The development of latest The Legend of Zelda instalment will still continue despite rumours of Nintendo shutting down production of the Wii U console. Picture: REUTERS/Fred Prouse

New York - Nintendo says it has sold more than 400,000 of its new videogame console, the Wii U, in its first week on sale in the US.

The Wii U launched on November 18 in the US at a starting price of $300 (about R2 700). Nintendo says the sales figure, based on internal estimates, is through November 24.

Six years ago, Nintendo sold 475,000 of the original Wii in that console's first seven days in stores. The original Wii remains available, and Nintendo says it sold more than 300,000 of them last week, along with roughly 250,000 handheld Nintendo 3DS units and about 275,000 of the Nintendo DS.

Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter estimates that Nintendo will ship one million to 1.5 million Wii Us in the US through the end of January. - Sapa-AP