Nintendo shipping more Wii U units at launch than it did Wii

Strong demand indicates price is right, says Nintendo

Nintendo has said that more Wii U units will be available for its opening week on sale than were shipped for its predecessors respective launch.


Demand for the console has been "phenomenal", Nintendo of America's Scott Moffitt told And this, he deduces, is a sign that consumers are satisfied with the console's much-debated asking price.

"The response has been phenomenal and we're getting, especially in the higher priced deluxe set, that one's selling out incredibly quickly," said Moffitt. "That seems to indicate that the pricing's in a good spot and the proof is in the consumer response."

While Nintendo expects high demand, Moffitt says that Nintendo will make better efforts to ensure that stock shortages aren't as severe as they were for Wii. "I can tell you this - on opening week we will have more systems on hand for the Wii U than we did for the launch of Wii," he said. "And, second, our replenishments will be more frequent this holiday time than during the Wii launch."

A UK based analyst firm has recently predicted that Wii U will slightly outsell its predecessor in its first three months and go on to shift more than 50 million units by the end of 2016.