The Wii U sold a staggering 400,000 consoles during its first week on sale in the United States. Reggie Fils-Aime, the Nintendo of America president stated that the Wii U “is essentially sold out of retail and we are doing our best to continually replenish stock.”
These strong figures almost replicate the success of the original Wii console, which launched 6 years ago and sold out at retail (475,000 units).
“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 is off to a good start, great news for developers and early adopters. Will Nintendo replicate this success in Europe later this week?