Nintendo Wii U sales ‘steady’ in 2012 Satoru Iwata says

Following the recent Nintendo Wii U release date, the Japanese gaming manufacturer has suggested that 2012 Nintendo Wii U sales were ‘steady’ despite failing to outsell its predecessor.

Describing current Nintendo Wii U sales as ‘not bad’, Nintendo has revealed that the PS3 and Xbox 360 rival failed to sell out of launch stock but continues to perform steadily after the pre-Christmas shopping rush.

“At the end of the Christmas season, it wasn’t as though stores in the U.S. had no Wii U left in stock, as it was when Wii was first sold in that popular boom,” Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said in an interview with Reuters.” He added: “But sales are not bad, and I feel it’s selling steadily.”

Although Iwata failed to offer precise Nintendo Wii U sales figures, recent reports have suggest that the touchscreen controller toting console shifted 400,000 units in its opening week on sale in the US, down on the 600,000 units recorded by the original Nintendo Wii U back in 2006.

Suggesting that sales figures were affected by the console’s multiple model launch, Iwata has claimed that stocks of the more expensive premium bundle were underestimated, causing consumers to be left wanting ahead of the Christmas shopping rush.

“It was the first time Nintendo released two models of the game console at the same time… and I believe there was a challenge with balancing this,” the Head of Nintendo said. “Inventory levels for the premium, deluxe package was unbalanced as many people wanted that version and couldn’t find it.”

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