Wii U sells 400,000 in first week

The Wii U sold 400,000 units in its launch week, as part of 1.2 million overall Nintendo system sales. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told CNET that Wii U is "is essentially sold out of retail and we are doing our best to continually replenish stock."

For some context, the original Wii also sold out at retail, and actually sold through 475,000 units in its first week, according to the NPD Group. It also sold 300,000 units last week, giving its successor a pretty good run for its money.

"Wii was a unique phenomenon," Fils-Aime said. "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."

Meanwhile, 250,000 3DS and 275,000 DS devices sold over the weekend, with Fils-Aime attributing the older device's stronger performance to significant Black Friday retailer discounts.

CORRECTION: This article originally listed first-week sales for Wii as 600,000 units. We regret the error.


  • Redeater - November 26, 2012 12:57 p.m.

    I'm guessing this number will skyrocket as more parents get desperate when xmas draws near and they will have to settle for the white version.....which seems to be the only version they have on shelves these days.
  • codystovall - November 26, 2012 12:15 p.m.

    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
  • db1331 - November 26, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    300,000 Wiis sold last week? That's insane. How are there still that many people left that wanted a Wii but didn't already have one? I wonder how many of those sales were from clueless parents/grandparents whose kids asked for a Wii U? "Oh, here's that Wii Timmy wanted", or "Wow, this one's $150 cheaper."
  • Cyberninja - November 26, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    I think main reason Wii sold more is it was cheaper at launch that is probably the biggest reason wiiu sold less.
  • Redeater - November 26, 2012 12:53 p.m.

    That LITERALLY had me laughing out loud.
  • Redeater - November 26, 2012 12:54 p.m.

    Damn, that post should have been up one to db1331.

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