Nintendo’s newest console is off to a fairly strong start. Meanwhile, for the first time ever, Sony’s PlayStation 3 has surpassed the Microsoft Xbox 360 in overall sales.
The Nintendo Wii U has been on the market for just over 40 days. In that time, it’s made Nintendo $300 million. In December 2012 alone (prime holiday shopping season), Nintendo reportedly sold approximately 460,000 units of the new device.
That sales number is actually lower than the 475,000 original Wii consoles Nintendo sold in December 2012. Yes, people are still buying the original Wii.
Nevertheless, Nintendo says that the Wii U is more popular than its predecessor. After 40 days on the market, the original Wii had only managed to make Nintendo about $270 million.
“While the Wii launch established new benchmarks in the United States, Wii U has surpassed its predecessor in perhaps the most important category: revenue generation,” noted Nintendo sales and marketing vice president Scott Moffitt.
Of course, there are some other details to consider. Most importantly, at $300 and up, the Wii U is far more expensive than its predecessor was at launch time. Analysts say that, had the Wii U been priced closer to the original Wii ($250), its total revenue would be about $220 million.
In related news, the PS3 has, for the first time ever, surpassed the Xbox 360 in terms of overall sales. The International Data Corporation now reports that sales of Sony’s home console have surpassed 77 million units, whereas Microsoft’s system is pegged at about 76 million units sold.
It’s worth noting that the PlayStation 3 launched in late 2006, a full year after the Xbox 360. Giving Sony the edge: Blu-ray playback and free online play.
In terms of sales, both the Xbox 360 and PS3 trail Nintendo’s original Wii by a substantial margin. Recent reports indicate that Nintendo has sold almost 100 million units of the device.
Of course, those reports don’t indicate how many of those dated little white consoles sit, unloved, in dusty basements.