Nintendo has sold more than 400,000 of its new video game console, the Wii U with a touch-screen GamePad, in its first week on sale in the U.S., the company said Monday.
The Wii U launched on Nov. 18 in the U.S. at a starting price of $300.
Nintendo said the sales figure, based on internal estimates, is through Saturday.
Overall, the company has sold more than 1.2 million game consoles in the U.S. since Nov. 18.
The first major console since 2006 was mostly sold out just days after it went on sale and new stocks were expected in stores in time for the Black Friday official start of the U.S. holiday shopping period, Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, said last week.
The high-definition console is offered in two versions costing about $300 and $350 with a 6.2-inch (16 centimeters) touch screen.
Nintendo also sold more than 300,000 units of the older Wii motion-sensing console and about 275,000 Nintendo DS handheld units in that same week.
Six years ago, Nintendo Co. sold 475,000 of the original Wii in that console’s first seven days in stores, according to data from the NPD Group.
At this early stage, demand isn’t the only factor dictating how many consoles are sold. Supply is, too. This means it’s likely that more people wanted to buy the Wii U in the first week than those who were able to. The original Wii was in short supply more than a year after it went on sale.
As of Monday afternoon, the website of Best Buy Co. was sold out of the Wii U. Video game retailer GameStop Corp. said there was at least a three day wait for a deluxe Wii U, which costs $350, has more memory and comes with a game called “Nintendo Land.” GameStop still had the basic, $300 version available.
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter estimates that Nintendo will ship 1 million to 1.5 million Wii Us in the U.S. through the end of January.
(The AP and Bloomberg contributed to this report.)