Wii U may not be making quite as big a splash in the gaming world and the mainstream marketplace as Wii did – it isn’t sold out everywhere, for one, and there still seems to be a lot of confusion among the average joe about what exactly it is in the first place – but it certainly isn’t faring too badly. In fact, it’s not far behind Wii – and still miles ahead of both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 launches of 2005 and 2006.
Current projections have Wii U sales after its first four weeks at 1.8 million units, more than half the life-to-date sales of the PS Vita, and almost twice that of Xbox 360’s 940,000 units in its first month – and that with no competition from other next-gen systems. PlayStation 3 only managed to ship 540,000 systems in the same timeframe.
Wii, on the other hand, sold 2.1 million systems after its own first four weeks. That’s a shortfall of only about 300,000 units – a pretty impressive success, if you ask me, given that Wii U is considerably more expensive than Wii was back in 2006.