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Nintendo Wii U UK sales hit 40,000 units in opening weekend

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Following last Friday's Nintendo Wii U release date, early estimates have suggested that Nintendo Wii U UK sales saw the new console shift about 40,000 units during its first two days on sale.

In the absence of official figures, video game trade magazine MCV says it has arrived at the 40,000 unit Nintendo Wii U sales total “through a combination of feedback from retailers and software sales data passed on by trade sources.”

Its sources also suggest that the Nintendo Wii U has effectively sold out on the high street, as new stock is only trickling through to retailers. They are not expected to be fully resupplied until early in the new year.

In its analysis, MCV speculates that sales probably would have been considerably higher if more stock had been available, a situation that seems to mirror that of the USA.

Earlier indications from the trade showed that the bundled packages, costing at least £299, were significantly outselling the £248 basic pack, which comes without software. Despite this, none of the Wii U exclusive games managed to reach the UK top ten this week.

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