Japanese sales of Nintendo’s newly released 3DS in the two days since its release came to 371,326, underwhelming many who for some reason had much higher expectations of the console.
Enterbrain statistics put sales at exactly 371,326, with the top selling 3DS software being Professor Layton with 117,589 units sold.
The healthy if unspectacular sales figures lend weight to the general impression that the supposed scarcity of inventory (Nintendo is thought to have shipped at least 400,000 units to retail channels) owes more to canny marketing on Nintendo’s part than to overall demand actually outstripping supply.
Reuters reports that Nintendo’s stock slumped in response to the unspectacular launch, with investors left sceptical of the company’s immediate prospects in the face of this and other other challenges.
In other news Nintendo’s apparent lack of interest in breaking DS-era cracks has been revealed to be a cunning trap of sorts.
Reportedly, the 3DS’s application history irrevocably records the usage of cracks, allowing Nintendo to potentially phone home with the incriminating data at a future time, or at the very least refuse to honour the warranty if the tainted unit is returned – at least until this mechanism too is cracked.