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Wii U Shifts 400K Units in Début Week

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

It's "essentially sold out of retail"

Nintendo's revealed its sales results to incorporate the Wii U launch and the Black Friday festivities, with NoA COO Reggie Fils-Aime weighing in with the company's perspective in an interview with CNET. Nintendo's total hardware sales — according to internal data — hit around 1.2 million units in the U.S., though it's the breakdown of those results that make interesting reading.

For its part, Wii U sold around 400,000 units, with Fils-Aime stating that "Wii U is essentially sold out of retail and we are doing our best to continually replenish stock". He went on to say that "as soon as product hits retail, they're selling out immediately", which doesn't quite match with our, admittedly narrow-focused, experience. Our man Jon Wahlgren, in his words, strolled into a Target store in the middle of a large city a few days after launch and got one without a pre-order, while we've also seen pictures of multiple Wii U boxes sitting unclaimed well into the Black Friday shopping madness.

Wii, meanwhile, managed to sell 300,000 units in the past week, no doubt bolstered by discounts and deals. There'll naturally be some level of comparison of Wii U to the Wii launch and it's long-term shortages, though Fils-Aime directed the focus to Nintendo's restocking efforts keeping the new system on shelves, rather than a potential lack of comparative demand.

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.

At least Wii U wasn't out-sold by its predecessor, which is the fate that's befallen 3DS. In the past week the latest handheld shifted 250,000 units, while DS models sold roughly 275,000 units, with its defeat of its flashy successor put down to "significant" Black Friday deals. It was also pointed out that 3DS is still, at this stage, more than one million units up on the same period's DS sales in the U.S.

In terms of the headline results for Wii U, it's unclear at this early stage whether these are good results and that stock is selling out as soon as it hits stores, or whether it's a solid if unspectacular start. There are numerous sources suggesting that it's been possible, days after release, to walk in and buy systems without a pre-order; we'll have a better idea once the Holiday season passes and we get a broad outline of how supply and demand has weighed up for Nintendo's HD system.

What do you think of these results for Wii U, Wii, 3DS and DS? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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User Comments (37)



Daz-brum said:

I think Nintendo are old hands and drumming up support for their machines, was the WiiU launch a hit HELL yeah



Ren said:

so wait, after all those claims during the Wii launch of "intentional supply shortage", and now that the WiiU is regularly in stock at launch it's simply "an unspectacular start". clearly they learned their lesson and are supplying more units than before and I commend Nintendo for that. (despite the fact, that I too am uninterested in buying one, it looks kinda lame for 350$).



Jellitoe said:

Only Best Buy had the Basic in NC, Target, ToyRus and Gamestop were all sold out Saturday morning. The Deluxe was sold out at even Bestbuy and they only had 3 Basic sets after I walked in. So yeah, its selling out fast.



Lunapplebloom said:

I've only seen a couple of Wii U Basic sets around everywhere I've gone. To me that shows that it's pretty good on demand, for the Deluxe sets anyways. We'll just have to wait and see for now, but I was hoping for a larger number for that sale period.



Jellitoe said:

Considering there is no killer app (and nothing announced really qualifies for a killer app, sales are doing good. These will desperately need a push from Zelda or Galaxy after Christmas however. I bought mine looking ahead to Monster Hunter.



WanderingPB said:

The deluxe edition is great especially with everything thats included. My only problem is deciding whether to continue buying discs or invest in the external hd and just download games especially since the deluxe set includes the digital promotion.



Ryno said:

All I have found are a couple of basic's at stores.

It's more interesting that the Wii sold 300,000. I thought that console was "dead!"



C7_ said:

I think the sold-out thing applies mainly to the deluxe kit, as buying basic is actually a bad investment since it has lower memory and is actually more expensive if you want Nintendoland to go with it (most people will).

So if you see a bunch of basics in stock but deluxes are sold out, don't be surprised if that remains true for a while.

I also think that the launch would've gone better if they didn't release NSMB2 at all, completely eliminating the "we see 2D mario too much, why should I buy a new console for it" aspect. Especially since NSMB2 was a pretty forgetable experience in comparison.



Varia01 said:

Those people have got to stop stealing other people's chances to get the Wii U. Glad I stayed home for the weekend......



Epicnessofme99 said:

I saw 1 Deluxe and 2 Basics at a Target the other day, and 3 basics at a Toys R Us, I was actually surprised to see any.



Emaan said:

Wii U seems to be doing pretty well. Glad I got mine day 1, I've loved it so far, and it was a cool experience to be one of the first to own it. Sad to see 3DS not doing so well, but the DS is so close to becoming the best selling game system of all time, I can't complain. Sales will definitely pick up between now and Christmas.



Prof_Clayton said:

Nobody likes nintendo here except like 5 people. xD I know a person who bought one with no preorder, just fine. :3



Pokefanmum82 said:

it's not sold out in canada. i know walmart has them in store but not online and so does my EB Games but Best Buy Canada are sold out of them online and so is the Source. Future Shop has some too.



Slapshot said:

I don't get this, because they are sitting on store shelves here. If I wanted to buy a Wii U today, I can all but guarantee you that I'd have one in a few hours time tops - it's a half-hour drive into the city.



theblackdragon said:

nowhere around me has any in stock. the display kiosks sure are shiny... i'd probably care more if there was a game out that i wanted, though, haha — i'm sure both situations will be rectified come tax time :3



Urbanhispanic said:

So basically, the deluxe bundle is selling out at most locations compared to the basic bundle. But, some areas do have one or the other depending on where you live. It will work out for Nintendo and as long as people look for it, they will eventually find one to buy.



LittleKing said:

For those wondering how well Wii sold in its first week (well, first 8 days), I'm pretty sure it shifted 600k units. Provided this is exactly a week then its probably more fair to use 550k for a rough comparison, though.



atl13falcons said:

I had to call 6 different stores to find a Deluxe Edition without pre-order. They held it for me while I drove 25 miles to go get it. I live in a relatively rural area...



DarkNinja9 said:

seems like stock is out of places the more popular places seems to need more stock then places that everyone is saying they have some behind the glass in each stores they go to if that makes sense <.< cuz come on i havent got mine no fair yet ppl saying they have some in there state -.-



Magi said:

I've seen ONE Basic for sale at a Best Buy and not a single Deluxe anywhere. Bunches of them on Craiglist though.



kobe1724 said:

Why are people still buying DSi's instead of a 3DS/3DS XL? Don't people realize the 3DS has been out 20 months now? I blame Pokemon Black/White 2. But seriously, the 3DS sales should be well exceeding the DS at this point. Goodness. In other news, the Gamestop where I live still had plenty of deluxe set Wii U's in stock on Black Friday, I just called in the middle of the day, and they had one. Lucky me I guess



Shworange said:

I wanted a Wii U. I went on and yesterday and checked the store's stock of black wii u's Every store was sold out of that bundle in a 50 mile radius. Today however, I walked into my neighborhood target and picked up a black bundle. The store recieved one today and thats the one I got. They had about 4 white Wii U's.



FonistofCruxis said:

Its sad to see the 3DS lagging behind its predecessor like that but at least its predecessor isn't outselling it by that much. Hopefully, the 3DS's sales will pick up in the west soon, although, I wouldn't mind if the DS more sales so that it becomes the best selling console of all time.

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