After announcing initial figures of 50,000 consoles sold in the first 12 hours of the Wii's UK launch, Nintendo Europe has claimed that a total 325,000 Wii consoles have been sold in Europe as a whole in the first two days on sale. According to Nintendo, these figures make the Wii the fastest selling in home console history.
Demand for Wii has been so great that shops throught Europe had large queues forming outside for days in advance of the and hundreds of shops opened their doors at midnight on launch day to sell to avid gamers. After just one weekend on sale, shops across Europe sold out of Wii consoles and anxious gamers are still awaiting stock to be replenished. In the UK most major retailers are still waiting for stock to fullfil their pre-orders.
As in the US, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess proved to be the favourite launch title with 240,000 copies sold over the launch weekend, representing 74 per cent of all hardware purchasers. Wii Play, released so far only in Europe and Japan, was the second most popular with over 50 per cent of console owners purchasing the game, which is bundled with a second Wii remote.
Nintendo Europe further announced that Nintendo DS enjoyed a record-breaking week with 515,000 units sold across Europe last week – the highest week's sales since the console’s launch. Since its release in March 2005, over 8.5 million Ninetendo DS consoles have sold across Europe.
"Wii has become an overnight success in Europe with people of all ages rushing out to get their hands on the console. Even at this early stage it is clear that Wii is delivering on its promise to expand the gaming market, with a uniquely diverse audience all keen to experience the sensation for themselves," said Laurent Fischer, marketing director for Nintendo Europe.
"For those who were unable to buy Wii during the launch weekend, rest assured more stock is already on its way and we are doing everything possible to ensure that a steady supply of Wii units is shipped to stores across Europe throughout December and into 2007,” he added.