Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says the company sold 400,000 units in its first six days of availability, including Black Friday, and that the system is currently “essentially sold out” at retail.
Within hours of the next generation console’s debut, new owners were grumbling about a system update that kept them from playing for an hour or more, sporadic system outages and anticipated features that were delayed at the last minute.
But what happens when Santa returns to the North Pole and the first wave of consumer fanaticism has started to calm down? That’s when Nintendo’s new system will really be put to the test.
Several major retailers are already old out of the system online, meaning they’ve put a halt on pre-orders. Others, it seems, aren’t even giving people the online pre-order option, apparently reserving their stock for the launch day stampede.