On November 28, 2006, Nintendo reported that it had sold over 600,000 consoles in the first eight days of launch in the Americas, making it Nintendo's largest console launch until the release of the Nintendo Switch in 2017. Including the sales of accessories and games, Nintendo's Wii-related revenue had hit $190 million in its first week.
The Wii launched in Japan on December 2, 2006. Japan initially received 400,000 Wii consoles, with around an estimate of 370,000 sold in two days
600k in north america + 370k in japan = at least 970,000 sold in the first eight days.
The math doesn't add up for it "selling faster than any other Nintendo console".
but, isnt this a massive failure, and a huge mistake?
I'm sure I can find plenty of quotes from multiple posters in this forum touting the disaster that is the Switch.
Well done Nintendo, you've convinced me.
Sales numbers for the first couple months (at least) are worth less than the paper they're wrote on - see: The Wii U selling 890k in the first 6 weeks in the US alone or the Dreamcast selling 500k in 2 weeks. You can't really point toward any conclusions towards a console's sucess within such a small timeframe.
I can actually see the switch gaining momentum as a console because of it's pitifully small library.
Can only really expand it's library from there. Might end up a failure if they don't release anything fun but Nintendo has pretty hard core quality control going.
Should definitely do better than the WiiU. Lack of backwards compatibility is what stopped me buying it.
Well it doesn't take discs so backward compatibility would be unfeasible. (Also it's Nintendo, they want to keep reselling you the same games over and over again because they're greedy anti-consumer dickheads.)