Nintendo Sells 500,000 Wiis on November 25, 2011 (Black Friday) - NewsVGChartz Staff , posted on 28 November 2011 / 7,507 Views
Black Friday figures are starting to trickle in for the video game industry.
According to Nintendo, by way of USA Today, US retailers sold 500,000 Wiis on Black Friday itself (including some doorbusters that began the day before, Thanksgiving, at 10 PM). In 2010, Nintendo sold 600,000 Wiis from November 21-27, in seven days as opposed to one. Back in 2009, Nintendo sold 550,000 Wiis during Black Friday week. When Wii sold over 2m in the US in November 2008, Nintendo sold 800,000 Wiis during Black Friday week. Nintendo claims it had the best 'Black Friday' ever for Wii, but did not report weekly Black Friday totals for Wii, which means the weekly figure is likely down on 2008 but probably up on 2009-2010 and certainly up on 2006-2007.
Even in October Nintendo was selling 65,000 Wiis or so per week, and so its pretty likely Nintendo sold well over 600,000 Wiis during Black Friday week at a minimum. The total for the week could easily be 700,000 or more as our data had Wii selling over 150,000 per week in the USA before Zelda. Black Friday week for Wii was week one of Zelda and the first time Wii was ever $100 - so the weekly figure is obviously well above 500,000 the question is simply by how much.
Nintendo did not say how many DS or 3DS systems it sold over Black Friday or Black Friday week, although the company sold 900,000 DS systems during Black Friday week 2010, and 1,000,000 DS systems during Black Friday week 2009. 3DS figures for the November 13 week were up 49% from the previous week, while November 20 week figures were up 325% from the November 6 week. Assuming Nintendo's 3DS figures for the November 6, 2011 week were even 70,000 - 80,000 units (up a bit from about 65,000 per week in October), we can estimate 3DS figures at 105,000-120,000 for the November 13 week, and then something like 300,000-350,000 units for the November 20 week. Black Friday week figures were likely higher although there is no information for that data.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii opened to a first week (likely Nov 20-26 as it is still November 28 in the US) of 535,000 units in the USA, which Nintendo says is the fastest opening for Zelda ever.
Super Mario 3DLand for 3DS has sold over 500,000 units in the USA since launching on November 11, 2011 according to Nintendo. That is the fastest pace for a portable Mario game ever according to Nintendo's figures.