Nintendo of America President Reggis Fils-Aime spoke with CNET in a phone interview about Nintendo hardware sales in the US. The biggest news is that the Wii U sold 400,000 units in its opening week. The Wii U was essentially sold out at retail and Nintendo is trying their hardest to replenish stock. To compare, the Wii sold 463,000 units in its opening week back in November 2006 according to VGChartz.
"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."
The predecessor to the Wii U, the Wii, managed to sell 300,000 units during black Friday week. The DS managed to outsell the 3DS by 25,000 units due to being cheaper. The DS sold 275,000 units, while the 3DS sold 250,000 units.
Fils-Aime said that the 3DS is still ahead of the DS during the same number of months on sale in the US. The 3DS has managed to sell more than six million units in its first 21 months, while the DS had around one million fewer sales.
Fils-Aime doesn't expect the Wii U to be sold out for as long as the Wii. Nintendo is expected to be able to keep up with the demand of the Wii U better than it did with the Wii.
"Wii was a unique phenomenon," Fils-Aime said. "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 is set to launch on November 30 in Europe and December 8 in Japan.