The Wii U, Nintendo's first new game console in six years, arrives at a time when many gamers are turning to mobile devices and social networks instead of traditional console-based games, this analysis notes. Nintendo is embracing this reality by incorporating into the Wii U design the GamePad, a tablet-like controller that starting in December will also allow users to access TV services.
Nintendo's Wii, the motion-sensing video game console that debuted in November 2006, has surpassed 30 million in U.S. sales. The Wii accomplished the feat in 45 months, making it, according to these reports, the fastest-selling video game system to date.
Nintendo's Wii console topped its competitors on Amazon.com on Monday, with new systems selling at $447 or more. Amazon did not sell the systems directly, but rather linked customers with third-party dealers.
Launching its less sophisticated Wii just days after the much-hyped Sony PlayStation 3 shows Nintendo is making a bid to recapture the crown in the video game console market. At $250, the Wii is going after mass-market consumers, but one analyst still pegs Nintendo's play as a David chasing Goliath.