Nintendo puts Wii U on sale in bid to steal a march on rivals

NINTENDO put its Wii U hardware on sale in the US yesterday, as the Japanese company aims to improve its fortunes after a difficult year.

The Wii U, which features an innovative touchscreen controller, is the first of the next generation of machines, with new PlayStation and Xbox consoles due in the next two years.

Yesterday’s launch featured more than 30 titles, although the firm’s president for North America, Reggie Fils-Aime, said the Wii U is more than a games machine. “Never before have so many features been packed into one game console,” he said, pointing out its on-demand and web browsing capabilities.

The device received fairly positive reviews yesterday, and sold out in many locations, but is not likely to be as successful as the previous Wii, which has sold around 100m units.

The Wii U goes on sale in the UK on 30 November.