Wii U: Next Gen Console Wars Start Now!

Obviously, it’s far too early to predict anything from initial numbers like these, but Nintendo has to be happy that it’s selling out of the new Wii U:

According to (Nintendo of America President Reggie) Fils-Aime, Nintendo sold over 700,000 consoles during the last week. The Wii U topped the Wii with 400,000 units sold. The Wii, which Nintendo launched all the way back in 2006, was able to muster 300,000 Wii sales during the last week.

It’s great that Nintendo sold 400,000 units in less than a week. But the fact that the last-gen Wii sold 300,000 units is remarkable. Were there big Black Friday sales on the Wii that boosted its sale? Fils-Aime credits those sales with the strong sales of the DS over the 3DS:

Nintendo sold more than 500,000 hardware units, including 250,000 3DS and 275,000 DS devices. Fils-Aime explained to CNET that the DS outsold the 3DS because of the “significant” deals retailers were offering on Black Friday.

There’s still some life left in Mario, and that’s a good thing.

Not everyone is so sure, of course. Nolan Bushnell expressed his doubts to the New York Times today:

“I actually am baffled by it,” Nolan K. Bushnell, the founder of Atari and the godfather of the games business, says of the Wii U. “I don’t think it’s going to be a big success.”

As the cliche goes in news reporting, only time will tell. . .

And here’s a little nugget from the NYT article for all the Nintendo Haters:

Nintendo has shipped close to 100 million Wiis, while Sony and Microsoft have each shipped about 70 million of their latest consoles.

Mario still beats First Person Shooters.