Saturday, December 8, 2012

Nintendo's Wii U Japan debut

Nintendo's Wii U Japan

Nintendo’s Wii U home videogame console has made its debut in Japan. People are lining up to buy the new console.

The device is already sold out in many US stores and probably will be in short supply by the weekend, some analysts fear.

The videogame maker’s first home console since 2006 comes in two versions at 26,250 yen ($319) and 31,500 yen with a 6.2- inch (16 centimeters) touch-screen controller called the GamePad. U.S. customers bought 400,000 units in the first week of sales that started Nov. 18, the company said Nov. 26.

Wii U, equipped with a touch-screen controller called the Wii U GamePad, enables players to play games on a television display or on the GamePad screen.

The Wii U is probably Nintendo's biggest bet in the last 20 years as a company and keeping the sales momentum going after the holiday shopping season could be a challenge.

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