3DS Sells 31K Down Under

Nintendo announces initial Aussie sales figures for its latest handheld.

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Nintendo Australia already has an impressive collection of sales records Down Under, and thanks to the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo can now add another trophy to its cabinet. After its first four days of sales, the 3DS has sold more than 31,000 units, making it Australia's fastest selling handheld console.

Unlike most industry data, this figure was provided by Nintendo’s retail partners, not industry trackers GfK Australia.

While the Nintendo 3DS holds the record for fastest selling handheld in Australia, it failed to claim the title of fastest selling console overall. That record belongs to the Wii, which is only slightly ahead at 32,000 units sold during its first week of sales.

The Nintendo 3DS launched in Australia on March 31 alongside 13 games. Since its initial launch, many retailers haven't had stock available, instead taking preorders. One retailer told GameSpot AU that it's not expecting in-store stock until late May.

Last month, it was reported that Nintendo's stereoscopic 3D console also broke sales records in the US, with the Japanese hardware manufacturer confirming that "US day-one sales numbers for Nintendo 3DS were the highest of any Nintendo handheld system in our history."

Discussion

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LMcO2
LMcO2

I Got my 3ds the day of release in AUS and have not had any problems with it i quite enjoy it even the software already on it super street fighter 4 is great even though i already had it on ps3 the 3ds gave it a new spark with the whole street pass thing and a new angle to fighting for the 3ds and also i bought Ghost Recon Shadow Wars and its a good strategy game i quite enjoy im still waiting for other good games to come out but untill them im having my fun with the 3ds

BirdofTokyo
BirdofTokyo

Honestly, I'm sorry, but what were you people thinking? Trust me, I really want a 3DS, but I'm not going to purchase one with that kind of launch line up. I'm going to wait untill Ocarina of Time 3D comes out, and then purchase that in a bundle.

LJELLZ
LJELLZ

Got my 3ds and haven't had a problem with it. I think it's an amazing handheld with a lot of potential. After E3 we will see all the great hardware that is to come so stress less people!

beardrewz
beardrewz

I went through 2 3DS but after getting the "Black screen of Death" on both I refunded the console. I want a ipad2 instead. Its a great little console the 3ds but it has issues and very little games....still its better than a Wii! Star wars was under-rated in reviews...it really looks nice on the 3ds..lighting also. But the 3ds is only really as good as a psp in graphics....because of the screen tearing i cant see it going any higher in specs...

mjc
mjc moderator moderator

I'd give my impressions, but my unit busted in the first few days :( With stock on back-order, it may be awhile until I see another. I'm hoping this is a rare occurance!

emirblade
emirblade

Wow, impressive. I think the Wii beat it because it was more hyped than the 3DS.