The Nintendo Wii U has sold more than 400,000 units in its first week on sale in the US, latest figures have revealed.
Retailers in the States are reported to have sold out of their initial batches of the Xbox 360 and PS3 rivalling games console. However, the sales figures are said to be a disappointment compared to the original Nintendo Wii which shifted 600,000 units during its opening week on sale in the US back in 2006.
Nintendo is expecting 5.5m Nintendo Wii U sales worldwide by March 31. It hopes to revive its fortunes with the Nintendo Wii U after the company posted it first annual loss in 50 years. What's more, it is expected the latest Nintendo offering will face increased competition in 2013 with new consoles by Microsoft and Sony, and the sector as a whole is also seeing competition from tablets such as the iPad mini, which appeal to more casual gamers.
Nintendo has staggered the launch date for the console around the world. It next reaches Europe on 30 November and Japan on 8 December. Stock has been allocated for those territories ahead of the Christmas period, though it is said to be sold out in the UK through pre-orders.
The Japanese manufacturer will be seeking to avoid a repeat of the Nintendo Wii launch six years ago when it was out of stock for months. “It’s going to be in early 2013 that we can adjust the allocations based on actual sell-through and performance on a region-by-region basis,” Reggie Fils-Aimé, Nintendo’s US president, told the Financial Times.
In a busy shopping week, the original Wii is still proving to be a money-spinner in the US, selling about 300,000 units over the last week according to Nintendo; the 3DS handheld sold 250,000 and the older DS, 275,000. Adding to Nintendo's gaming lineup, latest reports have suggested a newly revised Wii console will also land in the coming weeks with a Nintendo Wii Mini release date tipped for December 7.