There were reports of severely limited Wii U consoles on launch day in the UK, and the first sales numbers seem to confirm those reports.
According to MCV, the Wii U sold 40,000 units in the UK during the first 48 hours on the market, completely selling out at retailers. The Wii U will trickle into stores throughout the rest of the year, but “abundant supplies” are not expected until the New Year.
Additionally, it’s reported that 90% of the consoles sold were the Deluxe model, and that Wii U software attach ratio is about 2:1, meaning that for every console sold, two games were sold. These numbers exclude sales of digital software on the Wii U eShop. We recently posted a complete list of all the eShop titles available in the UK.
The Wii U sold 400,000 units during its first week on the market in North America, and it’s unclear how many units were sold in other European territories. We’ll have to wait for official sales numbers from Nintendo.