The numbers are in and it turns out the Wii U launch went pretty well with around 400,000 consoles sold in its first week. It’s not as much as the 600,000 Wiis sold at launch, but it’s nothing to sneeze at. And neither are the 300,000 ageing Wiis that sold last week either.
For perspective, the Xbox 360 was able to take the title for most popular console in October by moving 270,000 units. With the help of Black Friday, both Nintendo consoles were able to beat that number. What’s more impressive than the Wii U’s sizeable opening sales is that the now six-year-old (and admittedly cheap, ~$US130) Wii managed to achieve 50 per cent of the enormous peak it hit all the way back in 2006, which seems like practically forever ago.
Overall, Nintendo managed to move 1.2 million devices including the Wii U, Wii, and a number of handheld devices last week. While it looks like the Wii U is coming out of the gate reasonably strong, it’s future — especially considering a (probably) imminent next-gen offerings from Microsoft and Sony — is a bit unsure, but maybe it’s inherited its predecessors staying power. We’ll have to wait and see. The Wii U hits retailers in Australia on November 30. [Kotaku via AllThingsD]