Nintendo sold more than 400,000 units of its new Wii U console in the United States last week, its first time on sale.
That essentially sold out the available inventory, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimes told Reuters, as avid fans quickly bought up Wii U's at retail stores and online.
Most new video game systems sell out when first on sale. The real question for Nintendo, which recorded its first net loss in 30 years during the last fiscal year and recently slashed estimates for the current one, is whether mainstream buyers will purchase Wii U's in the coming weeks and months.
The new Wii U did not come out of the gate as fast as the Wii, which also launched on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, in 2006. That console sold 475,000 units in its first week on sale in the United States and went on to be a blockbuster success until sales collapsed in 2010.