Wii U, less attractive than the original Wii in Japan

7 years ago by in Featured, Technology

wii uNintendo’s new Wii U game console appears to be less attractive to customers compared to the original Wii, which was released in 2006.

During its opening weekend, Wii U sold about 308,000 consoles in Japan, according to game publisher Enterbrain and data vendor Media Create.

In 2006, Enterbrain estimated that Wii sold about 372,000 units in its first two days, when the release was also scheduled in December, just like that of the Wii U.

“Both consoles sold out after launch, so it doesn’t make sense to compare the two,” Makato Wakae, Nintendo’s spokesman, said referring to Wii and Wii U.

The Wii U launched in North America on November 18 and it sold 400,000 units there in the opening week, according to Nintendo America’s president Reggie Fils-Aime.

Nintendo’s sale target is 5.5 million consoles around the globe until March, next year.

The original Wii was the first game console based on gesture gaming on the market, which made it one of Nintendo’s most popular consoles, according to the international press. Wii sold almost 100 million units until September 2012.

But the company’s best sold device remains the Nintendo DS portable game, which has sold more than 150 million units.