Launch week sales of Nintendo’s Wii U console did not match launch sales of the original Wii, apparently.
Nintendo sold 400,000 Wii U consoles last week, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime told CNET today.
For comparison, the original Wii sold 600,000 units in its first week on the market in 2006. Of that 475,000 were sold in the U.S. Nintendo went on to sell about 96 million of the consoles, which initially cost $250.
Comparisons are difficult in part because the Wii U has a staggered launch globally. It’s going on sale Friday in Europe and early next month in Japan.
In the U.S. last week, the $299 Wii U faced particularly tough competition from the original Wii, which was available for under $100 in some sales.
CNET’s report said 300,000 units of the original console were sold last week. Combining the old and new models, the Wii platform sold more than 700,000 units, the report said.
Overall sales of Nintendo systems — including handhelds — were more than 1.2 million units last week, according to the report.
Supply limits are also affecting Wii U sales. Fils-Aime told Cnet units are selling as soon as they hit the shelves:
“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.”