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


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.”

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.