Nintendo’s Wii U is an attempt to retake a living room that is increasingly dominated by both consoles (notably, Microsoft), and other set-top boxes (Apple, among many others). Nintendo has historically used their advantages in the living room as leverage to gain entrance in to other markets, such as mobile gaming. However, in today’s world, Nintendo is losing the battle on both fronts to Sony and Microsoft on the console side, and Apple and the Android juggernaut on the mobile side. Yet, according to an interview by Cnet of Nintendo’s America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, “Nintendo sold over 700,000 consoles during the last week. The Wii U topped the Wii with 400,000 units sold. The Wii, which Nintendo launched all the way back in 2006, was able to muster 300,000 Wii sales during the last week.”
Alongside that figure – which is rather impressive, as the Wii U has outpaced both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 in sales last week – is the fact that the Wii U is “essentially sold out of retail.” Nintendo is no stranger to supply constraints, with the Wii infamously being difficult to obtain even a year after it first started shipping. Regardless, Fils-Aime stated that Nintendo is “doing [their] best to continually replenish stock.”
Perhaps the console as a stand-alone device still has some to time left.