Well, the one-two punch of Black Friday and the launch of the Wii U helped Nintendo sell nearly 2 million units of hardware in the US in the month of November. Technically, they sold 1.75 million, which breaks down to nearly 910,000 units of portable systems, and over 845,000 home consoles.
"The groundbreaking Wii U, the continued strength of Nintendo 3DS and the enduring appeal of Wii and Nintendo DS drove momentum on Black Friday and through November," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Wii U is off to a tremendous start in the United States, is essentially sold out at retail and has cemented its status as the 'must-have' product this holiday season."
The Wii U launched solidly with over 425,00 units sold in the first week (which was all that was included in this data), nearly matching the Wii's first week total of 475,000. So I guess the relative ease of finding a Wii U in a store was because Nintendo was keeping supply up with the demand and not that it wasn't as popular as the Wii. In other news, nearly 60% of Wii U buyers threw in a copy of Super Mario Bros. U, since it sold over 243,000 copies.
In other systems, the 3DS continues to move with almost 540,000 of them being sold. But people are still buying the DS, which sold over 370,000 (on its way to selling a grand total of 53 million in its lifetime!). And, apparently not everyone owns a Wii yet, as it moved 420,000 units in November. Really? Okay, so does everyone have one now?