Wii U Sells 400,000 Units in First Week

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Nintendo's Wii U: First Impressions
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Nintendo's Wii U sold 400,000 units during its first week of sales, and Nintendo's president has said the console is "virtually sold out" at retailers.

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The Wii U, Nintendo's next-generation console that features a touch screen as a controller centerpiece, was released on Nov. 18 across the United States. Despite large crowds at Nintendo's flagship store in New York, users on Twitter reported there were few lines if they wanted to get their console on launch day.

The Wii U's sales on made up only of a portion of Nintendo's sales last week. Nintendo sold 300,000 Wii units last week; the console was released in 2006, but many retailers had Black Friday deals that dropped it under the $100 price point. Nintendo's 3DS and DS handheld consoles also sold well, with 275,000 and 250,000 units respectively.

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For context, the Wii sold 475,000 units during its first eight days in the U.S. marketplace in 2006.

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CNET reports that Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Amie said significant Black Friday discounts lead to the 8-year-old Nintendo DS to outsell the newer model. According to VGChartz, the 3DS has sold about 6 million units in America since being released last year.

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The Wii U GamePad has a 6.2-inch touchscreen.

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