3DS preorders twice that of Wii - Analyst

Citing Nintendo's own data, Lazard's Colin Sebastian says that prelaunch retail interest in the three-dimensional handheld is roughly two times that of the motion-sensing console.

On Sunday, March 27, the US market will finally see the release of the Nintendo 3DS, which went on sale last month in Japan. In that territory, the handheld sold 375,000 units in 48 hours and also dominated the software charts for the week. In Great Britain, the portable system was Amazon UK's most preordered system ever.

For Nintendo, the 3DS is twice as nice as the Wii in terms of preorders.

3DS demand in the US is also high. According to a recent note sent out by Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian, preorders for the 3DS are roughly twice those of the Wii console during a similar time frame prelaunch. Sebastian did not provide exact preorder numbers but did say the ratio was confirmed by Nintendo itself.

Priced at $250, the 3DS features a 3.53-inch 3D-enabled top screen and a 3.02-inch touch-panel bottom screen. Its PICA200 GPU offers a 200MHz standard clock speed, while its battery supports three to five hours per charge for 3DS games, depending on screen-brightness settings. The system also includes a 2.4GHz 802.11 Wi-Fi connector and has a manufacturing cost of around $101.

The 3DS also supports a bevy of other features, including three cameras, a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, a new circular analog control nub, and a 2GB SD memory card. As seen in GameSpot's unboxing of the device (below), gamers will also find a docking station, a stylus, and six AR cards used for augmented-reality games.

For a full rundown on what to expect from Nintendo's new system, check out GameSpot's 3DS Launch Center.

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warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@kavadias1981 Cheers man. Not often I get folks agree with me to be honest!

nomadski69
nomadski69

@Sigil-otaku Just to clarify, what I meant was if this was the way other manufacturers go in terms of hardware they will leave a lot of people who cant appreciate the effect, or even view it without clarity behind. im sure it wont happen, hence my saying this isn't the future of gaming. Graphics have never been the strong suit, even from the gameboy days, but N have beaten off better looking handhelds throughout the last 20 years or so, Im sure this wont be different. Having said that, my expectations have risen not so much with the new PSP on the horizon, but with mobile gaming. I honestly think N have the handheld market sewn up from day 1, but as for the overall mobile market, well theres a lot of Android and iOS devices out there... Im not a fan, but I hope for those that are that N now finally stops concentrating on its lucrative hardware business and starts pumping out regular killer titles for tis fans to play. Its a weak point of the Wii for sure, hence why mine has been gathering dust for about a year. Anyway, regardless, enjoy your new machine!

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ Phil-teh-Pirate Well it doesn't matter to me if you want one or not,it's your money,and really,in all good sense,most people probably shouldn't buy one until the price comes down.But for the first time in my life,my patience failed me.I'm not here to "prove you wrong",just hear me out. To say,"just another DS" is inaccurate,as it has far greater graphics,connectivity,and versatility,in addition to the new motion controls,circle pad,and of course,3D.That said however,right now most of the 3DS's awesomeness is locked up in potential.The launch lineup is very diverse,but lacks one particularly "wow" title,and there are still some features of the 3DS yet to be available in May.So for the time being,sure it's essentially a Super-DS. Of course the DS was exactly the same in terms of a launch lineup,and we all know how well that story ends. So the way I see it,I got my system now,so I can save up for games later,and cash in on the raw power of all that potential.

jere28
jere28

So your telling me something that is much cheaper sold alot more units? Hmmmm i'm not a genius but that makes sense. I'm sure. But pokemon never gets old, so all is good in the hoood...

LordXerud
LordXerud

And just like the WII...in 2 years time people will be bored of the childish of the games that are released and will be trading it in

svdbygrce02
svdbygrce02

I've seen plenty on store shelves...doesn't seem like it is flying off shelves just yet. Twice that of Wii??

wiidominance
wiidominance

tried 3D super street fighter 4 today, its pretty epic =D

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@nomadski69 It can be blurry at times I'll agree but ultimately I've not had it long and I'm sure some will incorporate it better than others, especially later on. I don't see why you'd end gaming so suddenly over one system having a 3D system that is a little finicky, seems like a bit of an over reaction but then again it depends on how into games you actually are as to how quick you'd jump ship. Nintendo rarely has graphical show fest consoles but real gamers should be happy with games rather than graphics. Being a handheld it's even more realistic to go for good games rather than great visuals since in the end they won't compete with consoles or PC's. NGP for example looks like it competes but I think once people get it in there hands, notice how much smaller the resolution etc. is they will understand handhelds don't compete on graphics. After all I'd never dream of running a PC game on a resolution like that and it would be almost barmy. Resolution is sharpness of visuals too. Anyway the games look fine to me, they're above PSP quality (comparsions of Tekken dark ressurection and DOA 3D showed how much better 3DS was) but I'm not a graphics whore anyway so I don't really care about graphics but prefer gameplay.

oneligas
oneligas

only nintendo can put out a portable that is more powerful than it's current console and not get flamed by it's fanboys . nintendo is completely backwards in their priorities. example: console less than portable equals fanboy rage for anyone but nintendo and that is just not logical to me

grant4500neo
grant4500neo

The Wii was just another system to me. It had a cool concept, but modern society is obsessed with 3D, so this is groundbreaking.

nomadski69
nomadski69

@Sigil-otaku. Even when holding it straight on its blurry. Like I said, the 3D will not work for everyone, it depends on your eyes. Moving the thing even a tiny fraction produces 2 clear distinct images. Its like looking at a hologram. This aint the future, or at least if it is, its the end of me playing games. The graphics are improved over the DS, I should have written DS+ really (tried to edit this and the price as its about £160 at my place but GS didnt let me) but they are still sub par for a handheld imho.

punanisher
punanisher

Picked one up with Street Fighter yesterday. I'm impressed. Screen is better than I expected. Face Raiders is a blast. Online play with Street Fighter is flawless (so far). I admit the launch lineup is a little weak but it appears that there is a lot to look forward to.

campbell153
campbell153

i want one... will wait for the price to drop first... although i can get one for FREE when i upgrade or renew my mobile contract!!!

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

@SuprSaiyanRockr Although I'm not sure, it seems to be about equal. Let's take a look: Wii- Miis, Photos, Everybody Votes, Virtual Console, Weather, News, Internet, Message Board, and Games 3DS- Miis, Augmented Reality, Face Raiders, Camera, Games, Activity Log, Pedometer, 3DS Sound

Drag00nknight
Drag00nknight

@the_requiem If I am not mistaken when you are playing the 3DS it is roughly within like a 10degree difference of 30 degrees at roughly 10-18 inches away that the 3D effect works best. Personally its like 33 degrees in angle and like 16 inches away for me to get the best view of the 3D but others eyesight and tolerance will change but for the most part its like 30 degrees and 14 inches away.

mtait01
mtait01

I'm holding off until more games come out for the system, the line-up at the moment doesnt justify the price tag

killeroo
killeroo

im going to wait until xmas for the 3DS lite

kevindm215
kevindm215

meh, i dont think 3D is gona last to long, it'l die just like guitar hero, everybody is milking it for everything they can at the moment.

the_requiem
the_requiem

@Sigil-otaku: Could you elaborate on that? Specifically what is the viewing angle at which 3D works?

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

Does the 3DS currently have more functions than the wii?

Bigbudd0045
Bigbudd0045

@PixelAddict this isnt a new ds, ds ds lite, dsi, dsi xl, are all really the same system. This is just using the same form factor, the hardware is very different. And the major console manufacturer is Nintendo, they have sold the most units, and the wii hasnt changed. As to sony and microsoft, no one has slammed multiple versions of a 360, just that they push multiple ones at once. Sony put out multiple SKUs of the PS3 and for some, it was confusing. Personally I know how to read, and dont care how many versions of a console are out, I just make sure i read the box and know exactly what it is I am getting.

esk1m00k
esk1m00k

Anyone wanting insight into how these things look check out machete with someone elses glasses on,hell grab a tequila and live the dream:).

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

And all those who pre-ordered this for day one will be disappointed when 3DSi-lite-XL[insert other name here] hits the shelves in the next 18 months for less money.... you know it will happen. That's why I'm not buying one yet.... all these lovely launch titles will cost peanuts by the time I take the dive.

da_chub
da_chub

i wonder if the NGP will sell like this. I doubt it.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

People slam the major console manufacturers (mostly Sony and M$) for their multiple versions/editions, but I've never seen a "console" with more versions. Seriously... DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL.... and now the 3DS. To be replaced soon (Christmas?) by the 3DSi XL Lite Mega Deluxe Supreme

slippship
slippship

Why do people want re-releases of Mario, Donkey Kong, Mario Cart ETC ETC, Nintendo really are getting money for some seriously old rope, and people keep buying into it, when's animal crossing 3D??

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@nomadski69 If your seeing double of everything it's because your not looking at it from the right angle, I've got a 3DS and you see double when your looking at it from the side or angling it whereas it's 3D does work and just requires you hold it straight infront of you. Not great if your wanting to have it at an angle or what not but basically it works at least. You think it has DS graphics? It's a new console so don't expect old console graphics as it is not just 3D attached onto the old ones like the XL was just the old ones with a bigger screen.

nomadski69
nomadski69

Few things id like to say after seeing one thru work. The 3D looks awful to me. Its effectiveness will clearly depend on how good your eyes adjust to the two layers, but all I could see was double of everything. There was no 3D to me, it was like I was drunk. Also this mass hysteria about this device does not seem to have reached the airport, where I work. We sold 6 on release day. We sold out of the 78 allocated iPad 2's in 4 hours on the same day, even now 3 days later the 3DS cupboard is pretty full. I guess there's different levels of hysteria. Finally £250 is a hell of a lot for essentially a DS with DS graphics, but with 3D which may, or may not look 3D to you. For me (and I speak only for myself) that money would go a hell of a long way towards an iPad 2. On the plus side, it was good to see Nintendo finally get their act together with a relatively strong lineup of games for release, Im sure those who can appreciate the 3D effect will find something to their taste. I just hope N can start focussing now on games, and less on the next big hardware thing.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Why did US have to wait til 27th? What a weird day to have a console launch, Sunday.....

DJCartmell
DJCartmell

@Venatorcruiser Street Fighter and Pro Evo are 2 great DS games I'd recommend street fighter particularly if you want a decent launch game for the device but fair play for the wait

Drag00nknight
Drag00nknight

First off, this is by far one the best things Nintendo has put on shelves yet. Also it hasn't gotten the best reviews from people but everyone whose a hater can just layoff. Nintendo is as I have said to others before piloting a breakthrough technology that is going to set the standards for the next generation of gaming. For the price it is actually rather in expensive. After seeing how it works and how well refined this system is I would have had no problem paying more for it. Hate all you want but you know what all these comments are just that comments, personal opinions, and I don't really give a care for what you all think. I think Nintendo could have priced this at closer to 300 in the U.S. and it would still have sold just as well as it is now. For the 3D effect its something you have to get used to. Like when you first started watching IMAX movies they are incredibly loud and a lot of people can't take the natural increase in decibels. So if you don't like it no one is forcing you to buy anything so just get over the hating already.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@warhawk-geeby You know a great deal. You voiced exactly what I believe we all consider, deep down.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Now don't you lot be mad at me for saying this, but I am going to wait for a wee while before I lay down my notes for a 3DS. Quite simply, I want to see which direction Nintendo plans on taking with it. I have hastily jumped on bandwagons before and regretted it later on. So I will wait until the 3DS and Sony's NGP are in their prime, weigh out their strengths and weaknesses and then buy the one I prefer. I did it with the 360 and PS3 and I will do it with these two as well. No need for company loyalty, just go with the console that meets your needs.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I still don't know about this thing.. I think it's great for Nintendo, I love the company.. I'm just not all that sure how long the 3D hype will last. 3D movies are now a dying breed because more folks are watching 2D again (mostly due to prices though admittedly), and the Wii has suffered the ill fate of being a passing fad too. As amazing as the Wii was when it came out it quickly got boring due to the lack of decent games for the console. Once everyone got over the amazement of motion-controlled gaming the Wii-fest went a bit quiet. I know quite a few folks that either don't play theirs anymore or have sold them. This is nothing against Nintendo at all in the slightest, they've done a lot for gaming. I just sure hope that the 3DS gets all the support it will undoubtedly need. I think the 3D craze going on at the moment may well just be a passing phase technology-wise.. but hey.. what do I know.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I don't understand how people feel certain negative effects when playing 3DS. I mean, don't we spend 24 hours a day seeing the world in 3D already. It boggles the pile of scrambled eggs that I call my brain. Besides, the only reason people post negative remarks about a games console/handheld is because, more often than not, they don't like the company. I'm sure if the same console was released by their preferred company, they wouldn't be moaning half as much.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

@Wormkid_64 @gonzalesj1 I already knew what it was before I turned it down. And I've tried it. It's nothing special. Without the 3D aspect, to me, its just another DS iteration. Feel free to prove me wrong with specs or whatever you so desire. But right now it doesn't do anything to warrant paying £100 more than what the current gen DS is selling for.

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

@ Phil-teh-Pirate So, 10 years ago, if you had a PS1 and a DVD player, you would have had no reason to buy a PS2?

phoenix729
phoenix729

@ Sigil-otaku Exactly. The component cost of a modern smartphone is only ~$150 yet they sell for more then twice that too. $101 isn't even the cost of the raw materials, its the cost of the different components. If you were actually looking to buy a DS's worth of plastic and solder it would only set you back a few dollars. http://www.epanorama.net/blog/2010/01/12/smartphone-component-costs/ 3DS is now down to £175 here in the UK, much more reasonable then the original £230 price tag. Though I don't agree with nintendos strategy of letting the retailers set the price, i think that put people off.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Aha. So Nintendo is making about $150 bucks profit on these things.What a bunch of business savvy little fellows they are.Cannot WAIT until pay check,then I shall do my part in their profit margins...... @ Phil-teh-Pirate I can't believe people still don't get that even without 3D,this is way more than "just a DS." All of those amazing new features and graphics are not dependent on the 3D.It is not another iteration,it is a new console.If you don't want it fine,but let's at least know what it is we don't want before we turn it down,huh?

DJCartmell
DJCartmell

Got my 3DS and it's worth every penny!

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

$250 for a prolonged headache? Ugh. "Yeaaaah but you can turn the 3D off you're just complaining for the sake of it!" Well yeah of course. But then you're taking the 3D out of the 3DS, which leaves you with...a DS. what the hell was the point of buying it if the one redeeming new feature of it is intended to be turned off most the time!? Some people have more money than sense.

johnjarvela
johnjarvela

getting my 3DS in a couple months, regardless of the game lineup and battery life, you all realize you can play with it plugged in right, thus making battery life irrelevant, i play my DS Lite plugged in sometimes, but thats when the battery is low, so simple solution, when the light goes red, plug it in, continue playing it.

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

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anthonycg
anthonycg

The 3DS is pwning the PSP right now.

TheTenth10
TheTenth10

101$ manufacturing cost??? why don't they sell it for 199 or 149$? do Nintendo know most console sell at a loss for a long time? it's ripping the consumer. Not even pointing thier "3D" is just an optical effect that will get boring fast.

James00715
James00715

Nintendo handhelds always sell like crazy. Not surprised.

Tevi
Tevi

NGP STANDS FOR NINTENDO GOT PWNd

MoK86
MoK86

man i just picked up that nintendo 3DS and ionly played it for a few minutes and my eyes have been hurting for an hour dude. i dont like it