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The Wii U's sales may not have quite matched those of its predecessor, but it's winning in one significant area. Nintendo revealed today that the system has brought in $300 million in the U.S. with 890,000 units sold after 41 days on the market, whereas the original Wii had pulled down $270 million by this point in its lifespan.
"While the Wii launch established new benchmarks in the United States, Wii U has surpassed its predecessor in perhaps the most important category: revenue generation," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America executive VP of sales and marketing.
The comparison should come with some footnotes, however--Wii U is more expensive than Wii, with its Basic and Deluxe sets respectively costing $50 and $100 more than the Wii's $250 launch price, thus less consoles sell for more. Wii U is also sold at a loss for Nintendo, albeit a relatively slight one.
With that in mind, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata's recent pronouncement that Wii U sales are "not bad" makes it sound a bit more like the two gentlemen are describing the same console.
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