Fri, 7 Dec 2012, 2:06 pm
by Rob Clegg, Do Gaming journalist
, Wii U
The Nintendo Wii U seems to be selling well, according to NPD data, despite predictions by industry analysts that the console might flop.
In the US alone in the month of November, the Wii U sold about 425,000 units since its launch on 18 November. To be fair, the console didn’t really get the full month to sell, but 425,000 isn’t too bad for just seven days of sales data. Interestingly enough, the Wii sold 475,000 units in its first week so it means that the Wii U is pretty close on its heels.
In terms of complete units, Nintendo had a pretty good month in November which can be attributed to the Black Friday sales as well. Nintendo sold over 1.75 million units in the US for the month alone so it’s really encouraging for Nintendo to see the Wii U sales share a large chunk of that. In addition to the Wii U sales, New Super Mario Bros. U sold more than 243,000 units which means that the game had an attach rate to the console of nearly 60 percent.
At any rate, the Wii U is not something that’s going to be on my Christmas list and I probably don’t know anyone who will have it on theirs. As the console pushes out a little bit more power than the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 and both of those consoles are in their sixth year cycle, I don’t imagine the Wii U lasting too long. I think it may go hand in hand with games too because I can’t believe that the Mario franchise is still profitable with it being so dated now.
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