Wii U makes green; Nintendo's new console sells 400,000 units in first week
It’s been a week since the Wii U launched here in North America (I’ll avoid doing the jerk-ish thing and rubbing that fact in for those reading this in Europe and Japan), and all this time we’ve either been playing the heck out of the system, or waiting patiently to find out how it’s been faring.
And now we know that it has been faring well. Today, Nintendo revealed the numbers for the Wii U’s first week out in the wild, and they’re rather good. About 400,000 units good, according to Nintendo of America chief Reggie Fils-Aime, who told the news to CNET.
Fils-Aime then explained that the system might have sold more by now, had it not kept selling out in places.
“Wii U is essentially sold out of retail and we are doing our best to continually replenish stock," he said. "Retailers are also doing their best to get the product to store shelves. But as soon as product hits retail, they're selling out immediately."
Hopefully, Nintendo will be able to keep up with demand and ensure that people won’t have to wait for the Wii U only to be turned away due to a shortage of the system at retail, like the Wii was back in 2006. “Wii was a unique phenomenon," Fils-Aime recalled. "You couldn't walk into a retailer and buy a Wii until spring of 2009.”
“We've certainly learned many lessons from that and we are replenishing retailers more quickly this time around. We are looking to have as much product into retail as possible. It's driven by consumer response."
All around, the last week has been favorable sales-wise for the Big N. Aside from the Wii U, sales for the Wii managed to cross the 300,000 threshold, while the numbers 3DS and DS came in at approximately 250,000 and 275,000, respectively (Fils-Aime cites “significant” Black Friday deals as the reason the DS outperformed the 3DS).
In total, Nintendo sold over 1 million hardware units this past week. With luck, they’ll be able to keep the momentum going and the systems selling.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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