3DS sales to hit 4 million by April - Nintendo

Publisher anticipates quadruple-platinum milestone by the end of its current fiscal year; software sales projected to hit 15 million.

Today offered an interesting meld of good news and bad from Nintendo. On the one hand, the publisher finally attached a February 25 Japanese release date and a ¥25,000 ($299) price tag to the 3DS, its glasses-free 3D gaming handheld first revealed in April. On the other, Nintendo more than halved its profit forecast for its in-progress fiscal year, saying also that revenues would fall 24 percent to ¥1.1 trillion ($13 billion).

Nintendo thinks 3DS sales will reach the 4 millionth dimension by April.

The link between the two stems from Nintendo's lofty expectations for the 3DS, which Japanese media reports indicated was initially planned for release in Japan by late 2010. According to a financial statement released by Nintendo today, the publisher now expects to sell 4 million units by March 31, 2011--also known as the end of its in-progress fiscal year. Accompanying software sales are expected to hit 15 million units during the same period of time, according to Nintendo.

Nintendo's 3DS hardware and software sales are just a fraction of what the publisher plans to sell of its entire line of handheld devices and games before the end of its fiscal year. Before its earnings revision today, Nintendo projected DS hardware sales of 30 million worldwide, a figure that included the 3DS's tally. Now, the publisher expects total DS sales to come in at 23.5 million units through March 31.

Likewise, software received significant revision today. It was once projected at 150 million units, but Nintendo now expects to shift 125 million pieces of DS and 3DS software by the end of its fiscal year.

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Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

300 bucks seems a little steep,but it is a LOAD of new tech.However just because it's set that way in Japanese money doesn't fix it for us.I expect(hope for) a tag of 250.However I'd be willing to pay the 300,and if i can't afford it,I'll just wait till it becomes cheaper,like I did with every other system I've ever owned.

shinmew
shinmew

I want this system pretty badly, but COME ON NINTENDO! Don't you think $300 is a bit much? I hope the games don't go more then $34.99, as I play my handheld systems to had a cheaper way to get my game on. Your $300 price tag is already killing that.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@riariases What I mean is that the Wii was/is popular, especially among young families with little kids. The Wii has more family-centered games when compared to PS3 and Xbox. Also, it involved more than just pressing buttons. You had to swing your arms to control, which was a plus in the parents' eyes, because it included physical activity, which they wanted their kids to do instead of just sitting in front of a TV mashing buttons alone. That's my theory/observation.

necronaux
necronaux

Ya, know... I"m gonna wait. We all know, shortly after its release, there's sure to be a 3DSi, and a XL-3DSi, etc.

SteelTiger360
SteelTiger360

hm...300 bones, I bet alot of you are going to trade in your old model for this just to lower the price right ? lol. I'm looking forward to seeing how Super Street Fighter IV plays on it ,so I'm there at the Launch.

Munkybhai
Munkybhai

Nintendo and gimmicky hardware? Nintendo, for me, has been the one true innovator in console technology. From the original cross keypad on the NES, the L and R shoulder buttons on the SNES, the analogue stick on the N64, the original portable console (Gameboy), touch screens on the DS, to motion controls on the WIi. Everyone else plays catch-up as they realise that they weren't smart enough to think of innovative ideas first and then run around trying to make their own knock-off. I'll always give Nintendo my time and money because they are always looking for ways to improve the gamers' experiences beyond using the latest GPU to boost graphics.

riariases
riariases

@TheArcade No you may not get a "hey".

riariases
riariases

@bigcrusha I like how you're so unbiased about all this.

riariases
riariases

@dawnofhero What do you mean "eventually, young families started buying it for their kids"? As I remember, day 1 to day 712, EVERY Wii was sold out of EVERY store. Every fat person and their grandma in my city owned one. THEY wanted to lose some weight and get fit, I JUST WANNA GAME! So geeze yo, stop buyin' up all the Wii's and get yourself a gym membership like the rest of us.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@chimpmeister Yeah, Nintendo hasn't really dished out a lot of hardcore games since the NES, SNES, N64 or even the GameCube. The DS was fine, but it still lacked true performance and 'serious' game selection. The Wii, though, was never really received that well... at first. People made fun of it, but eventually, young families started buying it for their kids at Christmas and what-not, and so it has been called a casual system for those who don't play but every few weeks or so when compared to the more hardcore gamers who own PS3s and Xboxs. And Nintendo needs to look back what made them great in the first place. It wasn't necessarily the technology that sold millions as much as the games and the characters that went with the systems. And yeah, the new motion sensor stuff isn't really catching on, at least not now, and that should be a hint as to what consumers want. But I will buy a 3DS for the games and the system, two pluses, whereas some people will buy a system just because it looks cool, or they may buy a system because of the games. But when you have a system and game selection combo, bingo.

9thedevilmaycry
9thedevilmaycry

@chimpmeister those who hate me for fanboy talk dont read this but for you (chimpmeister) playstation move(and wii) have shovelware anyway. and wii already brough out wii motion plus(and those god dam third party developers for more shovelware)

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

4 million huh? If people have $300+ to spend ON A HANDHELD and games either they have no bills, or were not really in a recession.

Scottisme
Scottisme

onthe other hand if games graphic are the same/better as the psp and if nintendo releases movies in 3D on the 3DS it would be worth buying

Darth_Cola
Darth_Cola

Ill be passing on this.... to much money, id much rather waste it on 2 more monitors for my pc playing SWTOR on my 5870's

dzimm
dzimm

I think a lot of naysayers are going to be proven wrong. Nintendo has decades of experience and market data behind their predictions, so I'm not inclined to disagree with their analysis. They're not just some ignorant schmoe on the internet with an uninformed opinion and irrational hatred for any video game company who's name is "Nintendo". They actually know what they're talking about.

chimpmeister
chimpmeister

@bigcrusha You make a lot of good points. When I said the Move and Kinect would blow away the Wii, I meant in terms of pure technology; they are both much higher precision motion devices. But I agree that most hardcore gamers will probably not care much for the Move or Kinect, and I agree that the Wii is primarily targeted at the casual market, most of whom have already bought it and will not shell out a ton of extra money for an extra console and on top of that the motion control devices to go with it. The Wii motion controls have really been a huge gimmick that sold millions of systems; but many casual gamers who got suckered with it bought very few games to go with the Wii, thus the poor attach rate for the console (like two games per every Wii system sold, which is truly dismal).

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

Yeah I think Nintendo is getting a swollen head here, they won't sell that many 3ds with a price like that, it's plain absurd, The DS had the right idea in terms of games, phantom hourglass, super mario, kirby, mario kart, metroid, pokemon etc, they did the hardcore fans better service then the Wii did so as for games 3DS will do well there, It's a good handheld and a great idea, but that price is gonna take them down the same road as Sony lol.

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

@chimpmeister Kinect and Move beat the Wii? Yeah right. Think about it, I'm going on a pretty educated estimate here but I'd say 75% approx of the Wii consumer base is the casual gamer who's looking for something to do with his or her buds on a rainy day. No doubt Kinect and Move are beyond Wii in tech but its way too late now, to beat the Wii you'd have to gain the casual market's favor and they all have Wii's now. You think a casual gamer is gonna see the kinect or move, throw out his Wii and actually run to the store to buy another console PLUS the motion add on? I also doubt that the ps3/360 consumer (dominated by hardcore gamers btw) are actually gonna care for motion sensing, I just don't see these things selling nearly as much as Microsoft and Sony expect them to.

mentalmetal
mentalmetal

@ 9thedevilmaycry that comment makes you sound like a fanboy. Understand that they are all DIFFERENT products with DIFFERENT intentions. yes there competing, they have motion capture capabilities, but they are different and each is going to have their strong and weak points.

chimpmeister
chimpmeister

@9thedevilmaycry Actually, the Playstation Move and XBox Kinect will both totally blow away the Wii, with much better precision and quality of motion controls, added to true high-resolution graphics (as opposed to the Wii, which has poor precision motion controls and horrible low resolution). So, I think the days of the Wii are numbered, especially when you consider that 99% of the games for it are shovelware junk. :-)

9thedevilmaycry
9thedevilmaycry

@chimpmeister well hey at least ill be better than kinect and playstation move

chimpmeister
chimpmeister

It would be so funny if sales of one more in a long line of gimmicks, the 3DS, tanked. Personally I think the original DS was a joke, with a useless 2nd screen and ugly low-res graphics on the screens (something like 256x192, horrible). And the original DS has 99% shovelware like Imagine: Babyz and all of the idiotic Nintendogs games. I think the 3DS is just more in a long line of gimmicks from Nintendo, a company that has completely forgotten its original hardcore gamer base. Hopefully it will fail and Nintendo will realize that they actually have to have good hardware, not junky gimmicks, to keep the interest of the true gamers. All the casual gamers who suckered into the Wii and DS are probably tired of them all, and will probably pass on an overpriced POS like the 3DS . . . time will tell! We can only hope . . .

Neku_Phones
Neku_Phones

If you guys want to wait two years for a price drop, that's fine with me. I'm gonna be enjoying Paper Mario, Solid Snake, and Star Fox this March, all in eye-popping 3D. :D

4quarters
4quarters

Not in a million years at $299......Sorry it's gotta be $199 or parents will never shell out the dough.

Flint247
Flint247

If you are buying the system for just ONE game, then yeah, you are ripping yourself off.

JohnisGodd
JohnisGodd

That's an awful lot of money to pay just to play Pokemon...

Flint247
Flint247

This is just from what I observed in the past. While waiting for a price drop is a good strategy, it may or may not work here. This is Nintendo; their price drops are unpredictable. It took them almost 3 years for them to drop the price on the Wii; DSi/DSi XL only dropped because of this system, and most of their 1st-party games that came out 3-4 years ago are still high in price. This is just me, but I prefer to just buy the launch system or buy it soon after launch, than to wait until like 2014 to buy something I wanted in 2011. Waiting does have it's advantages, but in this case, it's unpredictable and I definitely want to take advantage of opportunity at that moment. Speaking of which, it doesn't really matter when you buy a new system, because right after you buy it, even after waiting so long, a NEW bundle or deal appears and you would have missed it. For example, Xbox 360 came out in 2005, I got mine in December 2009, six months before they announced the new Xbox 360 Slim. Now I had no idea they were going to do that, so it's not really a bad thing to get something early. There will always be a better deals/bundles that will come out after you get the system, no matter if you get it early or late. With that said, I am just posting this from observation. I have no control over your decisions; do as you like. However,even if this is $300, I'll take it. $250 would be a better price, but I am fine with $300. (Now if it's over $300, then I will wait, and HOPEFULLY it can go down soon)

spiceonpsn
spiceonpsn

You think 300$ is much...what about 300 euros?...We have to pay 410$...(and that goes the same to PS3 Xbox360 etc...) i think it's unfair.i guess i'm gonna wait till the price drops.Sorry for my bad english.

Pol1amorou5
Pol1amorou5

jeez....No doubt that it'll sell that much, but let's not get cocky. Good work Nintendo.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

I don't believe Nintendo. They are going to have a huge profit by the end of the fiscal year.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@Halloll -I sadly have to agree. It's way too expensive imo. I'm still pondering on buying it when it comes out or waiting. I really want it bad! But I don't think they're going to sell that many. Either way, eventually I'm going to get it. And I thought the PSP was killed 3 years ago, so when this comes out it's game over.

TheArcade
TheArcade

I respect the Wii but right now the competition plans on tapping it's market. Without the whole peripheral advantage thing what else is left to offer? Nintendo had better think of something fast! First party games will only get them so far, they need more developer support. For example: why should the Wii miss out on Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Resident Evil 5 or 6, Devil May Cry 4, Super Street Fighter 4, Bioshock, Modern Warefare series, Assassins Creed, or Final Fantasy XIII? I know the devs give them some stuff like remakes of certain games (and there's been a decline on that front btw) but what about those true sequels? Wii needs to get on the ball!!! IMHO, Nintendo, SNES, N64, and maybe Gamecube does a better job at satisfying the hardcore gamers. Can I get a hey?

mattg90520
mattg90520

@hastedly I think the reason this costs so much is because nintendo has finally put power in one of their systems. However you can't expect it to sell for 299 in the US, prices never directly convert between here Japan and Europe

hastedly
hastedly

If you're gonna sell a handheld for $300 at least give it some decent specs. I love how Nintendo throws together a bunch of crap outdated hardware together and sell it for $300 only because they gave their system a 3D screen.

Uberpeber
Uberpeber

I suppose I'd better start saving :]

Halloll
Halloll

300$ no parent would buy that for their kid

Darth_Cola
Darth_Cola

damn that blows, thats going to tap into my xbox 360 multi replacement fund

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

Yikes, that's a lot of money, oh well, sadly i will have to wait for a price cut, just like i waited for a DS Lite, the console looks amazing and the line up is really, really good, then again, money is not a luxury for me, so yeah, i'll be without this for at least a year, even with that, Nintendo will pass that 4 million mark in no time.

San_09
San_09

I wont be surprised if they nail 5 million or above by April.

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

i'm guessing the price is because it has quite alot of tech but they had to make it so small.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

I think the reason the 3DS is so high priced, is because the Wii, PS3, and XBOX 360 are all roughly 4-5 years old, about the time companies generally come out with new systems or at least think of making new ones. Not that the home consoles are outdated yet, but the 3DS seems to be like a portable Wii as far as graphics, options, and overall experience. Time to save up.

zequex
zequex

@ farazhassansyed What's the PSPgo? ;)

NAWAF005
NAWAF005

3DS price in Japan > 3DS price in North America/Europe

zequex
zequex

I think that for the features it has it IS with $300..... whether I or other people can afford it for that price is another issue. :) I actually think the US price will be closer to $250.