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access_time January 7, 2013 at 10:56 AM in Nintendo by Ramon Aranda

Iwata Says Wii U Sales Are Not Bad


Despite not selling as fast as the Wii did in ’06, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata says that sales for the Wii U, which launched on Nov. 18 are not bad either.

“At the end of the Christmas season, it wasn’t as though stores in the U.S. had no Wii U left in stock, as it was when Wii was first sold in that popular boom. But sales are not bad, and I feel it’s selling steadily,” Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told Reuters in an interview.

Nintendo had previously said that it sold over 400,000 units during the first week of availability, with the goal of selling 5.5 million by March of this year.  Iwata didn’t offer up any official sales numbers but is optimistic that the company can continue selling it well, despite the premise of two SKUs – the Basic set ($299) and the Deluxe set ($349).

“It was the first time Nintendo released two models of the game console at the same time … and I believe there was a challenge with balancing this. Specifically, inventory levels for the premium, deluxe package was unbalanced as many people wanted that version and couldn’t find it,” he acknowledged.

According to Reuters, Nintendo has sold over 100 million Wiis since the launch of the system in 2006.


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