Wii U Sells 400,000 Units; 3DS Sells 250,000 During Black Friday Week

By Ishaan . November 26, 2012 . 10:35am

We don’t usually get weekly hardware sales figures for North America, but Nintendo America recently shared Black Friday-week sales figures for all their consoles and portables in the U.S. with CNET.


The Wii U, which was released on November 18th, sold 400,000 units during the week. Meanwhile, the Wii raked in another 300,000 units of hardware sold.


On the portable front, aggressive Black Friday deals resulted in sales of 275,000 units of the Nintendo DS last week. Meanwhile, the Nintendo 3DS wasn’t too far behind with another 250,000 units sold.


Wii U sales are constrained by the amount of supply that Nintendo are able to provide, says Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aiime.


“Wii U is essentially sold out of retail and we are doing our best to continually replenish stock,” Fils-Aime said. “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.”


Fils-Aime also added: “You couldn’t walk into a retailer and buy a Wii until spring of 2009. We’ve certainly learned many lessons from that and we are replenishing retailers more quickly this time around.”

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  • Damn lol. Good job Nintendo =)

  • Herok♞

    How good is that for a first week sale in comparison to other console first weeks?

    • sd28

      better than 360 and ps3 worse than wii and ps2

      • Luna Kazemaru

        and you got these numbers from?

        • sd28

          neo gaf sales thread on the same topic also meant to write I think since I am not 100 % sure of them

          • Luna Kazemaru

            Eh…neogaf..yeah not disagreeing with you but yeah don’t really trust that place.

          • Neogaf is populated by dumbasses

      • Do provide sources for this stuff next time. Saying “I found these on a forum” doesn’t really give us any sort of credible source or contribute to the discussion. :)

        • sd28

          sure no problem

    • sevensword15

      I believe the wii sold 600k in it’s first week. So its a decrease from its last console but i would still say its quite impresive especially in this economy.

      • Herok♞

        well the wii being cheaper was probably where the big difference comes from.

      • That was all territories this is North America Alone

  • SirRichard

    A strong start was basically guaranteed, the question is if they can maintain the momentum. They probably can for a while, but it’s what they do after the Christmas rush dies down, a drought is exactly not what it needs given that it doesn’t have an insane seller like Wii Sports.

    • sd28

      im guessing they will have a Nintendo direct about before or after Christmas detailing more things but i agree with you completely

    • Herok♞

      I think it will be fine during launch window which is until March(since they have games planed until then) after that I think we will be looking to E3 to see the next big thing If they announce a huge tittle like Mario or Zelda they will be solid.

    • Eilanzer

      The question is…When is the Zelda U will launch…You can say that Mario and Zelda are the main momentum of all nintendo consoles…

  • Good job I guess?

  • tanto

    good job

  • malek86

    Good, I guess. Still, seeing how the Wii sold 600.000k and had much heavier supply issues, it goes to show that people probably haven’t taken on the Wii U too much yet.

    Those 3DS numbers worry me more. They are down quite a bit from last year, too, although that was soon after the price cut and had a new Mario game with it. This year there was also less compelling software on the western front (Paper Mario just doesn’t attract as much). If they can fix this, it will be okay, otherwise the road ahead won’t be easy.

    • Pokémon is the last big guaranteed seller they have left for 3DS, and it’s probably more than a year away. They’ve played all their other cards so far. I maintain my opinion that they need something like Final Fantasy, specifically, to help push things along.

      Next year will be pretty interesting to watch. I think we all know the 3DS isn’t going to do anywhere near DS-like numbers. The question is whether or not they can create a sustainable software market for it in the west.

      • sd28

        what about animal crossing

        • Animal Crossing I don’t think will make as big a splash in the U.S. as it did in Japan, since the west is more prone to substituting portables with phones. But we’ll see. I’d love to be proven wrong. Style Savvy and Animal Crossing could both be fantastic long-term sellers for 3DS in the west.

          • sd28

            i have to admit i agree and i do hope sales improve

      • Tails the Foxhound

        Is the US 3DS still charting behind the DS’s pre-lite sales? I thought it was ahead still. Had the lite launched by this point yet?

    • Elvick

      Wii U doesn’t have the “oh I can EXERCISE and play games!” excitement.

      I don’t think it will ever be like the Wii. Never have thought that.

      I guess we’ll see in the end.

    • TheRealMalek

      (edited wrongs numbers, should be correct and with source now)

      1.3 million Wiis were sold the first month, my guess is it will be more or less the same for wii U. Sure for america it isn’t their best score but they have proven to buy less japanese stuff lately.

      source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii_launch

  • sandra10

    Good start for the WiiU.

    But I can see why the rumors about a second price drop for the 3DS are floating around.

  • Juuu

    I’m sort of shocked the DS beat out the 3DS. I mean, it’s understandable since this economy isn’t the best, and there’s PLENTY of amazing DS titles to fill in one’s library with, but after titles like Paper Mario and 3D Land, plus finally some solid 3rd party showings, I was expecting a little more. Hopefully it will just keep up a nice, steady momentum through the holiday season. I wonder if Sony will be giving us any Vita numbers for comparison? That bundle was a GREAT deal!

    Also, nice to see some Wii U numbers. Even if it’s not as solid as the Wii’s opening, it also had less hype than the Wii did, so I’m actually pretty impressed with 400k. It’ll be interesting to see how the sales go when they make more stock to fill in the sold-out stores.

    • kylehyde

      I agree. I think that NOA has to change their strategy with 3DS, because the current one is not working. The DS already has the awereness of the people, but the 3DS no. Certainly the “I’m not a gamer” ads (and others) didn’t convince anyone.

    • TheRealMalek

      DS is cheap, 3ds not much.
      DS had piracy, 3ds doesn’t have piracy.
      DS has a huge software library. 3ds not much (i know 3ds can play DS game but for non-gamer it’s not a goob point).
      Ds is more “kid proof” than 3ds.
      DS has more color and a lot of recycled games.

  • MasterHiei

    That’s a good start.

    Thing is, people are blowing everything out of proportion when it comes to the Wii U, so even it if it had sold 1 million in the first day, there still would be 2 or 3 guys saying it’s worse than the Dreamcast launch.

  • (Side note: Ah yes! I can log in to my FB account now)

    I picked a basic edition up on Saturday! They only had 3 at Best Buy. I had gone to like at least 10 different stores the week of release and finally found it. I don’t have any games for it yet though…hopefully something will catch my attention soon.

    • Tails the Foxhound

      ZombiU. Also avoid All-Stars Racing like the plague (until it gets patched).

  • ShawnOtakuSomething


  • Jirin

    Cool. So I’ll buy one just as soon as there are exclusives I want besides New Super Mario Bros U.

    The pad thing is cool, yes, but not exactly exciting. It doesn’t make me want to re-buy my favorite PS3 games just to play it with a new interface.

    • Kevin Tan

      IMO, Miiverse is the strongest incentive, even more so than the asymmetric multiplayer and the second screen.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Hmmm… i hope that 400k is considered okay there by Nintendo. As i thought they should be able to sell more of the consoles there but the fact that Wii actually i still selling 300k is more shocking lol. And here i thought everyone already own a Wii.
    3DS getting beaten by DS is not looking good if you ask me. 3DS has pump out 2 mario titles, one KH titles, one RE titles too. The sales should have been higher here but it seems it is just not launching as good it should be. Nintendo can probably now only hope on Zelda, Pokemon and the sure coming FF remake titles and if even those can’t increase the sales, i don’t know what can.

    • Kevin Tan

      Rumors going around that a price drop to $129.99 for the regular 3DS is on the way.

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Hmm that sounds good but with 3DSXL in the market, i kinda question that whether it is going to sell a lot or not considering most gamer would get XL rather than the original ones.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    I’m glad Nintendo is replenishing the stock faster, but I would think they would have no problems this time.
    Well, I hope I get one soon or at least a 3DS

  • Stranger On The Road

    I will wait to hear if the UK’s Wii U will require the day-one patch or not. If Nintendo would do what Sony and Microsoft have done and give us the option to download the patch ourselves and then copy it to the console; I will be fine with that.

    If the Wii U will require me to download the patch directly into the console, then I will have a problem since my home connection is a slow and limited 3G connection. Which would basically mean, no Wii U for me!

    • Tails the Foxhound

      If you are trying to play online or move your Wii data over, you’ll need to connect. A bunch of games (actually isn’t it all of the launch?) have a patch available too.

  • Domii

    If those 250,000 are the regular 3DS and XL version combine, than that is definitely a cause for concern being that there has been 2 Mario games out for the system this year a lone.

  • how many of these are from 1 people buying multiple to sell on secondary market…. Ebay are flooded with the console… and if you read other sites, you can see many people trying to make some quick bucks on the secondary market….

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