Nintendo Wii U sells 400,000 units in US during launch week

The folks who said that the game console business might be on its last legs have apparently not talked to the people who bought the new Wii U console last week. The company has confirmed today that the Wii U sold 400,000 units during its launch week in the US and is basically sold out in retail stores at the moment.

CNet reports that, according to a chat with Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo sold a total of 1.2 million units of its various hardware devices last week in the US. That includes 300,000 units of its older Wii console, 275,000 Nintendo DS consoles and 250,000 units of the newer 3DS portable console.

As for as the Wii U, Fils-Aime says that the company is working hard to push out new units to store shelves. However, he added, "... as soon as product hits retail, they're selling out immediately." In other words, good luck finding one in time to get for the holidays unless you head to eBay and pay a lot more than the normal retail price.

The Wii U is scheduled to launch in Europe on Friday and it will go on sale in Nintendo's native Japan on December 8th. In the meantime, the US version has seen some more features added via software updates since its November 18th launch, including apps for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video and YouTube.

Source: CNet | Image via Nintendo

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Steve Ballmer-signed Surface being auctioned for charity in Germany

Next Story

Microsoft finally has Windows RT-Surface Minesweeper game

34 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Consoles and gimmicky controllers don't matter, having great games does.

Nintendo seems to have forgotten that.

I still don't get it... There are pallets upon pallets and displays at 3 different Wal-Marts I've been too. I keep hearing they are sold out, but they are in fact, everywhere.

I still can't see myself buy this when the 720 or ps4 is probably just a year away and will probably bring with them tons of major improvements.


Though, if any game can compel me to get a wii u, it'll be zelda.

Im not convinced at all. No 13-18 year old will want to pick this up over the other AAA title playing machines.

micro said,
Im not convinced at all. No 13-18 year old will want to pick this up over the other AAA title playing machines.

uh huh, I've seen lots of kids in line for the Wii when it launched, and now again when the Wii U launched

Here in Toronto most retailers have them in stock, and the people buying them in bulk are the scalpers who are exponentially adding to the sales figures that Nintendo released. I think more scalpers bought the system than actual users which is disheartening. I hope Nintendo all the best with this console but they haven't won me over.

Wii U has to avoid going through what the Wii went through: an enormous percentage of Wii owners never bought anything past the bundled/launch titles (Wii Sports, Wii Fit).

The Wii U is already getting some guffaws for apparently only having the one game to advertise at launch (Mario). For Nintendo to avoid this curse, Wii U owners two years from now need to own more than just the games that came out in the first six months.

Lord Method Man said,
One game to advertise at launch? What?

Yes. All of their ads are featuring the Mario game alone.

The dozens of other games are NOT flagship games. Yes, they are Wii U games, but they do not take advantage of whatever Nintendo's vision is for the tablet controller.

Likewise, nobody cares about cross-platform games for the original Wii that didn't take advantage of the wiimote. For it to have *meaningful* success, studios have to take advantage of what the platform *uniquely* offers. They can't simply be me-toos that offer no compelling reason to invest in the platform if you already own an Xbox/PS3.

And frankly, if you're into games like Mass Effect 3, you don't give a frak that it's on the Wii U.

So I stand by my claim of one game to advertise at launch. It's clearly the only game capable of showing off what they want to show off.

Considering my kids haven't asked me for a Wii U this year, I'm pretty confident in saying the Wii U vs Wii sales will be drastically less.

LogicalApex said,
Sounds like the Wii all over again. Nintendo knows how to sell consoles .

The wii sold great the first 2 years then utterly collapsed, i'm guessing Nintendo would rather have better long term sales.

With that being said, i'm not seeing the mad rush like they had with Wii.. they're not that hard to find.. maybe they just have better inventory this time around.

spudtrooper said,

The wii sold great the first 2 years then utterly collapsed, i'm guessing Nintendo would rather have better long term sales.

With that being said, i'm not seeing the mad rush like they had with Wii.. they're not that hard to find.. maybe they just have better inventory this time around.


The Wii has sold over 97 million units since Launch so umm the first 2 years ha ha try the fact it is still selling well

notuptome2004 said,


The Wii has sold over 97 million units since Launch so umm the first 2 years ha ha try the fact it is still selling well

doesn't matter.. no one bought the games and the device quickly fizzled to nothing so quickly that Nintendo posted its first losses.

notuptome2004 said,


The Wii has sold over 97 million units since Launch so umm the first 2 years ha ha try the fact it is still selling well

X360 and PS3 have been outselling Wii for more than 2 years now. The Wii used to be far ahead of the other two with over 60% marketshare. Now its down t 40% marketshare and the X360 has sold 70 million ans the PS3 68 million.

However console sales alone aren't important. Of course for Nintendo it is somewhat important as they're selling the Wii at a profit. But more important are the game sales. Sony and Microsoft have seen most of their profit come from thirdparty games that sell 5+ million copies. There have been a lot of these games over the years. This is where the real profit comes from and Nintendo has been missing out on it. The average X360 owner buys 9 games, the average PS3 owner 8 and the average Wii owner 3.

Whether the Wii U is a succes or not cant be said until much further into this generation. But it does seem clear Nintendo needs that core support to stay competitive. The mainstream consumers helped them recover from the Gamecube (which sold even less than newcommer Microsoft) but they need more this time around.

spudtrooper said,

The wii sold great the first 2 years then utterly collapsed, i'm guessing Nintendo would rather have better long term sales.

With that being said, i'm not seeing the mad rush like they had with Wii.. they're not that hard to find.. maybe they just have better inventory this time around.


That was part of Nintendo's strategy, though. They were never going for a lifecycle as long as Microsoft and Sony, they just benefited from the quick interest.

I have doubts that Nintendo will keep these sales up very long, though. Microsoft and Sony will likely announce their consoles in the first half of next year, and they'll surely be far more powerful and will likely have some unique features. (I'm guessing both companies learned from this generation's Wii dominance.)

You have to halve or quarter Xbox 360 sales numbers at least. The red ring of death happens once a year, so once each year the Xbox failthful buys a new one...

Ronnet said,

X360 and PS3 have been outselling Wii for more than 2 years now. The Wii used to be far ahead of the other two with over 60% marketshare. Now its down t 40% marketshare and the X360 has sold 70 million ans the PS3 68 million.

However console sales alone aren't important. Of course for Nintendo it is somewhat important as they're selling the Wii at a profit. But more important are the game sales. Sony and Microsoft have seen most of their profit come from thirdparty games that sell 5+ million copies. There have been a lot of these games over the years. This is where the real profit comes from and Nintendo has been missing out on it. The average X360 owner buys 9 games, the average PS3 owner 8 and the average Wii owner 3.

Whether the Wii U is a succes or not cant be said until much further into this generation. But it does seem clear Nintendo needs that core support to stay competitive. The mainstream consumers helped them recover from the Gamecube (which sold even less than newcommer Microsoft) but they need more this time around.

LogicalApex said,
Sounds like the Wii all over again. Nintendo knows how to sell consoles .

I 'm just not convinced about that press release, the stores close to my home (Mejier, Target and Walmart) have plenty of units in stock. Mejier had over 15 on the shelves and I didn't even see anyone looking at one or buying them.

NeoPogo said,
You have to halve or quarter Xbox 360 sales numbers at least. The red ring of death happens once a year, so once each year the Xbox failthful buys a new one...


yeah and that explains PS3 numbers too?

NeoPogo said,
You have to halve or quarter Xbox 360 sales numbers at least. The red ring of death happens once a year, so once each year the Xbox failthful buys a new one...

Why is this idiot even allowed to post?

NeoPogo said,
You have to halve or quarter Xbox 360 sales numbers at least. The red ring of death happens once a year, so once each year the Xbox failthful buys a new one...

I know you're just flamebaiting but that would make the game sales even more impressive.

NeoPogo said,
You have to halve or quarter Xbox 360 sales numbers at least. The red ring of death happens once a year, so once each year the Xbox failthful buys a new one...


There's a warranty that covers the RROD, and those replacements aren't included in sales. Replacement purchases are almost certainly minuscule.

NeoPogo said,
You have to halve or quarter Xbox 360 sales numbers at least. The red ring of death happens once a year, so once each year the Xbox failthful buys a new one...

I don't have proof, but I wouldn't be surprised if the RROD hurt Microsoft more then help them.

LogicalApex said,
Sounds like the Wii all over again. Nintendo knows how to sell consoles .

The original Wii sold 600,000 in the first week. So their numbers are down from the previous generation. When numbers are down 25%, it is not history repeating its self. And searching a few online stores, they do have them in stock.

spudtrooper said,

doesn't matter.. no one bought the games and the device quickly fizzled to nothing so quickly that Nintendo posted its first losses.


It was because of the 3DS not the Wii.

Anthony Tosie said,

There's a warranty that covers the RROD, and those replacements aren't included in sales. Replacement purchases are almost certainly minuscule.

Not everyone is on the United States, (in case of America) so the RRoD warranty doesn't apply globally. In my case, I had 2 broken devices. The latter one I was able to send it to MS thanks to a trip my mom had to US.