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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said that the Wii U isn't flying off of store shelves as quickly as the original Wii

The Wii U video game console was released at a particularly challenging time as mobile devices move in on the gaming sector, but Nintendo said sales were "steady" at the end of the Christmas season.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said that the Wii U isn't flying off of store shelves as quickly as the original Wii, citing problems like the popularity of mobile devices for gaming and the fact that this is the first time Nintendo has released two versions of a console at once.

However, Iwata mentioned that sales are not disappointing by any means. He failed to mention any exact numbers.

"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. But sales are not bad, and I feel it's selling steadily," said Iwata.

Back in October, Nintendo said it wanted to sell 5.5 million Wii U's by the end of March 2013. In the first week of launch, about 400,000 consoles were sold.

The company sold 638,339 consoles in Japan between December 8 and December 30.

While cheap game apps on mobile devices have stolen some of the spotlight from consoles like the Wii U, Nintendo plans to offer attractive games for its portable 3DS in order to compete. It's also looking to better balance its sales between both versions of the Wii U to increase sales.

"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," said Iwata.

The Wii U launched November 18, 2012. The Basic Set ($299.99) features 8 GB HDD, a Wii U Pad controller and it in comes in white. The Deluxe model ($349.99), on the other hand, offers 32 GB HDD, a Wii U Pad controller, power cradles for the Wii U Pad, an HDMI cable and it comes in black. 

Source: Reuters

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With a headline like that....
By karndog on 1/7/2013 11:34:02 AM , Rating: 2
...the Obama meme was a must :)

The Wii U hasn't sparked one bit of interest from myself or anyone i know. No one i know is talking about it and i'm not just talking about people my own age, but even older people and young parents at work. I don't know of anyone who bought it as a gift for their children or otherwise.

I think most people have learned from the first Wii that it is a fun gimmick at first, and it does have its moments, but after a couple of months it's not even good enough to earn a permanent place in the lounge room and ends up being packed away in a cupboard.

RE: With a headline like that....
By arazok on 1/7/2013 11:53:51 AM , Rating: 5
I couldn’t agree more. I despise my Wii, which I think I’ve played for a total of 30 hours over it’s 4 year life in my home. It’s a piece of junk with a fancy remote. My 6 year old kid is the only one who uses it, and he’s beginning to favor the Xbox. Especially now that Kinect has taken over as the cheezy Family game interface of choice.

The Wii U has generated 0 interest among anybody I know.

The only thing that amazes me is how when Nintendo has a sub-stellar launch, they get headlines like “Sales Not bad”. If Microsoft has a sub-stellar launch, it’s “Is Windows 8 the most epic failure since the invasion of Stalingrad?”. Even the Kinnect, which is the bestselling hardware device of all time, is hardly spoken of in the media. If Nintendo had created it, it’s be the only topic of conversation.

RE: With a headline like that....
By spread on 1/7/2013 9:23:11 PM , Rating: 2
The Wii U has generated 0 interest among anybody I know.

Same here. I just heard it launched... right now.

RE: With a headline like that....
By Nortel on 1/7/2013 11:55:20 AM , Rating: 4
no numbers from Nintendo = bad news bears. Considering how they boasted with released numbers on wii sales, not following suit this time around is saying something.

When I watch a wii U commercial, I often find myself laughing at how terrible this console was designed. Only ONE person gets to use the 'master controller' with all others using wii controllers. I instantly flash-backed to playing at friends' houses and getting the half broken madcatz controller.

RE: With a headline like that....
By CaedenV on 1/7/2013 12:08:23 PM , Rating: 2
It is not that the Wii or Wii U are gimmicks. They work just fine for what they are. The real question is what are you going to play on it? Yes, Nintendo itself makes a few great games for these consoles... but they have managed to scare all of the 3rd party developers away to Sony and MS because they get better support, lower entrance fees, and they do not have to make their code perfectly tight in order to run effectively on the beefier consoles.
If Nintendo would just forget that they are a Japanese console maker, and not play their cards so close to their chest, and give a bit more support to developers then maybe we would have more than 3-4 Nintendo made games that are worth playing.

RE: With a headline like that....
By Labotomizer on 1/7/2013 12:31:29 PM , Rating: 5
I bought one for my daughter and we love it. It was a Christmas present. I got ZombieU, which is actually a really good game. She has NintendoLand, Epic Mickey 2 and NSMBU. We also bought Trine 2 and we'll be getting Toki Tori 2 on the eShop when it comes out. Nintendo Land is pretty awesome, btw. Great fun, we had 5 people playing this last weekend and we had a blast.

The multimedia features on it are AWESOME though. Amazon Prime is great, Hulu+ and Netflix are a given but stream at high res really well. But the part that was most surprising, and most pleasing, was TVii. Such an awesome feature. In the game room we no longer need a cable box. And Nintendo is adding DVR support in a couple months to it. It will stream live TV over the internet. You can either select a channel by typing it in (they match the local TV provider), just have it list shows that it gives you based on your favorite TV shows or browse a TV guide. I was really surprised by how in depth the feature is.

But overall it's been a great purchase and, with the HD TV and eventual DVR support, will pay for itself in 1.5 years if it only gets used for that. Plus the inevitable Smash Bros, Zelda and Metroid releases. And I'll be picking up Aliens when it comes out as the tablet controller will be awesome with it.

RE: With a headline like that....
By Rukkian on 1/7/2013 1:11:55 PM , Rating: 2
My wife and I were not planning on picking it up, but our sons (11, 9) saved up their money from birthdays, christmas, allowance for 1.5 years and had to the money to buy it themselves. I am actually suprised at how well some games used the tablet, and contrary to what some post, it is not just a "master controller". It truly does different things then the wiimotes do in every game we have tried.

Nintendo Land is a much better game than I expected, and ZombieU is entertaining so far - just wish you could do more than 2 players in Multiplayer. I would love to have one zombie lord against a few different survivors (maybe with additional resources?).

RE: With a headline like that....
By polishvendetta on 1/7/2013 2:20:55 PM , Rating: 1
Obigatory statement > Xbox Live has been doing video streaming for years, its not amazing or new, and from my experience the Xbox live implimentation of video services have been far superior to others.

I also highly doubt anything about DVR functionality. Seems like a nice thing but Xbox has been trying to do this for years. While technically feasable, its the cable companies that hold on to this. I dont know of any cable providers offering internet streaming unless youre on Fios or one of the "not available in all markets" type of service.

Generally speaking about the Wii U, I take any promise regarding hardware cababilities with a grain of salt. At one point Nintendo its self was saying that it would be faster then an Xbox 360, and from what I've seen that is just not true.

RE: With a headline like that....
By Murst on 1/7/2013 2:38:55 PM , Rating: 2
The DVR functionality is supposed to come through an external box. Supposedly Nintendo is working with Tivo to offer Tivo control through the Wii U controller.

The Wii U already can control Cable boxes and TVs via IR, so I think it should certainly be possible to add DVR control, since the guide already exists in TVii.

I wish I could try to use the Wii U remote in place of my Nexus 7 as a remote control, but the Wii U controller at the moment cannot control an AVR and projectors.

By Labotomizer on 1/7/2013 3:55:04 PM , Rating: 3
I never said video streaming was amazing or new. The Wii had streaming as well, albeit at 480p. However the experience is superior to the experience on the 360. I had the 360 in the living room for a couple years, and while it was good, the SmartTV functions are just as good, if not better, than the Xbox implementation. And I don't have to wave my hands around or use the controller. The TV remote works better. So now the 360 is in the game room with the Wii U and only one is being used currently.

And the Xbox has nothing like TVii. That is amazing AND new. Let me know when you can watch the NFL playoffs on the Xbox. Because you can on the Wii U.

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