Nintendo President Says Wii U Sales Are "Not Bad"

Launch wasn't as wild as Wii's, but sales are still steady

It's no secret that Nintendo's Wii U didn't make the same sales splash Wii did when it launched back in 2006. That doesn't mean things are going poorly for the new console, though, as Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told Reuters that sales are steady.

 

"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," Iwata said in the interview. "But sales are not bad, and I feel it's selling steadily."

 

Iwata also commented on the challenge presented by launching two Wii U models—the Basic and Premium versions—at once.

 

"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," he said, adding, "Specifically, inventory levels for the premium, deluxe package was unbalanced as many people wanted that version and couldn't find it."

 

Now that we've had a little time to reflect, how do you think the Wii U launch went? Did you end up buying one or getting one as a gift?

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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