Nintendo: Wii U Sells 400,000 Opening Week in the US

by William D'Angelo, posted on 26 November 2012 / 11,588 Views

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.


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14 Comments

zippy (on 26 November 2012)

If you add them all up, that is a shit ton of hardware Nintendo has sold. Very impressive.


man-bear-pig (on 26 November 2012)

452k was my prediction. *not bad meme*


Heavenly_King (on 26 November 2012)

to the stores or to the users?


BluGamer23 (on 27 November 2012)

"The Wii U was essentially sold out at retail" .. did you even read?


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RedInker (on 26 November 2012)

Great numbers. Cant wait till Friday when I can get my grubby mits on one!


Podings (on 27 November 2012)

Lots of stuff factoring in here. 400.000 seems very reasonable, then they're also driving sales of the old Wii (GameCube had been rotting in its grave for a year when the Wii came out.)


Gilgamesh (on 26 November 2012)

Not bad, have no idea why Japan get's the console last, it's always been the other way around?


Kai Master (on 26 November 2012)

Yes, I don't know why Japan is last, but it is not the first time, Americans got the 3DS first too.


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Kai Master (on 26 November 2012)

oops, not the 3DS but the Wii !


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Salnax (on 26 November 2012)

If I had to guess, it's because holiday shopping starts earliest in America and the latest in Japan.


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cusman (on 27 November 2012)

Portable is more important in Japan so release there first. Home console more important in US and Europe so release there first. Plus I think Nintendo is really busy trying to meet schedule and demand with both their software readiness and hardware production / availability. They wouldn't want to miss the Christmas spending of the west.


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Buckwheat (on 28 November 2012)

I was surprised to find that our Best Buy still had 4 Wii U consoles for sale two days after the launch. I'm anxious to see what the second week sales look like.


mushroomboy5 (on 27 November 2012)

@heavenly_king article says its been sold out at retailers so do the maths.


ryuzaki57 (on 26 November 2012)

Pretty strong WiiU numbers despite all the hiccups. Can it hold until Xmas and beyond? Wii is a clear threat to its development. 3DS sales seem kinda weak though, on the top of being behind DS. No way it can keep up with DS in the long run.


ganoncrotch (on 26 November 2012)

the 3ds has sold close to half a million units each week in the past few weeks here while the DS clocks in around 60-80k what are you saying about the 3ds not keeping up with the Ds?


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cusman (on 27 November 2012)

The 3DS has an official MSRP price reduction coming in couple of weeks. There is also a Mario Kart + 3DS XL bundle coming for $200. Maybe consumers are informed and waiting?


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Ail (on 27 November 2012)

Well this was Black Friday week. It will be more interesting to see what it does the next few weeks..


Serious_frusting (on 26 November 2012)

Every modern console will do a good opening with in reason. Its not the first week that matters, ask Sony about the first weeks of the PS3. A very nice opening, but the 2nd and 3rd week will be more telling.


Psyberius (on 26 November 2012)

Sorry...don't think that 400k first week is STRONG when you consider the time of year and that that takes into consideration pre-orders. And stock "problems" out of the gate when WII had it's issues? Please...don't believe that line either.


Serious_frusting (on 26 November 2012)

Every modern console will do a good opening with in reason. Its not the first week that matters, ask Sony about the first weeks of the PS3. A very nice opening, but the 2nd and 3rd week will be more telling.


Nighthawk117 (on 26 November 2012)

"Fils-Aime doesn't expect the Wii U to be sold out for as long as the Wii" Yep, they're already lowering their sales predictions.