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Wii U grosses more than Wii at launch, despite selling fewer units

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Nintendo's Wii U has grossed more money than the original Wii, despite selling fewer units.

Official North American sales records show that Nintendo shifted more than 425,000 Wii U consoles during its first week on sale, falling short of the Wii's 475,000 sales.
However, despite the drop in sales, the Wii U's higher price point ensured that it grossed roughly 21% more than its predecessor during the same period, according to the NPD Group.

"The much-anticipated launch of the new Wii U console brought in more dollars than the Wii launch in November 2006, up 21% from that launch month," revealed NPD Group analyst Liam Callahan.

"With an average price 35% higher for the Wii U at launch compared to the Wii, this is an example of how consumers are willing to come out and spend when they see the value of the product," he added.

The launch of the Wii U has seen Nintendo sales rocket by 76% in November 2012, compared to the same period last year.


The console reportedly shifted 40,000 units during its first weekend on sale in the UK, with supplies said to be limited until after Christmas.

Despite the impressive figures, no Wii U games made this week's all-format top ten.

Nintendo recently announced that Google Maps functionality will soon be available for the Wii U.

The console's Panorama View app will come with a range of platform-specific features, including GamePad-controlled Street View navigation.

Also announced were plans to ship future consoles with a pre-installed day-one patch.

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