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Wii U has sold 400,000 in one week

Nintendo's new console "essentially sold out"

Nintendo's US boss Reggie Fils-Aime is celebrating a good start for Wii U in America with 400,000 consoles having been sold in the country in one week.

According to Reggie, it's been a great week for Nintendo as the company has sold over 1.2 million hardware units in total over including 300,000 Wiis, 250,000 3DS and 275,000 DS systems.

Wii U is essentially sold out of retail and we are doing our best to continually replenish stock," said Fils-Aime. "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."

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Wii U launches in the UK on Friday with a midnight launch at HMV. Fans are already queuing outside the store in central London in a bid to be the first people in the country to pick up a Wii U.

At the last count, Wii had sold 97.18 million worldwide since it launched in 2006? Do you think Wii U can beat it? If so, it would be Nintendo's best selling home console of all time.


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  1. MartinIsAwesome Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 10:00

    Good start. Let's just hope this continues and sells more in the US and that the trend will translate when it's released here and in Japan in the next couple of weeks.

  2. imbusydoctorwho Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 10:33

    Pretty good start,I'll look forward to see how well it does here.

  3. lminett Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 11:13

    Im expecting to see similar numbers in europe, i can imagine alot of people will want this before xmas

  4. K-tet Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 13:04

    A lot of people complained that this was a lacklustre start for the system, but they haven't taken into account the economy, how badly the system has been both marketed and advertised, and that it's releasing at a higher price point than the Wii did (which apparently sold 600K in its first week in the US). However, 400K is a pretty respectable number given the real world circumstances. While not every store in the US has sold out, the majority of retailers have, and those still seen in the wild by people are the Basic Pack, meaning the Premium Pack has been the system of choice.

    What makes it even more promising is that while the Wii U system is sold at a loss, the moment you buy a game, it turns a profit. This means that the Wii U must be selling at a marginal loss per unit. I'm sure once Nintendo of America release their software sales for that week, you may find that the Wii U as a whole is turning a pretty penny.

    If similar figures maintain in Europe come Friday, and Japan the following Saturday, leading into Christmas, there's every chance the Wii U can sell 1.2 to 2 million units just in that timespan alone. Also given certain software in the launch window will entice buyers to invest in a Wii U upon release (such as Rayman Legends), by the end of the fiscal year alone, I can see 2 to 2.5 million units sold, and that's irrespective of the teething problems the Wii U has at the moment. I can definitely see ZombiU being the game of choice for European gamers, and in Japan, that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate code in the Premium Pack alone will print Nintendo a whole heap of cash!

  5. toffeeman30 Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 13:17

    incidentally segas dreamcast sold 372k units in the same time frame 13 years ago. early days

  6. Argenthor Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 17:19

    I'm pondering over what 'essentially' means. Here's hoping Xmas only continues this!

  7. Mr Roboto Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 20:08

    Very good start but no way the Wii u will out sell the Wii as many people will just keep their Wii console and not splash out again on a new console with a tablet controller.

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