Nintendo Co Ltd sold more than 400,000 "Wii U" video game consoles in the United States in the first week of its release, the games maker said on Monday.
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Nintendo, which has gradually ceded ground to Microsoft Corp's industry-leading Xbox 360, needs the Wii U, which comes with a touchscreen controller, to be a hit to turn around years of losses.
But the video game industry is also under threat now from a burgeoning smartphone and tablet gaming market. The Wii U hit stores in North America on Nov. 18.