Sony, Corp. (NYSE:SNE) proved more successful than Nintendo Co. Ltd. (PINK:NTDOY) in terms of Thanksgiving week sales, with an excess of 525,000 PlayStation 3 units sold at the traditionally busy shopping week highlighted by Black Friday.
Compared to last year’s Thanksgiving week sales, Sony enjoyed a 9 percent year-over-year increase. Nintendo sold more than 400,000 Wii U units that week, also the new video game console’s first on the market. However, Microsoft, Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) was still more successful than both Sony and Nintendo, selling more than 750,000 Xbox 360 units, a formidable total and nearly as many as Sony and Nintendo’s Black Friday week sales put together.
Although, Nintendo performed solidly with its first-week sales of the Wii U, this news may not bode well for the Japanese company’s hopes of recovering financially after recent troubles. The Wii U comes in two varieties, one $299 “Basic Bundle” with the base 8 GB console included, and the $349 “Deluxe Bundle” with a 32 GB console and a copy of Nintendo Land.
Nintendo had recently announced that the Wii U was “effectively sold out” at retail stores across the United States.
However, Nintendo’s sales may have been affected by several variables, including a general decrease in video game console sales year-on-year, as well as constrained supplies of the Wii U. It may behoove Nintendo to ensure enough Wii U stock is available, as Microsoft and Sony are expected to release their next-generation consoles late next year, namely the so-called “Xbox 720” and “PlayStation 4” respectively.