The results of Wii U’s first week of sales are good. Not Wii good, but good just the same (according to Gizmodo).
The sales numbers are officially in, and it seems that in it’s first week after the launch, the Wii U, Nintendo’s next generation console, sold 400,000 units, which is about 200,000 fewer Wiis that sold when that system was released six years ago, but still decent numbers.
Helping along those numbers were Black Friday sales, which ratcheted up Nintendo’s total haul for the week up to 1.2 million units, including Wii Us, various handheld units and and over 300,000 original Wii systems. It proves that despite the updated system, there’s still money to be made in the original Wii, and it proves that despite some mixed reviews, the new Wii seems to be very enticing to the video game playing public. That’s a good move on the part of Nintendo, being the first one out of the gate with the next generation of gaming system ahead of both Microsoft and Sony.
In other Wii news, Nintendo is releasing the new smaller Wii Mini for $99 on December 7th. The trick is that you have to be living in or near Canada can take advantage of it because the Mini system will only be available in the Great White North. (Eat it, Americans!)
So why no Wii Mini love for the United States? The Nintendo website offers no explanation, but Dan Milano of ABC News says that “Perhaps a quiet, limited relaunch is a good thing. Saving less knowledgeable parents and relatives from picking up the wrong ‘new Wii’ and causing Christmas morning disappointment.”
The Wii Mini will have no internet capabilities and will not be able to play GameCube games, but otherwise it will have all the fun of the regular Wii system for the low price point.
What say you Bastards, have you had a chance to play the new Wii yet, or are you sticking to the original?