Nintendo: 400k Wii U sold, 1.2m total devices sold

November 27, 2012

Nintendo: 400k Wii U sold, 1.2m total devices soldAccording to Nintendo, the Wii U launch has been successful with the device sold out across most retailers. As predicted based on the pre-order numbers, consumers have chomped through the initial batch of Wii U consoles.

In an interview with CNET, Reggie Fils-Aime shares some sales figures from last week for Nintendo. According to Fils-Aime, the company is doing well on all fronts with over 1.2 million devices sold by Nintendo in the US alone with the Wii U, Wii, 3DS and DS.

Nintendo sold over 700k Wii U/Wii consoles last week with 400k Wii Us and 300k Wii devices. On the handheld side Nintendo shifted more than 250k 3DS and 275 DS devices.

Fils-Aime made sure to point out that the 3DS sold more than 6 million units during its stay. However, the biggest story is that of the Wii U and its sales performance.

Wii U is essentially sold out of retail and we are doing our best to continually replenish stock…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.

Fils-Aime did also note that the Wii U sales will be capped off by Nintendo’s ability to manufacturer the device. He also talked about some of the launch day supply mistakes with the original Wii.

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.

With the original Wii, many speculated that Nintendo was controlling the supply lines in order to speed up the overall process.

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33 Responses to “Nintendo: 400k Wii U sold, 1.2m total devices sold”

  1. Godless:

    I still don’t see it getting much passed 20 million ;)

  2. Andrew_DS:

    I love(d?) Nintendo. They single handedly got me into gaming with the NES and Super Mario Bros. This may come as a bit of a surprise but I am(was) a Nintendo fanboy! There said it.

    But I have to say unless someone buys this for me I have no intention of getting a Wii U. I can understand to a certain extent why Ninty wants to play to a different beat, and good on them for it, but it really frustrates me that they dont give the consumer what they want.

    Graphics matter. They need to realise that. And as a (very part time) gamer they matter to me. I want to to be wowed when playing a game. Like I was with Shadow of the beast on the Amiga and then Mario 64. I dont want 7 year old graphics that are going to look dated in a years time.

    Another big opportunity missed is there point blank refusal to put a normal run of the mill blu ray player in it. I would have probably bought one on that alone as that is something we want in our house. They have Wii U TV or what ever its called. And Netflix etc… so why not allow the consumer to play a friccin movie on it!?! One box does all!

    And lastly, the console has only been out a couple of weeks in the US and already there are devs out there who are giving reasons to not develop there latest title for it. And I can understand why. Why should they learn a whole new system that produces the same results as the 360 and ps3 only with 2 screens when its gonna be irrelevant in 18 months time.

    As I have zero time to myself its not a problem. I may just wait for the first price drop of the next gen consoles and go from there.

    Careful Nintendo, your pushing the loyalty of your fan base too much.

  3. phranctoast:

    “I still don’t see it getting much passed 20 million ”

    With Japan acting as a wild card that number can go either way.

    I agree with a lot of what Andrew DS says here. I feel it’s arrogant of Nintendo to keep thinking they can get away with an underpowered console two gens in a row while just trying to sell on a gimmick. A gimmick that I can even recognize its qualities while still not believing its enough to sell a console. Who can tell me it wouldn’t be cool have the controller act as the motion detector in Aliens colonial marines ?

    The console looks to me like stop gag for people that need something new right now and can’t wait until next year.

  4. twilight:

    Well, unless Nintendo makes some drastic changes, they are going to be in trouble in the long run because most people are not interested in a gaming console that just came out that is on par with current generation tech.

  5. Roca.:

    “Another big opportunity missed is there point blank refusal to put a normal run of the mill blu ray player in it. I would have probably bought one on that alone as that is something we want in our house. They have Wii U TV or what ever its called. And Netflix etc… so why not allow the consumer to play a friccin movie on it!?! One box does all!”

    Sounds like you need a PS3, that’s the only “box that does all” ;)

  6. Roca.:

    @Godless

    Didn’t this game just came out? I stopped by a CEX last night and was surpised to see many people have sold/returned this game already. I took a picture of its ‘used games’ section for the Xbox 360 just for you – there wasn’t any other game with that many used copies (4 full facing), and the guy said there were more in the backroom

    http://s16.postimage.org/q6xc4y4g5/forza.jpg

  7. Andrew_DS:

    Actually thinking back, my ex-girlfriend had a ‘box that does all’.

  8. phranctoast:

    “Actually thinking back, my ex-girlfriend had a ‘box that does all’.”

    But in the long run it ends up costing you more than $300 ;)

  9. Godless:

    Roca. .Yeah, It’s only been out a month or two.

    Not sure why so many have returned it, the demo was great, maybe it was too easy to Ace the game in a short time. . not sure.

    It’s a good enough game so far as I know.

  10. Andrew_DS:

    phrancroast – Nah, I binned the slag before she cost me more than the £28.75 I splurged out on the meal wooing her on our first date!

    Maybe I should re-phrase though. She had a ‘box that does everybody’

  11. phranctoast:

    gotcha.. A social gamer ;)

  12. Godless:

    £28:75

    Jesus dude, where the hell did you take her out for dinner?. . .Burger King!???

  13. Andrew_DS:

    Yeah. She is a bit like Mario Party 4. A great party game for you and your friends to play when your drunk! But is one of you hasn’t quite had enough drink, the graphics don’t look that great and can cause controller performance issues!

  14. Andrew_DS:

    Burger King. Ha ha. More than what she deserved. Seriously the stories I could tell you about this chick!

  15. dans:

    “Seriously the stories I could tell you about this chick!”

    Don’t leave us hanging, bro. :D

  16. Roca.:

    LMAO

  17. Andrew_DS:

    Nah, I cant go into it. I’m a gentleman and I don’t talk that way about ladies. Fortunately she wasn’t a lady.

    One of the nicer things she done while I was driving along was for her to change tampon in the passenger seat and then “dispose” of said tampon out of the window!

    After I had finished with her, she stole another girls boyfriend. It didn’t matter that the other girl just happened to be her younger sister!

    And the Mario Party analogy is actually quite accurate. One drunken night she offered to be spit roasted by a friend of mine and me. (Un)fortunately for my friend he wasn’t quite “up” for the occasion.

    Anyhoo, back to games and such.

  18. phranctoast:

    Finger cuffs the human rotisserie sounds like a pretty disgusting person..

    Imagine the poor people driving behind you… Mommy.. did we hit a bird?

  19. dans:

    “while I was driving along was for her to change tampon in the passenger seat and then “dispose” of said tampon out of the window!”

    http://i.imgur.com/dDHCc.gif

  20. Godless:

    “Mommy.. did we hit a bird?”

    Made me laugh out loud.

  21. phranctoast:

    Or the infamous white tailed mosquito….

  22. Kushy:

    Got an early Christmas present! My girl got me a Deluxe Wii U! I would not have bought one myself but I’m very greatful to have one as a gift! :) I will give it a test run this weekend, might pick up the Mario game for it! After that it’s likely going to eat dust until a proper Zelda game come out for it! :P

  23. ncaissie:

    Sure Kushy. Wii know you are a closet Nintendo fanboy. ;)

  24. Kushy:

    ^
    Guilty as charged! ;)

  25. Roca.:

    “might pick up the Mario game for it”

    is there anythere else worth getting for the Wii U besides “New. Super Mario Bros U”

  26. CarlB:

    As far as exclusives right now it doesn’t look like it. MC has Zelda, Super Smash, and Dragon Quest X listed in their “coming soon” slider… but they all have “TBA” which isn’t that encouraging. Some games you’ve already played and enjoyed like Battlefield 3 are also listed, and ME3 looks to be getting good reviews (albeit with reviewers saying things like, “occasionally blurry textures and audio problems… they’re minor”). ACIII, BA:C, CoDBOII (now we know why they didn’t update the engine!), etc. are there but all are said to perform slightly worse than their PS3/360 counterparts (though still getting generally favorable reviews overall).

    I think they may find ways for WiiU to perform the same without hiccups or better than PS3/360 given time. That could take a year or longer for devs to wrap their heads around… by which time PS4/720 will be coming out… Nintendo has their work cut out for them… but if it’s anything like 3DS vs Vita, they may not do so bad.

  27. phranctoast:

    Scribblenauts looks good.

  28. Kushy:

    ^
    See at least you can find a positive phranc! Roca quotes me “might pick up the Mario game for it” and then replies “is there anythere else worth getting for the Wii U besides “New. Super Mario Bros U” ”

    That’s the shit I’m talking about! He has the internet! He can read reviews! It was a rhetorical question and just his way to passively bash shit! He is an annoying troll that bashes everything but Sony!

  29. phranctoast:

    I had high hopes for Zombie U after the IGN Preview that was filled with so much gushy praise. Then they review the game…and Meh.

    After reading several reviews it doesn’t appear to be something I’d like.

    MS has War Z coming out soon. That sounds like it has some potential.

    “He is an annoying troll that bashes everything but Sony!”

    You’d be surprised. He bashes Sony more than you realize.
    Sony’s easy to bash btw. They make some of the dumbest decisions in the industry.

  30. Kushy:

    “Sony’s easy to bash btw. They make some of the dumbest decisions in the industry.”

    Agreed but at the end of the day they put out great games that are fun to play just as Microsoft and Nintendo do and that’s what matters most to me at the end of the day! :)

    “You’d be surprised. He bashes Sony more than you realize.”

    It’s few and far between and the constant bashing of other things other than Sony is getting old and I’m calling him on it after he took one thing out of context I said trying to put a positve spin on something and pointing out that not everyone is as lucky as we are and can afford to spend as much money as we do! Anyways Roca, I think I have more than made my point! Truce! :)

  31. phranctoast:

    I see that sometimes constructive criticism could get confused with trolling.

  32. dans:

    Lots of things on here get confused for trolling… ;)

  33. Godless:

    Dans. . will you STOP TROLLING! :P

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