Wii U hits 400,000 US sales in first week

The Wii U seems to be off to a pretty good start in the US. As of yesterday, the console had been available for one full week, and today Nintendo told CNET that it managed to sell 400,000 units in that time. That certainly isn't bad, with the Wii U beating out every other system Nintendo is offering at the moment.

Of course, that isn't much of a surprise considering that the DS and the original Wii are on the way out, but it's still something worth noting. The original Wii sold 300,000 units last week, while the the DS sold 275,000 and the 3DS posted a solid 250,000 sales. Good news all around, it seems, due in large part to the shopping frenzy that we like to call "Black Friday."

All of those Wii U sales mean that Nintendo is having a hard time keeping the console in stock. Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime told CNET today that the company is doing the best it can to keep up with demand, as are retailers. "Wii U is essentially sold out of retail and we are doing our best to continually replenish stock," Fils-Aime said. "Retailers are also doing their best to get the product to store shelves. But as soon as product hits retail, they're selling out immediately."

For comparison's sake, Nintendo managed to sell 600,000 original Wiis in North America during that console's first 8 days. There are still many places around the world that haven't received the Wii U yet – namely Europe and Japan – so it'll be interesting to see how the console's launch goes in those regions. Stay tuned.

[via Game Informer]