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Wii U hits 400k units sold in the U.S. since launch; 'sold out at retail'

Nintendo shares some of its internal data on how well its Wii U and other hardware have been doing

By Daniel Perez from Nov 26, 2012 @ 11:07 CST

The Wii U has yet to be sold around the world, but Nintendo is already gloating about its sales numbers of units sold in North America since its launch on November 18th.

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According to internal data at Nintendo, 400,000 units of the Wii U have been sold in the U.S. and, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, is "essentially sold out of retail."

Not only did Fils-Aime disclose how many Wii U units have been sold in the U.S., but he also said 300,000 Wii units, 275,000 Nintendo DS units and 250,000 3DS units were sold in the U.S. just within a week. Altogether, Nintendo has sold over 1.2 million units of all of its hardware combined.

The Nintendo Wii U being "sold out" at retail is a reminder of how the Wii's launch played out in 2006 as Nintendo was having trouble playing catch up with the high demand at retailers. Unfortunately for would-be Wii U owners, it seems Nintendo either hasn't learned the lesson of manufacturing its launch products properly to meet the upcoming demand, or it's withholding shipments to once again to create a frenzy around the Wii U, which apparently is nothing to be frenzied about at this point. Either way, if you want a Wii U and don't have one already, it's going to be hard to do so at this point in the game.

NEWS SOURCES:News.cnet.com

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