How does Wii U First Week Sales Compare to Other Consoles?

Michael De Sua:

In an interview with CNET, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime revealed that the Nintendo Wii U sold upwards of 400,000 units during its launch week and that it is pretty much entirely sold out of retail. This must be promising news for Nintendo as they have sold everything they produced for the first week, but how does this compare to the first week sales of other consoles in North America?

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mrbojingles1727d ago

It sold out of stock and people are comparing it. Why compare it? If it's sold out then it shouldn't be compared to anything else since it can't exceed X amount of units sold due to, y'know selling out.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1727d ago (Edited 1727d ago )

It's better to compare to wii.

@below ok dude don't be so hurt. I am sorry I said that... WiiU for give me?

mrbojingles1727d ago

Why compare it? It's sold out. If it's sold out than there is no logical way for it to match other console's sales.

Welshy1727d ago

People REALLY think these devices, or any major device for that matter, genuinely has no stock on release? Give me a break, they have freeking TONNES of them and say they are "sold out" or deliver in waves to keep demand high, where is the rush if Nintendo said "Chill guys! we made 10 million of them!"...

Here's the perfect video to show my point

AdmiralSnake1727d ago

It's not SOLD OUT....stop it. I've seen them in stock even today, so what are you talking about jingles ?

darthv721727d ago

It is sold out in some places and in stock in others. It depends on where you are. I think we can agree on that.

A comparison to other platforms, not really a viable way to gauge its success. I mean we could use another example of the ps3 vs the ps2.

Neither are correct comparatives but regardless of the comparison...the unit has sold and will continue to do so to those that are wanting one.

mrbojingles1725d ago

That statement came across as "hurt" to you?

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Captain Qwark 91727d ago

well to be fair, every console sells out of stock on a regular basis for the first 3-6 months typically. no point in comparing until its first year on the market has finished

keabrown791727d ago

The problem is that it "isn't" sold out of stock.. Right now I can drive to Wal-Mart, Target, or Toys'r'us and buy one. I live downtown Indianapolis

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rainslacker1727d ago

It isn't sold out here either, and I live in outside Raleigh, NC. There's plenty of people here with money and not enough stuff to spend it on.

lodossrage1727d ago

THAT comment was extremely uncalled for.

It never ceases to amaze me how people here resort to personal attacks when others don't share their opinions.

tonywood1727d ago

True...I walked into a gamestop in new jersey and got a deluxe u with no problem. Also, they have 4 other deluxe and 12 white systems.

jbgamer1726d ago

I live in Indianapolis and i have not seen any. I went to wal mart saw 1 wii u, came back 30 mins it was gone so sir I am calling you out i live in downtown indianapolis show me the proof. All of you.

OSIRUSSS1726d ago (Edited 1726d ago )

Really? I live in Indy too I know Target on W38th is sold out. JB no one lives in Downtown Indy LOL

keabrown791726d ago

I live up on 79th and Michigan near Pike High School. I bought mine the day it came out and I love it but that doesn't change the fact that yesterday the wal-mart on 86th had a basic, the target on Michigan had 1 basic and 1 deluxe and Toy's R Us in near castleton square mall had a couple as well. Like I said.. I love the system. No the stores are not overfilled with stock but that's on Nintendo. They are the king of artificial shortages after all. In any case I need me some ZombiU friends, especially if your from indy lol

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showtimefolks1727d ago

all i know is bunch are being sold on ebay for regular price. so while it did sell out in stores like all nintendo consoles, its not as big as people who wanted to buy than make 2-3 times more


this is age on internet everything will be compared to something else deal with it. compare wii-u sales to ps3,xbox360 IMO since there is not ps4 or xbox720 yet.

punisher991727d ago

According to the people who are hitting the agree/disagree buttons. You are wrong. lol

lilbrat231727d ago

The system seems like it sold out because Nintendo things they are slick. Many sores only got 5-10 consoles in stock. My local best buy only got 5 systems. So yeah it seems like they sold out to make uneducated consumers want it even more.

kupomogli1727d ago

It's not sold out, though. I was at Walmart yesterday, Sunday, two days after the biggest sales day of the year, and there were Wii Us available. Atleast one of each model.

Reggie wants people to think it's sold out and it's so difficult to get their hands on one so as soon as they see one they'll buy it. People always want something that's desirable, but him saying it's sold out is a lie.

Checking right now, the 32GB model is showing available in all 13 stores in a range of 50 miles from my zip code.

oONinjavitiSOo1726d ago

Nintendo did the same thing with the wii. Sending out limited amounts to stores trying to build hype. It worked for the wii will it work for the wiiu?

Bobby Kotex1726d ago

It's not sold out, but it is marked up online for the suckers who want one.

geddesmond1726d ago

News flash, all consols launch with so called limited stock and sell out so whats your point exactly.

Megaton1726d ago

Selling out isn't a measure of anything other than how few units Nintendo shipped.

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abzdine1727d ago

i hope PS4 will be priced like Wii U from day one because i'm not ready to pay 600€ like i did in 07.

Cupid_Viper_31727d ago (Edited 1727d ago )

I hear you on that, but that's also the reason why sony continues to provide support for their older consoles.

I don't want the PS4 to only be a slight upgrade from the PS3. I want something that is substantially better than the PS3, so if it has to be $600.00 so be it. The people who can't afford it will stick with their PS3/Xbox360/PSVita/Wii U until they can afford it.

linkratos1727d ago

Ideally this would be great, but I don't think Sony can afford to let most people stay with their old consoles for too long. And they can't really sell for a huge loss again. I'm actually not sure what they're gonna do. i don't see what's so bad about a not so big upgrade, if it can end with the type of library the PS2 had that would be a much bigger success in my eyes than the PS3.

ZombieNinjaPanda1727d ago

What an inane comment. Having a 600 dollar console again would ruin Sony. It almost killed them with the PS3 and you want another one? That's crazy talk.

I bought a Ps3 day one. 600 dollars for the console was too much.

millzy1021726d ago

the only way for ps4 to be substantialy be better than ps3 is top the line pc components and that is not happening. people forget what console gaming is intended for, a cheap entry level into gaming for those who can't afford gaming PC's this is what consoles where invented for. if consoles cost more than 400 there's no value in them and your better of saving up a couple more hundred and getting a mid range pc and upgrade in few years. pc always out performs consoles and that is the end of it

torchic1727d ago

I honestly think $450 for a base model.

Heavenly King1727d ago

$450 would be the premium model. I think XD

deletingthis346753341727d ago

I doubt the PS4 will be priced anywhere under 400 especially if the hardware will be a significant improvement over the Wii U. Sony MIGHT release a higher end model with a bigger hard drive and more features for another hundred dollars. I think Sony will price their console competitively with MS more than they would Nintendo given the Wii U will no doubt be the weakest console of this new generation.

LOGICWINS1727d ago

Sony will wait for hardware parts to become cheaper so that they don't have to launch at an outrageous price. Anything over $400 for gaming console these days is crazy.