Speaking to Reuters [as cited by GIBiz] Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was not overly revealing on the Wii U sales performance, but did claim that the Wii U is “selling steadily.”

Iwata did however confirm that the Wii U has not performed anything like the Wii did, which was an overwhelming seller in its launch period. Iwata says it

“At the end of the Christmas season, it wasn’t as though stores in the US had no Wii U left in stock, as it was when Wii was first sold in that popular boom. But sales are not bad, and I feel it’s selling steadily,” claimed Iwata.

“It was the first time Nintendo released two models of the game console at the same time … and I believe there was a challenge with balancing this.

“Specifically, inventory levels for the premium, deluxe package was unbalanced as many people wanted that version and couldn’t find it.”

Nintendo has not released any official sales figures for the Wii U, which makes one wonder just how well it could be performing. GIBiz report that the opinion among analysts is that the console is performing below expectations.

Locally, talk around popular gaming forums and social media suggested the launch price was a little deer for a console that was thought to not be a proper “next-generation” console.