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Wii U Sells 400,000 in U.S. on Launch Week

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The Wii U has sold quite well in the U.S. for its launch week.

The enchantment with the launch of a new console has apparently not been lost, and the Wii U is living proof.

Despite various issues at launch, the Wii U sold 400,000 units in its first week in the U.S. For comparison, it managed to outsell Nintendo's other hardware lineup during Black Friday week, including the Wii at 300,000 units, the 3DS at 250,000, and the DS at 275,000. Unfortunately, the Wii U hasn't been able to capture the first week sales magic set by its predecessor, as half a million Wiis made it into the hands of customers opening week in 2006.

According to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, the Wii U has thus so far been a sellout at retail. "Wii U is essentially sold out of retail and we are doing our best to continually replenish stock."

However, those seeking to get their hands on the new console shouldn't be worried about a shortage like the one that occurred during the Wii's launch. "You couldn't walk into a retailer and buy a Wii until spring of 2009," said Fils-Aime. "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 only question now of the Wii U's success is whether or not it'll manage to bring software that'll draw both a casual and hardcore audience. Will the Wii U manage to attain the same success at retail that the Wii did?

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    aoneone , November 28, 2012 2:42 PM
    I still have doubts... Maybe I'll buy one after oculus rift in spring of 2013 ^_^
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    Lazlo_Holyfeld , November 28, 2012 2:55 PM
    "Wii U is essentially sold out of retail and we are doing our best to continually replenish stock."

    Hmm.... then how come I saw about 12 of them sitting behind the counter at GameStop this weekend?
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    alidan , November 28, 2012 3:01 PM
    the wii had one game that was a system seller from day one, the wiiu doesnt have that same game, it has a demo of what games could be like, but its a poor example, there there probably wont be a "this is why you get a wii" game for probably 1-2 years

    it will be more about the content on the system than the way you play the games, and for many people, at least 400k right now, it is their go to hard core system.
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    jaber2 , November 28, 2012 3:09 PM
    If you can still buy them at store and don't have to resort to buying off ebay then its not a sell out.
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    NuclearShadow , November 28, 2012 3:56 PM
    I heard the battery life on those controllers are terrible and have no way to recharge while in use. I'm not quite fond of that. It's nice to see Nintendo always doing something different though.
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    Kami3k , November 28, 2012 5:05 PM
    400,000 first week?

    To me that seems low.
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    InvalidError , November 28, 2012 5:40 PM
    Kami3k400,000 first week?To me that seems low.

    Game consoles aren't quite as popular as the latest Google Nexus devices or Apple iToys.

    It has been a long time since the last time I remember seeing game consoles generating anywhere near as much hype as Samsung's latest Galaxy phone/tab, Google's Nexus 4/7/10, the iPad 3/mini or iPhone 5.

    Most people I know haven't bought a new console in years but have gone through multiple smartphones and/or tablets since.

    Personally, my newest game console is my PS2 and I haven't touched it much over the last four years.
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    dark_lord69 , November 28, 2012 5:56 PM
    I think the casual gamers won't care about the new touch screen like they enjoyed the original wii controller.
    Casual gamers that have a tablet already will ask what's the point?

    Hardcore gamers have developed a feeling/mindset that Nintendo is mostly childish games and/or gimmicky games for casual gamers. And if you are a hardcore gamer the only reason you'd buy one is just for 1st part games like Zelda, Metroid and Mario for example but 3rd party games were better on the other systems.

    If you do happen to buy the system for one of the major 1st party Nintendo titles then you are still forced to deal with every thing in super duper happy happy land. (UUgghh... I don't know about you but I'm getting sick of it.) If Nintendo really wants to bring back it's hardcore gamers they need to bring back games like Killer Instinct. Just the title alone is anti-happy land. Nintendo games are too Japanese, too happy happy everything. Like they are trying to make all games rated E. Like Disney trys to make it's movies rated G. Disney is marketing to kids. Nintendo, you need to stop trying to market to kids. You want hardcore gamers to like it? Make most of your games with NO HAPPY CRAP and get the rating of M. (M just means awesome)

    Here's an idea:
    Your small time italian mafia henchmen trying to make it big in the italian mafia. Make the game grand theft auto style. And hey you're main character could be named "Mario". With guns, drugs, girls, car chases and police it would have all of the elements to make it exciting to any older audiences. But don't make it cartoony. Make it look as real as possible. That sh*t would sell systems.
    Another idea:
    Make a gory fighting game. Killer Instinct was pretty cool I'd be down for part 3.

    Since most hardcore gamers have the other systems and Nintendo has let them down in the past I'd be willing to bet that many will just keep playing on thier PS3's and XBoxes until they see what Microsoft and Sony have to offer. Unless Nintendo really surprises people and does something like I mentioned above. The only other thing that will help them sell systems are exclusive deals with 3rd party developers but developers don't like to do that because games have become so expensive to make they need to make as much money as possible.

    Based on what I've seen from the last generation of consoles. I'm looking forward most to see what Microsoft has up it's sleve. I am impressed with the Kinnect and interested to see where that will go.

    BUT... What I'd really like to see in the next gen consoles is a TV Tuner that can allow your console to act like a DVR.
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    Abion47 , November 28, 2012 7:49 PM
    dark_lord69I think the casual gamers won't care about the new touch screen like they enjoyed the original wii controller.Casual gamers that have a tablet already will ask what's the point?Hardcore gamers have developed a feeling/mindset that Nintendo is mostly childish games and/or gimmicky games for casual gamers. And if you are a hardcore gamer the only reason you'd buy one is just for 1st part games like Zelda, Metroid and Mario for example but 3rd party games were better on the other systems. If you do happen to buy the system for one of the major 1st party Nintendo titles then you are still forced to deal with every thing in super duper happy happy land. (UUgghh... I don't know about you but I'm getting sick of it.) If Nintendo really wants to bring back it's hardcore gamers they need to bring back games like Killer Instinct. Just the title alone is anti-happy land. Nintendo games are too Japanese, too happy happy everything. Like they are trying to make all games rated E. Like Disney trys to make it's movies rated G. Disney is marketing to kids. Nintendo, you need to stop trying to market to kids. You want hardcore gamers to like it? Make most of your games with NO HAPPY CRAP and get the rating of M. (M just means awesome)Here's an idea:Your small time italian mafia henchmen trying to make it big in the italian mafia. Make the game grand theft auto style. And hey you're main character could be named "Mario". With guns, drugs, girls, car chases and police it would have all of the elements to make it exciting to any older audiences. But don't make it cartoony. Make it look as real as possible. That sh*t would sell systems.Another idea:Make a gory fighting game. Killer Instinct was pretty cool I'd be down for part 3.Since most hardcore gamers have the other systems and Nintendo has let them down in the past I'd be willing to bet that many will just keep playing on thier PS3's and XBoxes until they see what Microsoft and Sony have to offer. Unless Nintendo really surprises people and does something like I mentioned above. The only other thing that will help them sell systems are exclusive deals with 3rd party developers but developers don't like to do that because games have become so expensive to make they need to make as much money as possible.Based on what I've seen from the last generation of consoles. I'm looking forward most to see what Microsoft has up it's sleve. I am impressed with the Kinnect and interested to see where that will go.BUT... What I'd really like to see in the next gen consoles is a TV Tuner that can allow your console to act like a DVR.


    And the fact that ZombiU, Assassin's Creed 3, Black Ops 2, and Arkham City were all launch titles proves your point somehow?
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    neblogai , November 28, 2012 9:04 PM
    Darklord69: you are basically asking Nintendo to kill Mario brand for nothing- that is stupid. Instead, they can make both games for kids and M games, do them well, keep IPs strictly separate, and get both kid and hardcore markets. Plus, they are already getting casual/tablet gamer market- just wait and see.
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    dormantreign , November 30, 2012 3:06 AM
    Regardless what you guys think, i've been playing zombiU and Mario U non-stop since launch. I'm just iching for a metroid and zelda title. System is amazing.