According to the NPD Group, strong Black Friday sales and the arrival of Nintendo’s brand new Wii U console helped the company move more that 1.75 million hardware units in the United States during the month of November. The figure includes nearly 910,000 handhelds and more than 845,000 home consoles sold.
“The groundbreaking Wii U, the continued strength of Nintendo 3DS and the enduring appeal of Wii and Nintendo DS drove momentum on Black Friday and through November,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Wii U is off to a tremendous start in the United States, is essentially sold out at retail and has cemented its status as the ’must-have’ product this holiday season.”
The Wii U itself sold an estimated 425,000 units in seven days (Nov. 18th through Nov. 24th), just shy of the original Wii’s first-week total of 475,000. On top of that, New Super Mario Bros. U sold more than 243,000 copies, equaling an attach rate of nearly 60%.
On Nintendo’s handheld front things are looking just as good. Kicking off its second holiday season, the 3DS sold nearly 540,000 units and has now sold nearly 6.5 million units to date. The Nintendo DS, on the other hand, sold a whopping 370,000 units and its estimated the handheld will cross 53 million total units sold within the net few days.