3DS “Only” Sells 370,000


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.

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    Avatar of Sukunai
    Comment by Sukunai
    23:54 28/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Let's see, they release the DS, then the DSi then the DSI XL, how many fucking hand helds do they think the world really needs?

    Short of your kid playing with it too rough and it getting broken (which I have noticed is commonplace), there is a limited amount of times they can expect to sell the same basic item in 5 years.

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    Comment by TC-man
    01:22 01/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    And Apple is doing with their iPhone and iPod Touch EVERY YEAR and no-one is complaining!? And no-one is forced to buy a DSi (XL), 3DS or iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:26 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think people want better games. There's no need to buy it now when there's no games especially if they did recently buy one of the newer DS types.

    Avatar of DarkChaplain
    Comment by DarkChaplain

    Well, actually, I'm trying to make people see that its the same shit over and over again, but you just can't open the eyes of blind cultists =/

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:35 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    12:08 that is quite brilliant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    meow meow meow meow
    (the 3 d s )
    meow meow meow meow
    (can suck my balls)
    meow meow meow meow
    (it has no new)
    meow meow meow meow
    (good games at all)
    meow meow meow meow
    (so un til then)
    meow meow meow meow
    (i'll keep wai ting)
    meow meow meow meow
    (wai ting wai ting)
    meow meow meow meow
    (mas tru bat ing)
    meow meow meow meow
    (with my right hand)
    meow meow meow meow
    (and p s p )
    meow... meow... MEOW
    (in... my... LEFT)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 01/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Gameboy, Gameboy Pocket, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, Gameboy Micro, Gameboy SP, and about a million color variants between them all... I'm pretty sure it's been twenty years of constant handheld updates from Nintendo, most of which met with massive success, actually.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:14 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well when it came down to it - the gameboy micro was the weakest link there wasnt it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:37 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "the gameboy micro was the weakest link there wasn't it?" Nah, virtual boy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:11 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have a Gameboy Micro ... it's awesome. It's got metal heft to it and lacks any kind of peripheral compatibility. Simply ... marvelous.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The reasoning for those have mostly been massive updates. from the original gray brick with its tan and green lcd screen (original brick) to a brick with color options for the case and a much improved screen contrast(game boy color) and an increase in battery life.

    Then it became the game boy pocket so it can actually fit in the pockets of the age group predominately selling it as well as again increasing battery life these came with color options for the case only.

    Then came the biggest advancement in gameboys. a color screen. the screen,s resolution sucked and the colors wern't to vivid or have too many different colors or a back lit screen like competitors like the neo-geo pocket or the Sega game gear. What sold it was the gameboy name, massive backwards compatibility, and was cheap.

    After that was don't the next big thing was the gameboy advance. Finally a screen that beat out its competition and 2 new shoulder buttons to accompany them. Sadly no back light yet.

    The next big advancement was shrinking it and giing it the systems first built in rechargeable battery and a back light. (sorry for those that went blind trying to play the old ones). again it shrunk.

    Then came about the gameboy advance mini. didn't sell well because it was quickly dropped due to the success of the new DS.

    The original DS was big and carried over the clam shell from the advance. It featured a new dimension of play through the second screen. sadly for 90% of the games it was a gimmick or a menu screen and didnt add much. But it still sold due to its backward compatibility and next gen graphics for handhealds.

    The light was good because it was a manufacturing advancement (cheaper to produce) and offered a better screen and longr battery life and was smaller.

    Seeing a trend?

    The DSi was a bit of a side step from the DS. It offered more online features and a built in camera. And most profitable of all a higher price point and a profitable digital store.
    The DSi-XX/XL is a larger version with no real benefit. to me it was a bit of a backstep from the DSi. Guess it was to prep us for the size of the new 3DS.

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    Comment by Xilium
    03:57 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the difference now is that we have a very healthy and rapidly growing mobile phone gaming market now. This might not matter as much to elementary students but middle/high school students nearly all have smartphones at this point (especially in Japan)that offer a lot of the same general gameplay styles found on the DS/3DS for a reduced priced.

    For the 3DS to succeed (and by that, I mean do as good or better than the DS), Nintendo is going to have to really convince people that 3D is worth a damn or take the Sony route and focus on complex games that simply wouldn't work on a mobile phone.

    PS. Most people went from Gameboy -> Color -> Advanced -> DS. The others were just "Lite" versions of the original that only the hardcore would re-buy. Otherwise, they were just a replacement for the "big" version for new consumers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:29 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol most kids with smartphones. more like most kids with smart featurephones. japan is WAY BEHIND on smartphones at the moment.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Maybe buyer will have to wait a latest Gimmick of another version release of 3DS.

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    Comment by Njrg
    04:28 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    How is "Next Gen" the same basic item?

    Thats like comparing GameBoy Pocket to GameBoy Advance and saying they're the same thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:44 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, jackass. The 3DS is a new system, and not a revision of the DS. derp

    Also, hardware revisions in *gasp* ELECTRONICS? NO WAI!!1111

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    3DS is a revision of the DS the 3D tech was made to prevent piracy and grab some more cash off the gimmick.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:03 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    to the last coment you would be correct but its like calling gba to ds a inc=imental update

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    01:37 is a troll or a fucking retard: pick one. Or both.

    Comment by Anonymous

    the trend is...
    gameboy advance --> sp --->micro
    ds ---> ds lite ---> dsi ---dsi lite ---dsi xl

    i wouldn't be suprised if the people are only waiting for a 3ds lite or 3dsi... that's what i'm planning to do...

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    Comment by The Kiss
    07:42 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know how can you wait for a 3DS>i< when you already have a camera on the original 3DS. Might as well say "not being an early adopter; waiting for the next hardware revision" and be done with it.

    But yeah, I do get your point... although I'm going to just not buy into the 3DS at all. So far, nothing has interested me enough to warrant the purchase.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:42 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm waiting for a version with a longer battery life.

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    Comment by Metalloid
    22:49 28/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I kinda expected it...

    Avatar of alex251
    Comment by alex251
    23:13 28/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    instead of making gimmicks they should first focus on making good games

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    Comment by yaku
    01:12 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They released Professor Layton for the 3DS in launch day, at least in Japan. I love that fucking game so much I came all over all the way from the other side of the world.

    So yeah they can take their time making fucking good games; launch day has been only a few days ago, for god's sakes.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Did you seriously just imply Nintendo's weakness is not making good games?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:49 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Making? no.

    Re-making? yes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:38 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    for 3ds? not yet

    lol fanboy

    Comment by Anonymous

    Why the hell is this guy getting downvoted for saying Nintendo makes good games? What's with all the retarded Sony fanfucks on this site?

    Avatar of TC-man
    Comment by TC-man
    01:28 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    But people like gimmicks! Look at Kinect which sold like hotcakes for months already.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    What's a Kinect?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:51 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Something that hackers will base a virtual sex game off of.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:33 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    As long as it sells right? Who cares what it's used for.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So selling 92.5% of their initial stock in the first few days is bad? It is well know they planned on selling 400,000. This is the same number of Wiis and DS shipped day one. How does this equal poor sales?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:36 28/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I won't be getting mine until at least next year. For an improved version or whatever. All the 3DS games I'm looking forward to won't be here for a while.

    Of course Professor Layton would've sold the most.

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    Comment by DRYO
    01:38 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I wont buy that shitcrap until new frachises come up and Nintendo stops acting like a scared little child,I'm sick of the same thing evrey single console, Mario game,then Zelda game(in which i still haven't gotten enough)then a metroid game....and the whole scheme keeps looping on! come on! Nintendo can come up with something better than captain olimar,

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:50 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    See "Nintendo plays it safe."

    Now if only Nintendo would find something other than another Pokemon game to make for it and we got us a winner.

    Perhaps a game that takes more of an online role with the better internet capabilities.

    Just dont hope it requires a 3D screen to work.

    Not looking forward to the 2-3 hours of game play.

    Then again it is stated that its good to only play for 30 minutes at a time then take a 15 minute break. If Nintendo was really adamant about it they would have it made into the system.

    Might i suggest charging it for the 15 out of every 30 you play.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:07 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your statement pretty much applies to every game console out there.

    MS has rehashes of Project Gotham Racing, Halo and Gears of War.

    Sony has rehashes of Ratchet & Clank, Killzone, Uncharted, Resistance, Jak & Daxter, Gran Turismo, God of War, etc.

    Are you saying that you won't buy anything from MS & Sony as well until they start an entirely new franchise?

    Technically Wii Sports is considered a new franchise for Nintendo, along with Wii Fit and Wii Music. Everyone knows how much of a gamble Wii Music was, but Nintendo went along and released it anyways. So your claim that Nintendo's scared of trying out new franchises is completely baseless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    A new fresh and epic franchise would be welcomed. To keep things interesting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:18 28/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    should've had pokémon 3D at release

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No they shouldn't have had pokemon at launch, they want pokemon to sell shitloads and they can't very well do that on a system that's only just been released and hasn't even sold enough units yet to support the shitloads they want it to sell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Should have a mario game with the 3DS. Where's the free game!?!?!?!?!?!?! A remake is fine too!!!

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    Comment by Sodium Chloride
    03:00 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should have had Pokemon /w AR (Augmented Reality) at launch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:42 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    AR Pokemon Battle

    That would be really cool. With full blown animations =D

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:36 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You guys have to realize, this is the first week of sales...

    370k is still a good number. (Better than what Google's telling me about PS3, 360, Wii and the other consoles)

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    Comment by Mike
    06:40 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo needs to stop with the gimmicks and start actually develping a new platform already.

    Tacking something new onto the old DS or making it smaller/bigger every few months is getting old.

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    Comment by AzureHakua
    06:21 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't connect to the internet, and you can't be tracked right? xP

    Comment by Anonymous

    you forget it connects to the internet by itself and updates periodically lol as far as i know you cant stop it because it searches out wifi spots unless your a redneck with no wifi in a 3 mile radius lolol

    12:20 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You fail to understand how wifi works most hotspots need a WEP or WPA key and free hotspots you must say yes I want to connect to this router.
    You need this feature so you actually connect to the right router vs some random one.
    Until you connect to a wifi hotspot no TCP packets can be sent.
    Really your post has the be the stupidest I ever seen.

    07:37 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Or just block the site it calls back to.
    In the US such phoning home with details could be an illegal action on Nintendo's part.

    They can't legally do anything but void the warranty.

    Really it's an amazingly stupid move as call back shit scares customers away and technically it is not exactly 100% legal to do in the US.
    It's a very gray area even more so then mod chips themselves.

    Now the accidental release of personal data due to such a feature is a criminal act.

    One reason I expect Sony to get sued over the PS3 rootkit soon.
    If some low level company lacky can do anything remotely then so can a blackhat hacker and soon every script kiddie on the block.

    I'll be delaying my purchase until farther details of this nefarious feature along with exploits are clear.

    If you wish to treat me like a criminal before I even did anything wrong then you don't deserve my business.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:54 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sneaky Reverse Crack Someone Cracks it they release a patch any remaining crack data on the device is stored
    Evil but smart for now till we crack it

    Still think they would do good in Europe :P

    Playstation banned in Europe
    Time for the Xbox to Win Mwhahahahahah

    Btw its totally worth a post lol relates to Japan mentions the Koreans and the background is Europe total Sankaku stuff just saying haha


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