Though Wii U may not have sold nearly as many units as the original Wii did in it’s first holiday season, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata still seems confident in the Big N’s latest gaming console, describing year-end Wii U sales as “not bad.”
“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 recently told Reuters. “But sales are not bad, and I feel it’s selling steadily.”
Even though sales are steady, it doesn’t seem like things are going as well as Nintendo had hoped. This may have something to do with the new console being offered on day-one as two different SKUs – it’s the first time Nintendo has ever done this at launch.
“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. Specifically, inventory levels for the premium, deluxe package was unbalanced as many people wanted that version and couldn’t find it,” he added.
Unfortunately, Iwata didn’t share any specifics on sales numbers, but he did note that Nintendo will be focusing on new software to pull in new users for both the 3DS and Wii U moving forward.