Nintendo Sells 1.2 Million Consoles In US Last Week, Including 400,000 Wii U’s
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online
Nintendo sold more than 1.2 million game consoles in the United States from November 18 through November 24, including 400,000 of its new Wii U console, the company said on Monday.
The Kyoto, Japan-based gamemaker said it sold more than 300,000 units of its older Wii motion-sensing console, and about 275,000 of its original DS handheld units during that time.
The figures include sales at retail stores and online purchases.
While most new video game systems sell out shortly after their launch, the question for Nintendo is whether the high sales volumes for the new Wii U console can continue in the months ahead. It´s not a trivial matter for Nintendo, which posted its first net loss in 30 years during the last fiscal year.
The company has also cut its profit projections for the current fiscal year.
The new, high-definition Wii U console includes a 6.2-inch touch screen controller dubbed the GamePad. The system comes in two versions, costing about $300 and $350, a step up in price from the Wii U´s $249 predecessor.
The new console´s much touted interactive television and video features were not available at launch, and reviews of the new system, at least so far, have been mixed.
The US launch of the Wii U comes weeks before its introduction in Europe in Japan.