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Wii U sells 400,000 in US in first week

Wii U sells 400,000 in US in first week

Mon 26 Nov 2012 6:22pm GMT / 1:22pm EST / 10:22am PST
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Nintendo says new system is "essentially sold out," original Wii sells 300,000 over same stretch

The US launch of the Wii U was a virtual sell out, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told CNET today. In the week since its November 18 debut, the Wii U sold through more than 400,000 systems at US retailers.

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

Despite being supply constrained, the Wii U was still the company's best-selling platform, accounting for about one-third of the more than 1.2 million pieces of Nintendo hardware US consumers purchased last week. The original Wii--for which Nintendo recently said it had no projects in development--was next on the list with 300,000 systems sold. Meanwhile, the 3DS line was outsold by the original DS systems, 250,000 to 275,000.

Fils-Aime said despite lagging behind the rest of Nintendo's hardware offerings, the 3DS has maintained a "record-setting" sales pace, topping 6 million in its first 21 months on sale. Last month, Nintendo lowered its full-year sales projections, blaming the move in part on disappointing 3DS sales.

10 Comments

Klaus Preisinger
Freelance Writing

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Back when the Wii launched Nintendo sure made those 300.000 sound as if they were three million. Based on the estimate of 43 million Wii having been sold in North America, weekly sales of the Wii in North America averaged at 138k over the six year life time.

Posted:A year ago

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Salvatore Romano
Editor-In-Chief

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400,000 units is good in my book.

I'll be purchasing a Wii U in March, when Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is launched. I'll probably pick up New Super Mario Bros. U and ZombiU, as well. And hopefully, Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101 will be out sometime around then, too.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

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"But as soon as product hits retail, they're selling out immediately."

Not to rain on their parade but thats not true in my area. I saw several regular edition Wii U's sitting on Best Buy's shelf getting no interest from any of the customers walking by them. But it's hard to argue with 400,000 in one week. And for anyone interested in the system you can still buy either version from gamestop.com with no hassle.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Andy Samson
QA Supervisor

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Your area is just a small fraction of the overall logistics for the entire Americas. Nintendo is speaking in a wider sense.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

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@Andy I'm on another video game message board forum that covers the entirety of the US(all four time zones) as well as other countries and the general consensus is that you can walk into your local Target, Best Buy, Walmart or some other chain store and theres a good chance you will see atleast some 8 gb consoles available. So following along what I initially said, the systems are not selling out immediately after they hit store shelves and it's not just here in Pennsylvania where you can find them, it's as far away as California on the other coast where other forum members have also seen systems on store shelves at almost any given time.

I'm not knocking the system but a week after the WIi came out you'd have a better chance at winning the lottery than walking into a store and finding one on multiple occasions the week after it came out. The same can't be said for the Wii U though.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 27th November 2012 7:00pm

Posted:A year ago

#5

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

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Paul, they didn't resupply stores with the Wii for weeks after it launched. That's why you couldn't fine one.

I know some chains that have already had their 3rd shipment of Wii U's.

Their rate of stock replenishment is exponentially better than the Wii so you are definitely more likely to find a Wii U in stores as demand and supply are much closer to equilibrium this time....but still seeing sell outs.

Posted:A year ago

#6
They should discontinue the 8GB model imo. Just found out my 32GB purchase will have 40 off it which prices it exactly the same that I paid for my Wii at launch.

32GB should be the base and a premium package for 100 more should include more goodies.

Posted:A year ago

#7

Andy Samson
QA Supervisor

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It's quite obviously that Nintendo's keeping a steady re-supply of Wii U's. Let's put it this way if we're going to make a fair comparison. The Original Wii had a single sku at launch and was what, $50 cheaper than the Basic Wii U model? The Wii came bundled with Wii Sports, the Wii U's Deluxe model comes with Nintendo Land, it costs $100 more than the Wii. It's tougher to find the Deluxe version, it's essentially sold out most of the time. Nintendo has not given a breakdown of Wii U sku's sold but I bet over 70% are Deluxe units .

Posted:A year ago

#8

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

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Andy, 70% is almost a given seeing as the distribution of SKU's was already heavily favored toward the Deluxe model.

Posted:A year ago

#9

Andy Samson
QA Supervisor

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People are actually holding off buying the Basic in favor of the meatier deluxe edition but that will soon change as the days get closer to Christmas. I have a feeling people will once again fight over scraps but not as intense as the cheaper Wii where there's no such thing as leftovers. It's interesting to see that amidst all the negativity being blown out of proportion the Wii U is at least still meeting sales expectations.

Posted:A year ago

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