Nintendo 3DS in short supply Down Under

EB Games expects to be sold out of Nintendo's new console by the end of the weekend; GAME says it has no readily available stock.

Over the past week, the Nintendo 3DS has seen its global launch around the world, pulling crowds from England and Australia to Singapore and the US. Yesterday, it launched Down Under, with several stores around the country opening at midnight to mark the occasion. By lunchtime, reports were floating around the Internet that in less than a day Nintendo's brand-new handheld had become a rarity in stores. GameSpot AU put the call in to a few local retailers to find out what the situation was and to see whether someone can walk in off the street and buy a console without a preorder.

Australia's largest game retailer EB Games says while some stores have sold out, there are still "limited" units out in the wild. "We have already had reports of stores selling out before lunch yesterday. There is still very limited stock available in selected stores for walk-ins; however, we can’t stress enough that if people want a 3DS, they should rush out now and get one. We also have a few Black 3DSs available online to buy. We expect to be completely sold out by the end of the weekend," an EB Games Australia spokesperson told GameSpot AU.

GAME Australia spokesperson Paul Yardley told GameSpot AU a similar story, saying that its stores have sold out of all their Nintendo 3DS allocation three weeks before it was even available. "[Since then], we've been putting people on a list for the second wave," he said.

As for the most popular title, both EB Games and GAME agreed that Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition had been the most popular game so far. However, Yardley conceded that the lead wasn't that large. "Others aren't far behind, like Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars and Lego Star Wars III. We've had pretty broad interest across the store."

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Link3301
Link3301

@afrojim525 I'm sure a lot of the have. People are buying the 3ds because its got a lot of cool features along with the 3d. The launch lineup isn't very good but many more games are on the way. Also the ngp doesnt even have a real name yet so I don't imaging its coming out anytime soon.

lotsofgunfire
lotsofgunfire

It can't be that bad. I walked into a Target store in the Brisbane CBD on the 31st and they still had almost full stock.

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

We really want the 3DS. BADLY.

afrojim525
afrojim525

These poor people mustn't have heard of the NGP.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

Lucky I managed to ge ta black one on layby before they ran out.

volume_three
volume_three

@beardrewz Haven't had any issues with mine then again I've only fooled around with AR. Waiting on the UK PAL games I've ordered off Ebay to arrive but now wondering if they'll actually work after reading conflicting statements in regards to region-locking. Thumbs up for yes/ Thumbs down for no?

beardrewz
beardrewz

I doubt I'm the first person in Australia to have the "black screen of death" on my new Aqua 3DS console but I bought one on launch nightand 2 days later I get a black screen with the message: an error has occurred pleas re start your 3ds....etc Eb games were very helpful and exchanged the console for another one. I hope that this problem wont occur again but I some how doubt that..I did the update with the older console has suggest from nintendo statement in America. I was just playing games in 3d and out of 3d at times but still got that message. I turned of the console and just browsed the menus and still got the message. The 3DS does get a little warm after playing, not hot but just warmer than it should ( I think). The screen brightness lost a small amount of brightness and it was out after 10 min of gaming. I rang Nintendo Australia/NZ and they had never heard of the problem as yet? very strange. Anybody else had the same problem in Australia with a Aqua console or Black? Anybody else had that message? is there another way to reboot (factory restore the 3DS?) So far so good my 2nd 3DS is working fine but its only been 1 day.

so_hai
so_hai

There should be one extra there somewhere - this is the first nin. handheld I've not bought. Terrible launch titles, buggy software, embarassing battery, tacked on 3D (so far), and too expensive.

volume_three
volume_three

$288 less staff discount took mine down to $273. A reasonable price if you ask me! :D

cable126
cable126

Well if EB are going to sell out than everyone would giving there charging about $50 more than everyone else

LJELLZ
LJELLZ

Got mine gotta say that I am really impressed with the 3ds. I was gonna import but I decided to get it locally. Hey Jozo2 do you have any problems with Streetpass or connecting to the internet with your imported 3ds?

Jozo2
Jozo2

@FlamingFury Yeah, Originally I wasn't going to import because the system is region coded. But then I realized almost all the games would come out sooner for nearly half the price anyway, so why not?

beardrewz
beardrewz

and by the way....the 3ds is a great price better than it costing like a psp go....remember it cost $400...for a new system it has great graphics and remember its glasses free 3D! that alone is worth the price. not to forget its loaded with games on the cosole it self such as the AR games!..

beardrewz
beardrewz

$288 at Kmart, $298 at JBHIFI...why go overseas....I was lucky i bought local as my Aqua 3DS needed replacing as i got the black screen of death...yes in Austyralia.

FlamingFury
FlamingFury

@Jozo2 You'll have to import everything else too. Wait. You get more games, sooner... I should have imported too!

Jozo2
Jozo2

@Gelugon_baat Yes, a 3DS cost $350 which I find really irritating, why on earth is it $100 extra? Though, this is why I imported.