (i say that because PS4's coming out later.. Don't get the words twisted) Or they possibly just figured out their one console for the time being. Either way, no one is really liking the Xbox One right now.

    • routerbad says:

      Amazon sales rankings are just that, they show the most popularly purchased items on the site.

    • chrisjac123 says:

      Man now the wii u is at number 3

    • Jack says:

      The sales "RANK" jumped by 875%. Meaning instead of being ranked #390 on amazon its now ranked #40 for whats selling best on their website (amazon). As far as actual sales goes who knows, Only way you can find that out is by waiting for Nintendo to report how much has sold or listen to the reports which are never 100% accurate. I don't mean to be mean but it really was not that hard to figure out simply by reading through the article and putting that brain to work.

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