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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Nov 27, 2012

400,000 Wii U’s Sold In The First Week

In this world of tablets and smartphones, many people like to claim that console gaming is dead. After all, why would you want to spend the time to physically hook up a console, and have to physically place a disc into the unit, and be stuck in one location when you can take your tablet with you and play games wherever you want to? And not only that, but those tablets and smartphones have many different uses other than gaming, making them real wonder machines!

Of course, most people realize that tablets and smartphones don’t make very good hardcore gaming machines, and so it’s little wonder that the Wii U has sold 400,000 units in its first week of sales. That’s not quite as good as the Wii sold in its first week (600,000 units), but it’s better than what the Xbox 360 sold in its first week and a half (326,000 units). In other words, things are looking a-OK for the Wii U, at least at this point in time.

Luckily, if you’re somebody who does want a Wii U you’ll be glad to know that Nintendo is trying to avoid a repeat of what happened with the Wii, where for months, or even years, you couldn’t just walk into a store and be reasonably certain that you’d be able to walk out with a Wii. While the Wii U has been selling out almost immediately as soon as they’ve hit the shelves, Nintendo has gone on record to say that they’re trying to get as many units out as possible. Hopefully, in the near future supply will catch up with demand, and hopefully that’ll be before Christmas, which is less than a month from now.

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