Day-one 3DS sales surpass that of any other Nintendo handheld

According to Nintendo, the 3DS launch was quite a success. In fact, the new system apparently sold more units in its first day than any handheld in the company's history, although Nintendo didn't provide any numbers to support that statement.

"Nintendo worked hard to get as much product as possible to retailers on day one to meet demand, and we will continue with these efforts moving forward," the company said in a statement.

While no numbers were revealed for US sales, around 140,000 pre-orders were registered in the UK, which was more than for the Wii.

There also aren't any solid numbers for how much the original DS sold in its first day in the US, but the device (in all its various iterations) has garnered more than 144.5 million unit sales since 2004. In other words, if it wasn't totally obvious, Nintendo knows what it's doing when it comes to handheld gaming.

The first day isn't necessarily an indication of how well the system will fare for the next seven years, but it looks like the 3DS is starting off on the right foot.

[Source: Gamasutra]

Mar 29, 2011




  • MetaMoss - April 2, 2011 5:41 a.m.

    I brought my 3DS on the 28th to a school full of Xbox-addicts/Nintendo-flamers, and everybody loved it. One of the biggest Nintendo haters was addicted to Super Street Fighter IV, and he said that he might consider buying one. Though I did recommend him to go find a copy of SSFIV for the 360.
  • midkemian - March 30, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    What? Where are they selling them all? We only sold five units total.
  • CandiedJester - March 30, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    Well sure didn't seem that way with only like 10 people showing up to pick theirs up on launch day lol. Maybe just a moral booster? Totally worth it, though. I love this thing!
  • phantomfatale - March 30, 2011 6:15 a.m.

    was it any surprise really? not to seem like a nintendo fanboy, but this is literally a revolution in gaming technology. To have created the first glasses free 3d on the go experience is an innovation unmatched. of course I'm probably just saying what we all already know. that said, I would have purchased the 3DS, had I had the money at the time.
  • fernando90chazari - March 30, 2011 4:12 a.m.

    i thought 3ds were wash out from tsunami? sorry for offending anyone who's reading my comment
  • taterboob - March 30, 2011 1:24 a.m.

    I've actually had more fun using the AR cards to make Mario do filthy things to Samus than anything else (even Street Fighter). The wait for Ocarina 3D begins...
  • mackshizzle - March 30, 2011 12:29 a.m.

    I can believe this over the Kinect sales, since I know like 20 people with a 3DS.
  • bobbybroccoli - March 29, 2011 11:57 p.m.

    Yay is all I have to say.
  • Defguru7777 - March 29, 2011 11:24 p.m.

    If only I had the wampum necessary for this...
  • TrainerTyson - March 29, 2011 11:13 p.m.

    proud to have contributed! i love the whole ds line! thanks nintendo!
  • radcliff007 - March 29, 2011 10:48 p.m.

    lol i went to a midight launch at gamestation for my pre-order, only to find the shop had closed down a week before! thanfully went over to game and grabbed one from there....its so pretty.....
  • ALinkToTheZack - March 29, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    ...I feel bad that I didn't get mine on the first day now.
  • EnergyTurtle - March 29, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    NGP doesn't stand up to the 3DS's greatness.
  • PReNDeL21 - March 29, 2011 9:55 p.m.

    I wasn't, I'll wait for the 3DS Lite, just like I did with GBA and DS.
  • bobob101 - March 29, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    I'm proud to say I helped make the 3DS a success!

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