According to the NPD, Nintendo's Wii U generated more than $300 million in revenue in the U.S. in its first 41 days since launch, up from the $270 million the Wii saw in the same period, helped greatly by the Wii U's larger price point. Wii U has sold nearly 890,000 units in the U.S, with 460,000 in unit sales in December.
"While the Wii launch established new benchmarks in the United States, Wii U has surpassed its predecessor in perhaps the most important category: revenue generation," said Nintendo of America executive vice president of Sales & Marketing Scott Moffitt. "The demand for the Deluxe SKU, which was essentially sold out at retail this holiday, and the strong attach rate of New Super Mario Bros. U, shows that we have the value and the games to drive momentum in 2013. We look forward to offering great new experiences and bringing smiles to millions of new faces throughout the year."
Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 was the best selling console in 2012 in the U.S. with 1.4 million units sold in December, marking 24 straight months where the system was on top in the U.S. The system generated more than $1.27 billion at retail including games, consoles and accessories in December, led by games like Halo 4, Assassin's Creed III, and Just Dance 4.
"We expect 2013 will be another big year for Xbox 360 and we're eager to continue to expand and grow the offerings available on the platform," said a Microsoft spokesperson.