Nintendo has revealed impressive hardware sales in the US during the week following the Wii U’s launch on November 18th.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told CNET that the platform holder sold 400 000 Wii U consoles during its launch week, along with 300 000 Wii consoles and 250 000 3DS and 275 000 DS handhelds. This tally of 1.2 million units in hardware sales within the space of just one week will undoubtedly give Nintendo confidence going into the December period of the shopping season.
Fils-Aime said that retail demand for the Wii U meant that supplies were in constant need of replenishment:
“Wii U is essentially sold out of retail and we are doing our best to continually replenish stock. 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.”
Fils-Aime also told CNET that lessons has been learned from the Wii stock shortages that followed the console’s US launch:
“Wii was a unique phenomenon. 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.”
The Wii U will be released this Friday, November 30th, in European territories (including South Africa) and on December 8th in Japan.