Nintendo Says 1.2 Million Consoles Sold in U.S. Last Week

Nintendo Co. has sold more than 1.2 million game consoles in the U.S. since Nov. 18, including 400,000 of its new Wii U with a touch-screen GamePad, the company said in an e-mailed statement.

The first major console since 2006 was mostly sold out just days after it went on sale and new stocks were expected in stores in time for the Black Friday official start of the U.S. holiday shopping period, Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, said last week.

The high-definition console is offered in two versions costing about $300 and $350 with a 6.2-inch (16 centimeters) touch screen controller called the GamePad.

Nintendo, based in Kyoto, Japan also sold more than 300,000 units of the older Wii motion-sensing console and about 275,000 Nintendo DS handheld units from Nov. 18 through Nov. 24, according to the statement.

The company introduced the Wii U in the U.S. weeks before Europe and Japan.

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