Nintendo has revealed that their fledgling console, the Wii U, sold 400,000 units in it’s first week of release in the United States, with many retailers completely running out of stock.
As a comparison, the original Wii console sold 475,000 units in a similar time frame.
It is hard to say at this stage if initial demand for the Wii U has been hampered by supply shortages. Nintendo release the console in Europe and Australasia this Friday, with a Japanese launch coming in December – all of which will soak up precious hardware stock.
Everybody’s favorite analyst, Michael Patcher estimates that Nintendo will ship 1 – 1.5 million Wii U consoles in the U.S. by the end of January 2012.
Over the same week, Nintendo sold 300,000 Wii consoles and 250,000 3DS handhelds. Microsoft shipped 750,000 Xbox360 units over the same week.