Based on the data released by Enterbrain, Nintendo was able to sell more than 308K units of Wii U in Japan during its launch weekend. However, it was not able to surpass the initial release of the original Wii, which set a record of 371,936 units during its launch weekend in the country.
Aside from not making a strong debut in Japan just like its predecessor, Nintendo Wii U was unable to beat the debuts of Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS either. During its launch, Nintendo 3DS sold 371,326 units, while Nintendo DS was able to roll out 441,485.
The next-generation console is rank 7 in Japan’s best games hardware launch, coming behind PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 2.
Wii U Releases in US and UK
Prior to this, it was reported that Nintendo Wii U was able to sell 400,000 units during its first week of availability. As reported last week, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime claimed that the company was able to sold 1.2 million hardware units in total over the past week. This includes 300,000 Wiis, 250,000 3DS, and 275,000 DS.
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.
On the other hand, UK Nintendo reported earlier this month that 40,000 units of Wii U were sold during the console’s first 48 hours of availability. There were claims that the company was able to sell out all units across UK High Street, although some users reported that it is still available in other retailers.
Nintendo even pointed out that they have “strong deliveries of follow-up stock”, though there were speculations that “abundant supplies are expected until the New Year.” It may appear that Wii U has been generally profitable, but no single Wii U game was able to break it into the UK All-format Chart. This seems to be a new disappointment for the console maker.
Nintendo Games Sales Figure
Aside from the gaming consoles, sales figure for Nintendo games were also published recently. On top of the list is the New Super Mario Bros. U, which sold 170,563 copies. It was followed by Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and NintendoLand that sold 110,149 and 78,461 copies respectively.