Nintendo's 3DS sets handheld sales record

Nintendo of America today released a short statement in which they gave themselves a metaphorical pat on the back while claiming the company's new 3DS has become their best day-one selling handheld to date.

While Nintendo would not give out any specific sales numbers, the Japanese outfit said more information would be available after the had released figures for the first week of sales, writes Joystiq

The Nintendo 3DS is the first handheld console to offer glasses-free 3D gaming which goes some way to explain the hefty $250 price-tag. Clearly the high price hasn't affected US gamers' appetite for some 3-dimensional goodness, though it will be interesting to see how quickly sales dropped off after that initial blockbuster first day.

Our full Nintendo 3DS review can be read here along with initial thoughts on some of the launch titles.

Nintendo's full, and brief statement is below:

U.S. day-one sales numbers for Nintendo 3DS were the highest of any Nintendo hand-held system in our history. More details about U.S. sales numbers will be made public on April 14, when first-week U.S. sales figures will be tallied by the independent NPD Group. Nintendo worked hard to get as much product as possible to retailers on day one to meet demand, and we will continue with these efforts moving forward.

Nintendo of America 

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Has everyone forgotten something?

The 3DS is more powerful than a Wii .... it's not JUST 3D.

My God, take a look at some of the games (and btw, SO much more is achievable than any of the launch titles ... believe me). The power in the console is pretty awesome, and destroys a DSi ... so stop saying you're happy with your DSi ... you may be ... but that's like saying you wouldn't upgrade to Xbox360, because your Xbox was good enough. It's a different generation of handheld console from the DSi. Completely different.

Spirit Dave said,
Has everyone forgotten something?

The 3DS is more powerful than a Wii .... it's not JUST 3D.

My God, take a look at some of the games (and btw, SO much more is achievable than any of the launch titles ... believe me). The power in the console is pretty awesome, and destroys a DSi ... so stop saying you're happy with your DSi ... you may be ... but that's like saying you wouldn't upgrade to Xbox360, because your Xbox was good enough. It's a different generation of handheld console from the DSi. Completely different.

The problem with your argument is that the new Sony 3-letter handheld will be coming out sometime in the near future and will likely have more horsepower than the 3DS. I'm kinda interested to see how both are priced and what games are available after a year.

Shadrack said,

The problem with your argument is that the new Sony 3-letter handheld will be coming out sometime in the near future and will likely have more horsepower than the 3DS. I'm kinda interested to see how both are priced and what games are available after a year.

The PSP was more powerful than the DS. What's your point?

The 3DS : Dual screen, very powerful, 3D, plays DS games (millions)

the PSP2 : Powerful.

Nice .... bare in mind also that Sony's handheld will probably have 1/10th the amount of good games out for it over it's life ... the fact is ... Nintendo have and will destroy Sony in the handheld space, because they're not complacent about it. The reason ... the ONLY reason Nintendo lost to Sony in the 90's with the PS vs N64 is because Nintendo were complacent. They've learned that lesson and have since sold a MASSIVE amount of systems with the Wii and DS etc.

jasonon said,
i'm not buying, im happy with my dsi and i don't wan't a headache from playing games
See that little slider to the right of the top screen? It controls the level of the 3d. So you can turn it off if it actually does bother you. You're not actually forced to play in 3d.

Blackhearted said,
See that little slider to the right of the top screen? It controls the level of the 3d. So you can turn it off if it actually does bother you. You're not actually forced to play in 3d.

So then why would he buy it?

Memnochxx said,

So then why would he buy it?

For the same reason people bought the 360 and PS3 maybe ? dunno gfx looks far better than old DS.

Spirit Dave said,
I am not surprised about the sales

I am, well i thought most of the handheld teenagers prefer an ipod or iPhone to a DS/3DS.

I think most of Nintendo's customers this days are just kids, not like many years ago when Nintendo use to make good games for all ages.

Those glorious days are over.

Jose_49 said,
Wow, so the secret on selling well is making things very expensive!

No ... making things awesome You can't say that the price is why it's selling well. It's the only viable 3D gaming system on the market that you can hold in your hand and doesn't require glasses.

Plus, it's Nintendo, and /most/ of their products are awesome

From the NES to the Wii ... excluding the Power Glove and Virtual Boy, Nintendo releases great stuff!

Can't disagree with that! I myself love Nintendo, but I'm just saying only because of trend. There is almost no device that is worth less than 200 US$, and that doesn't sell well... It is true that life has gotten more expensive.... but man...

And yeah, most of their products are awesome, waiting for this little guy to have Zelda, and definitely I'll buy .

Spirit Dave said,
No ... making things awesome You can't say that the price is why it's selling well. It's the only viable 3D gaming system on the market that you can hold in your hand and doesn't require glasses.

Plus, it's Nintendo, and /most/ of their products are awesome

From the NES to the Wii ... excluding the Power Glove and Virtual Boy, Nintendo releases great stuff!


What's exciting about having 3D though? Having it drain much more out of your battery life? Having to position the device to get the best view for the 3D effect? Getting headaches from it?

Sorry, but that doesn't sound exciting at all. The other features are nice, but not something I'd be ready to jump and shell out that much money on. Also, aren't they getting BSODs? Saw some reports in that.

Gotta say, Nintendo as a business is doing a great job, something they should certainly be commended on.

As a consumer though, I can't help but ask... what is this horse ****?

dead.cell said,

What's exciting about having 3D though? Having it drain much more out of your battery life? Having to position the device to get the best view for the 3D effect? Getting headaches from it?

Sorry, but that doesn't sound exciting at all. The other features are nice, but not something I'd be ready to jump and shell out that much money on. Also, aren't they getting BSODs? Saw some reports in that.

Gotta say, Nintendo as a business is doing a great job, something they should certainly be commended on.

As a consumer though, I can't help but ask... what is this horse ****?

You mean as a minority in a large group of consumers right?

If you have to ask, you haven't experienced. Simple. Just from your one post I can tell you can't be converted. The device is designed to give good 3D at a comfortable angle ... very few people have given it a bad score. If you're not into it, cool ... forget about it. But the fact is ... 3D is the way forward, and it doesn't surprise me that Nintendo got to glasses free 3D before anyone else in the console sector.

One last thing I'd like to say though. And it's been said many times. People thought colour TV's were too expensive and pointless when they came out. People thought HD was too expensive and pointless when it came out. Don't be such a spanner in the works of your own entertainment life

@Chasethebase
If they went to gamestop then you got a pretty hefty drop in price by trading in your old Nintendo DS Lite or DSi.

P.S. - Sorry. I hit the wrong reply button.

shinji257 said,
@Chasethebase
If they went to gamestop then you got a pretty hefty drop in price by trading in your old Nintendo DS Lite or DSi.

P.S. - Sorry. I hit the wrong reply button.

Like how much for a DS Lite in good condition?

I am genuinely surprised by this, considering that I thought it wouldn't do so well with that steep price tag. I guess others don't think the same way as me.