3DS readily available

Retailers report plenty of remaining inventory of Nintendo's new handheld; Super Street Fighter IV, Pilotwings, Lego Star Wars standout sellers from launch lineup.

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When Nintendo launched the Wii in 2006, the system quickly disappeared from store shelves and remained a tough find for consumers more than a year later. The story is markedly different for the 3DS, which launched yesterday in North America, with multiple chain retailers telling GameSpot the glasses-free 3D handheld is in stock at most of their stores.

No preorder? No problem! (Probably.)

A representative with specialty retailer GameStop told GameSpot that the company is "very pleased" with consumer reaction to the system and that the chain is "still in stock and fulfilling preorders" of the 3DS. Meanwhile, a Target representative said the department store had "strong inventory levels of the 3DS hardware and software" nationwide. Finally, a Toys R Us spokesman cited the company's "very strong partnership with Nintendo" as allowing it to secure enough systems to meet demand "in most of our stores."

As for what was selling alongside the system, the Target representative singled out Super Street Fighter IV, Pilotwings Resort, and Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars as some of the most popular titles, with the Explorer Starter Kit and Clean and Protect Kit leading the charge for accessory sales. The Toys R Us representative offered no specifics on game and accessory sales but did say the company's "buy one, get one half off" promotion on 3DS games was proving popular, as was its older DS trade-in program.

For more on the 3DS debut, check out GameSpot's 3DS launch center.

Discussion

240 comments
kusanagi_san
kusanagi_san

Sorry, but I won't be buying a system that doesn't even cost Nintendo half what it costs for them to manufacture, even with that glass-free 3D gimmick. And regarding launch titles: Again sorry, I'm not excited at all about relaunched titles that I can buy refurbished for more than half 3DS new games pricetag. I'll jusy stick with my DS Lite the time it'll take Nintendo to be more serious about their customers and think of them not like cashcows.

Kos1c
Kos1c

I grabbed the 3DS on the release day in the Uk. I was trying to hold out till a decent game came out, but i wanted a DS as i haven't played many of the Ds titles out there. The last time had played a DS was about 2-3 years ago when the original one released. I sold mine before Legend of Zelda, Phantom Hour Glass came out, so it was a long time ago. So i had to grab the 3DS to see what the 3D fuss was all about, and to catch up on the old handheld games from the DS series. I'm pleased with my item, just disapointed no good solid games were out. I had gotten Rayman 3D, and Splintercell, i returned Splinter Cell and sold of Rayman 3D for almost the same amount i paid for it (shop i bought it from didn't do returns). The release games are good to show of the 3D, but that's it, they aren't the best games around for proper gamers, bring on Legend of Zelda, Mario 3d, Resident Evil!

tennisprobill69
tennisprobill69

I've played a friends 3DS and agree that is an impressive piece of hardware and has extreme potential to be a great system. My gripe, however, is that there was no titles at launch the really made me want to go out and buy the system. Ghost recon looks cool but where is the resident evil and zelda games that where showed off and promised? come on the what is this the 14th remake of street fighter 4? give us hard core gamers some good games!

egivensjr
egivensjr

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beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

ill wait for a newer version because 1st is that release titles are ah..... 2nd this 3ds is base on the lite and dsi series so there might be a 3ds base on xl series lol

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

I did noticed that software lacked in Japan. Very depressing

yousillywizard
yousillywizard

@Miketendo hey man I added your friend code, add mine!! 4425-1477-7087 Everyone else feel free to add this as well (just make sure you tell me yours) so we can play some games!! 3DS RULES!!

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

well nintendo said that 3ds on day 1 sold more then any console before it released by nintendo and best selling handheld of all time at launch so , that tells you it is selling , my costco which houses nearly 30 units on top of another only had 2 left -that was 2 days ago , whcih probaly sold out by now and got a new shipment coming so t

iAmAbel
iAmAbel

Was psp go good? No one talks about it lol I heard about it like 2 times my whole life and didnt care :P I wounder How much the 3ds would sell in a FULL WEEK instead of only a day.

blackace
blackace

daveg1 i dont think its selling very well at all.. ************************************************************* You'd be wrong their. They are still selling out in Japan. I think demand will pick up for them as it gets close to the holidays. I'll be surprised if the PSP2 (NGP) has anywhere close to the amount of pre-orders the 3DS has. We all remember what happened to the PSP Go. This new one will cost more then that.

theKSMM
theKSMM

It's early still, but I'm enjoying the 3DS a bit more than I have enjoyed my DS lately. The 3D is a nice feature in Pilotwings and Ridge Racer; it's less necessary in SF4 and Ghost Recon, which both play equally well in 2D. The most exciting thing is that Nintendo has made the 3DS more of a system than just a game player. On the DS, there's really not much to do with it if you aren't playing a game. The 3DS, on the other hand, offers a few ancillary features and room for expansion, which could lead to exciting possibilities down the road. I'm an eager beaver who is now looking forward to the arrival of the NGP, and I'm not mad at the 3DS. But I also understand those who decide to wait or even sit this round out.

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

@blackace - I admit, my knowledge of handheld systems is limited. The last one I owned was a Game Boy; and Game Boy. Thanks for the insight. It's interesting to know they've had three Spring launches. I'd be interested to hear the business reason behind it. One user mentioned that tax refund time was a potential reason, but I find the mean user base of handhelds to be on the younger side, so I'm not sure I buy it. I guess it's something I'll have to watch for, or maybe ask the Hotspot. Also, I approve of your avatar.

justin4444
justin4444

3DS and NGP. Only who can't afford will fight between them.

nccpeter
nccpeter

i wish all hardware launches were like this. Walk in the first few days of release and pick it off the shelf.

daveg1
daveg1

i dont think its selling very well at all..

Flint247
Flint247

I feel this system is worth having, whether you have it now or you are waiting. Such a fantastic system, great job again, Nintendo.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@toptom924 Are you joking Castlevania is owned by Konami not Capcom. Thanks for the laugh though.

Fayt1986
Fayt1986

@theMirrorsTruth i agree it may not be worth it at the moment but i still wouldnt call it a gimmick..... the 3d maybe but the system no. 100% agree on the Wii i dont wanna mess around waveing like a madman.... and it sucks for the couple good games it has.

theMirrorsTruth
theMirrorsTruth

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theMirrorsTruth
theMirrorsTruth

@Fayt1986 So.. the graphics and the OS are the improvements, and the 3D is just a bonus. I've never encountered "lag" in my DS games, so the OS is irrelevant. Have you read the reviews and played the games? I really don't need to play with poodles, and paying $300 to play Street Fighter on the DS right now is totally out of my league. It's a better experience on consoles anyway. This article is about buying a 3DS *now*, and I really don't see the appeal for a 3DS right *now*. Maybe later, when more games are released, and the ho-hum launch titles lose their new-car-smell. Honestly, the 3D is still a gimmick to me, not a "bonus". Just like how I feel a lot of the Wii's motion sensor is a gimmick. So many games required me to wave a baton around the room, when I would have just preferred to sit down with a standard controller to play the game. I won't forget that the 3DS is a portable system. I have no intention of, and never have, played one inside my home. It's supposed to be portable. I play it on the city bus, on airplanes, and maybe when I know I'll be somewhere and I'll have a lot of idle time. I don't see 3D calibration working very well on a bumpy city bus. Finding local Street Fighter matches while I walk around downtown with the DS isn't very appealing, either. Why be excited about one opponent, when there's already millions at my fingertips on the 360? 3DS. Meh.

pataponplayer
pataponplayer

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mtait01
mtait01

I went into the city centre today to hopefully try one... and not one shop had them out for testing!! A tad annoying because i want to try it first, especially for the price tag. Did I buy a Blu-Ray player before I saw the screen quality? NO, because it's an expensive piece of hardware. away from my moaning, its nice to see that Nintendo have shipped out tonnes of these things, when the wii came out i couldnt get hold of one for literally months. Good Job Nintendo

superbuuman
superbuuman

Love the mentality of some ppl. Nintendo can't win...when they have enough stock - "ooh it must be bad cause it didn't sell out" ...when it did sell out "OH what the the hell why didn't Nintendo make enough to sell..stupid Nintendo"..

Ugly_Geezer
Ugly_Geezer

As always GS, concentrate on the perceived negative (consoles available) rather than positive factual (most pre-ordered console and breaking sales expectations). Then when your forums members start system wars, punish them, despite consistently feed this sort of immature nonsense on your 'news' pages.

OmegaAK47
OmegaAK47

Shocking to see there are still units out there, going to wait for NGP or better 3DS games.

ciphfer
ciphfer

I am glad that there are units available, but it never bodes well when a new unit is in plentiful supply. If the price were $200.00, you would not be able to get one for months.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

Now I LOVE Nintendo but one thing gets me, Why don't they ever give a crap about the graphics. I mean the GB never changed for what seemed like a century. I really like the gameplay of thier games I just wish that they had the Graphics to back it up (then I might play my Wii a lot more and buy this 3DS). **Preparing myself for Thumbs Down**

KWHCoaster
KWHCoaster

Oh, I got it. The SOBs that planned to resell the 3DS on eBay, can`t. Sorry you`re disappointed. :-)

KWHCoaster
KWHCoaster

I guess some were hoping Nintendo would fail to meet demand and P.O. consumers. Lots of inventory for the naysayers after they see a 3DS and they still beat their own 1st day handheld sales records, what a disappoinment the 3DS release has been. ;-)

indie83
indie83

Ermm... 1) recession = people spend less on luxury items 2) holiday season is not yet here 3) smarter production in terms of supply than compared to other companies (good anticipation on ninty's part!) 4) people are holding back for a price-drop 5) launch titles appear to be mostly re-makes of classic titles so some may be holding out until original titles start appearing

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

@Freak_Ache I dont Think the ngp is Copying the 3ds it going to surpass the 3ds. dont get me wrong t5he 3ds is cool but the ngp will have way more power then the 3ds and if the ngps price point as rumor is ranged from $250 for a basic model To $350 for a high end model then the 3ds will have strong competition in the handheld market for once.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

@Freak_Ache AR games, dual camera's, touch screen, motion sensor... I know there different, but they were definitely a copy of DSi/3DS. Of course nowadays every company m akes there products "similar" to other companies so all the recent products look similar.

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

@Freak_Ache Hmmm...let's see: Camera, touch screen, augmented reality, gyroscope, etc.

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

On Amazon, they have plenty of 3DSs on stock!

grant4500neo
grant4500neo

I don't think this is a bad thing, I think Nintendo was prepared. They didn't want a drop in sales from a sell out (where other people actually make money on the system on eBay)

vironydc
vironydc

From the following Gamespot article: http://www.gamespot.com/news/6306261.html?tag=latestheadlines%3Btitle%3B1 "It's official: The 3DS is a hit. Despite reports of ample stocks of the handheld sitting on store shelves, Nintendo today said that "US day-one sales numbers for Nintendo 3DS were the highest of any Nintendo handheld system in our history." The company did not offer up specific numbers, but the statement means the three-dimensional handheld outsold the Game Boy Advance, the original DS, the DSi, and the DSi XL during their first 24 hours on the market."

Urizen5
Urizen5

Never understood why more stuff isn't available in the US during this time. Hello...tax return time!! Even teens who have small jobs, would be getting a few hundred back from Unca Sam. Perfect time to release stuff, I've bought 90% of my systems with my tax money. Hopefully more companies will put out more spring stuff, rather than hold it for the debacle that is the holiday season.

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

Nintendo seems to have learned it's lesson from Wii shortage and made sure the same problem wouldn't happen with the 3DS.

iAmAbel
iAmAbel

THey would of sold twice as more is they never made all those other ds

blackace
blackace

@Bozanimal This has to be the strangest time of year to launch a new system, what with the school year nearing its end and consumers tapped-out following the holiday season ******************************************************* Not sure if you've been following Nintendo's handheld launches thoughout the DS's existence, but they've been launching it in the Spring in the U.S. for the past 3 launches. This is the normal launch time for Nintendo's handhelds in the states.

_Bear
_Bear

Sold out ? I don't think so every Best Buy in the area has more than 10 which is about 15 stores. People claiming they are sold where the heck do you live? Also do you only shop at Gamestop ? Where they are sold out by design.

Fayt1986
Fayt1986

@theMirrorsTruth gimmick? you know the grathics and os are much better right? 3d is the bonus.

gohoanq
gohoanq

I love the 3DS so far, not enough to do on it right now since they won't release the eshop, dsiware transfer or browser until late may apparently.. but overall it's damn good. I got SSFIV with it, really want to pick up star wars too lol

Smithers2286
Smithers2286

I love my 3DS! Most of the stores around here are sold out.

BeanoFatardo
BeanoFatardo

i'm a huge nintendo fan, but with weak release day titles : i'll pass on the 3ds for now. it will be closer to two years before another model comes out if nintendo's trend continues. it is all about the games, and, well... nintendogs doesn't cut it for me. (but they added CATS!!!! *fart*)

theMirrorsTruth
theMirrorsTruth

I'm holding on tight to my DS Lite because I can't afford to drop hundreds of dollars every year to have the newest Nintendo gimmick :\

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

i feel the excitement of the release of the 3ds was diminished because of the fact that nintendo released so many reiterations of the DS, most notably the DSi so close to the 3ds. i think since they've toyed so much with the DS design and have a great design for the 3DS, the should keep it the same from now till the next handheld, that way when the next handheld comes out it will really blow the lid off the 3DS and more people would be more excited about it. i really want to get a 3DS but to be honest im just not sure its ever worth it because the minute you think you've got the hottest new tech, another version comes out thats better. i think its good for nintendo to have done that with the DS because the DSi is worlds better than the original DS, but as i said they;ve done the experimentation with the design now we finally get really new hardware and a new system so lets keep that for the next bunch of years and really impress us with a brand new console X amount of years down the road when its time.

SpacePirate6
SpacePirate6

Preorders have been almost completely unnecessary for years. Not too surprising.

Miketendo
Miketendo

"Readily available" should not be used to try and drag down this release. The 3DS doubled preorders of the Wii and its an expensive handheld so that alone is impressive. Suply and demand doesnt work here in the case of a price set item. If Nintendo had short shipped them lie they did for the Wii the company would still get the same price per unit. Under supplying stores only leave room for people to pick up the systems and sell them at a mark up. I think Nintendo saw the pre-orders and shipped what they thought they must. I could tell you when I picked mine up there were less that 15 left in the store and SSFIV was sold out. Nintendo made the right move period. Secondly I would liek to address the discussion about people waiting for the next best 3DS. There was a 2 year gap between the DS and DS Lite. Then the DSi was a year later and the DSi Xl a year after that. The reason the DSi came a year later was because it had been in development shortly after the DS release, simultaneously for some time with the DS lite. The DSi XL was a year later because there were no tech changes really. So to say its a year gap isn't really a fair statement. I think the next step would look more like the DS to DS lite 2 year gap then the DSi to DSi XL 1 year gap because like I said there was no tech change. Anyone can take a peice of hardware and make it bigger. To make this system better, I think we are looking closer to 2 year than to 1. BTW Im loving my 3DS Here is my friend code 1075 0733 3817

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@mattg90520 - I think you misunderstood what both I and freak_ache said, but I can't be bothered to descend into a war of words. Just read everything carefully again and you'll get it, I'm sure.