The new Nintendo Wii U console was beaten by the Sony PlayStation 3 during a key shopping week in the US.
The Wii U went on sale in America on 18 November and in Europe today (30 November). Data from Sony, reported by news agency Reuters, says that more than 525,000 PS3s were sold in the week of the Thanksgiving public holiday, which included the busy shopping day of Black Friday (23 November).
By contrast, around 400,000 Nintendo Wii U consoles were sold in the equivalent period, which was 200,000 less than the original Wii in its first week on sale in 2006.
The Sony PS3 figures show an increase of nine percent compared to the same time last year, according to Reuters. Although it has been through a few incremental hardware upgrades since its debut, Sony’s PS3 is essentially a six-year-old platform. A next-generation model is expected towards the end of 2013.
The week that includes Black Friday is traditionally one of the heaviest for consumer spending in America as it also kicks off the Christmas shopping season.
Earlier this week Microsoft revealed that it had sold a massive 750,000 units of the Xbox 360 in the previous seven days.
Initial batches of the Wii U did sell out, so its first sales figures could have been higher had there been more stock in supply at the time.
The Wii U is regarded as a make-or-break product for the struggling Nintendo. However, it was hit by teething troubles in its first first few days, such as slow software updates.
Nintendo is also finding that sales of its handheld gadgets, including the Nintendo 3DS, are suffering from gamers shifting to using smartphones and tablets.