3DS sets sales record in US, 'no widespread issues' with portable

Nintendo says day-one sales numbers were the highest for any handheld in its history; downplays reported system crashes.

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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, promising sales figures alongside NPD numbers on April 14. However, 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.

The 3DS is officially Nintendo's fastest selling handheld at launch.

The 3DS's robust sales numbers were not unexpected. On Friday, Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian revealed Nintendo had confirmed preorders for the 3DS were roughly twice those of the Wii console during a similar time frame prelaunch. In Japan, it 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.

Today, Nintendo also addressed reports that the 3DS was experiencing system crashes during gameplay. In a statement, the company said that, "The number of calls and emails received by our customer support center is well below the rate experienced during past hardware launches, and there are no widespread issues." It directed anyone experiencing problems to visit the website http://support.nintendo.com or call its help line at 800-255-3700.

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 settings. The system also includes a 2.4GHz 802.11 Wi-Fi connector and has a raw materials cost of around $101.

The 3DS also boasts 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 in the package, 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.

Discussion

205 comments
greenmatt77
greenmatt77

I got this first day,(which is the first time i ever pre-ordered and got a device the same day), and I was instanly impressed. its not only the 3d that makes the system great. its the built in hardware (face raiders; ar), awesome graphics, and great asthetics. but the 3d is pretty great. makes games like ridge racer and even lego star ways (yes lego star wars) super immersive and fun. plus I'm really happy its doing good.Nintendo knows how to step up the game! ive encountered the system crashs multiple times however, it is annoying, but really doesnt affect the system. just turn in on and off! but its especially annoying when im in the middle of a intensee game...

zombehman
zombehman

@L10nH3ArT86 dude gaming brings gamers from all over the world into the gaming collective, we get to discuss(mostly argue) which games deserve or hard earned cash and in the end truly get to know someone better by talking to them about videogames. As for your Nintendo comment, dude Goldeneye, Metroid Prime Hunters, Mario Kart, Super Smash bros, Animal crossing, etc. Yeah I guess Nintendo really doesn't bring them together when those games are the best with friends right?

jokoo
jokoo

I have a problem with my 3ds, its starting to develop scratches on the top screen from the edges of the smaller bottom screen. Mark my words, that is going to be a wide spread problem. I've only had it for a week and its givven itself permanant scratches...BS! If anyone gets a 3ds, get a screen protector for the top to protect it from itself.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Its a pretty solid piece of equipment. Personally had no problems with it other than a lack of decent titles. (SSFIV and Ghost Recon are by far the best.) Once the eShop and Netflix get added on it'll be even better.

L10nH3ArT86
L10nH3ArT86

@zombehman I don't know how you could ever say Nintendo brings gamers together. Do you mean bring them together to play shovelware? Or bring them together to find enough batteries to play the shovelware? All in all the Wii had alot of meh in it. When it did stand out... it was in single player games. Kinda the same with the DS, none of the multiplayer was involved enough to make it interesting longer than a couple minutes. Provided everyone has a copy... I don't think gaming brings people together anymore when everyone has their own thing to focus on. Unless you'd count in WOW... that does bring people together oddly. Love it or hate it.

L10nH3ArT86
L10nH3ArT86

Score on another system I wasn't around to even care about buying. That makes the tally at about... all of them. The only system I remember actually having something worth playing off the bat is the xbox. And I didn't even own one. Oh yeah nintendo was doing a pretty awesome job of making good debut games, yet I think that ship sailed around the gamecube. Luigi's mansion wasn't bad, just short.

X-7
X-7

I am still going to wait for about a year after the NGP to give each system some time for new games. Nintendo just does not have enough yet to satisfy me and typically they never do. Although, they have announced some more "hardcore" games like RE, MGS, among a few others. Bit I will wait to see what the NGP has in store. The though of Uncharted in my pants makes me happy... that sounds sooooo worng. :P

Alex_09
Alex_09

I'm still living in the past I guess, just bought two LOTR gameboy advance games.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

The free music video that came after updating my 3DS is, as far as clarity goes, not as great as the PSP's video quality, but it still was alright. The 3D effect helped enhance the sharpness a little though, and looks convincing.

malatato
malatato

Nintendo = Handhelds Sony = Consoles Microsoft = PC

mumui10
mumui10

just rest your eyes so it will not be restrain by 3d effects its just normal even in 2d, about 5 to 10 minutes isn't just enough for your eyes.

zombehman
zombehman

@CorruptgamerGX Dude I seriously could care less about what you think dude believe what you want to believe I like how Nintendo brings gamers together, and hey man when I said the X-box 360 and PS3 were your first consoles I was speaking form experience of people talking like that, neither of us is going to budge but we can agree that people like the Developer of angry birds who called Nintendo's games $49 pieces of plastic are wrong, anyway I figure that even though gamers have their differences we are all part of a community and I kinda dig how everyone has their own opinions it makes for interesting conversations.

DJCartmell
DJCartmell

I'm certainly looking forward to the movie download feature I swear to God it'd be awesome watching Avatar in 3D on the 3DS without glasses!!

Flint247
Flint247

I definitely can't wait to see future games, updates, and Apps for the 3DS. :D

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@paxv1 hardcore gamers should appreciate all games not just the ones with the best graphics. That's like me saying I'm a leading historian who ignored the boring parts or a movie buff that hasn't seen an indie movie or bollywood title at all because it's not got the same budget. If your under the impression hardcore gamers miss good titles and consoles based on just graphics then your somewhat mistaken. Think about it like stories (written), an author may present the best world building or character relationships ever seen but fail elsewhere and you'd ignore it by your seeming statement that you need everything good.

shimya
shimya

I cant wait for metal gear!

blackace
blackace

I love my 3DS. Only game that messes with my eyes is the PilotWings Resort. It takes me a couple minutes to get my focus set on it. I have no problems with SSFIV, Ridge Racer or Nintendogs. I want to dty my regular DS games on it and see how they look.

Anime_Fan1986
Anime_Fan1986

I got my 3DS and I love it, and I can't wait for Zelda in fracking 3D! Thats all i gotta say.

Dedaxys
Dedaxys

@widdowson91 True. I was under the impression that paxv1 was talking about a decent version of CoD, etc. For example, the 360 is often considered a system for "hardcore" gamers because of its library of games such as Gears, Halo, etc. The Wii and most other Nintendo handhelds, on the other hand, are considered to be casual platforms, as, for the most part, their library consists of games that are easy to pick up and play, and not requiring copious amounts of time to be put into them. (Goldeneye is one such exception. Awesome game).

campbell153
campbell153

@widdowson91 Well said!!! also... well done Nintendo!!!

widdowson91
widdowson91

@Dedaxys: There's no such thing as a hardcore video game. What I mean by this, is that a 'hardcore' gamer can play many kinds of games and appreciate and like many kinds of games. A 'hardcore' gamer can play Mario on the DS and like it as well as play something like Mass Effect.

Dedaxys
Dedaxys

@paxv1 When's the last time you saw a hardcore game for a handheld?

paxv1
paxv1

im not a fan of any company im just a hardcore gamer and what i want to play is games that have great everything graphics, sound, gameplay,.... ect. and yeah the 3ds has not gone far enough to meet games up to date. they could have done better but they are aiming for a cheap system that can play games most normal person/kids would play so they can make money and i dont blame them just seems that soon every company will follow ... cheap to make and getting lots of money yeah sony and ms wont be long before they sees it. its just going to be going slow for hardcore gamers.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Well no doubt I'm glad things are going well for the launch of 3DS...congrats Nintendo. But as others have said, I'll personally give it several more months before I decide to commit to it just yet--give it time to gather more of a library (and maybe even a smexy red version, lol). I just got my XL earlier this year, so I don't necessary feel inclined to up and get a new piece of hardware, atm.

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

seriously though one thing about nintendo that annoys me greatly is the "multiple versions of same game" syndrome they have had. Example: Pokemon, These "cat's and dog's 'games'".. I can't think of anyother system that does this. I know if MS released Halo or Sony released God of War, but in multiple versions, ppl would be maaaaaaaaad. You gotta luv it though "mummy!! I NEEEEED both pokemon games!!! OR ELSE ILL BE THE ONLY ONE WITHOUT LAMCHAR!!!" (lamchar is sad cause there are so few lamchars left)

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

Man i can't wait to try this.. still no demos anywhere i live :( .. am i to understand that the game EVERYONE seems to be most stoked about is port of a 13 year old game? WTH? I know itll have "teh graphics" now, but im getting sick of "sequel-itis" and "remake-itis" this gen. I would like something new. And NO not new like the port of NSMBwii edition lol PS: All 3 consoles are guilty of this, nintendo just has more remakes, because they have more of a library to remake.

Shad_Zero
Shad_Zero

OreoPoptart@ First you don't have to talk like that to me, if you don't now how to talk shut up your mouth okay? And second, sorry if my opnion is different of your opinion. Talking like that to people is a way to have no friends and to call you a stupid guy who thinks is the best. So next time you can correct me but in a good way not like that.And yes, your opinion is correct and cool ;)

Fayt1986
Fayt1986

great system bring on ocarina resi and lylat!

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

I hope the 3DS will prove to be ''hardcore'' if you know what I mean, because it´s already promising! I heard that even Saint´s Row will be released for it! Can´t wait for Ocarina of Time (like, I believe 99 % of the people who bought the 3DS! lol ), and hopefully Rockstar will make an Grand Theft Auto for it too!

theKSMM
theKSMM

The 3DS is a great system, and I'm glad to see more diversification in the industry. Instead of having identical ports of the same game across consoles, I'd like to see platform-specific titles that leverage the strengths of each system (e.g. 3D display, HD touchscreens, etc.) to create good game experiences. The 3DS should allow developers to do some things in gaming that haven't been / cannot be done on other systems.

HyruleanLink
HyruleanLink

That's good to here that stores are well stocked to reach the demand.

widdowson91
widdowson91

This is great news for a few reasons. Firstly, as a fan of Nintendo, I always want them to excell. I've loved being a Nintendo fan this generation becuase of the Wii and DS's successes. Now the 3DS looks set to become a massive seller too. But, of course, these are onyl early sales figures. The console may not sell as well in the long run as the original DS did, but it's got off to the perfect start. Secondly the high 3DS sales prove that, no matter what Apple or Android do, true gamers will always buy true portable game consoles over phones :)

oneligas
oneligas

anyone else waiting for a hacked 3DS running a hacked Kinect that would be insane

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

I like my black 3DS. Isn't it weird how 10 months of waiting since E3 can go by really fast?

paperwarior17
paperwarior17

It's pretty scary that hardware problems are normal, though. Like, any device you might buy could have a chance of crashes and stuff. People generally don't expect this from game-specialized systems, but I guess it's just something you have to deal with, like the 15% failure rate on most electronic devices. On a related note, my DS Lite is breaking, so I may be forced to buy one of these soon!

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

I have a Droid 2 Smart Phone........ I like the web browser, and the app store, I played some games from it but they mostly are simplistic and or have crash issues.......... At least on a 3DS I can play games that have twice the detail, and ten times the content as any Smart phone game.

vega13mv
vega13mv

3DS is amazing, NGP will be too, hopefully people will finally stop comparing 2 dollar apps to amazing games like 3D Zelda or Uncharted 3, stop flicking birds and play some real games dummies!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Handheld games consoles once again proving that they are the place to go for a true gaming experience. Up yours, smart phones!

spooky102
spooky102

I'll be getting this console later in the year when most of the games I'm waiting for right now will be out.

Finale_Wanderer
Finale_Wanderer

@mcboone It's because innovation triumphs good graphics. Games like pokemon for example always add new and arguably better additions every sequel.

PandaBear86
PandaBear86

3DS is the fastest selling handheld ever. NGP will also be successful. I wonder how all the people who say smartphones will take over portable gaming feel like right now :P

Half-Way
Half-Way

@Dragdar believe it or not, but thats exactly what the people said about the TV and do be fair, it does ruin your eyesight, but that dosent stop people from watching

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

Here's my experience with the 3DS (hardware). I bought the system because I got it on a good deal and I'm not crazy about the launch line up but I am crazy about the future titles coming out like Resident evil, Kid Icarus, Zelda etc. I chose not to buy the same game as my girlfriend (samurai warriors) and opted for Dead or Alive and with my heart set on it only found out it was delayed the day after I got my 3DS. So far I'm basically just playing Pokemon Black on my new system but the 3DS is still nice since it has some fun pre-loaded augmented reality games, I'm not bothered about face raiders but the archery one is pretty cool. The hardware and 3D are very nice but one problem I have is that is gets marked so easily. The glossy finish and finger print / dust loving screens (accidents from trying to close the case) are just annoying and leave me meticulously cleaning it with a screen wiper. Other than that though I went from an original fat DS to the 3DS and it's basically the same measurements as a DS lite, got a beautifully bright screen and the new stylus are way better. All in all I'm happy with the hardware but software wise I'm in a bind, only because of an unforeseen delay in Dead or Alive (due to the tsunami), not wanting to buy the game my girlfriend has and being unsure whether I should buy the splinter cell game since it is mostly a remake.

method115
method115

@Indyskater lol man you make it sound amazing. I need to get into a gamestop and check this out. Might have to start saving up some money.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

I get no headaches from the 3D,it works perfectly(better than the 3D TV I tried at Best Buy right next to the 3DS.)I didn't buy a single game for it yet,and I've been 100% amused with the AR cards,which I just KNEW would be incredible.I was also very impressed with the music video by Ok Go that they sent with a system update. At this point,I no longer care what any other person says.Let them hate me.I'm having a blast.I've already made my purchase,and so now,I must enjoy it.And that's easy.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

................................... Oh I'm sorry. I was a little busy enjoying the most amazing handheld of my life! I'm glad for two things: 1)They shipped plenty,so there isn't a shortage and we don't have people buying 100 of them and selling them on ebay for 2,000 dollars,like with the Wii and PS3. 2)The reported crashes aren't a Nintendo-flavored Red Ring of Death epidemic,and they have support for those who do happen to get it.

mtait01
mtait01

fastest selling handheld?? bloody hell, this has sold so much more than my expectations

Dragdar
Dragdar

hopefully it won't ruin people's eyesight.

gary3dsfan
gary3dsfan

My 3ds crashed once while playing nintendogs. Although since then no problems at all. This is a fantastic handheld and I am bery proud to have a 3ds. Thanks Nintendo once again.