According 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.