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."

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