Continuing our reports of sales numbers from Black Friday, a surprising number has come up. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console outsold Wii U last week by quite a large margin. Xbox 360 sold 750,000 units compared to Wii U’s 400,000. That’s just shy of double the sales!
Xbox 360 has been on the market for 7 years in America, so the fact that it can still pull those kind of sales are impressive. However, there were some very impressive discounts on the console last week. Bundles of the Xbox 360 which included a Kinect sensor and multiple games were as low as $199 at some retailers. There is also the matter of Wii U running out of stock in many places. Microsoft probably had no issues shipping enough Xbox consoles out to retailers.
But these numbers are really comparing apples to oranges I think. The Xbox 360 is a very well-established console with an already deep library of games. It is able to be sold at a much cheaper price than Wii U and offers more content currently. Wii U is brand new, not yet in the consumer consciousness like Xbox, and is much more expensive. Is there any wonder Wii U sold less? I dug up some reports of sales numbers from the launch week of Xbox 360. In 2005 when the Xbox 360 launched, it sold 326,000 units during the first two weeks of availability. So when we are comparing launches, Wii U did sell better during its respective launch week.
Source: My Nintendo News