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North American Wii U sales hit 600k in December - analysts

Xbox 360 comfortably the top-selling console in the States last month

Wii U sales came in between 600,000 and 675,000 units in the US in December, the console's first full month of availability in the territory, analysts have estimated.

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Weighing in with sales predictions ahead of the NPD Group's release of official market data this Thursday, January 10, both Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter and fellow analyst firm EEDAR said Xbox 360 was by far the best-selling console in North America last month.

On the software front, Pachter said he expects sales to be led by new release Far Cry 3 and recent high-profile releases including Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Halo 4, Assassin's Creed 3 and Just Dance 4.

Wedbush / EEDAR December 2012 hardware sales estimates (change year-on-year):

  • 360 - 1,700,000 (-2%) / 1,550,000 (-11%)
  • 3DS - 1,140,000 (-29%) / 1,350,000 (-16%)
  • PS3 - 900,000 (-5%) / 950,000 (0%)
  • Wii U - 675,000 (n/a) / 600,000 (n/a)
  • DS - 600,000 (-7%) / 400,000 (-38%)
  • Wii - 500,000 (-53%) / 550,000 (-48%)
  • Vita - 300,000 (n/a) / 300,000 (n/a)
  • PSP - 20,000 (-92%) / 30,000 (-88%)
  • PS2 - 500 (-98%) / (n/a)
  • Total - 5,835,500 (-7%) / 5,730,000 (-9%)

North American Wii U sales hit 400,000 units during the console's first week of availability in November, Nintendo has claimed.

And this week the company's global president Satoru Iwata said Wii U is "selling steadily", although not at the same level achieved by the console's predecessor, the original Wii, during its launch period.

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