True, but the issue still remains that 125%, while an increase, isn't a brilliant increase - world figures put the Wii U at <60k units. Retailers want to see a larger increase:
"But this appears to have had little effect, with the purchasing director of ShopTo telling MCV that, ‘We have taken the decision to reduce the price of the Basic Wii U to test the market and assess the impact of a price change for a short period of time. This has resulted in a smaller than desired increase in sales at this stage.’"
It looks like HMV slashed £140 off of the price of the console so it would be insane for it not to improve that much given the massive price-cut!!
It "slashed" about £50 off actually.
Hardware prices in the UK aren't as fixed as the US, you will never pay RRP in the UK unless you're a sucker and just buy at the first shop that has one, which would be any electrical store.
I got my Wii-U Premium for £200 about a month ago and not from HMV.
Zaavi was doing the Premium for £225 for a few weeks.
It's ALWAYS available at £250 (Premium), 8GB is available for £189 in a similar fashion, that is the real accepted price if you can't wait for a deal to get it for less.
The HMV sale is a one off because HMV are in the shit and will try anything to spark some interest in it's stores. Admittedly it did come with Zombie-U as well for £200 which is a massive price cut, but Zombie-U can be purchased for £23 so it's not quite the £140 you mention.
125% increase compared to the previous week with bomba prices AND new games is not good news tbh.. :/
How much did it sell last week in the UK? 1-3k?
Retailers said the price drops weren't really helping, so this is a software propelled boost. And if Monster Hunter can cause that kind of boost, imagine what an actual big name Nintendo franchise can do.
No, this is more like a temporary boost in sales. There was a big sale on for the Wii U at HMV (a retailer in liquidation) last week. They reduced the price significantly for the Premium Bundle and Zombie U, slashing off £140 off the price. I'm guessing a lot of the sales were from this.